We chose to stay at the Stansted Holiday Inn Express as we had a long journey to the airport, a 4.10 am check in and most compelling reason of all, the overnight stay with a week's car parking was only £25 more than car parking alone at the airport's long stay facility.
The hotel was easy to find and whilst Reception was busy, the staff were friendly and efficient at checking all the guests in, so we only had to wait a few minutes. We were very pleased with our family room, it was very clean, warm, quiet, well equippped and comfortable. Also the children's sofa bed had been fully set up and made ready for our arrival (we've had bad experiences at Travel Lodge where they hadn't prepared the room and we had several trips to reception to ask for sheets / pillows / duvets etc - so this gave us a confident start to our holiday).
The beds were comfortable and we didn't hear any road / aircraft noise (or lifts pinging to announce their arrival on our floor - another bad experience elsewhere)
We liked the integral bathroom which was clean and very well planned - with one switch giving a gentle blue glow through an opaque window divider into the room hallway which was great as a night light to help the kids find the loo in the night.
There's not a great choice for meals nearby, with a Wild Bean cafe in the petrol station over the road, McDonalds or Starbucks all a short walk away. That said we opted for the snack menu available from the hotel bar, the food was much nicer and not as expensive as we'd feared.
The only complaint we'd have is not the fault of the hotel - but maybe worth mentioning to help other travelers. We were worried that the 4am shuttle bus wouldn't get us to the check in desk by 4.10am, so booked a Taxi for 3.50am using the free phone alongside Hotel reception. This taxi didn't turn up - and whilst the Shuttle bus got us there a few minutes after 4.10am, it didn't matter as the check in queue was so long it made no difference.
If travelling on an early morning flight from Stansted again I'd definitely come back to the Holiday Inn Express, and feel confident in recommending it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Express by Holiday Inn London Stansted Airport Hotel is ideally located within 5 minutes of the Airport terminal via the hotel transfer bus (small charge applies £3.00 Each way). The hotel is ideally positioned for visits to Newmarket, Cambridge, Bury St.Edmunds, Mildenhall, London Olympic Village, Eurostar Kings Cross and Stratford Terminals. All 254 bedrooms, are equipped with air-conditioning, power shower, tea and coffee making facilities and fully interactive TV system with high speed internet connectivity. The Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport offers Meet Smart facilities. Hotel has 6 meeting rooms all with natural daylight, and can accommodate up to 70 delegates in theatre style. Hotel has an Informal style bar lounge with plasma TV's & Sports Bar,showing all of the latest top sports event plus the Great Room including the Rotisserie Restaurant where breakfast & evening meals are served.The Rotisserie restaurant is a new concept at the Hotel where guests can watch the chickens turn golden brown,this includes free salad bowl with all Rotisserie dishes a great vale offering. The Hotel also has on-site parking for up-to 175 cars & is ideally located near Duxford Imperial War Museum and also close to Cambridge & Newmarket. PLEASE NOTE that an overnight parking charge applies for residents of £8.00. Parking is only available to hotel residents whilst staying in the hotel. Park Stay&Go packages are available.Please note! NO BUS TRANSFER during the following times: 12.00 Midnight to 4.00Am,£3 per person each ways payable on the bus applies, children under 16 travel free.All other times every 30 minutes. A limited service operates through Christmas&New Year. A 24hr taxi service is available from the terminal at the cost of approx. 7.00 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Stansted Airport Hotel Stansted
- Holiday Inn Express Stansted Airport Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex