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Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Watford
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Booked at this hotel for a 2 night stay whilst away on business. My room was on the 7th floor overlooking the front of the hotel. The room was of good standard, the pillows were too hard on the bed, but, were soon exchanged for others. The car park was at the rear of the hotel and the charge was £3.00 day. Breakfast was the normal Holiday Inn fare and the food was plentiful, given that the breakfast area get quite busy at times. The hotel is within a 5-10 minute walk to Watford town centre, where there the usual major shops are located.
There is a fresh Mediterranean & Lebanese restaurant approx 100 yards from the front of the hotel entrance. Its unlicenced, so buy a bottle at the shop next door, the food was excellent and offered value for money.
As for the hotel, I would certainly recommend it to others - keep up the good work!

Room Tip: Rooms at the front are on the quiet side of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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HIEXPRESS_WATFORD, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and thank you very much for the compliments. It is always nice to hear that we have done good work. We are looking forward to welcoming you to hotel again in the future.
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Gaby Slowikova
General Manager

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I stayed here for one night with my boyfriend while we were in London to visit the Harry Potter Studios. The hotel is really nice with a good continental breakfast and the location is IDEAL. Literally a 1 minute walk out the back and down a little pathway and you're at the bus stop where the shuttle will whisk you away to the magical and absolutely wonderful Harry Potter Studios. I was so pleased with this hotel, the helpful staff, the amazing location and the generous continental breakfast spread. I will definitely stay here again if I ever go back to HP Studios (I wish!!) and would recommend it to any travelers looking for a place that is conveniently located for HP Studios. This was my first night in the UK (from Los Angeles) so I did not have the energy to catch the tube in to the heart of the city, but we found all we needed (food, banks, boots, bars etc) a few blocks away from the hotel which was awesome.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

This hotel is ideal for visiting friends in the area or visiting London.The reception and foyer are light and airy, friendly staff and nice small bar.The rooms were spacious and very clean. It is not that easy to find the entrance and car park but that is the only minus point.Breakfast was included in the very reasonable price of £50-£60 per night.The station is right next door.

Room Tip: The station is not that noisy but maybe you would not like to overlook it. Air con was a bit noisy...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I stayed here for nights on business , Monday to Friday.
At £70 - £80 a night it is not very good value for money.

The hotel is located very close to Watford Junction Train Station.
This is both good and bad. It means London and surrounding areas are very accessible.

However, it also means that trains pass the hotel every 5 minutes.
The trains pass less than 50 metres from the hotel making it extremely noisy - even at night time.

The food is average, and only available after 6pm. There is no lunch-time food.
The breakfast is buffet style with the usual options: Eggs, Sausages, Cereal, Bread, Jam etc...

The internet connection is advertised as 'high speed' but do not be fooled.
The connection is terrible. It is very very slow.

The room was well sized and clean, but there is no iron or ironing board.
There was an ironing room which was not very clean.

There is 'secure' parking but you have to pay for it, and it is not secure.
It is accessible from a number of different entrances.

I found a number of small things that let it down such as:
Dirty glasses in the bar, dirty plates & cups at breakfast, broken shower head in the room.
The water was not always hot in the morning for a shower.

On a positive note, the staff are friendly and helpful.

Overall I was not very impressed and would probably not stay there again.

Room Tip: If you get a room at the back of the hotel be prepared for it to be noisy with passing trains. I wou...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank roderv
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HIEXPRESS_WATFORD, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review. You feedback is much appreciated, as it helps us to improve the services we provide. I will certainly look into the points that you raised and rectify them accordingly. I am very sorry for all the shortcomings you found. The location next to the train station is out of our control and I would recommend to request a quiet front facing side if you are a light sleeper. There is usually no lunch served in any of the Holiday Inn Expresses, I am afraid. The car parking at the back of the hotel is owned and managed by a third party and we have an agreement in place that allows our guests to use it at a very competitive day fee of £3.00. It is free at nights and all day weekends. Once again please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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Gaby Slowikova
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Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is right beside the train station... Literally a 3 minute walk however the walk is down a dark lane and through a carpark which did not feel the safest especially for a girl on her own.
The hotel is basic but the reception service was polite and efficient. Rooms are OK. You get what you pay for. Clean but not very many amenities.
There are not many options to eat near the hotel. There is a pub and a chinese. Chinese was excellent but you are not overwhelmed by choice of eating places. Many people in the hotel ordered take away. There seemed to be a constant stream of pizza delivery boys.
Breakfast is complementary but is quite basic. Cereal, toast, tea, coffee. Don't expect anything more.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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HIEXPRESS_WATFORD, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am sorry that you found the back of the hotel dark. Please note that we will be improving the car park lighting next month. I would also like to point out that the hotel is 10 minutes walk from the town centre where you can find much better choice of restaurants.
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Gaby Slowikova
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We used this hotel for a one night stay so we didn't have to travel back to Manchester after visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Check-in is 2pm but we (2adults , 1child) arrived early at 12.45pm but the room was ready! Staff were really friendly & helpful. The room & bathroom were very clean.
We stayed on a Saturday night and did not notice any noise either outside or from other hotel guests.
Hotel is a 2 minute walk from Watford Junction Station.
I would have given this hotel top marks but breakfast was a little chaotic. The breakfast room is small....so my tip would be to get down to breakfast as early as you can (we went down about 8.45am).
Great value hotel - if you just want a clean room to sleep in, have a wash and have some breakfast then this hotel is perfect! Would stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Sue S
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HIEXPRESS_WATFORD, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and I am sorry that you found the breakfast chaotic on Sunday morning. It is true that on some Sundays the breakfast gets very busy above all when we reach full bed and sofa bed occupancy and as it is Sunday, many guests come down for breakfast later and all at the same time. I hope that it won't deter you from staying with us some time in the future.
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Me and my sister stayed here for 2 nights and had a very pleasnt stay. Great budget stay location was excellent being only a 15 minute train ride from central london and a 10 minute bus ride from harry potter studio tours. The only down side the location was the closeness to watford junction train station as it is a very busy station. If I stayed here again I would ask for a room away from the trainlines. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a bit basic but there was always pleanty. Not far from watford city centre and shopping so a good base for local shopping and attractions.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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HIEXPRESS_WATFORD, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Many thanks for your review and recommendations. I hope that the location next to the station won't deter you from staying with us again.
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Gaby Slowikova
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Address: 19 Bridle Path, Watford WD17 1UE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Watford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Watford
#4 Romantic Hotel in Watford
Price Range: $76 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express London-Watford Junction 3*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LONDON WATFORD JUNCTION is situated 2 min from Watford Junction train station just off the A412, with close connections to M25 and M1. All 98 rooms have ensuite facilities with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, flat screen TV and airconditioning.Ideally located for both corporate and leisure travellers. BT, Total Oil, Sanyo, TK Maxx, Taylor Woodrow, Beko, Haden Young, Camelot, Coface, KPMG and J.D.Wetherspoon are just some of the offices within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is within a few minutes from 3 Golf courses, Purley Chase, Bushy Hall & the West Herts Golf Clubs, which are also popular venues for weddings. From the hotel one can reach TOP GOLF in 10 min, Watford Palace Theatre in 4 min, Pump House Theatre in 8 min, Watford Colosseum in 4 min, Oceana Club in 4 min, Harlequin Centre in 6 min & Watford Football Club Stadium in 6 min. The Hotel offers high speed internet access throughout and rooms are airconditioned. The hotel is an ideal base for Tour Groups with London Euston just 15 minutes by train. The Hotel has 2 Conference Rooms offering state of the art meeting facilities, natural daylight and 24 hour and Day Delegate rates. Parking is available in a pay & display car park just 2 min from the Hotel. ... more   less 
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