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Holiday Inn Express Colchester
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dedham
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Drove here from a victorian hotel in Southwold which did not have air conditioning. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express during a heat wave so the air conditioning in the rooms and public areas was very welcome. Like a previous reviewer, I had trouble finding the hotel using my Sat Nav. I too found myself in a farmer's market.

My room overlooked the car park and had a lovely view of the Shell service station! The rooms were plain but very clean and comfortable. The en suite had extremely modern fittings with an enormous shower cubicle. All the staff were friendly and helpful particularly Tamara who advised us about local restaurants and provided directions.

The buffet breakfast was average but acceptable. In summary, a pleasant experience and I would definitely return when visiting the area in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Our GPS brought us to a farmer's market in back of this hotel. I think this is a hotel for business travelers and it is brand new. The rooms were big for British standards, it had a couch,and a super shower. The lights were LED so it seemed a bit of a strange ambience. The TV didn't work and so we called the tech guy and then we were afraid to turn it off. We did not eat dinner here but we did eat breakfast and that was good. We didn't have WiFi devices but this place had computers for 5L for 30min, a bit steep.

Room Tip: Get a room on the back side so you don't have to hear the smokers in the front
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in July during an unusually hot spell so grateful for air conditioning in the public areas and in the room. Rooms have limited furniture and don't feel cramped due to innovative use of space. Excellent quality bed and fittings, huge shower cubicle. Breakfast is included in "Express" hotels and its quite reasonable for the price but don't expect 4 star quality. Staff are very helpful and quick to respond to requests. Nice reception/bar/public area. Friends stayed at nearby Holiday Inn which was much bigger with a pool, but consequently also much busier. Would certainly use this hotel again.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are quieter than those on ground floor.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Bob M
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I stayed here in July and really was quite disappointed with this hotel. The room was clean and I did sleep well which was on the plus side. The down side, the restaurant has a very limited menu and the food quite plain. Breakfast also was very limited for hot food unless you like beans and sausage of which there was alot. The hotel does not provide a free Wi-Fi service which is poor when you consider three star hotels in Kenya can. Would I stop here again,not through choice.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Thank gary547
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Colchester, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

Dear gary547,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of our property. We strive to provide the best possible experience and it is great to read from our guests on how we are doing. We are sorry for falling short of your expectations. I am truly sorry that you were not satisfied with the breakfast program that is provided by our hotel. We are working hard to ensure that our breakfast service meets our guests expectations and value your feedback.

Thank you for staying with us and we hope to have an opportunity to serve you again.

Sincerely,

Connie D
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great stay, hotel spotless and the staff were so helpful and polite
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Breakfast were plentiful and the evening meals were very good and good value for money.

Down fall was the smoking area ! having to pass people smoking isn't pleasant and one night a crowd was outside for over 1 hour laughing,smoking and joking between 1am to 2pm, Where was the night porter ?

Our local hospital has a portacabin at the rear of the garden for smokers I think hotels should copy that idea, I have also suggested this to Mecure, Travelodge and Premier Inns as we have had the same problem there.

To approach a hotel and see guests smoking directly outside is off putting.

Enjoyed the area and will visit again.

Room Tip: Not near the front porch, guests can be smoking at all hours.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Booking in was a breeze. The room was clean and comfortable, with a huge shower cubicle Good nights sleep. The only down side was that we were next to the main entrance and every time some one went out for a smoke we felt that they were looking into our room. If I had sussed it earlier I would have asked to be moved.
Breakfast was buffet style and although limited was tasty.

Room Tip: Room No 6 is next to the main entrance...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in a family room, upstairs, facing the rear open fields. Quiet room and clean. Usual HIE style but the shower room was much bigger than a lot of HIE we stayed.
It was also pleasant to be greeted with Priority club benefits without mentioning that I am a member. Gladly extended checkout time.
The double bed was OK but the sofa bed could be improved as the metal springs are felt when sleeping. Some kind of mattress protector should do the job.
Breakfast same as most HIE and was adequate and replenished quickly.
Close to Dedham village, which is very nice and be visited and nearby footpaths lead to open landscape.
All the staff was friendly and helpful.
One of the best HIE we stayed.

Room Tip: Upper floor facing the rear.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Birchwood Road, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6HX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester > Dedham
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dedham
Price Range: $60 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Colchester 2.5*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Colchester has 101 air-conditioned bedrooms all with wireless internet access, invigorating power shower and tea & coffee making facilities. Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast sets you up for a day exploring Colchester sights. Children under 18 stay free when sharing parents’ family room. This newly opened Colchester hotel is located just off A12 north off the Colchester Town Centre, with excellent links to Ipswich and Chelmsford. ... more   less 
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