Holiday Inn Express, Filton, Bristol
Date: June 2015
Holiday Inn Express is the "budget" brand of Holiday Inn. Priced to compete with the likes of Premier Inn, they allow you to collect the benefits of the IHG Rewards Club but at a lower cost.
My room was on the third floor, this wasn't a problem but be warned it was quicker to walk the stairs than wait for the elevator. I've always found Holiday Inn Express' (HiE) rooms to be better lit than other budget hotels, this one was no exception. With a funky toilet is a door for the shower room and the cubicle itself, I don't often have cause to complain about this brand of hotel.
This particular HiE was more expensive than other ones I have stayed in, but on a par for the area and short notice. Bristol is a lovely city, but why are the hotels so costly? I'm sure I'll find out one day. The hotel building doesn't look that old and is near a retail park and a pub so a large choice of dining options. For a change I didn't experience the bar but I did have breakfast. The morning meal was the standard with a choice of hot elements: scrambled egg, sausage, beans, toast and a continental buffet. I always hope that one day they will do bacon too, but I understand it's not as easy as the other products on offer.
The staff were courteous and very efficient with the check in and check out. Would stay here again if in the area.