Stayed here when visiting Bath some five years ago and had a decent couple of nights. So decided to utilise it again for an overnighter just before Christmas to coincide with my local rugby teams’ away game at The Rec.
Again , not disappointed.
Friendly and informative service on the reception desk.
Well equipped comfortable and quiet room.
Decent enough location with a 10 -15 minute stroll required to get to the centre of Bath.
Like most holiday Inn Expresses the breakfast bar area is woefully inadequate in size for the number of guests that stay. At least they do now warn you (or at least they do in the Priority club members welcome pack) that 9.30 to 11.00AM on a weekend does get very busy. By which they mean trying to get a cup of tea and a croissant is not dissimilar to a rolling maul as witnessed at the Rec the previous day. In saying that , the food quality was good and the breakfast staff were trying their hardest to keep things topped up and tables cleared.
The depends on your point of view:
Yes they do charge you £6 for overnight parking, and I can understand why people see this as a negative. However that charge covers you from whatever time you arrive up to 4.00PM on the following day. So if you arrive as early as we did on the first morning , then that’s virtually two days parking, for which you will pay significantly more in the Bath City Centre car parks. And frankly Bath is a wonderful City, but certainly not pleasurable to drive around. So better to leave the car in the hotel and explore on foot.
As others have mentioned it takes about 15 minutes to get into central Bath from the hotel, and whereas the first section is not too promising as you have to cut across the Sainsburys Petrol forecourt and the Homebase car park, but the former metal Victorian train bridge gets you into the Old Green Street Rail station site, which on a weekend is now a bustling, slightly bohemian market, and the Coffee shop now housed in the Old station waiting room is a good first stop before tackling the rest of Bath.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the popular Holiday Inn Express Bath hotel and explore Bath's historic city centre on foot. We're a short stroll from the historic city centre, where you can take your time with a relaxing session at Thermae Bath Spa. We are also close to Bath Spa train station and 10 minutes' drive from Bath's 3 Ministry of Defence offices and the University of Bath campus. Bath Spa University is 5 minutes by car. The convenient Holiday Inn Express Bath is a 10-minute walk to the elegant Pump Room at the Roman Baths and the Grade I-listed Royal Crescent. Wake up to bacon, sausages, baked beans, scrambled eggs and more as part of the inclusive breakfast buffet and watch Bath come to life from the windows of the airy Great Room. Our friendly front desk team will give you information on day trips to Glastonbury and Stonehenge. Wi-Fi is free. ... more less
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