Stayed here in a group of 11 or so, some booked via the internet, some by phone. None of us were told that the hotel is undergoing major renovation! For your enjoyment the reception area is down a scabby alley, is tiny and whoever is unlucky enough to be managing it also has to deal with phone enquiries too, just imagine the queues to check in and out!
Once you've dealt with that fun you will be treated to near constant drilling, hammering, banging throughout the day including at weekends, just to add to the fun it starts nice and early too!
So you get woken up early, may as well go to breakfast right? Did the hotel mention to you that you would effectively be camping? The main b/fast room is tiny with a few tables but there are plenty more available in the tent outside, you can sit there in the cold nicely sheltered from the pouring rain. That said, there appears to be one woman dealing with the entire breakfast area herself.... so this morning the following items were unavailable. Knives, plates, glasses for orange juice, cups for coffee (didnt matter because the coffee machine had run out of coffee). On top of that there wasn't really a great deal of of food on offer either. Once complaints were made I managed to secure a warm bread roll for breakfast, yum!
We complained about the constant noise later and were given an apple and a banana to say sorry.... it made up for the lack of breakfast I suppose!
From what I could still the staff count for the entire hotel was about 25, unfortunately 23 of them were busy with drills and hammers.
Yes its cheap.....but honestly.... don't do it.....please don't do it...
- 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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