I have to admit to being a bit sceptical about staying here as 'Ibis' don't have great reviews but the cost was ok at £50 room only as it was in the centre of town and it did offer van parking at £5 (24hrs).
Firstly we went into reception for directions to the parking area for large vans and the directions given by the receptionist were not that clear as she told us to go up a one way street the wrong way (we didn't) so we had to go around the one way system before we could pick up her directions again.
When we found the entrance to the car park we couldn't fit as there was no headroom so we had to go back to reception for further instruction (through the car park) where we were then told we had to locate the security guard who would direct us to the loading bay where we could park the van.
After finding the guard I had to 'check in' at his office and get a ticket and then he removed the barriers and instructed us to park right next to the skips the shops above used to throw their rubbish in (not ideal Although next morning the van was fine)
Then it was back to reception to check in. The restaurant/bar area is just off the reception but was not very inviting, more like a works canteen.
Eventually We were given a room on the top floor.
After waiting for the lift and then the lift not wanting to go anywhere as the staff had not informed us that you need to insert your key card into a reader on the lift wall to make it work.
When we finally got to the room we had been given a 'Double' room when I had requested a 'twin'.
So it was then a call down to reception to rectify and we were told we had to go back down to reception to get the key to another room, so after another 20-30 mins we finally got into our correct room.
Room was surprisingly good compared to other reviews, Nice and large, clean, good sized bathroom, Towels weren't great but they were clean.
View out of the window was onto the roof looking at all the air conditioning units, but we didn't go there for the views.
We showered and then walked into town and found a wetherspoons which was just what you wanted £3.00 for a pint of Carlsberg and a pint of strongbow.
On the way back we got a couple of pizzas and took them back to the room.
The bed was fine and gave a decent nights sleep.
Check out was simple as all you had to do was a key drop and exiting the loading bay/car park was easy enough.
All in all ideal stopover for working purposes, not somewhere you would take the Mrs but would use again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Northampton Centre is conveniently located in Northampton Town Centre, just five minutes walk from the train station, and less than ten miles from the M1 Motorway. The hotel offers 151 comfortably appointed rooms with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and high-speed internet access. The hot buffet breakfast is served from 6:30am – 10am daily and the café bar serves hot meals 24 hours a day. Located in the ‘Sol Central’ complex the hotel is in the heart of the town with a cinema, gym and restaurants next door. Guests can workout or relax in the Topnotch health club above the hotel for just £5 per person. Sol Central also offers secure parking with direct access to the hotel for only £5.50 per day for hotel residents. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Hotel Northampton Centre
- Ibis Northampton
- Ibis Hotel Northampton Centre Northamptonshire