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Caught up with the relatives at Toli's place. Richard bbq'd and we ate. Julie had managed to talk Laura and Rebecca to donate some shoes to her collection, plus Laura gave Julie an unused handbag. We tried to coordinate some travels together so working rosters were compared with our travel plans. Hopefully we will work something out. After eating we said good bye and headed back to Southwell to pack. Packing completed we went to bed getting a but excited about going to ...
We have had a quiet couple of days, planning future trips to Edinburgh and Amsterdam. Also trying to get our prepaid (pay as you go) mobile topped up and on a plan allowing overseas texts and UK phone calls at a reasonable rate. Still working on the mobile. Accommodation in Edinburgh sorted, right in the centre if town. It isn't the cheapest but it has free parking and we know from ...
... for it. Of course, the end of Cook's publishing business had a hand in the demise of this experience. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_C ook_European_Timetable Chesterfield is noteworthy for the church with a crooked spire. Various legends exist to explain it. Some say the devil sat on the steeple and bent it. Others say it happened when a virgin bride was in the church and the spire bent over to ...
... some local history. A very steep climb through nettles and brambles led to a cave that is a remnant of early lead mining in the area. Back in the village, we treated ourselves to ice creams at Roma's Tuck Shop. Yumm! Dinner was takeout fish-and-chips so we could watch some football. The US game is later tonight. Black Swan here we come. Tomorrow, Steve, Nick and Kelly take the train to London to hang out with their cousins. We stay over one more day before driving ...
Monday 12th: Branston to Willington
Tuesday 13th: Willington to Weston-on-Trent
Got an absolute soaking in heavy rain today. A soggy walk into the village of Weston in the evening sunshine was well worth it to reach Weston Hall, an impressive 17th Century Mansion house and fishing lake. The Cooper's Arms restaurant and bar in the cellar was a real treat, superb traditional English country ...
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i have stayed twice at this hotel the first time was o.k and a friend booked for me again (when visiting) oh i should have told them after the first time not to bother, well where do i start, i was supposed to have an executive room upon entering the shoe box i realised this was in fact no were near an executive room as i couldent even put my bags down-it was stupidly small i went back down to reception and said i had booked an executive room and she replied "that is an executive room" ..."oh is it " is replied well where is the extra space, the mini bar the decor (not that i cared about that mind)-after her giving the dirtiest look imaginable she slowly started typing and give in to the proper room keys-after me showing a copy of the booking and telling her id stayed before and the room was not the same as before!!! so off to the proper room, open wooden window blinds to find work men suspended from the roof-well closed again-next thing its right next to a pub that never seems to close i meen i live in liverpool and its noisy very noisy sometimes but this was being in the bar i could clearly hear every note the drunken karaoke man was singing and i was on a high floor, then the air condidtioning did not work properly just made loud noise, the fire alarm kept randomly going off in rooms for minuits at a time, the staff were rude and unhelpful except in the breakfast area where they were surprisingly helpful-although the food was a bit how shall i say-cheap, eggs were nice though, being ignored on check out was a bit anoying too, while staff have there own personal conversations for 15 mins!, different staff to the check in ones to so its not isolated, parking was expensive and no discount given to people staying in hotel.
Stayed in the Holiday Inn Notts City centre for just the one night to attend an event.
Better than expected
Having booked a very good rate on the Holiday Inn web-site, I read the reviews on Tripadvisor and was concerned about what the hotel might be like. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised.
Whilst the hotel could do with some money being spent on it (some elements were a bit worn), the room (standard room with executive decor) was well finished with a modern bathroom. The breakfast buffet was excellent - although would have been expensive if not included in the rate.
The position of the hotel was extremely central; the only downside of this was car parking, but the hotel did offer 50% off the NCP opposite, which had a connecting bridge into the hotel.
Overall, would stay again at the right rate.
I recently stayed in this hotel and was extremely disappointed with its value for money.
The visitor from Scotland must have been assigned to the same room! The distance between the foot of the bed and the dresser/TVcould not have been more than 18 inches. It was literally a squeeze between the two to enter the bedroom area. If you like unpacking, and actually put clothes in hotel dressers (as I do), you would discover that the distance prevented fully opening the dresser doors. The windows were encrusted with what looked like a combination of mud and bird droppings. residue fell onto the window sill when the windows were opened for air. Having gone to Nottingham to visit a friend who lives there, I was horrified when, at 12:30 in the afternoon, my room had not yet been visited by housekeepers. I had to go in search of them to request that my room be made up by 1:00 so that it wouldn't be unsightly when my friend arrived. I am a smoker, had requested a room for smokers, but had to settle for a non-smoking room because no smoking rooms were available. When checking out, I had to catch a 5:30 train to London. At 5:00 a.m. the hotel was tightly locked, and there was nobody at the front desk. I literally had to shout for someone when I heard noise in the back office, so that a staff member could come out and unlock the doors to let me out. I was charged twice for my room, and although the hotel caught their mistake and issued a credit to my credit card before it came to my attention, the exchange rate had changed, and I lost an additional $8 in the transaction. I never could figure out the phone in my room, which displayed a message light from the time I arrived, to the time I left. I had no messages. It has been over month since my stay, and still, my frequent flyer account has not been credited. I would not choose to stay at this hotel ever again.
A very, very average hotel.
Dated, tired interior (although parts of the decor are actually beginning to become fashionable for the second time around), tatty around the edges and generally feeling a little neglected. The sofas in the bar were spectacularly uncomfortable (springs gone), and the bar itself lacked ambience with two televisions blaring out at 11pm on a Saturday night.
Our room service took an hour and a quarter to arrive, although the management gave us a discount on the food because of this. The food itself was a little below OK.
On the positive side, the hotel is very central, the staff were polite and the hotel seemed clean throughout.
Pretty good hotel. Nice and clean, good service.
Two bars and a restaurant.
Very close to the city centre - 2 minutes walk.
I recently visited Nottingham on business. The Holiday Inn City Centre looks like a former Forte Post House (a chain Holiday Inn bought a couple of years back). The location is quite central, in fact rather too close to the railway station to bother with a taxi but too far to walk with luggage. Multi storey car park adjacent. Check in was slow with a queue, which seems always the case at the ex-Forte hotels. My room was 'executive style' whatever that means. It was very small, difficult to get between the bed and TV. Standard toiletries in plastic bottles. Minibar had been emptied. The lock on the door would not turn. It was far too hot even with the air/con turned down (in November) so I had to leave the window open and got traffic noise. There is a nightclub opposite and there was some noise, but not too bad. I ordered room service and had difficulty making myself understood. Food arrived after 30 minutes and was charged for an extra item I had not ordered. The 'Holiday Inn Burger' is not, as stated on the menu, two burgers but two meat patties in one bun. There is a Holiday Inn Express a few yards up the road which is cheaper and has an inclusive breakfast. As for Nottingham, its a few years since I have been there. Supposedly now having a 'vibrant contemparary style' to quote the tourist office. The walk from the dilapidated station through the 'broadmarsh shopping centre' (with its beggars) was not a very promising start. However some of the winding shopping streets further up town have character and 'exclusive' shops. I could imagine it is pleasant in the summer. They are putting in a tram system which means large pedestrianised areas. Unfortunately everything seemed to close early and the the place was fairly dead in the evening. However cruising around after dark with stereos thumping seemed to be popular with local white and asian youngsters, as I guess is typical of english midlands and northern cities. It is reputed that women outnumber men by a large margin in Nottingham, other people say this is a myth. Based on my observations this seemed to be true and there were some very attractive girls.
This is about as central as you can get in Nottingham! Within 5 minutes walk to the nightlife hotspots, restaurants and bars and a ten to fifteen minute walk to the train station. The rooms here vary from very small to average. I would recommend the superior room type at this hotel. The rooms are larger, have better furnishings, comfy beds, excellent pillows with a choice of feather or artificial fillings and a minibar. I was quite happy to stay in the room and watch a film before going out to have a meal! Even whilst I was out I was itching to get back into that cosy bed! I think the hotel would benefit from a swimming pool and other leisure facilities as there are'nt any standard central city hotels in Nottingham that have leisure facilities, other than the Hilton which is at the other side of the city centre.
Poor but right in the Mixer
Stayed Oct 2003 in an executive room. What a joke !
Tiny room at a big price. Poor quality staff (Local Students)Only decent thing was the breakfast....
Bad Darts !