Canterbury is one of those locations where hotel accommodation can cost a fortune. The Holiday Inn Express is a good option for those looking to stay at a more reasonable cost.
The location, about 10 mins drive outside the city centre, may not be the most appealing, hid behind a petrol station on the A2. Don't expect scenic views here but the double glazing in the rooms cuts out most of the busy road noise.
Check in was somewhat cold and clinical - with the receptionist saying 'I suppose you want to check in' but after that odd welcome it was an efficient check in.
The rooms themselves are of the old Holiday Inn Express design, rather than the more recent refurbished hotels in the chain but are clean, bright and well furnished. The bathrooms are small but again clean and well maintained.
Wifi is free in the rooms but make sure you get a voucher at check in, if not you will need to return to reception for the code.
The only gripe was that there is no temperature control in the room, just a wall heater. This wasn't working in my room, but the weather was fine so wasn't needed.
An early departure meant breakfast wasn't used so can't comment on the food and beverage options at the hotel.
A good hotel that provides real alternative from the more expensive offerings in the city centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern 89 room hotel offering well appointed guest rooms with writing desk, TV, Hair Dryer, and Tea & Coffee making facilities. The hotel offers free WiFi, and car parking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Canterbury Hotel Upper Harbledown
- Holiday Inn Canterbury
- Canterbury Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Express Canterbury Upper Harbledown