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Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport

Hunter Road, Castle Donington DE74 2TQ England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 11/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 11/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 8 hotels in Castle Donington
Welcome to contemporary Holiday Inn Express hotel at East Midlands Airport. With a great location, comfortable public areas & air conditioning in all guestrooms, you re sure of a great visit. We're just one mile from the airport and 35 miles from Alton Towers. Each of our 90 newly refurbished guestrooms have air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Family rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults & 2 children under 12 & feature a double bed and pull out sofabed, flat screen TVs, an en-suite with power shower, hairdryer & tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast is included so you can help yourself to the Express Start buffet. For your convenience we also offer on-site car parking packages. The Holiday Inn Express' location is perfect for meetings with both the M1 Motorway & East Midlands Airport just minutes away ensuring easy access for delegates. Nottingham East Midlands Airport is served by major airlines including Jet2, Ryanair and Thomson so we regularly welcome international guests for meetings in our 4 conference rooms which can accommodate up to 40 delegates. The Great Room is an informal place in which to relax with breakfast, chill out with a drink from the bar or enjoy an evening meal from our tasty menu. Our hotel is also a great location for visiting Derby and Nottingham, Donington Park Race Circuit, Donington Open Air Market, the Peak District or Alton Towers.
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adamcreen wrote a review Jun 1
Woking, United Kingdom90 contributions41 helpful votes
Safe arrangements throughout our stay, staff were masked and so were guests, very quiet in bar and breakfast area, with breakfast taken to room to eat. IHG Platinum Elite no drink offer, but points already credited, status not acknowledged until we asked. Room was spacious with plenty of seating, bathroom standard capsule with good shower, bed comfortable. Easy to check in and out. Breakfast options were bacon or sausage bap, plus the usual continental offering. Very handy stop for a drive up north, or obviously for the airport. Parking fee reasonable given the room itself was mega-cheap. A good rival for nearby Premier Inn or Travelodge, especially given free breakfast and free fast wifi.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: First or second floors
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Response from Hotel Staff, Owner at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Adam C, thanks for the 5* review. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and everything was as you expected. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Lucy Stamper - Hotel Operations Manager
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Joyce G wrote a review May 2021
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Oh dear. 5 of us popped in for quick meal, as we were informed that tables were available. 4 burgers & a pizza. We waited over an hour, & after asking we were told it was half cooked. 20 mins later no sign. Eventually arrived, was tasty enough but the wait was ridiculous. The toilets were in a dreadful state, somebody had torn the paper into a million bits, and was wet and all over the floor. Do not use if you want serving promptly! Won't visit again
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Hotel Staff, Owner at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
Responded 1 week ago
Hello joycegK3418QK, thank you for your review. We're so sorry to hear that on this occasion we did not meet the mark, and I'd like to apologise for not meeting your expectations this time. We expected our Bank Holiday Weekend to be extremely busy which we communicated with all of our guests on check in, and it's unfortunate that the actions of other guests meant we were not able to deliver our usual excellent service. Please know this is far from our usual high standards - we hope we get the opportunity to welcome you again. Kind regards, Lucy Stamper - Hotel Operations Manager
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John B wrote a review Aug 2020
Gateshead, United Kingdom19 contributions38 helpful votes
Really easy to find off the M1 with a large car park. £5 a night for car parking and whilst I get the reason why it would be nice if you maybe had a £5 bar credit to offset when you stay there..... All the usual sanitisers and precautions are in place so no worries there. The room was a typical HI Express room with a double sofa bed and double bed. The toilet/shower room had the funny double purpose door that others have commented on. Breakfast is available from 4am which was a bonus. There's a one way system around the 'buffet' and most of the tables are removed in line with the current norm. Everything is wrapped and there is a bag to 'grab and go'. As it's literally 2 mins from the airport then it's a no brainer for the price - you always have a fair idea what you will get with HI and this hotel does the job. Staff are friendly and we would use again if needed.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from Hotel Staff, Owner at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
Responded Aug 6, 2020
Hi John B, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for your stay - it's great to hear you had a good stay and that you found us excellent value for money with our ideal airport location. We really appreciate your feedback and we will use it to improve our service in the future. I'd like to thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Lucy Hotel Operations Manager
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Chris G wrote a review Jun 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa138 contributions79 helpful votes
We had collected our dog from London Heathrow and were driving back north to beyond Inverness when disaster struck. The alternator belt on the car broke, meaning we lost a number of mission-critical functions on the vehicle like aircon, water pump, ABS, windows and others. We eventually pulled into Donnington Services on the M1 North and called emergency breakdown services. They came round at about 23:00 and told us they couldn't fix the car and that they would have to tow it home for us next day. Meantime, we had 2 dogs in the car, it was dark and was starting to get cold, even though it was midsummer. So we figured we would need to find a place to stay overnight and regroup next day. We called Premier Inn at East Midlands Airport but it was closed due to Covid19. we tried a few others. same story. We then tried Holiday Inn Express at East Midlands. Eureka! Not only was it open but they take pets! So we walked across the road to the hotel where the checkin was quick and efficient. and what a great price. Only GBP70 for two people and two dogs. Included a grab and go breakfast. The room was brilliant. So functional. The bathroom had a novel feature in that the entrance door doubled as a WC door as well. Nice big TV, very comfortable bed, ironing board and iron. Tea and coffee facilities. Very quiet. This was a true lifesaver moment and HI passed the test with flying colours. I can heartily recommend this brilliant hotel and would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from lindseybyrne92, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
Responded Jun 23, 2020
Thanks for the review, Chris G. We were only too happy to accommodate you all in your time of need and glad the hotel's facilities were suitable for you. Stay safe! Lindsey B
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Scotttommo wrote a review Mar 2020
Derby, United Kingdom193 contributions102 helpful votes
Stayed the night before an early flight large spacious room. Clean and comfortable bed. Drinks were reasonably priced and a decent breakfast the next morning. Only live in Derby but £40 including breakfast it’s worth it! Would be £30 for breakfast and drinks at the airport so don’t mind paying £10 for the night and save getting up a silly o clock. Will definitely stay again
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from HolidayInnExpressEMA, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Thank you Scottommo for the great feedback! It's fantastic to hear you had a comfortable stay before your travels, and I'm glad you found us excellent value for money. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Lucy Guest Service & Experience Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport
What are some of the property amenities at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport?
Yes, paid public parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport?
Conveniently located restaurants include Runway Brasserie, Harvester Moto Donington Park, and Proof 65.
Does Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Melbourne Hall (4.6 miles), Diseworth Heritage Centre (0.9 miles), and Thrumpton Hall (4.5 miles).
Is Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.