Holiday Inn Leicester
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Leicester
Executive suite a noisy rip off!
I stayed in an executive suite on the 3rd floor. I was not told that the room doubles as an interconnecting room, so the room had a wooden door between my executive suite and next door. Unfortunately, every little noise including the late night sex romp next door was as loud as it would have been if they were in the room with me. In addition the air ventilation system buzzed loudly during the whole stay. The pool was very small and full of locals. There was no room to swim at all. The gym was the size of a postage stamp. The changing rooms were dirty. The room was clean but the toiletries from the last people had not been changed so I had half full bottles of shampoo etc.. Staff were disinterested robots with little in the way of politeness. How do they make a profit I ask??!!
Pleasant room for the night
We stayed here for one night with friends. Ok, so it's not in the most glamourous of locations and the entrance is overlooked by a car park but it's a good place to stay in Leicester.
The entrance is welcoming, with efficient staff on the front desk. We'd got the rooms at £52 per room per night from the Holiday Inn website and they both had Queen size beds. A good amount of lighting, and a table and a couple of chairs for you to read your book/the papers in.
We didn't eat in the hotel as we went out for a curry on London Road. We highly recommend the Nila Palace for a yummy and busy curry house!
The only draw back was the bar. A gin and tonic came to £4.05, which I suppose isn't too bad for some places, but we were quite taken aback as we're used to them being cheaper where we live!
Children loved their stay
Booking a week in advance, me, my wife and 3 children (18mths, 3.5yrs and 6.5yrs) stayed for the last weekend of half term on 17, 18 and 19.02.2006.
Had a family room (two doubles) with travel cot provided. The room was well maintianed, clean and non-smoking as requested on the 4th floor (all non smoking) of the building. The room was spacious enough for us, with desk / dresser, two sofas and table.
Check-in and check-out was speedy and the staff were very helpful.
Children loved the swimming pool, which we used before breakfast in the morning when it is quiet. The breakfast buffet was perfect for them and to their / our liking (good way to learn what your kids like to eat).
The hotel is also very central close to the main High St, Shires Shopping area and taxis are readily available for further afield. .
Overall I would return to this hotel with my family.
We had a last minute booking and paid £148 BB for an executive room. The room was big and lovely though and recently refurbished. Very very central - 2 minute walk takes you to the shopping centre.
Only bad thing was that next door were smoking despite it being a no-smoking floor and this made my room veru smelly. The reception didn't answer the phone when I tried to call them!
Breakfast was very good.
Food in the hotel was good also. They have a buffet carvery at £12.95 for as many visits as you like. Good if you have a big appetite!
Not as bad
We stayed as a family, 2 adults and 3 children on 'spring' break for one night only, just before Easter. We found the room to be clean, bathroom adequate and we could not hear any road noise, and the hotel was very quiet. We had a good breakfast and because the hotel was quiet we pratically had the pool and spa to ourselves so we thoughly enjoyed it. The reception staff could have been a bit more friendly, but they were efficient enough.
Horrible tiny rooms!
Very small rooms! The Hotel is on a traffic island, so all night long you can hear traffic noise no matter which side of the building your room is. Along with a tiny bed and tiny room, I had to put up with bad food and bad service. The staff at the Holiday Inn did not seem bothered.
AVOID THIS HOTEL
This hotel is a complete rip off and the food is very poor. The swimming pool is about the size of a bath tub. This hotel did not seem clean to me at all and the noise of people in the corridors and in the rooms near by was absolutely apalling and continued until the early hours. The staff were not even bothered! After an experience like this i will NEVER EVER go to this hotel again.
Handy for centre, OK but souless
Typical Holiday Inn - clean, modern etc, nothing to complain about. also very handy for city centre (tho a bit far from the city's best Indian restaurants - I ate at and would recommend tiffin up near the university on London Road). however location is a bit odd - marooned in a traffic island, next to an NCP. found some traffic noise came through the windows, despite double glazing.
Don't be fooled by the Web Page Picture
The Web Page for this hotel does it intially no justice unless you explore more - so don't be put off. The hotel looks as though it has recently been refurbished - I stayed for the night in an Executive room which was large with good work area with access for my laptop, decoration pleasant and good AC. The hotel is central for business and easy to locate with a freindly bar and restaurant.
TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Leicester
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... have our ski boots fitted, so tomorrow morning when we are all fresh faced we can get straight onto the slopes to enjoy our first skiing lessons.
Mrs Taylor is looking forward to spending her day in a cafe of drinking copious amounts, non-alcoholic obviously....
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... learned that we can't take the bikes in the underground, only above ground trains, so we plotted a new route home and were on our way. We had to carry our bikes down some stairs, which was nowhere near as hard as the luggage, but the hybrid has got a few kgs on the carbon fibre Verite, that's for sure! We decided to change trains at Earl's Court, we were fairly sure that was still above ground until we headed down into ...
... and she came to meet us at the Craddock with some scones. It was great to see Sangy and happily we persuaded her to come and stay with us in Rutland on Sunday. Slug mentioned that he fancied a curry so she kindly offered to make one and bring it with her. Waving goodbye to Sangy and Leicester we headed for Rutland, via the scenic route through the countryside of Leicestershire. Slug was impressed with the cute villages and yellow fields. We arrived ...
... extended by John of Gaunt and then by Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth's favourite. It is huge.
As it's a Saturday and school holidays, the place was full of sword-wielding young Britons.
The 8 year old with the plastic sword, the red hair and the patient father exclaimed " I want to be bwave. Yes dad I am bwave." He then headed off to acts of derring do.