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Holiday Inn Express Poole
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Newquay, United Kingdom
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445 reviews
122 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Shame it is a bit strangely located”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

First time here, staff and room were fine as was breakfast, typical of other Express hotels I have stayed in.
The location is a bit strange, felt like it was in the middle of a bus park and walking into town after dark was odd too.
In the end as I couldn't find anywhere open to eat so I drove out and got a takeaway.
Parking is good

I have re-booked for next month and will be better prepared now

Room Tip: One end of the hotel is by a railway line so maybe at the other end might be quieter, although I was...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Newquaygreen1
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GeneralManagerPoole, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Dear Newquaygreen,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your recent review on Trip Advisor. We highly value views, opinions and feedback from our guests, as this allows us to constantly improve the service we provide.
I would like to thank you for your kind words regarding our hotel staff and breakfast.
We have local maps and eating guides available at reception and we are happy to assist you with anything you would like to know regarding the local area.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the near future.

Kind Regards

Abi Gupta
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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

I was wary about the hotel after reading the reviews. But our experience was positive, the staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and the brisk walk to the Quay was pleasant and the choose of eateries is extensive.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank John P
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GeneralManagerPoole, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Dear John P,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your recent review on Trip Advisor. We highly value views, opinions and feedback from our guests, as this allows us to constantly improve the service we provide.
I would like to thank you for your kind words regarding our hotel cleanliness and staff, we are glad you found our central location helpful.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the near future.

Kind Regards

Abi Gupta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Hotel is average, location is 5 mins walk from town of you don't get hit by a bus. The room has a tramp sofa in it which needs updating and the shower \ sink are slow to drain, to the point where i wish shower trays came with overflows!! Basic hotel without the trimmings.

BYOB : Bring Your Own Bacon

  • Stayed November 2012
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Thank siehums22
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GeneralManagerPoole, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Dear siehums22,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your recent review on Trip Advisor. We highly value views, opinions and feedback from our guests, as this allows us to constantly improve the service we provide.
You comments have been passed on and all our rooms are in the process of being refurbished by end of this year.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the near future.


Kind Regards,

Abi Gupta
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Selsey, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

A reasonable budget hotel.

Rooms not as good a the last Premier Inn I stayed at.

Breakfast very limited on cooked items, scrambled eggs only, and why two huge containers of overcomes cheap sausages, and no bacon ?

Bar Very expensive

The so called free wifi was for only 30 minutes.

As a smoker it was nice to have smoking rooms available.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Ricky H
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GeneralManagerPoole, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear Halpins,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your recent review on Trip Advisor. We highly value views, opinions and feedback from our guests, as this allows us to constantly improve the service we provide.

Kind Regards

Abi Gupta
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Plymouth, UK
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54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

We were on business and the hotel was booked by an agency. Unlike other reviewer's experiences, we found the staff friendly and welcoming. Our room was spotless, although a little smaller than a Premier Inn room. The bathroom was well appointed, and had a large walk in shower which was great. How many people have a bath these days? The only problem with the shower was that it was not well designed and had caused water damage to the bathroom door. Staff told me that there are plans to address this problem.

We didn't have dinner there as it's a pizza/snack type menu, but breakfast was OK. There was a hot option, but only sausages and scrambled egg etc. There was no bacon.

The location was excellent, and both the city centre and the Quay (where there is a wide variety of restaurants) are within easy walking distance. The advertised tariff was £136 which would be grossly overpriced, but the on-line price was £63, which was good value for money. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank Plymtree
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GeneralManagerPoole, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear Satat,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay with us. I am pleased to hear that the location, room and the amenities by the hotel were to your liking.

I was delighted to read that you found our rooms to be very clean and comfortable and I will feed this back to my housekeeper when I meet with her later today. The cleanliness of the hotel is something that the team take great pride in, so thank you for your mention of this. I am not sure how "new" you think we are, but we are over 12 years old, so hopefully it means that we keep it looking clean, fresh and modern.

You will be pleased to hear that all our rooms are in the process of being refurbished by end of this year to Generation 3 Holiday Inn Express.

I hope we get the chance to say hello on your next visit Poole.

Kind Regards,

Abi Gupta
gm@hiexpoole.co.uk
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

This was our second stay in this hotel and it was as good as we had remembered! It is located directly opposite the shopping centre in Poole and had ample parking. Check in was efficient, the staff were all really polite and helpful and the room was clean and spacious. We were really comfortable and both had a good nights sleep! Breakfast was the typical holiday inn style buffet and had a good selection. Toast, cereal, some cooked items, fruit, yoghurt, pastries and cheese were all available and were fresh and well stocked. A variety of tea, coffee and juice was also available.

On checking out we asked if we were able to leave our car in the car park whilst we did some shopping and staff were happy to accommodate this. The shopping centre is a 2 minute walk across the road!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would have booked a second night while we were there if we could have. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012
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1 Thank LJF84
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GeneralManagerPoole, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for your feedback on the hotel following your recent stay with us.

Dear LJF84,

I was delighted to read that you found the hotel to represent good value for money - having breakfast & parking always included in our rates certainly helps when travelling with the family.

I look forward to welcoming you all back to the hotel the next time you are in the area

Kind Regards,

Abi Gupta
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

We found this hotel to be very convenient to the town centre, comfortable and with friendly staff. The breakfast was also very good and set us up well for the day. Lots of places to eat both in town and at the Quay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank afmmbob
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GeneralManagerPoole, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Poole, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear Afmmbob,

Thank you for your review of the hotel, naturally I was happy to read that you found the hotel to be in an appropriate condition and that you found the team helpful and friendly.

Kind Regards,

Abi Gupta
General Manager
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Poole
Address: Walking Field Lane, Poole BH15 1RZ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Poole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Poole 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Express Poole. Simply Great Poole Town Centre Hotel ; NOW OFFERING FREE WI-FI. The town centre location of our hotel in Poole, just minutes from the award-winning golden sandy beaches of Sandbanks, quayside walks, the ferry to Brownsea Island, and the Channel Islands and beyond to France, means whatever your reasons for staying with us, be there for business or pleasure, convenience must be among them.The warmth of the welcome you will receive from our friendly staff will be matched by the cosy comfort of our rooms, all of which are spacious, finished in a contemporary style, and come with complimentary Wi-Fi access and a hearty breakfast each morning. Double, Twin, and Executive rooms are available, and if you have accessibility needs we would advise booking a DDA-approved room as far in advance as possible. ... more   less 
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