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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- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 283 reviews
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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
Stay Date: 02/2017, Visitingsandy wrote this review.
The reception staff are friendly ,welcoming and efficient. The room was clean and the chambermaid keen to make sure we had a pleasant stay. The dining room staff were also pleasant and welcoming. The last lime we stayed here the breakfast in the con… See more
The reception staff are friendly ,welcoming and efficient. The room was clean and the chambermaid keen to make sure we had a pleasant stay. The dining room staff were also pleasant and welcoming. The last lime we stayed here the breakfast in the conference room had not been a good experience. The dining room staff had ignored us and the buffet food cold. We decided to give this hotel another try because it is near our family.This time breakfast was freshly cooked and the waitress welcoming.. The bathroom is tired and does need some attention for example the bathroom door would not shut, the taps were very hard to turn on and the basin cracked.. I will stay here again because the room is clean, the water hot and the staff are welcoming and helpful. Collapse
Stay Date: 01/2017, Forester126 wrote this review.
I was disappointed with my night at this hotel. The room was clean but a bit tired looking. Mainly the carpet which was very spotty and the desk which had bubbles on the surface. The bathroom was clean and bright but the shower was the worst I have … See more
I was disappointed with my night at this hotel. The room was clean but a bit tired looking. Mainly the carpet which was very spotty and the desk which had bubbles on the surface. The bathroom was clean and bright but the shower was the worst I have ever come across, the shower head was almost completely blocked by limescale. The evening meal was poor. I had beef lasagne which was not very hot. I decided to have ice cream sundae. It was nothing like the description on the menu, they didn't have half the described ingredients and I basically had vanilla and strawberry ice cream. I complained and they did give a reduction on the bill. On the good side the staff were pleasant and helpful. Collapse
Needs a good refurb
Stay Date: 12/2016, Jordan H wrote this review.
Stayed here as of last night 14/12. Average hotel wouldn't really stay here again as there's better value for money. No welcome packs given either hard to recommend. Also wasn't the cleanest hotel, but massively needs a good paint!!
Stayed here as of last night 14/12. Average hotel wouldn't really stay here again as there's better value for money. No welcome packs given either hard to recommend. Also wasn't the cleanest hotel, but massively needs a good paint!! Collapse
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