I spent 2 nights at the hotel, while visiting relatives in northern London.
The hotel is located a 10-minute slow walk from the terminal - just take a right turn when exiting the terminal and walk along the sidewalk in the direction of the sign that says "hotels".
If you're too lazy for the short walk, or if the weather does not permit the walk, simply take the one Pound airport shuttle, which will stop just next to the hotel.
I arrived rather late (apx. 9:30PM), but have experienced the quickest check-in I've ever had - it took no more than 30 seconds(!) for the lovely receptionist to locate my reservation, give me a key card (room 550 - top floor), a WI-FI coupon and a 300 bonus IHG rewards points (as I am Platinum and could choose either the points or a snack at the bar).
My room was rather small, but totally adequate - it had a double bed and a sofa that was opened up as a bed, an HD TV, a triple-glazed window (total isolation from the airport noise) and a shower. There was no closet nor a safety box in the room.
Through the window, I could see a major parking lot (but the real treat was to see the small airplanes parking lot on the other side of the hotel).
As it was a cold night, the hotel was nice enough to pre-heat the room for me, to an extent I had to turn the AC off and open the window (it was over 30 degrees in the room). Still, it was a nice touch by the hotel.
The free WI-FI was rather slow, but rather acceptable for email and surfing (though don't count on Skype phone calls).
The bathroom was a bit funny - it had only one door, that either closed the bathroom, or the toilet section of the bathroom (but not both). This can prove to be a bit awkward if more than one person stays at the room, since the door does not seal the toilet area at all (ahm ahm...).
The soap and shampoo were in big squashy containers and had a nice coconut scent.
Breakfast, which was included with my rate, was rather a joke (but I laughed it off, as I wasn't expecting much). I had the breakfast at apx. 8AM, and it turned out to be a very very very basic one - eggs, sausages, cereals, juice and some breads. But hey, this ain't the Ritz. :)
All in all, this is a decent 3-star airport hotel for anyone in need of a quick access to Luton airport due to an early flight. It is, of course, impractical for tourists wanting to visit London (although the airport bus to the city costs less than 10 Pounds and takes just over an hour).
I paid 50 Pounds per night for this hotel, and I think that these were 50 Pounds well spent. I got a very decent 3-star quality hotel with lovely staff and very good service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy convenient airport access at the modern Holiday Inn Express London-Luton Airport hotel. The closest hotel to Luton Airport, Holiday Inn Express London-Luton Airport is easily accessible via the airport's shuttle bus service. We're also just 4 miles from the M1 and a mile from Luton Airport Parkway train station for direct links to central London. Triple-glazed windows in all of our comfortable bedrooms help you sleep soundly and every guest can help themselves to an inclusive buffet breakfast. Host small business meetings for up to 6 people in one of Holiday Inn Express London Luton Airport's 3 naturally lit meeting rooms, all with free Wi-Fi. We're conveniently located for easyJet and Thomsonfly services, and major businesses like Siemens and Ernst & Young are just a mile from our hotel in Capability Green Business Park. For a fun family day out, head to Whipsnade Zoo 10 miles from the hotel. You can pick up last-minute holiday essentials at The Mall Arndale, 2 miles away in Luton town centre. Plan your day via our free Wi-Fi in the comfort of the lounge. You can watch planes land as you dine in our bright Great Room, and mingle over drinks in the Lobby bar where friendly Holiday Inn Express London-Luton Airport staff are on hand around the clock. ... more less
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