Holiday Inn Aylesbury4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This place was okay, but I was disappointed overall, mainly because my main reason for booking it in the first place was that other reviews on here mentioned a pancake-making machine at breakfast and I thought my girlfriend would really like that. Unfortunately, when we got there we were told that the management, in its wisdom, had deemed this an unnecessary expense and had got rid of it. In its place they had installed an, apparently, very expensive coffee machine, so guests had to get their own, more limited selection, hot drinks, rather than have them brought to them by a real person. This cost-cutting was evident in the rest of the breakfast and the hotel in general. Due to the presence of a couple of wedding parties, they had run out of some stuff on the first day, and the selection of cereals and fruit was fairly poor I thought. The kettles in the room were clearly very cheap, they didn't, provide those little packs of biscuits, and there was only bog standard Nescafe and PG Tips rather than the usual selection of decaf, hot chocolate maybe etc. I wasn't that bothered by any of this, but it just didn't give a very welcoming impression. The worst example of this I thought was the sign on the front desk that said something like, "In need of refreshment? Why not have a bottle of water for 1.99?" I just didn't get this. Guests are already paying maybe 100 quid to stay there, and bottles of water are dirt cheap if you buy in bulk. They can't make much money out of selling them, so why not just offer them free and avoid making a penny-pinching impression? Or maybe it's just me. Anyway, what will possibly put off more people was the fact that we found a few flying ants in our room (no. 125), but to be fair to them, they did move us to a bigger room (albeit one that was clearly designed for disabled guests, so it felt a little weird) when we told them.
Very convenient for wedding venue a few miles away and lovely swimming pool area. Very good breakfast included in our deal but pity about all the cigarette stubs in the outside seating area which ought to have been cleared away as too near the restaurant doorway. Also, double check how much your pre-booked taxi will cost and make sure it is the same as stated at time of booking to time of journey. Someone was on the fiddle -probably NOT the hotel though.
We had a lovely greeting when we went to sign in. The room was set up ready for bed a double for us and 2 singles (from the sofa bed) for the kids. Very comfortable, good nights sleep and very clean rooms. Kettle wasn`t working but this got replaced. The hotel is nice with bar, restaurant and gym. It was also nice and quiet at night time. Downsides are: outside main door the floor needed a sweep up from cigarettes, which wasn`t nice to stand in whilst waiting for our car. Breakfast was very expensive although lots to choose from.
Very welcoming receptionist, even though we were two hours before check in time, one of the two rooms was ready and we were checked in straightaway. The receptionist also pre-allocated another nearby room which was ready on time. Shame it was such a long hike to the rooms! On the journey to the rooms we passed quite a significant number of house keeping staff who were all pleasant and said hello or good afternoon. Rooms were clean and beds comfortable. My only gripe is with the DBB deal and waitress on the second night - I took the DBB package and am bemused why, for example, when all the starters are the same price, two of them weren't in the package. The same goes for main courses, some cheaper courses also weren't in the package. Where's the logic in that? On the first night we were given the standard menu and the waitress explained how the package options were marked and that there was a supplement if we wanted any other choices, all well and good. But on the second night the (different) waitress would only give us some laminated sheet with the package choices. When these are clearly marked on the standard menu what is the point in having a separate & cheap looking laminated thing, she was adamant this was the only menu version she was going to give us and she was clearly lacking in service skills and understanding of English. If it wasn't for this lack of service and logic I would've been 100% happy with this hotel. Also the chicken curry - shame the chef doesn't know the difference between a poppadum and a naan bread. Menu said poppadum's (totally unwarranted use of the apostrophe!) but what turned up was a single small naan bread.
As a platinum member of their loyalty scheme I think I can genuinely claim to have stayed at quite a few Holiday Inns, and this one has got to be the worst. The reception is never well enough manned, and getting them to answer the phone when you call from the room can be painful. The rooms don't have irons, which is a small point, but as a business traveller it's important. When the iron eventually comes it is normally the cheapest that you can buy. Not what I have come to expect!
Good stay, with the Holiday Inn standard. Decent bed and pillows, good shower, good amenities ad great breakfast. Cheap breakfast as well, for what it offers. The only bad point was the room cleanliness, since we found the hand towels dirty. Other than that, all good.
We stayed here as a family for a brief break. The hotel is nice and very family friendly - it helps that it's not got masses of floors, so feels quite homey that way. The pool was nice, and the kids enjoyed splashing around for a bit - though my four year old son was desperate to go in the Jacuzzi despite us explaining numerous times he wasn't allowed! Breakfast was tasty, and the kids like having the windows to look outside, and run around the courtyard. We had hoped to visit Waddesdon Manor nearby, but misread the opening times and it was closed the two days we were there, so we went to the Green Dragon Eco Farm instead, which the kids loved.
Stayed 2 nights, room at back and was clean and quiet and difficult to fault. Th only moan I would have is that as the hotel is only on 2 levels the rooms are spread out over a huge area. It took me ages to walk along numerous corridors to find my room. Breakfast was good but not the cheapest. They run a con when you check in, asking if you wish to book breakfast at £12 a day but if you pay on the day it is £15. I don't like tricks like that. The hotel was absolutely packed with Chinese who made a blot of noise at breakfast, I assume they were on their way to shop at Bicester village.
My wife and I recently stayed at the Holiday inn near Aylesbury. I thought, having got a reasonable deal on a two night stay, it was a good start to a weekend away to visit our grandchildren near Oxford. My first disappointment was that on arrival I found out that the room tariff (£107-50 per night, normally £145 per night) didn't include breakfast and is charged extra at £12-00 per person per day. We wouldn't mind this so much if the breakfast was a pleasant experience. Sadly, this wasn't to be the case on the first morning. My wife and I came down to breakfast (which is served between 7-30am to 11am) at around 9-15am only to be met with a dining area in disarray. Tables were left uncleared with no tables laid up for use and when we finally got shown to a table and allowed to go to the buffet style cooked breakfast, we found much of what was left had not been refilled and was barley luke warm. The staff were also not overly help and left us feeling rather dissatisfied with the whole experience. I will say at this point, all the other dining experiences we had at the Holiday Inn were pricy for what is very basic bar food. On the plus side the hotel does have some good facilities including pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. We were also allowed to take our two grandchildren to the pool during our stay which made for a very enjoyable afternoon. The rooms are clean, comfortable and a good size with air con but frankly, no more than I would expect from a hotel of this level. The common areas left us both feeling that what was lacking was a little attention to detail. Carpets showing heavy ware, broken and badly adjusted wooden window blinds and some other housekeeping issues just let the place down. At the time of booking many hotels in the area were either fully booked or showing room tariffs in excess of £150 per night for a double room. I must say after having stayed here I was left feeling maybe upgrading to one of the other choices may have been a better option. In closing, we slept well, enjoyed the facilities and at a push would use them again but it probably wouldn't be a first choice and going on local demand isn't others first choice either. As I said at the start, good but not great which is a shame because with a little attention it could be. I wonder however if their focus is more corporate hospitality rather than general public.
Having been a regular visitor to this hotel (every other Friday for over a year) I can finally say that the state of the bar food has finally broken me. Over £19 for a burger and and lime &a soda in which they forgot the line! The burger was dry enough to use on the sole of my shoe the chips had obviously been re-warmed and were dryer than dust. Food has never been god here but finally I am compelled to write a review (I am a lazy git and this doesn't happen often) to add to the situation, when I complained to the waiter her shrugged said sorry and just carried on about his business!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Indoor pool
Holiday Inn Aylesbury places you 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Aylesbury Park Golf Club and 9.3 mi (15 km) from Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. This 139-room, 4-star inn has conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Rex Cinema and Chartridge Park Golf Club are also within a 20-minute drive of this Aylesbury inn.
This inn serves as home to a restaurant, which has garden views and specializes in British cuisine, along with a bar. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.
All of Holiday Inn Aylesbury's 139 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Desks are also included.
Guests of Holiday Inn Aylesbury have access to an indoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. Free parking is available if you drive. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly inn include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and 7 meeting rooms.
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67% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 739 reviews