The hotel is in a great location in the newly developed Brayford Waterfront area close to many bars, restaurants (mainly chains) and good pubs. It is also within easy walking distance of the main attractions (castle, cathedral, bishop's palace and the old town), if you don't mind a fairly steep climb, and the main shopping areas. Reaching the car park, for which the hotel charge you £5 per day, is a bit strange because it initially appears as though you're driving down a pedestrianised area closed to vehicles.
The room was typical for a Holiday Inn (including a large flat screen TV, large bed and good sized bathroom) BUT for some reason there were no drawers, no shelves (apart from the top of the hanging space) and no cupboards so we had to use our suitcase to store clothing which could not be put on a hanger. Very bizarre and very inconvenient, I can only assume it is designed for business travellers who only stop for one night. We stayed for 4 days and managed but considering the cost per night it seemed ridiculous not to have anywhere to put clothing in the room.
No toiletries were provide apart from two soap dispensers - one by the sink and the other by the bath, the latter was combined soap/shampoo. This is more typical of hotels in a lower price bracket (e.g. Premier Inn or Travelodge) and, while I applaud it on ecological grounds, it is inconvenient when one of the dispenser is not kept stocked up and runs out.
The buffet breakfast was served in a very pleasant light restaurant which overlooked Brayford Pool (which was full of swans and river boats). The quality varied considerably, on the first day it was terrible with poor quality bacon, bland sausages and overcooked eggs - not something you expect for £14. On the second day it improved considerably and by the third day it was very good. I think it must depend on who is running the restaurant service on any particular day.
Wi-fi is availble but must be paid for, I can't understand why when so many other hotels now provide it free of charge.
We didn't have dinner at the hotel because there were too many other good places to eat and drink within a very short walk.
We found the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Lincoln hotel, set in the centre of this contemporary city, contrasted by architectural treasures that reflect its rich history. When you're looking for a hotel in Lincoln for business travel or a weekend break, the Holiday Inn Lincoln is ideally located in the city centre on the Brayford Marina, near shopping, entertainment and major routes. At the Holiday Inn Lincoln, you'll be met with outstanding service, amenities and a spacious air-conditioned guest room with an en-suite bath and shower, ergonomic workspace, high-speed Internet for a fee, and a view of either the waterfront or Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle. We offer Full English Breakfast and dinner, the Sports Bar shows all sporting events on our large array of screens with a menu to compliment your dining experience and views of the Brayford Waterfront - 'Kids Stay and Eat Free'. Throughout the day, you can enjoy delicious fare. A sought after conference and meetings facility, the Holiday Inn Lincoln hotel offers 3 well-designed meeting rooms filled with natural light, accommodating up to 35 delegates, with a large, secure car park behind the hotel. Events: Christmas Market, Waddington Air Show, LLAMA. ... more less
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