Review: Holiday Inn London - Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road, London, England, UK

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  1. uggboy
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    Of course, the title should be: Holiday Inn Express London - Swiss Cottage... [ I hope that the Express will be added in the title by an admin. ]

    Having a busy month in December with various stays in Sintra, Dublin and London, we didn't have a very high budget for our trip to London.

    After some consideration we chose the Holiday Inn Express Swiss Cottage.

    We arrived at London Gatwick late morning and had bought our Gatwick Express train return tickets online.

    They were 59.10 GBP (ca. 77 Euro or ca. 96 USD). The journey takes only around 30 minutes, so we didn't book first class, which would have doubled the costs. The train can sometimes get very crowded, so first class is maybe worth it, if you want to travel more comfortable and have as perk refreshments included. The train terminates at Victoria Station.

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    [ URBAN MOVEMENT ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Gatwick Express @ Victoria Station

    It was really humming with people. From Victoria we used the Tube, taking the Victoria Line to Green Park and changing to the Jubilee line. We got off at Finchley Road, which is the nearest stop from the hotel, and you can see it as soon as you leave the tube station.

    The Holiday Inn Express Swiss Cottage is opposite the O2 Centre, a shopping mall.

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    [ THE FACADE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Facade of the hotel

    The hotel opened in 2005 and has a modern facade. The entrance is small. There is a big public space, used for the bar, breakfast area, internet access and the reception.

    Our check in was quick and the member of staff friendly. We were offered as Intercontinental Hotel Group's Priority Club Platinum holders a late check out until 14.00 hours instead of 11.00 a.m. We accepted and took the elevator to the 6th floor.

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    [ SPACE OF LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ The bed

    As Platinums we also received a welcome letter and two bottles of still water. Would we have stayed during the week a newspaper would have been also included.

    Our room was overlooking the O2.

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    [ FRONT VIEWS ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ View from our 6th floor room overlooking the O2 Centre

    It was medium in size and had the typical Holiday Inn Express colors in red and brown. There was a writing desk, flat screen TV with regional channels (To our surprise over 50), a larger than usual bed and a chair. The bathroom was small with shower, sink and bathtub. There was no safe or mini bar, but we didn't expect this.

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    [ SPACE FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Writing table, flat screen TV with many interesting channels on offer

    The room was overall very comfortable. Even though the room was on the highest possible floor the traffic noise was fairly loud. It didn't inconvenience us, but light sleepers should consider requesting a room at the back of the hotel with views over the parking spaces.

    Breakfast is served until 11.00 am on weekends and consisted of coffee/tea, milk, juice, plain yogurt, fruits, pastries, scrambled eggs, cold cuts and much more.

    The quality was good and the variety okay, so we were happy.

    Check out was efficient.

    We liked the location and used the time to explore the neighborhood. There is a Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Iceland and some restaurants like Weatherspoon's, Pizza Express, KFC, Yo Sushi, Indian and Chinese, nearby.

    The location is also suitable for sightseeing. Thanks to the tube Green Park station and with it Buckingham Palace is only three stops away.

    Our purpose was different, though.

    We went to see the Sigmund Freud sculpture in front of the Tavistock Clinic, the Swiss Cottage - after which the area is named - and St. Thomas More Presbytery. We didn't manage to go the Freud Museum, but there is going to be a next time.

    Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES!
    Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES!
     
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    Some more photos from during our stay:

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    [ ELEVATED MIND ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Sigmund Freud statue near the hotel by Oscar Nemon

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    [ SIGN OF LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Entrance to the hotel [ directly on Finchley Road ]

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    [ SPACE FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ bathroom incl. Lux and Dove dispensers

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    [ SPACE FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Collage overview from our stay

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    [ THE FACADE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Facade, overall a good hotel, a superb value proposition and great location

    Highly recommended, safe travels. :)
     
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    Thanks for the nice review!
     
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    Thanks. Yes, it is a very good property, great value, service and location. Highly recommended, when in London and looking for a more reasonable priced property.
     
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  5. Just a little off the beaten path however.
     
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    Just 3 / 4 tube stops from Green Park isn't that off IMHO.
     
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  7. Anything more than one block from the IC in London is off the beaten track for me.:) In fact I will be there next week.
     
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