Express by Holiday Inn Bath

Book now (price from £66.00)

Address: Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3QU, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

Family-friendly budget chain hotel on the outskirts of Bath.

Always a good go-to if you can bag a bargain rate, Express by Holiday Inn in Bath is typical of the chain: clean, functional and good for families or groups. Don’t be put off by the exterior: when I walked into reception it was surprisingly fresh and modern.

Location
3.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.7
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

It’s on the Bristol road on the west side of Bath and although is not central, it’s only a 15-minute walk into the city and it’s on the right side of Bath for the Royal Crescent. Access is not pretty: it’s along an old path or via Homebase car park.

Bedrooms

Basic but comfortable – there are 126 rooms, which are double, twin or family (one double and one sofa bed that sleeps two) and there are seven accessible rooms that are a really good size and have room to manoeuvre wheelchairs easily. Rooms have air-conditioning, TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers – so basically everything you want if you’re just using the hotel as a base. Decor is simple but cheery and bathrooms are well-equipped – you can choose from firm or soft pillows on the bed.

Public areas

Reception, the lounge area and the dining room are all open plan with floor-to-ceiling windows (that look onto the car park) and continue the blue and orange Holiday Inn branding.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is included (a hot option is offered) in the price and there is a snack station with a microwave for those who want a DIY dinner.

Service

Friendly and efficient – it’s a budget hotel so expect to carry your own bags and be left to your own devices somewhat.

Who stays there

Hen and stag parties (they are strategically placed at the end of the hotel though), families, people attending weddings and tourists looking for a cheap base.

Price advice

Parking is £4 a day, which is actually cheap for Bath and WiFi is available from £4.50 per hour. Look out for Thermae Bath Spa breaks, early-booking offers and discounts for large groups.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Free breakfast
  • Good family/accessible rooms
  • Can be pricey on weekends
  • Not central
Book now (price from £66.00)