My work finds me in Mechelen several times a year. The Holiday Inn Express is my hotel of choice for short stays in the town.Colleagues tend to make a beeline for the Novotel and that hotel's location, right in the middle of the town, is very good, but the rooms (getting shabby now) and the room rate (commonly 140 Euro per night: 2012 prices) are far too high for what you get.
A five minute walk from the Novotel, the Holiday Inn Express offers much better value for money and the rooms, whilst not fancy, are clean and comfortable and have tea & coffee making facilities. Breakfast is, for me, fine, with a wide choice of "continental" (i.e. cold) options. As others have pointed out, there is no restaurant, but there are so many within a few minutes walk this really isn't a big deal and, at nearly half the room rate of the Novotel, a small price to pay. There is a small but perfectly adequate bar. For those arriving late, there is a selection of snack type foods in a large refrigerator by reception.
Check in and check out are very efficient - important for the business traveller and I have always found the staff very helpful.
Summary - good value for the business and tourist traveller alike. It has all you really need.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surround yourself with the atmosphere of Mechelen's historic quarter at the Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre hotel. Flanked by centuries-old architecture, the inviting Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre is in the heart of Mechelen. Just a short walk from the town square and with easy access to the ring road, you can park in our secure underground car park when you arrive. Connect to complimentary Internet and wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast at our daily buffet. Located halfway between both Brussels and Antwerp, Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre is an ideal stopoff point. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre Hotel Mechelen
- Mechelen Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Mechelen