I am a frequent visitor to Milton Keynes as I attend a yearly event at the MK Cantre Shopping Mall. I have stayed in several hotels centralised around this area. I always arrive at the city by train so I will give my best account of hotel locations and other details from a non car driving perspective!
When you exit the main (Milton Keynes central) train station you are at the end of Midsummer Boulevard. You can actually see a few hotels in the near distance on the horizon - these are the Ramada Encore and Jurys Inn. These are within walking distance from the station although there is limited walkways and the journey is slightly uphill. There are underpasses as this area is a busy main road and there are also buses and taxis available from the train station which will take you in the direction of the hotels. It takes about 10-15 minutes walk to reach Jurys Inn. The Ramada is directly next door.
Jurys Inn, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Tel: +44(0) 1908 843700
I have stayed in Jurys twice and managed to get a rate of £50 per room per night which I find very reasonable. Check direct on their website as I have found other travel firms can charge more than this. Jurys is located in a great position, very close to the Mk Shopping Centre, Xscape Centre, business district and Theatre District. There are a few bars and restaurants nearby too. The hotel has a small reception area and customer lifts although they are small. There is a breakfast area to the left of the entrance which feels private and comfortable. I found the restaurant staff to be very efficient and helpful. Rooms are clean and comfortable and are available for 3 adults and 2 children maximum. Public parking nearby - charges apply. I would recommend this hotel to anyone - from couples to families and business travellers.
Holiday Inn, 500 SAXON GATE WEST, Milton Keynes.
website for booking: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/
I have stayed at the Holiday Inn three times. It is located just right of Midsummer Boulevard, half way along, if you are heading directly away from the train station. It is the closest in location to the MK Shopping Centre mall. It is also pretty much opposite the Xscape Centre. It is a very business client orientated hotel although non business travellers are made to feel welcome too. It has a relaxing lounge and bar area. There is acess to a pool, fitness and sauna area although these are technically next door. There is also a restaurant where kids eat free although I find the atmosphere rather too adult and upper class to want to take kids there! Staff are nice and helpful although I did have problems once when I was charged twice after being given someone elses bill at checking out! This problem took much longer than it should have done to be sorted out! I would recommend this hotel to mainly business travellers. Rooms are also maximum two adults which is a bit limiting in terms of family visits. There is also a nearby Holiday Inn Express (website: http://www.hiexpress.com ) which is situated near the picturesque Willen Lake.
Novotel Hotel, Layburn court heelands, Milton keynes.
I stayed here in my first visit to Milton Keynes. The problem with the hotel is it's location. It is a long way away from the train station and not walkable too. I tried and ended up going through a woodland, then having to scramble up an embankment on the edge of a motorway! It is not possible to get anywhere from this hotel unless you drive or have good, and I mean very good, legs! It is actually fairly close to the city centre if you have a vehicle and is situated set back from the edge of a main road. The hotel is half an hour away from Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and about ten minutes drive to the MK shopping centre and entertainment hub. The hotel is actually stunning to look at and has it's own private gateway and moat style protection. There is private car parking. Inside the hotel there are rooms that lead away directly from the ground floor reception. Rooms are smallish but comfortable and clean. They overlook the road and a green area. There is a good bar area but staying here without a car I felt a little isolated from the rest of the city!
Also in the city are so called budget hotel although I have found the average price to be not much less than other hotels in the area (around £45 at Travelodge and Travel Inn).
Travelodge, 199 Grafton Gate, Milton Keynes
The travelodge is located right next to the train station between Midsummer Boulevard and Silbury. It's location by busy roadsides means some traffic noises can be heard. I find the hotel a little further away from the 'action' then I would like! The rooms are clean and have basic amenities. It is like any other Travelodge I've stayed in though and doesn't provide much more than a basic experience.
Premier Travel Inn, Secklow Gate West, Central Milton Keynes.
Very close to the Holiday Inn and also very near to the MK Centre Shopping mall and Xscape Centre. A very popular choice with prices rising during times when key events are held in the city. It's very central location makes it a brilliant choice. It has parking available and a Beefeater restaurant. There is also another hotel at Willen Lake five to ten minutes drive away.
There are many other hotels in the area and I would advise searching on:
for all choices in the area.
We stayed at the Novotel in Milton Keynes in November 2007. My boyfriend and I were visiting relatives and it was a great location to stay especially as the huge shopping centre was close to the hotel. We found the hotel easy to find, parking easy and secure, friendly reception staff, clean, lovely and comfortable rooms, easy check in, leisure facilities (Sauna, swimming pool and gym) were great, loctaion good......Can't wait to go again! We were lucky to receive Friendly service, the option of late check out (free of charge) and we were pleased to hear the leisure facilities were open until 10pm and that was great after a day Christmas shopping! :o) The price was reasonable and cheaper to book online with Novotel. The price we paid didn't include breakfast but I'm sure the breakfast/food would've been good if we did have it. We hope to return again! I hope you receive the same service we did!
What a lovely little place ok its a motel but it was spotless everything was fresh and clean. Sky tv in the room too! THe staff were very friendly even changing my money so I could chat to my girlfriend on the phone. Wouldn't say its action packed but its good if you need somewhere to rest the night. Book in advance on their website and you can get a room for £35! bargain! One small grip its a bit cold but if you fiddle with the heating its fine. Enjoyed my stay at this motel.