I frequently stay at htis hotel when on business in London and I do so because it is far, far cheaper than a central London hotel. Croydon is 15-20 minutes from London and is served by frequent services to and from the capital. Try to avoid rush hour, though, as the trains are often absolutely packed!
The hotel is about a ten minute walk from East Croydon station but can be hard to find as it is off a street down a poorly lit alley next to a lap dancing establishment opposite a KFC. The reception area is clean and welcoming and the staff are friendly although many of them do recognise me from my frequent visits. Rooms can be slightly small but fine for an overnight stay. Unfortunately, some of them are close enough to a bin collection area for a shopping complex that you may be awoken by rubbish collections or by vans arriving to deliver to the complex. The rooms are clean and usually well maintained but I personally find the beds a little uncomfortable and I find the heating ventilation system annoying (they are common to many HI Express hotels).
There is a very limited choice of food but the receptionists will provide take away menus for a range of delivery services if you don't fancy exploring the dubious delights of Croydon. I think you can also get discount vouchers for a number of nearby restaurants such as Tiger Tiger which is not too far away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express London Croydon is the ideal location for business and leisure travellers visiting Croydon, only 15 mins from Central London by train. The hotel boasts 156 contemporary style, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms each with high speed internet access offering guests a comfortable and connected stay .After a great night’s sleep, they enjoy our FREE Hot buffet breakfast All this is coupled with conference facilities for up to 70 people on a dedicated floor. WiFi in the lobby area is free to all guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express London Croydon Hotel Croydon
- Express London Croydon
- London Holiday Inn