Our family group were allocated rooms near each other as requested, the rooms were clean, beds comfortable, and the bathroom spotless. The double glazed windows didn't keep out the noise of people talking in the car park, and we were woken at 6 am on Sunday morning by people talking in a room on another floor (maybe they had their window open?). The location is very convenient for a city visit, parking is free and we took the 7 minute walk through the footpath to where we could get a bus into the city, as advised by the reception staff.
The down side was the breakfast. The buffet area is too small, there was no skimmed milk for the cereals. The fresh fruit was just apples, which I don't like but had brought my own grapefruit which I ate in my room. As a coeliac, I am unable to eat sausages and beans (unless they are good quality Heinz beans). I took my own GF bread and aimed for as little cross-contamination as possible when using the toaster, then added some scrambled egg which was lumpy and dry. There were yoghurts but unfortunately I don't like those.
Unfortunately there is no-where nearby this hotel to go for breakfast, and in any case the cost is included with your stay.
We travelled north afterwards and stayed at the Premier Inn Reebok in Bolton and had a fantastic cooked breakfast, fruit and cereals - and the two night stay worked out much less than staying at a Hoiday Inn Express.
Now for the REALLY INTERESTING bit!!!! There was a young girl clearing the breakfast tables, she was wearing trousers and a short jacket. Every time she leaned over to collect dishes from a table, her trousers slipped down her backside almost to the top of her legs, showing ALL of her skimpy satin panties, AND her bottom!!! Very unappetising at that time of day. Shameful. She must have known/felt the draft on her buttocks, the room wasn't very warm! Only wish I'd had my iPhone camera handy, would have loved to have put a photo on here. Maybe just as well I didn't.
Because it was a family gathering, we didn't want to make a fuss and spoil their weekend, but all 7 of the family at our table felt this was very inappropriate dress for someone working in that environment.
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- Enjoy a peaceful stay at the modern Holiday Inn Express Cambridge hotel, just 2 miles from Cambridge city centre. Holiday Inn Express Cambridge is a good-value choice with free Wi-Fi, well-equipped bedrooms with comfort cooling and free onsite parking. A continental buffet breakfast with hot items is included for all guests and is served in our sociable Great Room. Our handy location means you are just 15 minutes from the heart of historic Cambridge with its river punting and university buildings. Host a presentation in one of Holiday Inn Express Cambridge's 3 naturally lit meeting rooms, all with free Wi-Fi. We're easy for your delegates to reach, just 24 miles from Stansted Airport on the M11 and 1.5 miles from Cambridge train station. It's just a short walk from the hotel to meetings with companies based in Coldhams Business Park. Cambridge's focal point is its beautiful university campus, packed with medieval college buildings and the Gothic King's College Chapel. Sail along the tranquil River Cam by punt for a city tour with a difference, passing picturesque parks and beautiful bridges. After a day's sightseeing, sink into a leather sofa in Holiday Inn Express Cambridge's welcoming Great Room, where helpful staff will take your order for dinner. The Great Room opens out onto a peaceful terrace and garden and you can mingle over drinks till late in our sociable bar. ... more less
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