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Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hemel Hempstead
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Truro, Cornwall
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75 reviews
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“Very good Holiday Inn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Convenient location near to motorway - very easy to find: just off the main road and about ten minutes' drive from Hemel Hampstead. Although we didn't use it, Apsley mainline station with direct connections to London is just a few minutes' walk away. The hotel is also situated right next door to Apsley canal basin where there is a pub, some small restaurants (see Trip Advisor reviews) and a mini supermarket all within walking distance. Further down the main road towards Hemel is a large Sainsbury's with a petrol station.
It's a typical Express by Holiday Inn. Our room was not huge but well designed, in good decorative order and extremely clean. The bed was very comfortable and the location at the rear of the hotel quiet so we slept well. There was a good range of choice at breakfast from a buffet.
All the members of staff we encountered were cheerful, professional and keen to help. We enjoyed our overnight stay here and will definitely use this hotel again.

Room Tip: Rooms to the rear of the hotel facing the canal may be a bit quieter than those facing the main road...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

I stayed here at the beginning of December so that I was close to London. It is a great location to get to, only about ten minutes from the motorway junction. Also there is a direct train from Hemel Hempstead to London Euston which takes about 31 minutes.

My husband and I arrived early evening on a Saturday, it was about 7pm and there was only one space left on the free car park so we were delighted to find it. The car park is at the back of the hotel and it was nice that there was an entrance from here which takes you through the hotel to reception to check in.

Check in was very fast and we were shown where breakfast was served. Our room was on the 5th floor and it was very quiet. The room was a decent size but a bit downside was there was a very old style tv which did not have clear picture quality. Also in the bathroom there were no toiletries, only a fixed shower gel which was attached to the wall in the shower. It seems that holiday inn express really is as basic as a travelodge.

A nice part of the room was that the pillows were labelled firm or soft which was a nice touch. The location of the hotel is great with many waterside restaurants directly behind the hotel. There was a pub and about four other restaurants including an indian, a vegetarian bistro, italian and coffee shop. It was about a minute walk to get from one to the other.

The bed in the room was comfortable and I enjoyed a nice sleep. In the morning the breakfast had a small variety but perfect for what we were after. Enough traditional fry up ingredients and just enough continental type breakfast stuff too.

The hotel was great value for money and in a brilliant location [there was a sainsburys about a minutes drive away also].

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sunny Sussex coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

very conveniently located for car, rail and barge! check-in was speedy and helpful re free parking and we were pleased with our very well & thoughtfully designed, warm, clean and spacious room and also spotless shower room with an ingenious dual purpose door. i was delighted with not having drawers to check & re-check there was lots of hanging space and large cubby-holes instead. plenty of lighting choices, lots of work space, spare soft and hard pillows and extra blinding white fluffy towels. large and very comfortable mattress, however a good night's sleep was denied because of the car park. showering and hair-drying was perfect. breakfast was great, self-service from a well stocked fresh buffet, constantly kept full and spillage cleaned with a smile and help at hand all the time and it met the expectations of all ages and was included in the room price and a free newspaper too. all of the employees taking care of us throughout had pride in their work and in their hotel and rightfully so. the hotel is right next to a large supermarket, a pub, a picturesque canal with Apsley Lock and impressive painted barges everywhere and on the opposite bank to the hotel there's a Chinese Restaurant. went to a very friendly pub down the road and enjoyed some excellent live music and delicious ales. would have happily stayed at this hotel for much longer than 1 night and will definitely find a way of staying over here again when travelling 'up north' in 2012.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

I stayed here with a friend for a weekend in November 2012 and we were delighted with the place. It was clean and modern and the rooms were a good size. The room was very warm, however and no matter how hard I tried adjusting the heating controls, it never seemed to get any cooler.
The (included in the price) breakfast buffet was great, with a selection of cereals, yogurts, breads, pastries and a hot selection comprised of scrambled egg, sausages and beans.
There's plenty of free parking and the area in which the hotel is situated sits on part of The Grand Union Canal, so there was an opportunity to enjoy a post-breakfast Sunday morning stroll along the canal side.
The hotel has its own bar, but literally a stone's throw away is a great pub right on the banks of the canal, serving great ales and fine food. There's also Indian and Italian Restaurants across the canal in the adjacent marina.
A short walk along the main street will bring you to fish and chip, Chinese takeaways and kebab type fare, so it's ideally located for any taste and budget.
Really nice place and highly recommended if you're looking for somewhere to stay in this area.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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LONDON
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

Stayed here when attending a wedding reception at a nearby location.

Good quality product for the price paid. Free breakfast and a newspaper was good too.

Would recommend to anyone who needs to stay in the local area. Free parking a bonus too!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Llantwit Fardre
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

My husband me & my mum stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Apsley Loch Hemel Hempstead in June as we were attending a family wedding. The hotel staff were very friendly & accommodating, our rooms were large with comfortable beds, clean linen & towels which were replaced on a daily basis. The breakfast was adequate, although the breakfast room was on the small size when compared with the number of rooms. There was a good choice of cereals, toast, pastries etc & there was a limited hot buffet of beans, sausages & scrambled eggs, there were plenty of different hot & cold beverages on offer. There was ample parking at the hotel & lifts to all floors with trolleys for your luggage. The only complaint was that the drinks at the bar were expensive, my tip, go to the Papermill pub across the road: they also serve great food!!! Would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Maui, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

I stayed in this hotel for 5 nights on a business trip, it’s not a luxury hotel but the rooms are good for the price charged, the staff were friendly, check in and check out went smoothly, it’s a little far from the centre of Hemel Hempstead if you have no car. There are quite a few good restaurants within easy walking distance; it’s also close to a canal path which makes for a nice walk in the summertime. Sometimes you can get a little noise from the adjacent main road, but it’s usually not very busy late at night. For the price that they charge it’s a good hotel. I would have no problem staying in it again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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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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