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For the first night of our stay in the English countryside, we had decided to stay in Bath, a city of about 88,000 people in the county of Somerset, best known for its ornate 18th and 19th century buildings and Roman-built baths. For our-one night stay in Bath, we had reserved a room at the local Holiday Inn Express for 15,000 points.
The hotel is located near the River Avon, outside of the older part of town. The hotel is flanked by a school on one side and a cemetery on another, so there aren’t any great views to be had. Luckily, we got a room facing the school.
The hotel looks like your classic Holiday Inn, being only a couple of floors tall, squat, and built of brown concrete. Despite its somewhat bland exterior, the hotel is actually quite modern, with a classy, airy lobby and restaurant (as this is a Holiday Inn Express and not a normal Holiday Inn, breakfast is included free).
Our room was located on the second floor. The room was quite standard for a Holiday Inn, with two double beds, a desk, TV, and a little wooden table and chair. The whole room felt rather small.
The view was nothing special.
The bathroom was actually so tiny that when one opened the door it was liable to hitting whatever poor soul might be sitting on the toilet at the time. However, it did its job.
The decor was lean but modern, the sort of thing on expects from a Holiday Inn. The TV featured mostly British channels, as well as CNN.
The morning after we arrived, we had our breakfast in the hotel lobby before doing a little more sightseeing and getting back on the road. The breakfast was pretty standard, featuring sausage, eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal, and pastries. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get photos of the buffet because the place was so full!
The hotel is located fairly close to the center of town, making it easy to get to some really fun historical sights (all within walking distance).
The Holiday Inn Express Bath is a perfectly good option for those looking for a comfortable place to stay in the English countryside. While it may be short on the character local-owned hotels have, it’s cheap, and that certainly counts for something!