More about Express By Holiday Inn Hotel London Greenwich
Don't event think about staying at this hotel if you've booked tickets for the O2 Dome, or if you do check the room rate very carefully. We were charged £250 for one night's stay, and this was for a disabled guest in a wheelchair. The hotel is a half-mile 15 minute walk to the Dome, not 'a few minutes' as described. Use the excellent public transport to/from the Dome and stay elsewhere. And this is for a hotel chain that claims their room rates 'wont break the bank'. Complete rip-off. Beware.
what are you moaning about
we stayed for one night to see prince at the O2. twin room, nice and clean air conditioned. we had a small problem as the kettle in room was not working and didnt get it rectified as it seemed a fault was in the power supply, not the replacement kettle which was brought to us. as we were only there for one night we didnt bother again, it wasnt worth it.
10-15 min walk to O2, chinese restaurant next door but no other food available over weekend except vending machines in reception/bar area, though some people had pizzas delivered .
bar Ok not too well stocked but then again i am a draught cider drinker and didnt expect to see any really, pint of bitter cost over £3 and vodka and tonic water over a fiver.
continental breakfast only but there was plenty of selection and if you wanted you can go as often as you want.
we thought it was a reasonable hotel, we have stayed in 5 * and low budget and it was in the same league as travel inn/lodge chains. we paid £100 all but a few pence and would definitely use there again next time we go to O2, which we most certainly will
Booked this directly on intercontinental website, using priority points accrewed
Stayed 1 night to spend the weekend sightseeing in London. Selected this express due to lower cost of points redemption, and vicinity to london (as opposed to airports etc!)
Have stayed in Express inns before and had an idea of what to expect, but was actually suprised, as it is clearly a well used hotel, but our room (6th floor, village side) was spotless, had a view of the dome, and also the hotel had parking readily availably and cheap (£3 per night for guests)
Tube about a 10 minute well lit walk away at North Grenwich (O2 arena)
- only grumble is if you're going into greenwich village you have to mess around with DLR which is a nightmare with oyster novices - make sure you swipe on hidden tags at heron quay or you'll get £4 penalties!!) - bus is easier and stops outside hotel, number 188 I think
Staff were helpfull friendly and courteous
Complimentary continental breakfast was a pleasant suprise, it was very fresh and plentiful (I was anticipating some stale looking croissants and bad coffe to be fair!!)
- plenty of branded cereals, warm and cold pastries, ham, cheese , fruit, coffee and again there were people constantly clearing and cleaning, even at 9.30 on a sunday morning
I would stay here again for the same purpose, as the parking was a bonus, though if I was coming by train I would opt for a more central location such as Camden Lock
I would have thought the only reason anyone would stay here is that they are seeing a concert at the O2 and don't want to have to drive home, i.e. us plus everyone else staying there in August after a Stones concert.
The hotel is situated in what appears to be an industrial estate about 15 mins walk to the Dome. There has been no attempt to pretty up the surroundings with nice planting etc and it is all very bleak, even in summer.
I imagine the hotel was built at the same time as the Dome and it is now getting tired. Our room was OK but a bit musty with a view across to some industrial buildings. I wouldn't have minded if we were paying £75 - £100 per night, but we were paying £180 which was not good value for money but obviously linked to the fact the Stones were in town.
The staff were perfectly pleasant, parking arrangement fine for us, and breakfast looked good although we didn't stop to sample it.
If you are going to see a concert at the Dome where there are likely to be 20,000 people about, have your early dinner somewhere else as you are likely to be queuing in the Dome just to get a table at a very ordinary chain restaurant. We ended up with take away pizza upstairs just before the Stones came on which although surprisingly good, wasn't quite what we had envisaged.
The large Chinese restaurant by the hotel was packed out at 7 pm so we gave that a miss and it was closed by the time we got back from the concert. Luckily the Stones were brilliant and that was the saving grace.
About 10 minute walk from O2 arena and tube station. lots of buses but not one in our direction so we walked. Hotel was lovely but on an island in the middle of a busy road. The rooms were of a lovely size and very clean the reception staff were very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was very nice but not much choice and the hotel bar was very expensive.
Plesant Enough Hotel
I stayed at this hotel on Sat Dec 1st as part of a package to see Take That at the O2 arena. Having looked at the photos on the website, it appears as if the O2 is just across the road, when in fact it is a 15 minute, at least, walk. This doesn't bother me if the weather is OK, but of course it was wet and windy, and getting soaked before a concert is not my idea of fun. A taxi to the O2 costs £5 from the hotel, which is a bit much considering you are in it for approximately 2 minutes. The hotel itself was clean and bright. Check in was fine, the room was clean and adequate for two of us staying one night. When we got back to the hotel, after a brisk walk from the O2 (TIP- walk back, because the traffic after a concert is pandemonium - cars everywhere - and no-one moving very far ), we sat and had a drink and we could still see the traffic and limos trying to get down the road. Bar was open until 2am, but when we got back at 11.15pm they had run out of various drinks - not a very good idea when a concert is on and the majority of people staying at the hotel were at it, plus the only vending machine with food in was not working!! People had Indian food and Pizzas delivered - they must have stayed here before!! If I went to the O2 again, I probably would stay there again. It was not as bad as some people have stated previously, but then you can't please everyone!
Ideal for the 02
Stayed at the hotel for one night in dec for the Take That concert,with my daughter.We actually couldnt fault the hotel,check in was quick,our room was lovely and clean,the beds were soooooo comfy,i couldnt get up in the morning.Breakfast was plentiful and i found it to be fresh.dont forget this is a 3* hotel.I thought it was better than a few 4*s i have stayed in in london.
Good value if paying less than seventy pounds per night.
This hotel should be used simply as a place to sleep, it is not a holiday hotel. Very functional, suited us fine as we were inLondon visiting family for Xmas, so just needed a place to crash.
Rooms were clean with fresh linen and towels. Rooms were cleaned well each day as well, well stocked with tea and coffee.Rooms were spacious and our 11 month baby had her own bed !! we were well taken care of.
Staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Complimentary continental breakfast was good and well stocked up.
Parking facilities were good.
Location very good. Just on the A2, therefore 20 minutes from Bluewater shopping centre, 10 minutes from historic Greenwich and its bars and restaurants. Just 10 minutes from the Dome and jubilee line. Well connected to West End and Canary Wharf as well as London City Airport.
Improvements could be made to the entrance, bit dated now. Security was an issue, anyone could have walked into the hotel at anytime in the day, even onto the floors of the rooms. There was a security guard in the night time periods.
Also be careful upon checking out, once again I was asked to pay more than the booked rate. Having stayed twice, each time the receptionist has agreed to take the original agreed rate, maybe they are just trying to make a quick buck upon check out !!! so be careful.
Overall, would stay here again. Dont expect 4 star luxury and ust enjoy the money you save by going functional !
Highly recommended and very comfortable
We stayed at this Holiday Inn Express 27-29 December and were quite surprised at the value for money it offered. We paid £59 per night for a 4 bed family room which included a good continental breakfast for all of us.
Staff were very friendly and accomodating - and it had a warm welcoming feel to it - which I find the Holiday Inn Express hotels can sometimes lack.
There is a really excellent chinese restaurant as part of the hotel which although not cheap I can thoroughly recommend.
Car parking is £3 a day for hotel guests - this is going up to £5 a day from January I believe - this is considerably cheaper than parking at the O2 dome car parks which are £20 a day.
The dome is a good 15 minutes walk away. North Greenwich underground station is also here - it is on the Jubilee line so has an extremely efficient service into town. Approximately 30 minutes to get into Zone 1 (Bond Street etc).
The David Beckham football academy was 10 minutes walk away.
10 minutes walk away are a good selection of restaurants and Sainsburys.