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Holiday Inn Runcorn
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Runcorn
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stayed here having attended an event in Cheshire the same day. The price of bed and breakfast for two of us was incredible: significantly lower than I have previously paid in some budget hotels. Our room was a good size and, being on the top floor, having a good view out. Our twin beds were comfortable, and the air-con was much appreciated on a warm and muggy night.

Service from every member of staff encountered: at reception, in the bar, in the health club, in the restaurant, was uniformly good. Breakfast itself was much enjoyed; in spite of heading to breakfast within the last hour of serving, having enjoyed a swim beforehand, there was plenty of choice in all areas.

Some of the corridors and the bathroom were looking a little tired, but all was immaculately clean.

The design of the hotel is excellent, with the bedrooms being situated along a walkway in a separate block from function rooms, the bar, and the restaurant. As a result, any noise generated in those areas would not and did not reach the bedroom. There was a wedding party in full swing during our stay, and we only noticed it whilst driving in, never elsewhere.

We would have no hesitation in staying here again if in the area.

Room Tip: Our room on the top floor had a lovely view.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Laura D, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2014

Thank you for taking time to post your comments onto the TripAdvisor website following your recent stay with us here at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
It's good to read that you had an excellent stay with us and great that you would have no hesitation in staying with us again if in the area - we look forward to welcoming you back.
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Laura Derricott
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Rather large building on 4 levels. My room for the price i paid was good. Breakfast is excellent. Hotel had a wedding reception same night but it didn't disturb me. It's a good hotel for a one night stopover.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled on business
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Laura D, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback onto the TripAdvisor website following your recent stay with us here at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
It's good to read that you enjoyed your short stay and found breakfast excellent.
We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Laura Derricott
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and were given a room that would be suitable for someone with mobility problems or disabled. The room itself was very clean and functional. The tea supply was somewhat rationed (2 bags per day) and the bedside lights didn't work. The bathroom was huge and designed for someone to access in a wheelchair. The sink was extremely low for the average user and the tap threw out a huge gush of cold water rather than a nice warm trickle. The toilet was too high and I found my legs dangling off the floor. The bathroom was as big as a bedroom in some hotels. It had privacy glass and some old Venetian Blinds that could not be moved. However, it was extremely clean, spacious and functional and the rooms were cleaned daily and I cannot fault the housekeeping staff.

The room was bright and quiet and overlooked the car park. The only real disturbance was the noise of the doors banging (they are very heavy) and a delivery which took place on Sunday at 8am, so no chance of a lie in.

The food at this hotel is somewhat limited, very repetitive and expensive. There is also a 10% service charge that you don't realise until you get the bill and that is not inclusive of any gratuities. There is however, slightly more available in the restaurant in the evening, but it's be no means cheap. It might be nice if they had a special on each day at lunch or in the evening and if you want room service be prepared to pay and extra £3 a tray for whatever you want.

Breakfast was nothing short of chaotic and there seems to be a lack of organisation in clearing tables and getting people seated and making sure they had hot drinks, so quiet a few queues appearing and people sat at tables with no drinks! There seems plenty of hot food to choose from where you serve yourself. (Personally I didn't like the taste of the scrambled eggs - or the mushrooms which I normally love). There is a selection of fruit and yogurts and make your own toast. I tried the cereal bar and found the milk had run out. Again, plenty of choice but not enough hands to make sure the service is running smoothly at their busiest times.

Wi-fi was totally rubbish. You cannot get a signal on your phone for a BT hotspot or mobile data so you get a code for their wi-fi which is free if you are a member of HIG or you have to pay. It is a single user only so if two of you want to use the internet, be prepared to pay twice or join HIG, which is free to join. However, we could not get this to work on the mobile but it did work on my husband's laptop.

The jewel in the crown at this hotel has to be the gym and pool, which is run by a separate business but is free to guests of the hotel. You only need a pound for the locker and they supply the towels FOC. They will even aim to find some swimwear for you if you didn't bring any.

Overall, it's a good hotel, I've certainly stayed at worse places. Clean, professionally run but there are areas which could do on some improvement, which would change it from a good hotel to a great hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Laura D, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments onto the TripAdvisor website following your recent stay here at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
I regret that some aspects fell below your expectations and I apologise for any disappointment caused, however it's good to read that you felt that overall we have a good hotel.
Please be assured that all your feedback has been discussed with my Management Team for their information and action and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

Having stayed here several years ago, and being quite satisfied, we thought it a good place to stay for a few nights, meet up with friends and visit RHS Tatton Park flower show, close enough, but not too close to get caught up in the daily traffic melee. The room was small, but clean (except for a stain on the carpet). Unfortunately, the furnishings were a bit tired, but the bathroom looked as if it had recently had a spruce up. However, the exceptional thing was the staff - all excellent. The air-con unit sometimes dripped water, so I placed a towel on the floor under it and rang reception - V sorry, have a drink on us, and would you like to change rooms? As we had unpacked, a room change wasn't worth it for the minor inconvenience, but we accepted the drinks! Unfortunately, the problem did not get fixed, it was due to a 'blocked drain' in the unit. Two days later we returned to find the thing in bits - but working, so rang reception again to ask if an engineer was testing it and/or returning? Again, many apologies, the engineer had left, but someone would be quickly dispatched to put it back together. The offer of a room change was still available - and this time we received a complimentary bottle of wine, brought to our door by Caroline, the receptionist, herself. Thank You again Caroline. All the staff were great, and the breakfasts went down a treat. If we need to stay in the area again, this place will definitely be on the list, along with Oswald's at Helter Skelter restaurant, 5 mins away in Frodsham.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with friends
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Laura D, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments onto the TripAdvisor website following your most recent stay here at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your short stay with us and it's great that you'll stay with us again if in the area.
Please be assured that I will share your all feedback with the team, specifically recognising Caroline for her excellence service
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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Laura Derricott
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Stayed at the holiday inn as part of national holiday coach trip and was pleasantly surprised. Check in was speedy and efficient the staff were very friendly and the rooms were stylish and spotless.
The evening meal was superb with a variety of choice which is not always the case and the variety at breakfast was excellent, could not have asked for more.
The bar area was busy with a nice atmosphere, will definitely return.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Laura D, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments onto the TripAdvisor website following your recent stay with us at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
It's great to read that you found the team friendly and enjoyed the food and we look hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Laura Derricott
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Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one night for a friends wedding. We paid £80 for a room and it was well worth it. The room was clean and had a big tv, fridge and aircon. The room was very small but as we were only there for one night it was fine for us. We did want to get room service but the prices were extortionate and in little print at the bottom was a tray charge of £3 which is extremely cheeky so didnt bother ordering in the end.they also try charging for wi-fi at an expensive price! The bar is very expensive as well.we were getting bottles of wine to share so it wasnt as bad for us but friends of ours got 2 vodka red bulls and it came to £17!! The food served at the wedding was nice and staff were helpful and friendly.the breakfast was red hot, plenty of choice and tasty. The pool and gym facilities were great and its free for hotel guests.very happy with our stay overall.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Laura D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments onto the TripAdvisor website following your recent stay here at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
I regret that you found some of our offerings expensive however It's good to read that you found the team friendly and helpful and that you enjoyed our leisure facilities and our breakfast.
It's good to read that overall you were happy with your stay and we hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have no other way of contacting the hotel to let them know about some outstanding service received by nights manager 'Andy' he made our stay a cut above other Holiday Inn sites, he was welcoming avaliable and remembered us (which is a big deal in such a sized hotel) Thank you for making our stay!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Laura D, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Runcorn, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments onto the TripAdvisor website following your most recent stay with us here at the Holiday Inn Runcorn.
It's good to read you enjoyed your stay and that Andy exceeded your expectations.
Please be assured that I will share your feeback with the team and specifically recognise Andy.
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Address: Wood Lane, Runcorn WA7 3HA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Runcorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Runcorn
Price Range: $54 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Runcorn 3*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Runcorn enjoys an excellent location close to M56 Jct 12 and with close proximity to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester . This Runcorn hotel is an excellent base for visiting local attractions such as Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oakes, Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC. The Hotel combines an excellent range of facilities for both business and leisure travellers including Kids Stay & Eat Free*. Facilities include 153 bedrooms including standard, executive, family and accessible rooms, all are fully air-conditioned and have High Speed Internet Access. Conference and banqueting facilities for up to 500 people and a Spirit Health and Leisure Club which includes a swimming pool. The hotel boasts 11 meeting rooms that cater for all requirements from training courses, meetings to weddings and dinner dances. Complimentary and accessible car parking is available.The Spirit Health and Leisure club offers a gym and a large indoor heated swimming pool. ... more   less 
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