Pulling into the car park the hotel looks very old and jaded. I was not expecting much better when I got in. However, check in was fast and efficient and my executive room, whilst not the biggest ever was modern, spotlessly clean and very comfortable with good furnishings. The bathroom was clean and well maintained but very small with a stupid small bath that seems to be the case in many older Holiday Inns. Dinner was a miserable affair! The chef seemed to be everywhere in the building but in the kitchen. When I checked in he was in reception, later behind the bar and spent far too much time in the restaurant during dinner. I can't help but think that if he actually spent more time in the kitchen the food could be so much better. After all, this is standard ready prepared, Holiday Inn food. He hadn't just created some culinary masterpiece and needed to parade himself about! There were complaints from many of my fellow diners in the restaurant. In the middle of dinner a coach party arrived and peace and quiet turned in to mayhem. I actually felt very sorry for the Operations Manager, who was doing a great job handling all the many complains she was getting through no fault of her own. All in all, a pleasant overnight stay but if I was to return I would avoid the food. As I am writing this in my room it's now 11.45 and I have just received a call from reception to remind me that I have to check out by 12 noon. Nothing says you have overstayed your welcome better than a phone call like that! I think I have just changed my mind about saying I would return here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Hotel in Swindon is located minutes from Junction 15 of the M4 but within easy reach of Swindon Town Centre with ample free ample free parking. Easy access to the cities of Bath, Bristol and Oxford and 1 Hr from London Heathrow. The hotel has 99 well appointed bedrooms which include 10 Executive rooms. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with shower, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and ironing board. Residents can enjoy and unwind with complimentary use of the Spirit leisure club with gymnasium, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and treatment room (subject to availability). Our hotel bar and lounge offer tempting dishes from around the world and is a great meeting destination, a relaxing garden terrace can also be enjoyed at the hotel along with the lounge showing all Sky sports channels also ESPN on a 50inch plasma TV. Our contemporary restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy our menus including the famous Holiday Inn breakfast. Hotel offers 24hr room service also. Under 12's stay and eat free when sharing a room with their parents* Terms and conditions apply. Swindon town centre is within 3 miles driving from the hotel, also the Swindon train station and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Village. The hotel is ideally located for exploring Wiltshire's surrounding attractions, including Lydiard Park, the Royal Wooton Bassett, the Cotwolds, Avebury Stone Circle & Stonehenge, Longleat Forest and the Steam Railway Museum or for catching a game at Swindon Town Football Club in the town centre. Academy Style Meeting Rooms, 5 purpose built meeting rooms that cater for all requirements from Training Courses, Boardroom Meetings and Conferences to Weddings and Parties including Christmas Parties.Our Academy standard meeting facilities with natural daylight and air conditioning can accommodate up to 70 delegates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Swindon Hotel Swindon
- Swindon Holiday Inn