A real find in London
Myself and partner were attending a concert in the Jazz Cafe so we found this hotel to be quite near the venue.
Camden is a funky, trendy, hip and happening part of London which means there are plenty of bars and clubs nearby and a few 'characters' out and about which, in my view, adds to the ambiance!
The Holiday Inn Camden Lock is right on the canal edge beside the famous Camden Lock footbridge and the many markets and shops. The bar next door to the hotel doesn't allow outside drinking after 9:30pm so noise shouldn't really be a problem.
We did hear some revellers late on but nothing too bad.
I found the check-in to be swift and courteous, our room and bathroom was immaculate and functional. A nice juliet style balcony enables you to open glass doors onto the canal side. The bar area is friendly and not too expensive with a plasma TV and internet room off to the side.
The hotel is about a 10 minute stroll from Camden Town tube station and is therefore very easy to find.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again in the future. In fact the location is great for seeing some of the real London yet only a 10min tube ride from the tourist sites and much more expensive bars/resteraunts in the West end.
Great Hotel - Veeerrry Interesting town - and people!!
After reading some reviews we spent only 1 night at Holiday Inn Camden Lock, to our great disappointment. Originally booked for 2 nights then changed to another hotel for the 2nd night - big mistake!!
The Hotel was very modern, clean , bright and comfortable. The room was very comfortable and spacious, with two big double beds, excellent air conditioning system. The mini bar was quite pricey, though we didn't use it as we took our own minitures! Staff were very kind and helpful with any queries we had. Breakfast was included (good deal from Holiday Inn website £85,) and was very good, with a good selection, clean lovely bright dining room, but on reflection we wish we hadn't eaten, as there was so much variety on offer at the market just outside the hotel. The hotel itself is in an excellent location, right on the lock (we are big fans of canals and barges! - no we are not THAT old!) Only downside - no car park facility - nearest one is Pratt Street, but very reasonable at £12.50 per 24hrs, £10 weekends, but hey - this IS London. We got on the 88 bus to Trafalgar Square, and realised it wasnt too far away for all the regular tourist attractions, and for only £1.50 single, but a day ticket is very good value too.
To say the Camden markets and the people were interesting is an understatement. We picked up some great bargains, lots of original itmes, and had a real laugh with some of the characters on the stalls. We also met up with the resident town crier around the Lock market, who was a bundle of fun too!!
There is a pub on almost every street corner, and plenty of good bars and restaurants. Try the Tapas bar round the corner on Inverness street 'Barganza' for great tasting, great value food, and plenty of it.
Yes, there were some dodgy looking characters at night, (same as most towns) but we didn't feel threatened or vulnerable in anyway, just smiled politely and went on our way, and they did the same.
The high street and the markets are just so full of life and vibrancy, friendly people, Punks, Goths, Mocha's galore, but all the more interesting for that, it was hard to leave. We will definitely be back, with our 2 teenage kids, and sooner rather than later!
Good hotel, interesting neighborhood
I stayed in this hotel for 6 days in August. It's located in Camden Town, in northern London. The tube station is right around the corner on the Northern Line, so it's easily accessible. When we got out of the station to walk to the hotel, we were amused by the crowded, punk neighborhood. It's like St. Mark's Place in Manhattan, only more. The hotel itself is quite comfortable: the room was a fine size, clean and cozy. I slept well each night, but as a New Yorker, it might have been noisy at night but I wouldn't know. For some reason there are only about 4 tv channels, and lots of pay channels. So don't go for the television viewing. They had a large breakfast buffet of average quality (which was devoured for an hour every morning by my German travelling companions) with good service. We had dinner in the area one night, and realized that everyone in the restaurant was younger and louder than we were. Didn't go back, opting instead for travelling on the tube to more central neighborhoods in search of quieter dining. All in all, I think it was a good value, you just have to decide if you mind the young, loud area. The hotel is perfectly comfortable.
Great location for the price if you don't mind not being slap bang in the centre of town which is only a very short tube or cab ride away. Tube station is a one block away and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars within a few blocks. Our room was spacious, modern and very clean. Front desk staff are friendly but slow and somewhat bewildered.
Fantastic Hotel Will Use Again and Again
I brought my boyfriend a weekend stay in Camden for his Christmas present as he hadn't been to London before. I didn't know what to expect with the hotel as i have never stayed here however this hotel was one of the parts that made our weekend perfect. We turned up 2.5 hours earlier than the arrival time and they let us have our room straight away, the hotel was extremely easy to find and i would say you couldn't find a hotel in such a perfect location for Camden. Its very clean and the staff are always there to help. Our room was an exectutive room and i would say they are well worth the money the views along the locks are great, You don't get any problems with the noise coming from the markets and the bars either. Our train wasn't until the night time and the hotel porter came an collected our luggage and put them in a safe room for us to come back and collect later. The only problem we encountered was that we wasn't staying long enough and we didn't want to leave....
This was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in, we had room 220 overlooking the lock and the market, and it was surprisingly quiet at night - no problems with getting to sleep. The breakfast at this hotel was the best I have ever had, fantastic buffet with just about everything you can think of on it! We paid only £70 for a queen sized room including breakfast by booking direct on the Holiday Inn website - such fab value for money!
Nice! Good location. Comfortable hotel.
I stayed here just for one night but there really was nothing to fault other than the breakfast, which there wasn't enough hot vegetarian foods.
But other than that it was great.
Good location, I went with my work place who were organising a team building event. The location was great, 5 minutes from the nearest tube station.
Interesting people in the area!
The hotel room was superb, nothing wrong with it at all, it was very comfortable and spacious. See pictures. Staff from my experience were all fine too.
Would reccommend it to most.
Best Location / Best Price / Best Everything....
Such a high standard hotel for such a low fare! And all this in the middle of London, in Camden Town, where it all happens! Clean, high standard rooms ( designer-like ), excellent breakfast, friendly staff, unbeatable location.
Don't worry about reviews that say "strange neighbourhood" or so. Camden Town is not dangerous anymore! Quite the contrary - camden town today is one of Londons' hippest neighborhood with the best stores, food and markets. Check it out - you won't be disappointed!