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The Holiday Inn Express advertises itself as being only a few minutes walk from Watford Junction station – and it is. The location is a little strange as it’s wedged between the bridle path that runs alongside the railway line and some other random buildings. There is a back road that leads to the hotel and so a taxi can take you there.

I booked for one night at the last minute as I’d mis-booked my stay at the nearby Jurys Inn and needed a fifth night in a Watford hotel. Considering I booked on a Monday for a Thursday, the rate of £64 including breakfast was excellent – although I’ve since looked at other future dates it’s more like £90.

Check in was easy. My lowly basic status with IHG was recognised, although I’m not sure if I had a better room or not. I’d been told by a colleague to ask for a room that didn’t face the railway lines. My room faced the opposite way.

The room was fine. Clean. Nice bathroom with a clever door that switched between the entry door and the door to a separate toilet. The shower tray was a little slippery and I could see that they’d noticed that by providing a non-slip mat – although, I’m sure like most people, I didn’t use it. The bed was a double, not a king. There was tea/coffee and kettle. The TV had a limited number of channels – not the entire UK freeview range. There was no personal safe which I think is disappointing for a business hotel.

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I went out that evening and returned after dark. I have to say that it’s a little creepy walking back down a deserted back road – I imagine the bridle path would be worse. This may be something to consider if you are a woman travelling alone.

I didn’t have time for breakfast, but had a quick look. It seemed okay, although the breakfast room was a little bleak – quite busy because of the free breakfast.

Check out was quick – I hadn’t charged anything to my room.

Back to the location. Watford Junction is about 10 minutes walk along Clarendon Road into Watford Centre. If you want to be near the centre then choose the Jurys Inn or even the Travelodge. If you want to be near the station or the pick up point for the Harry Potter Tour bus then choose this hotel or the Holiday Inn on Clarendon Road.

I’d certainly stay here again if the price was similar to what I paid.

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Holiday Inn Express Watford Junction

19 Bridle Path, Watford WD17 1UE
Phone: 01923 288600