“ City: Slough / Address: Mill Street / County: Great Britain / Geographic coordinates: latitude: 51.51272, longitude: -.58992 / Postal code: SL2 5DD „
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We were taking our little boy to Legoland for his birthday and thought it would be a nice idea to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights to make it a mini holiday.
I looked on the internet to find the best deals and prices as budget was a key factor, the hotels in Windsor were asking well over £100 per night which was a little more than we wanted to pay. I then stumbled across this little gem, it is not in Windsor but in Slough which is about 4 miles from legoland. I couldn't believe the price £59 per night for a family room, including breakfast but they had a promotion on buy one night get one free. So I got two nights on an august weekend for under £60. What a Bargain.
The hotel is right next door to Slough mainline train station, it is extremely central 10 mins walk to slough town centre and one stop on the train to go into Windsor. Here is my experience ...
On arrival - we found the hotel easily after initially going to the wrong one, there are two Holiday inns in Slough, one is Express so best to check which one you are staying in before you go.
We arrived fairly late at about 9:30 after a full day at Legoland and Mcdonalds stop off on the way, there were no parking spaces at all. There was a sign saying you could park in the station car park for £7.50 per 24hrs but tickets would expire at midnight ??? The only other option was a small car park about ten mins walk away.
When we finally arrived back at the hotel we were greeted by a lovely smiley lady who took our name and we did all the usual formalities. She then gave us our room card and explained what time breakfast was, when dinner is served etc.
The room - The room was lovely and clean, it had a large double bed and a double sofa bed all made up in crisp white linen.
It was pretty much standard, desk, tv, bedside cabinet. It had a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities and two large mirrors.
The bathroom was small with a shower cubical, toilet and sink unit.
The room was in good repair, no smells, damage or stains.
Excellent quality for the price we had paid.
Breakfast - This was a bit of a free for all, the breakfast area is tiny compared to the number of rooms they have, both days we had to wait quite a while to sit down.
The breakfast is a continental self service buffet, there is cereal, toast, fruit, and several different cakes and pastries. There is tea, coffee and hot chocolate. There is also cold apple, orange, grapefruit and tropical juices.
All the food was nice but the setting was squashed and uncomfortable.
Overall - This is what it says in the name - Express, it is geared for short business and leisure stays. There is no pool, gym, dining room, no fancyness just brilliant prices, excellent location and friendly staff.
Location: close to Windsor Castle, within close proximity of Eton College and Eton High Street Shopping / Location: close to Windsor Castle, within close proximity of Eton College and Eton High Street Shopping / Number and type of rooms: 142 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include direct-dial phones, as well as desks and coffee/tea makers / Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Holiday Inn Express Slough. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily / Business, Other Amenities: express check-in, secretarial services, and dry cleaning/laundry services. This hotel has 4 meeting rooms available for events. Free parking is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.