This hotel was contemporary and tidy. The room was a decent size and was clean and modern. The ensuite was well appointed with a good, powerful shower and a large bath. Our room was at the front, overlooking the car park; not the most inspiring view but to be expected considering the location. The hotel is literally yards from Southend Airport (the restaurant actually overlooks the runway) and yet we never heard a plane land or take off for the whole weekend which was impressive. It is also close to the train station which will take you into town within minutes, should you wish to go.
We ate at the restaurant on one night; I had cheese soufflé, steak and ale pie and pana cotta washed down with the house red and they were all excellent. Our waitress was attentive and very friendly (I have forgotten her name but she was about 8 months pregnant).
I did have a couple of criticisms of the hotel; we had to pay £5 a day for the parking which I thought could have been included in the fairly substantial room rate (it's not like its a city centre location). Also, we ordered room service late one night; when it arrived, I asked for the bill to be charged to our room which was agreed by the staff member. However, some time later (as I said it was already late) we received a phone call which woke our baby, saying that our food could not be charged to our room and needed to be paid in cash, followed by a knock at the door to collect it. Firstly, I'm not sure what would have happened if we hadn't had the cash?? And secondly, surely it could have waited until the morning??
Otherwise, our stay was pretty good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay excited……The spectacular Holiday Inn Southend opened on 01st October 2012 !Stay relaxed……The hotel is the latest addition to the Holiday Inn portfolio and has 129 air conditioned bedrooms and features 27 executive rooms and 4 King superior rooms.Stay unique……In a first for Holiday Inn in the UK, the five-storey hotel also houses a fully sound-proofed rooftop bar and restaurant (1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar) offering spectacular views of London Southend airport and surrounding Essex countryside. The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (open to non residents also), and the bar if open for coffee and range of beverages from 10am - 11pm daily.Stay connected……Holiday Inn Southend will also offer a variety of conference and banqueting facilities, plus a choice of meeting rooms for up to 140 people and is within 40 minutes of central London.Stay devoted…..Choose Holiday Inn Southend for your Essex wedding venue, with flexible facilities we can help make it a day to remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Southend Southend-On-Sea, Essex