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“Great value for a quick business stop over.”

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Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Hemel Hempstead
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 December 2010

A few things about this hotel:

The hotel is rarely fully booked, which means that you can usually get a good deal (Unlike the Holiday Inn at J8, Hemel Hempstead). I only paid £42 per night this time and booked 2 days in advance.

As with all Holiday Inn Express's you won't get any bells and whistles, but it was clean and tidy. The main differences between the normal holiday inns, and the holiday inn express are:

1. Limited restaurant and bar (although this one is situated next door to a nice pub / restaurant)

2. No bath - shower only. The showers always have shampoo / shower gel on the wall in a dispenser, as opposed to the small bottles you get in normal Holiday Inn's

3. No irons in rooms - you can go to reception to collect them if you want.

4. No leisure facilities.

If you can cope with that, they are half the price of normal Holiday Inns.

On this hotel in particular - it is directly opposite Apsley train station, with a reasonable service into London Euston. It is next door to a sainsbury's supermarket if you need anything, and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. On the downside, the parking is not free - a personal bugbear of mine, as I think it should be included in the price of the hotel.

All in all, it's not a bad hotel for a quick business stopover, but not for longer stays, - and I wouldn't recommend it for leisure.

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Reviewed 12 November 2010

Excellent, professional, friendly, pro-active service from check in to check out. The hotel is well situated with two restaurants and a pub in the adjacent marina area. A great spot for short walks or runs along the canal side. Hotel common areas were spotless. Bar area pleasant. Breakfast what you expect from a Holiday Inn Express.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Henna24
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Reviewed 11 November 2010

Hotel was very comfortable. The location excellent - next to the train station for my trip the next day. The local pub was surprisiningly good

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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Thank ParkBrook
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

The staff (Marcie and Lee) were so very helpful and so friendly. We were amazed at how family friendly they were with unsolicited suggestions and actions from our first conversation. They were kind and made us feel as if they couldn't do enough for my two girls (7 and 12) and me. It was my first time in the Express version of Holiday Inn and I wasn't sure what to expect from the room, breakfast facilities etc. Other people's write ups made it seem on the functional, impersonal, very basic side. The room was indeed on the small side but absolutely adequate, stylish, clean and likeable. After all we only wanted it for a good nights sleep, shower and a bit of telly. Breakfast was super; mini pain au chocoalate, fresh orange pieces, cereals, sausages, scrambled eggs, yoghourts, croissants, fruit and more. Not the full service in more expensive hotels but much much more than enough, especially remembering childrens' breakfast choices anyway. The serving area (self service) was on the small side. It was completely adequate for when we had breakfast but I did see it look crowded quite quickly.
We sat in an airy pleasant area with a lovely breakfast, reading the complimentary copy of the Independent and had an excellent start to our day at Legoland. It was a bit too far there to be really comfortable (35 minutes but no M25 holdups) however I would almost certainly return for a similar trip to Legoland purely on the very good value and welcome , never mind the very reasonable price. Incidentally, directly opposite the rear of the hotel was a pleasant looking pub that seemed to be family /food type overlooking water that a family could spend the evening in. The nearby village of Aspley (?) had lseveral eating out faciilities. I would not want to spend a week there with the family as it does not have gym, family rooms,pool etc. But , to repeat myself, terrific value, staff that cared and everything you could reasonably expect for a straightforward 2/3 night stop.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Ken_s10
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

The hotel is easy to find and in convenient distance to the motorways. The rooms are Holiday Express standard. A bit small, with little place only for clothes or luggage. Overall appearance is clean. Reception staff friendly and helpful. Internet very expensive. Breakfast was okay, with self-service but the tables were not cleaned after guests have left. Although offered in the leaflets, hotel could not provide forgotten sanitary supply(toothbrush etc)

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Thank Germanrib
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

After a long and tiring journey by car to the UK, the staff made my arrival a fast efficient and a relaxing stay. The location is good and there are many local amenities in the area, there is also pub about 1/200 meters away from the hotel, area is quite and there is also a small river which helps for that relaxing walk. To sum up experience, good service, help full staff and quite location.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Thank swissinfo
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Reviewed 17 October 2010

We had a family room which was clean and tidy, the sofa bed was made up but as always there was no third set of towels or mug, tea bag etc. Had to ask at reception and was given one towel,mug and one tea bag and receptionist madesure we knew it was an effort for them.

We had a room facing the road so traffic and train noise was an issue, we were also above the front door which is where people stand smoking so the smoke smell made it's way into our room. A room facing the canal would be better.

Breakfast was ok with fresh apples, bannanas,tinned grapefruit, yougurt, toast, pastries, cereals as well as suausages and scrambled egg. I don't eat sausages or eggs and the rest of my party wished they hadn't rubbery sausages and warm eggs. There was overdiluted squash instead of juice but other than that breakfast was okay.

Had a stroll round the canal area in the morning which was very enjoyable. Overall fair value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Thank SPW21
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Additional Information about 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: £51 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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. Our family rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children under 12 and kids stay free when sharing a room with parents. Spend a relaxing evening with friends over drinks or dinner in the Great Room lounge or simply relax in your comfortable and convenient guest room with modern decor, an en-suite with power shower and a 32-inch flatscreen TV. ... more   less 
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