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“Brand new and a bit dull”

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Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel
Ranked #202 of 1,063 Hotels in London
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Western Norway, Norway
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“Brand new and a bit dull”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

The hotel smells all new and is ok choice if you need a place to sleep but don't mind if a hotel is boring and service is ok, actually service was nice.
Location was excellent for me and would be great if you wanne explore other parts of London tourists don't always see.

Breakfast area is a bit steril due to very sharp bright light.

Room was clean and new. My room had a bathroom that was too small. Facing main street but still quiet due to good sound insulation.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Thank you for your feedback following your most recent stay with us. As General Manager I am a little concerned you called the hotel "boring" and would very much like to understand your views in more detail and kindly ask you drop me an email direct at james.doyle@ihg.com. I would also like to clarify with you, your views on the service as you describe it as "ok" and then "nice" in the same sentence. Your feedback is very important to us and I would very much like to opportunity to discuss it with you in more detail however thank you for your feedback so far.
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stayed here on 1st Feb 2013. Very nice hotel with a great vibe, Room was very spacious and clean,

Receptionist on checking out, was more interested in answering the phone every time it rang, rather than dealing with the customers she was facing and already 'trying to help'

Taxi drivers dont seem to know about this hotel, and the local taxi drivers can be quite arsey when they try to take you to another holiday inn, 5 mins away and you tell them that its not the right one, My taxi driver reckons that this Holiday Inn is 'brand new' and thats why no one knows where it is.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear SJ1984, thank you for taking the time to pass on your comments following your stay with us here at the Holiday Inn London Commercial Road. As General Manager, I was a little concerned to read your views on both the experience you received at Reception and with the local taxi's.
I will of cause address the issue with the reception team directly ensuring they give priority to guests stood in front of them at all times.
I was a little surprised the taxi drive did not know where we are located as we have been open now for over 6 months and did a lot of marketing with the London Cabs prior to opening. Not only did we have posters within the cabs, we also marketed on their receipt slips and even offered a large number of them a free Starbucks Coffee at the hotel to help them understand our location.

I was pleased to note you found the room spacious and clean with a great vibe around the hotel. Thank you once again for your feedback and I hope you will consider staying with us again in the future.
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

hi I stayed in the holiday inn commercial road east London for 3 nights 18th to 21st of jan 2013.it was not my first time staying in a holiday inn but this one has to be the best by far the service was brilliant.and was never left waiting long for anything even the beer was cheaper than going out which was good at £4.00 a pint of stella it was cheap compared to £5.90 we where charged buy a local pub . blimey I thought I had ordered a pint of gold . I would strongly recommend this hotel the breakfast was first class two ,

Room Tip: I have only stayed here once so cant say but my room was first class. and it was at the back which w...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Dear Merrick2011, Thank you for taking the time to feedback your comments and I'm really pleased you rate us the best Holiday Inn you have stayed in so far. We pride ourself's on the service we offer our guests and its always nice to hear we are on the right track.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

This is the best Holiday Inn I've stayed in. Recently built, very modern, large, well-appointed rooms. Good sound insulation. Large flat screen Tv, free wifi. Very friendly, welcoming staff. Always helpful.
Shadwell DLR station just 5 minutes walk away - very handy for both the City and Canary Wharf. Would definitely recommend, as long as you're not driving (no on-site parking).

  • Stayed January 2013
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback. Myself and the team are very pleased that you feel Holiday Inn London Commercial Road is the best Holiday Inn you have stayed in. This is a very powerful statement and we are proud to have meet and exceeded your expectations. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed for a weekend break in London, needed something near Tube/DLR and this fitted the bill nicely. Reception good but was in a less desirable area so a few "locals" meandering around did not give confidence. Room was awful, akin to a Warehouse, a double room that could have contained 3 double beds and still not been full, and spartan furniture with a bathroom accessed at the back of a cupboard, good and clean with a TV that had lots of odd channels but no Sky TV
would consider this a very average expereince.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you for your comments regarding your stay with us here at Holiday Inn London Commercial Road. As General Manager for the hotel I was a little disappointed to ready you only felt it to be an average experience overall.

Your comment on the size of the bedroom was interesting as we have had a lot of guests stating the larger rooms were a fantastic feature and unusual for a London hotel however I do understand your view. In fact we are already in the process of purchasing a sofa for the 4 rooms we have that may be viewed as too large. This we believe will create a lovely seating area within the room and aid in balancing the space without taking anything away from the comfort and practicality of the rooms.

In terms of the local area it does have a high level of residential accommodation with a multitude of cultures residing in them. While we have no reason to be concerned at the hotel we do as best practice takes security of our guests very seriously. As I’m sure you would have experienced all guest corridors have controlled access at all time. The front doors to the hotel are also closed at night with controlled access along with a substantial security awareness training programme for key hotel personnel.

I was pleased to note that you found reception to be good during your stay. Once again thank you for taking the time to pass on your comments and I hope you will consider staying at the Holiday Inn London Commercial Road in the future.
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Hotel was clean, we'll staffed and served my needs well (not that here were many in the first place). Would recommend. Book as well in advance as you are able to, in order to get best value. Surprisingly quiet location. Rooms spacious for cost and bathrooms well fitted.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you for your feedback and recommendation following your stay with us. It was pleasing to note we meet your needs throughout the hotel and I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Fairly new hotel on Commercial Road in the East End near the Royal London Hospital. No 15 bus stops outside and goes to Regent St via St Pauls. 135 bus to Liverpool St and Spitalfields. Tube/DLR short walk away. Good corporate hotel and at the right price excellent value for London. Room was warm and clean. Nice view of the City and the Shard from our room. Sound insulation very good. Reception friendly and helpful but no response to our report of a plastic bag in the toilet bowl when we arrived. Still there when we left after two nights. Didn't eat in their restaurant.

Couple of curry and kebab restaurants nearby (and a McDonalds).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to feedback your views following your stay with us. I was pleased to note that in the whole you had an enjoyable stay however please accept my apologies that we did not react when you informed us of the bag in the toilet. I will address this with the team to ensure we react as we should in the future. Once again thank you for your feedback and I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.
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Property: Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel
Address: 5 Cavell Street, London E1 2BP, England (Formerly Holiday Inn London - Commercial Road)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Whitechapel , East End / East London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#132 Business Hotel in London
#156 Luxury Hotel in London
#173 Romantic Hotel in London
#348 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel 4*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of cosmopolitan East London with easy access to the City, the Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel (formally known as Holiday Inn London Commercial Road) is the ideal location to experience both historic and contemporary London: perfect for business or leisure. Our hotel boasts 133 modern, spacious rooms, designed for comfort and style, with panoramic views of iconic London landmarks such as the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. You can expect to enjoy triple-glazed windows to ensure a peaceful stay in London, as well as complimentary wireless internet access, a free to use gym and many of the other useful amenities available in the hotel. The Academy conference centre, complete with four well-proportioned meeting rooms with natural daylight, has all the modern facilities you’ll need to ensure your meeting is a success. You can also relax and refuel with 24-hour room service and our in-house Traders Restaurant & Bar, offering a modern, international menu with family-friendly options. For business or leisure, whether you’re an individual traveller or planning a family trip, Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel is looking forward to welcoming you for a pleasant stay. *Please note we have changed our name to Holiday Inn London Whitechapel from Holiday Inn London Commercial Road* ... more   less 
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