My husband and I were looking for a central, reasonably priced, clean hotel to stay in for a couple of nights, whilst we visited our daughter in Coventry. We happened upon the Ibis and, based on Tripadvisor reviews from other guests, we decided to take a chance. We got a great price from Onhotels booking site, which also included breakfast. We drove from Birmingham and found the hotel relatively easily. We parked in the car park which was around the back of the hotel. The reception staff validate the card every time you come in and then you just put it in the machine to get out. You get a new card on every entry but remember to get them all validated before leaving. The cost was only £3 per day, regardless of how many time we entered and left, and we just had it added to the room bill.
On arrival we found the staff in reception to be very pleasant and helpful. We located our room easily and were very pleased with what we found. It was spotlessly clean and had tea and coffee making facilities in the room. There was a reasonably sized en-suite bathroom, again very clean, and which had a very large shower, which was great with decent water pressure and plenty of hot water. The bed was very comfortable and there were extra pillows in the storage area and a nice flat screen television located on a shelving are on the wall near the foot of the bed.
The décor was very modern and in natural tones. The curtain was in 3 panels but when I tried to close them they came off the rail! Possibly my fault, but regardless, we notified Reception and the problem was immediately rectified with no fuss.
The town centre was within a 5-10 minute walk. It was the height of the summer, July 17th-19th, when we visited, and incredibly hot. I like walking but found the walkways that went under the main road to be a bit of an effort and I think I would have been a little concerned if I had been accompanied by anyone with a debility which impaired their ability to walk. However, the temperature was around 30C and I am sure even the most able bodied person would have found it more uncomfortable then usual to walk up and down any sort of gradient in that heat.
We didn't use the train but noticed that is was very conveniently located near the Ibis, about a 5 min walk max.
Breakfast was great. A selection of hot foods; bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, mushroom, tomato etc. It also had a range of continental style foods and cereals. There was fresh breads and a toaster for toasting it if you so wished. Plenty of fruit juices and tea and coffee were also available. A lovely lady, who, I think, was named Lana, cleared the dishes and wiped the tables constantly and was very helpful, if you needed any assistance. All the Ibis staff were great but we think she particularly deserved a mention.
All in all, we were very impressed with the Ibis and have scored it in relation to the 2 star class which it holds, although in all honestly we have stayed in 3 hotels which we found to be much less impressive than the Ibis! We had two very enjoyable nights and would not hesitate to book it again, should we return to Coventry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Coventry Centre is ideally located in the historic centre of Coventry, a short stroll from the busy shopping districts, 5-7 min walk from train station and 10 minutes by train or 20 by car car from Birmingham NEC. The hotel has 89 en-suite rooms with double showers, air cooling system, free wifi and tea and coffee making facilities. It has a restaurant open on most weekdays and a snack menu serving warm food 24/7. There is also a bar and private on-site car parking available for additional charge (£5 per vehicle per day). Wireless Internet is available in the hotel free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Coventry Centre Hotel Coventry
- Accor Coventry Centre