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Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hemel Hempstead
Certificate of Excellence
Derby, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
68 hotel reviews
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“Very convenient”
Reviewed 21 May 2011

We frequently stay here as it's near our elderly mother in a St Albans care home, and also when we want to get up to London, which is so easy from Apsley station opposite. We are very familiar with the Holiday Inn Express format, and we have stayed in several around the country. This is probably the best we've found for spaciousness, staff efficiency and friendliness, and general overall cleanliness and standards of decoration. We usually try to get a double room with a sofa bed so we can eat a picnic bought from Sainsburys just down the road if we arrive at an inconvenient time or have already eaten out that day, and that also gives you space to spread out and read or watch TV without one of you sitting on the bed.

Prices of the room vary depending on whether you book in advance at a flexible rate or not. Last week we stayed without booking as we had an elderly mum emergency, and we paid £86, but sometimes it's as low as £56 (non-flexible). Officially they say they charge £5 per night for the carpark, you have to get a ticket from Reception to put in your car anyway, but at weekends they don't usually bother. We have spent a weekend in London, going up on the train, and have been able to leave the car there even though we only spent the Friday night at the hotel.

It's usually pretty quiet even if you're facing the road, we've never been very bothered by the traffic or the trains.

Breakfast is standard HIE stuff, ample if not very exciting. The dining room is very big but the buffet area can get terribly busy if there's a crowd in. There's a bar, snooker table, and meals in the hotel if you want them, but we recommend eating or drinking at the lively Paper Mill pub opposite, or in Calzone Italian on the other side of the canal past the Marina to the right, which is more intimate (see reviews elsewhere on Tripadvisor.) There's also a veggie café/restaurant next to Calzone, which looks nice but we haven't tried it yet. Walks up and down the canal are pleasant if you're stiff from a long journey.

There's not a great deal more to see in Apsley, and it's too far to walk from here to Hemel Hempstead, so if you want a town centre setting this isn't the place. But otherwise we shall go back again and again, I'm sure.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2011

must say greay value for money, staff were friendly and hotel was both clean and very presentable. included in your stay is free use of the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna steam room and gym. The pool was a little shallow but can't really grumble as facilities, were again very clean, free of charge and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Also ideal place to stay if you are flying early from Luton and live hours away like we did. We were disappointed that there was no hot chocolate in the room but this is typical for a holiday inn and also the food was very expensive as was the garage accross the road but overall an excellent hotel, I would return.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2011

we stayed at the hie in hemel hempstead on a tour group with about 45 people after a long day we arrived was greeted on the coach by a member of staff(did not get a name} who gave out our room keys,we were told that our dinner would be served at 7.30pm which gave us enough time to freshen up.Dinner was excellent found out the lady who cooked our 3course meal was called Fran what a lovely pleasant and friendly lady she was stood and had a chat with us which was lovely rooms were excellent we had a family room.Breakfast was much better than we thought with 2 hot items (sausages and scrambled eggs}as well as toast coffee pastries etc would recommend this hotel to friends and family.An excellent stay thank you all very much.

Stayed April 2011
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

We have just returned back home "up north" after a lovely couple of days away at our friends wedding. They got married in Hemel and the Holiday Inn Express was one of the hotels they suggested wedding guests should try when staying in the area. What a great choice! After a long drive down, we arrived a little earlier than the usual check in time but the receptionist was really helpful and was more than happy to arrange an early check in for us which was great so we could relax after our long journey. Seeing the hotel had plenty car parking was really handy too. The staff were pleasant and accommodating, our room was spacious and the housekeeping standards were very high. We will be returning to see our friends towards the end of the year and will certainly be staying again then, thank you!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

Stayed in December 2010 yes I know it was a while ago busy girl!!! Anyway needed somewhere close to London without the London prices with station near by well could it be any better NO. Station just across road 30 minutes into London fantastic. Hotel was clean staff lovely and friendly and even hot breakfast available which was a bonus and very nice even though limited only Eggs and sausage but great after the night before!!! Will defo stay again next time in London which hopefully will be soon which is what has prompted me to write this report.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

Stayed here for 4 nights with my family - on a budget trip to London. Location is excellent with Apsley station directly opposite (2 minute walk). Staff very friendly & helpful - needed extra quilt (due to boys sleeping on sofa bed together - not used to sharing), and brought straight away. Bathroom clean (good enough for my high standards), which was very pleasing! Breakfast was fine - selection of cereals, yoghurt/fruit, croissants, scrambled egg, sausage & muffins, more than adequate. We had a canal side room on the top floor - no noise at all, silent on a night. Compare all this to a city centre hotel & it's fantastic value. Will definitely stay there again for this sort of break.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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nottingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2011

Very clean hotel, nice rooms, very good complimentary breakfast. We were visiting London for the weekend with the train station opposite it was a perfect location!friendly staff also!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead
Address: Stationers Place | Apsley Lock, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Hemel Hempstead
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Hemel Hempstead
#4 Romantic Hotel in Hemel Hempstead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead 3*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Choose the well-linked Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead hotel, a short drive from local businesses and 2 minutes' walk from Apsley train station. The inviting Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead is just 10 minutes by car from the handy A4251, M1 and M25. You can take off from London Luton Airport, 25 minutes' drive away, and reach central London in 30 minutes by train. We offer free parking on-site and you can set yourself up for the day with an inclusive buffet breakfast in our comfortable Great Room. Book a meeting for 40 in one of our 3 meeting rooms and stay connected with free Wi-Fi. We're 10 minutes' drive from local companies on Maylands Avenue and Breakspear Way. You can take to the slopes at the The Snow Centre in 5 minutes. Under-18s stay for free when sharing with their parents in one of Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead's welcoming family rooms. Spend a relaxing evening with friends over drinks or dinner in the Great Room lounge or simply relax in your newly refurbished guest room with modern decor, an en-suite with power shower and a 32-inch flatscreen TV. ... more   less 
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