Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Holiday Inn? Indeed!

The big debate of a place to stay in London took place between myself and my husband earlier this month. It is a huge decision, except, it was taken out of our hands.

We booked tickets to go to a big event at Wembley Stadium- the travel agent booked our hotel too. We were told we were staying at The Holiday Inn Oxford Circus. 

Having never stayed at the Holiday Inn chain of hotels, we had no idea what was in store for us, but never the less, we booked another night, directly through the hotel reservations and took the gamble.

When the big day arrived, we fought our way through the busy Kings Cross station to the extremely well organised taxi rank. Clambering into our designated taxi, we gave our hotel name to the friendly driver, and off we went.

After a ten-fifteen minute journey, we arrived in a street just off Oxford Steet- Wellbeck Road, with our hotel nicely embedded in the middle of it.

Through the swinging door, we entered a small but clean and tidy hotel reception area. A little queue was formed, so it gave us a chance to check out the bar, which was, again, small but delightful with a smattering of people enjoying tea and coffee, and looking at a generous menu of light bites.

When it was time to check in, there was a little difficulty with our reservation which was dealt with swiftly, pleasantly and successfully.

We had a little wait while the difficulty was addressed and then we were given our room card. We immediately headed there to get rid of our cases and freshen up. 

Situated on the fifth floor, the room was large, bright, airy and very clean. A quick freshen up showed us the shower gels, shampoo and conditioner, and the handy dispensers that are attached to the wall and filled regularly. The bathroom was large and extremely clean and well maintained.

There was absolutely nothing to criticise at all.

We left to explore the sights of London.

When we returned, a much welcomed package of juice, water and biscuits were waiting for us in the room. After refreshments and a swift change we were back out again to sample the nightlife in the big city.

Each time we left and re entered the hotel, the small bar was busy. A cacophony of noise erupted from groups of people thoroughly enjoying themselves!

The following morning saw us finding the restaurant located in the basement of the building. Small but quaint with a huge array of glorious food, ranging from a full English to hams and fruit, pancakes and cereal; everyone was catered for, and of course not forgetting the good selection of fruit juices and ice, tea and coffee. You want for nothing!

Our second day was our event day, so we left the hotel for a long period of time. As it was based nearer bond street tube and Baker Street tube, it was an ideal location for Madame Tussaud's and Oxford street shopping, but as we are healthy, and (relatively!) fit, we tended to walk rather than ride the tube.

We arrived back later that evening, and headed to our room, but, looking at the room service menu, decided that it would be early enough to share a bottle of wine. Sending hubby down to the bar at reception, he returned with a wonderful bottle of red and two glasses. 

Sleeping soundly, we looked forward to the delightful breakfast before checking out.

Again, the restaurant did not disappoint. It came up trumps with a breakfast as wonderful as the previous day, cakes, fruit...the whole shebang!

Our check out was very smooth and the staff incredibly pleasant.

What really tops the hotel off was; on returning home, I realised that I had left an item of my belongings: my IPad charger. Disaster! I contacted the hotel immediately, and they had found it!
It was fantastic to hear! They were happy to post the charger back to me, and I received it soon after.

What wonderful service! Both myself and my husband were overjoyed with the hotel as a whole. It was a smooth, welcoming and comfortable stay, and yes, we were disappointed to leave. We will be staying there without a doubt on our next visit to London!

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*Disclaimer: this review is based on my experience and opinion only. I received no monetary remuneration or payment in any other manner for this review*