Holiday Inn A1 Sandy - Bedford
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Handily located close to the A1 and the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area, the Holiday Inn Sandy - Bedford is within easy reach of the region’s top attractions and destinations. A short drive from both Woburn Abbey & Safari Park and Knebworth House & Gardens, you can also reach London within an hour on the train and historic cities like Peterborough and Cambridge within half an hour.
Whatever you end up doing during your stay, guestrooms at the Holiday Inn Sandy - Bedford offer a comfy retreat after a long day of exploring. Equipped with TVs with pay-per-view movies, tea & coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi access, your guestroom should feel like a home away from home.
When evening rolls around, you can enjoy the delightful a la carte dining at the hotel’s charming Ivel Restaurant, before relaxing with a nightcap in the hotel’s 24 hour licensed bar. Great for getting about from, the Holiday Inn Sandy - Bedford offers complimentary car parking onsite too.
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- Direct Dial Telephone
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Cable/Satellite TV channels
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- Restaurant in hotel
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'Fawlty Towers' at its best
Stay Date: 04/2017, adamski26 wrote this review.
This place is awful. Outdated, tired and very old fashioned. Desperately in need of a make over, or tear it down and start again. The staff are great and go out of their way to give you an enjoyable stay, but god knows who or where the so called hot… See more
This place is awful. Outdated, tired and very old fashioned. Desperately in need of a make over, or tear it down and start again. The staff are great and go out of their way to give you an enjoyable stay, but god knows who or where the so called hotel management were. Fawlty Towers at its very best. . . Collapse
Worst Training Venue in 30 years expereince
Stay Date: 03/2017, Slowhand1 wrote this review.
A sad, rundown and shabby conference centre with urine stench lavatories and carpet sweeping style coffee from an urn at £1.95 a cup, with no alternatives other than taking your life in your hands crossing the A1 sliproad to buy in a machine from the… See more
A sad, rundown and shabby conference centre with urine stench lavatories and carpet sweeping style coffee from an urn at £1.95 a cup, with no alternatives other than taking your life in your hands crossing the A1 sliproad to buy in a machine from the service station. Electric sockets stuck to the wall with gaffer tape. I ran a weeks training for 48 NHS staff and they had also booked in a group of people who I presume were doing control and restraint courses for the prison service. The noise was absolutely horrendous and if I had not taken my own PA I would have given up. In the last 4 years I have run course in Libya and Syria for the World Health Organisation and compared to this place I was in the lap of luxury. The feedback forms have a category "venue conducive to learning" and they scored minus 55. The lowest possible score would have been minus 100, zero is neutral and the best score possible is 100. If you haven't worked it out -55 = completely inadequate . The hotel itself is a sad sold on holiday inn. If you are skint, staying one night, don't want a shower that does more dribble, or a drink of decent coffee it might just about do. A few lovely if very stressed staff who should head for the hills, they deserve better Collapse
A bit tired
Stay Date: 03/2017, catherinesX223EU wrote this review.
We arrived unsure we were in the right place as a friend had booked it for a group of us and referred to it as the holiday Inn. A very friendly, welcoming lady checked us in. The decor is a bit tired and there are light bulbs that need changing (we… See more
We arrived unsure we were in the right place as a friend had booked it for a group of us and referred to it as the holiday Inn. A very friendly, welcoming lady checked us in. The decor is a bit tired and there are light bulbs that need changing (we had to change rooms as only 1 working light bulb in our room). The staff are making an effort as it's clean and they're all very helpful. Breakfast was better than some places and worse than others. Hot water for drinks was lukewarm rather than hot. The full English breakfast looked great but some of it was again (at best) lukewarm. It was a convenient location & we only needed somewhere to sleep & eat breakfast. Staff are trying hard to make up for a serious lack of investment. Collapse
In desperate need of renovation
Stay Date: 03/2017, Neville G wrote this review.
I've stayed here a couple of times in the distant past when the hotel was part of the IHG Holiday Inn franchise, back then, the place was reasonable if unremarkable. I needed to stay overnight recently whilst between business meetings locally and tho… See more
I've stayed here a couple of times in the distant past when the hotel was part of the IHG Holiday Inn franchise, back then, the place was reasonable if unremarkable. I needed to stay overnight recently whilst between business meetings locally and thought I would ship in to the same hotel. Noting that it was no longer a Holiday Inn, I decided to stay here anyway as I assumed that not much would have changed apart from the branding. That assumption was somewhat wide of the mark unfortunately. It's not unusual for hotels to leave franchises because of changes imposed upon them which relate more to image / brand than quality and may cost significant money without materially improving the customer experience. This hotel, I would have to say, has declined significantly since its exit from the franchise. Just to give some context to the following comments, I paid £69 for B&B The hotel is situated next to a roundabout on the busy A1, just a few minutes from the town of Sandy. Access is down a drive which crosses a small section of single lane bridge. By the bridge, the hotel have installed some exceptionally bright floodlights which serve to dazzle any driver crossing same which is not exactly ideal. Car parking is adequate and the car park appears to be covered by CCTV cameras, whether they are operational is unknown. The main lobby in which reception is sited is a small area off which leads the restaurant and the (tiny, spartan) bar and stairs to the rooms.The lobby is tidy enough if a little bland.The lady on reception was pleasant and check in was swift and easy. My room was on the first floor facing the rear of the hotel. Once on the first floor, the clues that this place has been run down were evident. The carpet was stained, several ceiling tiles were broken and the walls looked as though they had been painted with "bargain basement" emulsion as the previous finish was still showing through in places. Once in the room, the decrepitude continued to show itself. The room was spacious enough and seemed reasonably well maintained at first glance, however, even a cursory look around revealed dirty carpets, a filthy chair cover, long black hairs left on the desk (I know they weren't mine as I have rapidly disappearing short grey hair!) and a free standing wardrobe which wasn't tethered to the wall (significant safety hazard for anybody with children). The bed was, fortunately, clean and comfortable. The desk was covered in a white tablecloth, as this is somewhat unusual, I looked under the edge of the cloth and found that the surface of the desk was in an atrocious state with a bubbled surface and lumps of veneer missing. In the bathroom, a large chunk of the grout between the floor tiles was missing and there were 3 floor tiles which were loose / creaking / grinding against each other as I stood on them. The sealant around the bath was blackened in a couple of places and a few wall tile joints were also quite brown / black. I've taken pictures of all of these items in case the hotel management decides to take issue with this review and will add them to the review if needs be. Given that the overall place looked run down, I decided that all of the rooms were likely in the same condition and that I would put up with it. After a day of meeings and travel, I decided to have a shower. The hot water pressure was so low and the cold so high that the best I could manage without the shower valve shutting itself off was a tepid trickle. Instead of eating in the (small but reasonably well appointed) restaurant, I decided to drive the 4 minutes to Sandy to get something to eat. Often when away on business, after eating, I will sit in a hotel bar with a coffee or a beer and read the paper for half an hour. That wasn't going to happen here, the bar is about the size of a decent garden shed with one high table / two stools and one sofa. Decor in the bar area was spartan at best. A quick glance at what was on / behind the bar showed it to be very basic. Once back in my room, I decided to do some work. Logging on to the free wifi was easy, signal strength was good and in contrast to a couple of the other reviewers, I found the speed to be decent. One watchpoint on the WIFI, it is free but it is unsecured with no logon required so make sure that you have some decent internet security software and / or use a VPN if you are logging on to anything sensitive. Once finished with the drudge of work, I turned the TV on (the TV was likely the newest thing in there) expecting it to be in as poor state as everything else but was comforted to find that it worked perfectly, had the full range of freeview channels and nobody had absconded with the remote. The rooms are heated by electric panel radiators and there is no air condtioning - there was, in fiarness, a decent sized fan in the room though. As It was a mild night and I was on the first floor, I thought I would sleep with the window open. Given the location, a room on the front of the hotel can be noisy, in fairness, as my room was at the rear, whilst I could hear some traffic noise, it was not terrible. In the morning, I ventured to the small restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant was probably the least shabby part of the hotel appearing reasonably tidy and maintained. The continental selection was small and relatively uninviting so I decided to opt for the cooked breakfast which was reasonably palateable. The staff were pleasant and reasonably attentive albeit not the cheeriest staff I've ever encountered. Checkout was quick and efficient. In summary, this place needs some significant investment. Travelodges / Premier Inns etc... not too distant from here are all around the same price and offer much better maintained accommodation. Whilst it was not the worst hotel experience I have ever had it was a good long way down the list and not one I would choose to revisit unless it gets a significant overhaul. Collapse
Stay Date: 03/2017, James C wrote this review.
After arriving at The Garden Court hotel, we were greeted by a lovely lady who was clearly only reception desk trained. She served us on the bar but hadn't a clue on how to pour a decent pint.....I work in the pub industry and I had to show her how..… See more
After arriving at The Garden Court hotel, we were greeted by a lovely lady who was clearly only reception desk trained. She served us on the bar but hadn't a clue on how to pour a decent pint.....I work in the pub industry and I had to show her how....not a very good start already. Got to the room and found that the pull out makeshift bed on the far wall, covered in urine stains more than likely from children, who still wet the bed, or exceedingly drunk adults who can't control themselves. The bed was comfortable and the TV amicable, though could have done with a couple extra loo rolls in bathroom. The following morning, went for breakfast, the wait staff were of an unhappy attitude, though perfectly pleasant towards you, everything was said without a smile, I understand having to get up early and serve the masses, but a little smile would have gone a long way. Other than that, service wasn't fast enough, and having a little menu on the table would have made more sense that asking for what they've got. Checking out was easy, glass bowl on reception desk to place keys in Collapse
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