I hadn’t planned on writing a review of the Holiday Inn Express in Hull city centre. Not because it doesn’t deserve one, but because we only stayed one night and we spent hardly any time in the hotel.
But, as you know, I like to promote good disabled access in hotels, and the Holiday Inn Express had it in abundance, so here’s a quick overview for you.
Holiday Inn Express
If you want a central position, the Holiday Inn Express is smack bang in the middle of Hull city centre. The hotel is ideally placed for the shopping area, attractions, bars, restaurants, train and bus stations.
If you’re allocated an upper floor room there are great views over Hull, the hotel even has viewing points near the lifts.
Hull will be the UK City of Culture in 2017 and hotel rooms will be at a premium. So, if you plan on visiting Hull, the Holiday Inn Express should be on your list but book early.
We paid £45 for an accessible room which included free wifi and breakfast for both of us – bargain!
I don’t think the hotel has rooms with a ceiling hoist. If you want to take a portable hoist, you’d need to check directly with the hotel to make sure it’s acceptable. Also, you’d need to prearrange a bed with suitable under bed clearance for your hoist.
If there is one downside to staying in a city centre hotel it’s parking. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of it, it’s just that it comes at a price.
The hotel parking is actually in a multi- storey car park connected to St Stephens shopping centre.
Guests of the Holiday Inn can pay £7 for 24 hours parking. This is cheaper than paying the car park charges directly. But, if you go in and out like we did, then you have to get a ticket each time.
We left and had to pay £3, then when we returned, we had to get a new ticket and the 24 hours started again. Effectively, we paid £10 to park. It’s not the hotel’s fault, and it’s the trade off for staying in a city centre hotel.
The Holiday Inn Express in Hull City Centre has large public areas, both indoor and out. The reception area is clean and fully accessible to us, and the staff were welcoming and obliging without fuss.
The outdoor balcony area, which was also accessible to us, is a nice space to chill out on a sunny day.
The corridors were wide and uncluttered. During our stay, we met both manual and electric wheelchair users, both of whom seemed to be moving around unhindered.
There is two room key operated lifts, I mention “key operated” because we stood there for a few minutes and couldn’t understand why the lift wouldn’t work. You have to put your room key in and out of a slot to get the lift to function – who knew?
To be fair, there is a large sign telling you how to operate the lift.
Our accessible room was spacious and well equipped. There was a slight confusion over how many people were staying in the room, for some reason they had 4 adult guests when there were only two.
Because of this, an extra bed had been made up which took up most of the floor space, but it was easily removed. And, in fairness, I might have pressed 4 adults when I booked the room, we’ll never know!
That said, the room was comfortable and as far as hotel beds go, we both had a good night’s sleep. As you’d expect, the room had a TV, tea and coffee facilities and a hair dryer, what else could you need.
The bathroom was accessible with a decent height toilet and a wet room type shower with a wall mounted seat. It had a low-level sink next to the toilet and one in the corner with under sink clearance.
The free breakfast is served in the spacious breakfast area. A full selection of hot and cold drinks, fruit, cereals and pastries are available. For a hot breakfast, there is sausage, scrambled egg, beans and toast, to be honest, that’s more than enough for us, especially as I’m supposed to be cutting out full English breakfast.
There are a number of budget hotels in Hull city centre. Given the choice and having stayed in a couple of them, I’d choose the Holiday Inn Express.
Despite the parking fees, I think the Holiday Inn offers more value for money because of the free breakfast and free wifi. We’ve now stayed in two Holiday Inn Express accessible rooms and they have been more than adequate for our specific needs.
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