Spent the weekend on a hobby conference at this new Holiday Inn and was well impressed. Everything is spick and span. Someone has (at last) twigged that WiFi is expected as a basic facility these days; guests do not want obstacles like membership logins and supplementary charges. Here there are no barriers at all! Just fire up the laptop, connect and you're away at a respectable 6Mb/s (nurdishly I measured it).
My room was clean, comfortable and spacious. Only complaint was a rather noisy aircon/heating unit in the ceiling, but aren't they all? The controls were unusually clear and responsive.
Couple in the next room had a blazing row that went on for hours, yelling, banging and screeching. I put Reception to the test by mentioning it to the two young ladies on the front desk. Straight away they asked if I would like to change rooms. Well done them. I said no, don't worry (I'd already unpacked) but would they please ask the couple to shout a bit louder so I could at least hear what they were arguing about :-).
Conference facilities were adequate and the coffee machines served a decent brew in china mugs. Why do other places find this so difficult? Main disappointment was exactly the same buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday - the dreaded breaded chicken finger/nuggets and chips. That said, the sandwiches they also put out were excellent. I gather we were paying a highly competitive rate for the catering so can't grumble.
Breakfast was HI's standard offering, a decent continental fare alongside a token attempt at cooked English in the shape of sausage, scrambled egg (almost certainly egg powder) and baked beans. Better than nothing...
The reception, bar and eating areas are pretty soul-less but, all in all, this is a good example of a modern, convenient, budget-priced business hotel. Only those nuggets keep the 5th star away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From its attractions & rolling countryside with the nearby Whipsnade Zoo & Dunstable Downs the area surrounding the hotel is just waiting to be discovered. Perfectly located just 7 miles from London Luton Airport offering excellent access to the heart of the national motorway network. With the M1 close by and the M25 less than 20 miles away, over three quarters of the UK mainland population can be reached in a same day return journey. ... more less
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