"Great value for money"
This place is really great with excellent facilities, very clean and very friendly efficient staff. The only thing that let's it down is being confronted by smokers as you enter or leave or the evidence of their habit.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"You get what you pay for."
Lovely budget hotel ,comfortable rooms and ok.Breakfast was pretty disappointing with low quality sausages,awful tasting beans and limited cereal options and there was tinned fruits .It could be better but guess you get what you pay for as the breakfast was free with the booking.Genuine Expedia guest review
All what you expect from Holiday Inn Express - rooms better standard than normal. Breakfast room vast and a little atmosphere. Overall excellent for a business stopover.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great room and very clean and we were well looked after. Breakfast was very mediocre in its range of food and drinks available. Staff very pleasant and helpful. A long way out of Colchester and nowhere near to wander to for a meal or drink, but taxis to town about 10 pound which is not bad for the distance.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Stayed one night, room and breakfast perfect!"
hotel was nice and breakfast enough to fill you up for the day, we went to the crown pub for dinner at night, this is a must, less than 5 miles away lovely place for food and drinksGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Service, Clean room."
4/5: The staff were fantastic, polite, but efficient. You could tell that they enjoy their jobs, or at least they left me with that impression. The only reason it's not a 5/5, is because the bed was a bit saggy (pillows were good though, and i did sleep well) and the breakfast was a bit naff. That said I would definitely stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Travelled alone with a toddler and baby"
Overall this hotel was fine. The staff when I arrived were brilliant helping me with bags from the car to my room. On the evening the same gentleman who had carried our bags brought paper and pens to my son and even arranged for a glass of milk. The room was standard unfortunately there was no bath for the kids and the sink was too small for a baby […] to be washed in. We had a sofa bed for my son but it was so uncomfortable. My son complained about it so I was going to sleep on it instead however you could feel every spring so we ended up sharing the double. My baby slept fine in her cot. Breakfast was simple and was plenty of choice to suit everyone. I did ask for some help with the bags again but was told to ask one of the cleaners if they were about. I did manage to get a trolley which was still awkward trying to carry a baby, keep a 2 year old in tow and push a wonky trolley. The bed problem and lack of help at the end of my trip has made me choose a different hotel for my next visit in a few weeks, however I would stay here again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Very clean and friendly hotel, slightly too soft beds, and no wifi in rooms, no local (walking distance) amenities.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Business travellers avoid this one."
Apart from changing rooms due to a malfunctioning TV, the place was lovely with a relaxing ambience and very clean rooms and decor, and friendly, helpful staff. However, the mattress was like sleeping on a blancmange, the Wi-Fi (free in the bar/restaurant) was so slow it was unusable. Considering there is virtually no mobile coverage either, those with […] a dongle will also be frustrated. Restaurant choices in usual HI Express style was very limited, and you are in the middle of nowhere, so unless you fancy a long trek into Colchester, you are stuck with it. One final thing, if you book direct, broadband in the room is free, but if you book through Expedia and save £5 you have to pay £7.99 for in-room broadband! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"What you would except"
What you would expect for the price. nice selfsurvse breakfast no bacon though. bed was a bit soft, for my likingGenuine Expedia guest review
"Clean and Modern"
We used this hotel for 1 night in February as we were in this area for a meeting. Hotel is in quite a noisy position by the A12 which is a busy road but with the windows shut it wasn't too bad. In the summer with windows open I guess t would be very noisy. However the rooms have air conditioning so it shouldn't be a problem. Rooms are clean and modern […] and the bathroom was nice with a big shower but no bath. Generally a nice environment to be in. I think the down side for me was the breakfast. It is included in the price but is quite limited and the sausages were of very low quality. The only hot food is sausage, scrambled egg and beans and not the normal selection you get in most hotels. This wouldn't have been so bad but you are paying reasonably high rates for this hotel and I would have expected more. The breakfast service area is small and if, like we had, there is a coach party all trying to get their breakfast at once then it is a bit of a free for all. The dining area was nice if a little basic. On the whole this is a reasonable hotel for the odd night but I wouldn't want to stay there for too much longer. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"great hotel but"
I am use to memory foam and found the beds a bit hardGenuine Hotels.com guest review
As to be expected for Holiday Inn Express, only negative was limited choice of food and the IP TV system was extremely slow making channel changes painfully slow. Everything else was great!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice weekend stay"
Second visit to this hotel with the family. Rooms are in top condition and for the money you simply can't fault it. Well done.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great B&B stopover."
Second stay and just as good as the first. Very clean and comfortable room with buffet breakfast. Cheerful and help full staff. Will use again.Genuine Expedia guest review
The room was fine and the location ok, but the breakfast was poor quality with no bacon and strange rubber egg. Been here twice now and both times the tiled floor around the food area was sticky! Buy a mop Won't be returning.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Good room fantasticGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"room is ok,but staff rude and unprofesional"
Hotel room is nice and clean, but when we came to check in we was waiting about 10 minutes for some one to came to reception and came to check in hotel chef which was unfriendly we did said to him we waiting 10 min. no one coming to check in and his didnt said nothing no sorry no nothing,after coming one lady she working reception working even didnt […] said HELLO,so rude and unprofesional staff. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pleasant Express Hotel near Shell petrol station"
Clean, easy to get to off main A road, friendly staff. Good breakfast, even had Soya milk! Only problem - didn't like my bed, mattress too wobbly - every time one of us moved, the other could fell it and bounced a bit. May only have been my mattress, but a different one would be bettr. Apart from the mattress, I'd use this again - fairly close to Essex […] Uni and Colchester town (15 minutes ish). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"And breakfast too..."
been here many times before and will come again, location not too easy but overall a nice hotel good friendly staff and breakfast included in the price too...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very quiet. Clean and comfortable room. Good breakfast.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Simple, easy, inexpensive"
The only flaw with this hotel is its location. East bound traffic has to go through a few side streets (no signage) to get to the hotel as it is on the wrong side of the carriageway....Easy with a GPS. Otherwise, the staff were friendly. Free breakfast (would prefer bacon to sausages.... but who cares!).... If you are using the place as a simple overnight […] before traveling further.... it serves its purpose fine. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
This Holiday Inn ticked every box. It was just where we wanted it to be. The rooms were clean and comfortable and no noise from the busy A12. Walk in shower brilliant don't know why more hotels don't scrap the shower over the bath arrangement! Staff were friendly, chatty and couldn't have been more helpful. Excellent hot & cold buffet breakfast each […] day. I will certainly be staying again when next Colchester way. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Need a great place to stay? This is it!!!"
Great place to stay for a short while. Very pleasing indeed! Every rating is a 4 to 5 out of 5!Genuine Expedia guest review
Very satisfied, this hotel was first rate. A lovely bedroom, very good food and terrific staff.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Wifi poor in the lounge(only place that was availa"
Overall good excellent value for money Wifi not a luxury anymore, its a necessity these daysGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel For and Against"
The Hotel was for us in an excellent position to visit friends. The room was adequate for our needs and had tea/coffee facilities. However, breakfast was an experience on Saturday/Sunday mornings that took the shine of off our weekend stay. It seemed there was too many people to be catered for comfortable. The amount of food soon went and it was a case […] of " Eyes bigger then their bellies," your staff did their best to top up and clear away a large amount of un-eaten food. Their job was made harder because they had to fight their way through the waiting throng of impatient people. I think the layout could be changed so the staff have an easier task on refills. On a good note, I have gluten intolerance and found the staff to be very helpful at what was a very trying time. All the breakfast staff were very patient/polite and courteous. On Monday morning it was a pleasure to go down for breakfast! Friday night we were keep awake to the early hours by a lot of noise from what could only be a badly disciplined school/youth party and could not understand why the teachers/staff were not informed to curtail this inconsiderate behaviour. We did talk to the young lady on reception the next morning. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A bit out of the way"
If staying on a business trip this is a good place to stay - nice and quiet, but very comfortable and clean. But we didn't do our homework, and got a bit left out of town, meaning having to get cabs, not overly expensive - but a lack of foresight on our partGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Two night stay with kids"
Hotel staff helpful when asked anything. Room ok but sofa bed for children uncomfortable and supplied with single quilt. Bathroom bin not fully emptied and daughter found little notes under bed when reaching for toy. Breakfast ok first day but very poor second day with no orange juice or white bread or fruit yoghurts all things my children eat. The […] pastries and rolls were over cooked that day too. Spoke to staff member at checkout who said he'd pass the comment on. Not heard anything since. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel closest to the wedding we attended"
The hotel was very convenient! Spacious and Superb! We will definitely visit again if we're in Colchester and need a place to stay! ABSOLUTELY worth the price paid!!Genuine Expedia guest review
If a couple were staying in this room it would be ideal. Well finished, although sadly lacking drawers for storage. We had a family room and the sofa bed is totally unsuitable for sleeping on as very thin mattress, and metal framework prevents a good nights sleep. Breakfast was basic, and I don't think we're likely to stay at a Holiday Inn again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Far away and bad mattresses"
The hotel is far away from the town centre and there is no reliable bus service. We had to hire a taxi every time we went in or out: 10 pounds per ride if pre-agreed. Also, the mattresses were in very bad condition. We changed room and it inproved a bit, but still, mattresses are of low quality. If you have a sensitive back, I do not advise to come […] here. Last but not least, food is overcooked and tasteless. We ended up buying our own food in the supermarket. It's not the worst place I've been, but it has the worst value/money ratio. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good for a short duration trip"
The room is a bit crammed, especially since we were 4 of us staying there. But to the hotels credit, apart from the sofa bed, they provided a separate duvet to put on the mattress to increase the comfort for sleeping on the sofa bed. There is no separate wardrobe in the room but a few hangers available to hang clothes. Also, there is no small refrigerator […] in the room. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great value Hotel"
Does what it says on the tin. Had family room very clean and tidy and adequate towels etc for all (2 adults, 2 children). Stayed with my husband and 2 grandchildren. Breakfast good with something for everyone. Great value for money. Although close to A12 we were not aware of traffic noise.Genuine Expedia guest review
Stayed here for 2 nights during the week - had a twin room with my son. Room was spacious with a good HD TV, bathroom was great with an awesome shower, cleanliness was superb! Small bar area with limited selection of meals, breakfast buffet was good. Location initially was a bit worrying as behind a petrol station just off the A12, but didn't turn […] out to be an issue as was extremely quiet. All in all, great hotel, great location for getting around easily, met all of my expectations. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We had a lovely stay, hotel clean and comfy bedsGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good value, modern, hotel"
A relatively new hotel. Good size rooms with lovely shower rooms. Included breakfast fine for the type of hotel and price paid. We would certainly stay there again especially now that we know how to get there - it's a little difficult to find the hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Clean and Great Value"
Room was spotless - we love Holiday Inn Express. Breakfast as always in Holiday Inn Express missing loads of whats supposed to be on menu. But what was there was good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good business hotel"
We had trouble finding the hotel even using a Sat Nav. The GPS took us to a farmer's market near to the hotel. This should be looked into. We liked the air conditioning in the bed rooms and public areas. The staff were very helpful, particularly Tamara, who recommended restaurants in the area and gave us directions.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good for Business people"
Very nice, comfortable and clean room and bathroom. You have to pay for Wi-Fi in room! A good breakfast but needs more attendant(s). One had to ask repeatedly for replenishment from the one person. The parking spaces are meant for the old 1950s mini. Really squeezedGenuine Expedia guest review
Staff very friendly, rooms clean and comfortable, not too far from Dedham, only downside not easy to find travelling North on A12. Travelling south better but could do with a clearer sign before turn off, apart from that, would stay here again if in the area.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Holiday Inn Express is a good offer but there is room for one improvement: End the automatic switching on of the TV when you first open the room door after check-in! The unexpected blast of Hollywood film previews emanating from the other side of the room is unhelpful when you're trying to sneak in with sleeping children!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great for an overnight stay"
Covered all the basics. Need a car to reach surrounding villages - Ideal for 1 night.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Only down side was exeedingly poor breakfast dodgy sausages and beans is hardly a cooked breakfastGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"clean and modern"
Room was clean and modern. Was given room that smelled of cigarettes, but when we spoke to reception about this, our room was changed without delay.Breakfast was OK, although the cooked breakfast was in short supply one morning. The evening meal menu didn't have much choice and the food was of poor quality, heated up rather than cooked meals.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The Hotel was clean and of a good standard. The staff who checked us in were not competent and the senior assistant was more interested in awaiting a phone call than providing a service.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great except not much sleep!"
Stayed here for two nights. Was very impressed with location and the hotel itself. The hotel is in a very quiet location even though it is very close to the main road. We did not hear any traffic at all. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean. My room was fantastic but the one and only dissapointment […] was the mattress - it was very soft and very uncomfortable which meant that after two nights I was very tired and my back was sore because the mattress gave no support whatsoever. It was such a shame because everything else was great. Unfortunately I would not stay again and I really dont want to say that but I wouldn't because of the mattress. I suffer from a bad back anyway so for someone who does not and is not bothered by a soft unsupporting mattress then I would definitely give this hotel 10/10. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
A nice hotel for a stopover we found the rooms to be lovely, clean and comfortable! The only thing lacking was a little more information regarding the hotel ie: check out times and breakfastGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The rooms are high spec and very clean and tidy. Breakfast was nice, although I would have liked to see a vegetarian option as part of the cooked breakfast. Overall, thanks for a great stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Everything was fine and we enjoyed our stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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