When you overcome the fact that you appear to be driving into a supermarket car park, which is actually shared with the hotel and sports facilities, you will find that, while this hotel does not look very interesting from the outside, it is a good place to stay. It was convenient for me as I was visiting the main Norwich hospital, which was only about 15 minutes drive away, even at 8am with the rush-hour in full flow. UEA, which is close to the hospital, would be a slightly shorter drive.
The front desk staff were friendly and efficient, immediately recognising my IHG Rewards membership which makes check-in very easy. Next morning, check-out was also quick and accurate. I would happily return to this hotel.
Although my room overlooked the car park, it was very quiet. The room was well prepared and immaculately clean, and the wifi was adequate.
I ate in the hotel's restaurant that evening. It is a rather clinical area but the food was OK and the service was friendly. When I placed my food order at the bar, I was warned that it may take half an hour to prepare the meal, which was helpful to know. Breakfast, which was included in the price, was a good mix of hot and cold dishes, was fresh and appetising.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Express by Holiday Inn Norwich is a new 78 bedroom hotel on the Norwich Sports Village Complex. This Modern Hotel hosts a neighbouring Esporta Health and Raquet Club, the Royal Norfolk Golf Club, and the only Ice Rink in Norfolk, Ice Experience. All our guests can take advantage of all the facilities at the Health and Raquet club Swimming, Gym etc, for a daily fee as well as enjoy a round of golf or take advantage of our special GOLF BREAK Package contact our reception for special rates.Also enjoy ice skating at the Ice Experience. Our guest can take advantage of our rail/airport Courtesy Shuttle bus which runs daily and can be booked at reception from 8am - 9.30pm. The Express by Holiday Inn is located 2.5 miles from Norwich City Centre and 1.9MI from Norwich International Airport just off the A140. The hotel has been designed to combine contemporary design with comfortable accommodation and value pricing, catering for both business and leisure travellers. Each of the 78 bedrooms has a desk area with high speed internet access, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV with satellite channels and an invigorating power shower. Our rates include Continental Breakfast which is served in the Great Room which is also a relaxing and informal place to unwind with a drink from our bar or to enjoy a Light Snack from our evening menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Norwich Hotel Norwich
- Holiday Inn Norwich
- Norwich Holiday Inn