We stayed at Holiday Inn Express Perth for 2 nights in October 2012 on our Autumn colours break in Perthshire. It cost £115 for the two nights on Expedia. However Topcashback were offering 12% cashback on Expedia hotel bookings, so the cost after cashback was around £100. The good thing about Holiday Inn Express is that the room rate included breakfast. So many hotels rates are room only and breakfast costs at least another £7 or £8 per person, even in budget hotels.
The Holiday Inn Express Perth is located on the outskirts of Perth, close to the Inveralmond roundabout. I received a very warm welcome on check-in. I asked if it’d be possible to get my boarding pass printed the next day, as Air France doesn’t open up online check-in until 30 hours before your flight departure time, so I couldn’t do my check-in before leaving home. The receptionist said they would do this for me if I emailed the boarding pass.
Our room at Holiday Inn Express Perth
Our room was a the back of hotel overlooking the car park. The room was very quiet. I liked the desk arrangement, as I could sit close the window. The lamp at the desk wasn’t working but was repaired the next day after I reported the fault to reception.
The hotel has free WiFi throughout and there are certainly plenty of routers al along the corridors. However you need to enter a long username and password to get online. On the first evening I just couldn’t get online, I kept getting a log in error message. The access codes are only valid for 24 hours. The following day, with new access codes, I was able to get online at the first attempt.
Breakfast on the first morning wasn’t very relaxing. The one hot drink machine was broken. Now I appreciate that things do break down; it was a Monday morning but I think that there should’ve been two drinks machines for the number of guests. In its place was a large urn but the water was just lukewarm, useless for hot drinks. The staff were bringing 5 croissants at a time to the buffet, so you had to keep an eagle eye on the hot cabinet and dash over to grab a croissant. The scrambed egg was pretty awful, although the sausages and croissants were very good.
On the second day, we were glad that the breakast buffet was all laid out before the 6.30 am official start time, as we had to leave at 6.15 for me to get to Edinburgh Airport.
Breakfast buffet area at Holiday Inn Express
In summary, I was very happy with the quality and comfort of the room at the Holiday Inn Express Perth. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast buffet could do with a second hot drinks machine and there should be a better supply of croissants available on the buffet.