To be honest, when I go away for work or pleasure, I always seek to stay in the best hotels, and by best I mean those that have been rated the highest on TA or booking.com etc. Invariably, these are always the expensive places too. But my philosophy is, if you're not at home, make yourself as comfortable as you can, even if that costs. So, it was with some trepidation that I went for Holiday Inn Express (it was out of necessity, as the place I usually stay in Bath for business was full). I must say in the most I was pleasantly surprised.
Great things - check in was seamless and quick. Friendly staff. Large enough room with TV, wifi and air con. 10 minutes walk and you are in town.
OK enough things - the rooms are a little tired looking with some wear and tear, and, in terms of the look, its Ikea mixed with Argos. Its not somewhere you would want to go away for a relaxing pampering break, its just very functional.
Awful things - the breakfast is the worst I have come across (and I spend my entire life in hotels around the world). The tables are left filthy after the last occupants have left (not enough staff to clean them). The quality of ingredients is very cheap and basic and not at all well prepared (the croissants have been either under cooked or burned). And the thing that annoys me the most, and I've never come across this before is that all the plates and glasses are boiling hot to the touch (clearly just been cleaned) - so this means that you have your cold juice or milk cereal in hot containers - not nice at all, and indicates very lazy management where purpose overrides customer's needs and expectations.
So apart from the breakfast - all is almost great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the popular Holiday Inn Express Bath hotel and explore Bath's historic city centre on foot. Holiday Inn Express Bath's modern interior contrasts with its warm, honey-coloured Bath stone exterior. 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 for regular trains to London Paddington and Bristol Airport is a 40-minute drive. We're 10 minutes' drive from meetings at Bath's 3 Ministry of Defence offices and the University of Bath campus. Bath Spa University is only 5 minutes from Holiday Inn Express Bath by car. Avoid the traffic when visiting Helphire Group PLC and Amdocs, minutes away on Lower Bristol Road. 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. Learn how the city inspired one of England's favorite writers at nearby Jane Austen Centre. Kids love mini-safaris at Longleat's rambling estate, a 30-minute drive away. Wake up to 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. 60 free onsite parking spaces are available and allocated on a first come first served basis. Wi-Fi is free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Bath Hotel Bath
- Bath Holiday Inn Express
- Holiday Inn Bath