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Old Nov 10, 14, 11:35 am   #841
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: HEL
Programs: Rainbow of cards in wallet
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HI Tampere, Finland

What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum (Gold at time of stay)

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
It was ok, nothing more

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked standard during last pointbreaks, got the same

How are the rooms?
Very basic and typical of older HI properties, bit dull.

How is the exec. lounge?
Did not check if there is one

What was good and what was bad?


Good:
Fairly quiet despite facing street
Good location near train station and a nice park

Bad:
Old property and dull

Value for $ or IHG Rewards Club Points? Would you return?
Pointbreaks always good value but I would not return here on my own dime. Probably neither on company res if you can get a decent price on the newly opened Sokos Hotel nearby, which is perhaps tallest hotel building in whole Finland (has certainly superb lake views)
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Old Nov 17, 14, 6:26 pm   #842
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
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Crowne Plaza Dublin-Northwood, Ireland

- What is your Priority Club status?

Gold Elite

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?

Mixed feelings, serves the purpose before / after flying from DUB.

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?

Booked entrance category room, upgraded to Club room with Lounge Access

- How are the rooms?

Large, king size bed,
Overall comfortable,
Bathtub, shower stall,
Temple Spa bathroom amenities

- How is the exec. lounge?

Usual offering of breakfast and happy hour drinks are only available from Monday to Friday, we had a weekend stay, Sat-Sun, so only free soft drinks available from the lounge, on Sunday only sparkling water was available, people took all still water, was never restocked. Don't know about the usual service on offer during the week, but we might find out when staying again here in the future.

- What was good and what was bad?

-Good:

Free Airport shuttle, warm welcome, good recognition as repeat guest.

Upgrade from standard room to Club Room with Lounge Access, breakfast was included in our rate, so don't know if its included with the Lounge Access or not, comfortable bedding, as always with IHG, good bathroom, liked the Temple Spa amenities, good quality, overall a good room incl. quality of the furniture.

Dinner at the Touzai Restaurant was good and service was friendly and warm, they've an Early bird menu each evening, priced at 24.95E for three courses.

-Bad:

The layout of the room could be improved, could only watch TV from the bed, overall the room felt too narrow and not wide enough.

Breakfast should be equally improved, it's too chaotic in the morning, tables unclean and offerings on the buffet are substandard from what we would expect from a Crowne Plaza, also no one brought us to our table and had to find one by ourselves which proofed difficult because they weren't cleaned up. Staff couldn't really cope with the guests on this occassion.

While a free shuttle bus service from the Airport / to the Airport is nice, the bus itself wasn't particular inviting, the bus was old and the driver too chatty for our liking. But this sounds like a personal thing.

Only one free bottle of water and one piece of chocolate provided on the room, despite we're two people.

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?

Yes, it's value for money especially before or after a flight, it's not a destination hotel in itself, we would stay again in the future.
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Old Nov 17, 14, 7:18 pm   #843
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: FL
Programs: AA PLT, IC PLT AMB, Marriott Silver, SPG Gold
Posts: 118
Hotel Indigo Victoriaplatz Dusseldorf, Germany

- What is your Priority Club status?

Platinum Elite

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?

Very Happy

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?

Booked standard got executive room

- How are the rooms?

For europe standard, very large, specially the executive room, it is way bigger than the standard room. The room is more like a junior suite.

- How is the exec. lounge?

none

- What was good and what was bad?

-Good:

Platinum recognition

Welcome gift

Very friendly employees and clean hotel

Upgrade

Bar was really good

Location was perfect!!

-Bad:

Nothing



- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?

I would definately return
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Old Nov 23, 14, 12:11 am   #844
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 104
Holiday Inn Dublin-Pleasonton, CA

-What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked Standard, Got a Suite

- How are the rooms?
Old style, somewhat musty especially carpet, bad bad lighting. Otherwise standard HI

- How is the exec. lounge?
NA

- What was good and what was bad?
Good, service, upgrades, clean
Bad, old looking, musty, old.

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Not really, because of the hotel/location only here for ITN
Altho if for some reason someone needed to stay in the location then maybe
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Old Nov 23, 14, 4:50 am   #845
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: PARIS (France)
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Indigo Madrid - Gran Via

What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum Royal Ambassador

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked best advance rate, and received a corner executive room on 8th floor.

How are the rooms?
Not huge but comfortable (non-corner rooms can be much darker and look even more tiny)
Not a big fan of the design, which looks rather tacky and uninspired, specifically in Spain where interior design is very inventive (see for example recently open One Shot boutique hotel in Madrid : http://www.hoteloneshotrecoletos04.com/)
Bathroom with walk-in shower. Aveda amenities
Flat screen TV with very poor selection of international channels (actually only BBC World, CNBC and Canal Algérie)
Nespresso machine
iPhone dock

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A

What was good and what was bad?

Good:
- Very friendly staff
- Central location, close to metro stations (Gran Via is ten minutes walk from the hotel, Santo Domingo and Callao stations are less than 5 minutes walk)
- Pleasant rooftop pool area
https://mobile.twitter.com/nicolas75...02890906320896
- Fast wifi

Bad:
- Even if rooms are well soundproofed, you are in one of Madrid's most living night districts (which means: be prepared to have people speaking loudly at 4am in the street)
- Uninspired and cheap design of the rooms
- Tiny rooms
- Fire alarm in the room at 3am

Value for $ or IHG Rewards Club Points? Would you return?
Yes, for location, not for the rooms (RAs might have a club room at IC for the same price).
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Old Yesterday, 3:00 pm   #846
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
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HI Helsinki city west

HI Helsinki City West

- What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
No (see below the section "bad"), I am fed up with this property

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked 2 standard rooms on pointbreaks, got same, rooms facing backstreet, not the sea view. I was not bothered not to get an upgrade, since the executive rooms are similar but on highest floor with better amenities nothing more. Here it only matters to get a sea view room which actually has nice views on higher floors.

- How are the rooms?
The rooms are quite typical HI, small. Decor is a bit dark. TVs are getting dated, no HD, smallish. Tiny bathroom with shower.

- How is the exec. lounge?
There is none.

Good:
There is a decent gym. A sauna as well but I have never tried
Breakfast used to be fairly good in the past (not now, I skipped it as there was so much people it was a mess)

Bad:
Do not expect any elite/frequenter/loyalty recognition here. I have stayed in this hotel >100 times since its opening, but I don't remember a single stay with any recognition for my loyalty or frequent stay or elite membership. My current stay was nothing specially bad, I just got fed up this no-recognition. I stayed here on pointbreaks for a getaway this time, but I have used this hotel in the past a lot when I had business here and there is no choice nearby (Radisson Seaside a bit further by, which is WAY better).

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points?
Pointbreaks is always good value despite disappointment otherwise.

- Would you return?

Nevermore. Will stay at home.
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Old Yesterday, 4:08 pm   #847
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: PARIS (France)
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HI Helsinki City West

- What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
No (see below the section "bad"), I am fed up with this property

Bad:
Do not expect any elite/frequenter/loyalty recognition here. I have stayed in this hotel >100 times since its opening, but I don't remember a single stay with any recognition for my loyalty or frequent stay or elite membership. My current stay was nothing specially bad, I just got fed up this no-recognition. I stayed here on pointbreaks for a getaway this time, but I have used this hotel in the past a lot when I had business here and there is no choice nearby (Radisson Seaside a bit further by, which is WAY better).

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points?
Pointbreaks is always good value despite disappointment otherwise.

- Would you return?

Nevermore. Will stay at home.
I have stayed once at this property and was upgraded to an executive room on high floor.
Even if it is less central than CP, the hotel has friendly staff, good breakfast and free bicycles.
Rooms are small but pleasant.
Not a bad Holiday Inn (and pretty cheap).
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Old Today, 3:58 am   #848
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: GVA
Programs: LH SEN, FB Plat, BA Bronce, GPP Gold, PC RA Plat
Posts: 363
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Originally Posted by nicolas75 View Post
I have stayed once at this property and was upgraded to an executive room on high floor.
Even if it is less central than CP, the hotel has friendly staff, good breakfast and free bicycles.
Rooms are small but pleasant.
Not a bad Holiday Inn (and pretty cheap).
I concurr with what you are saying, however the breakfast has heavily deteriorated, as this hotel seems to focus more on Chinese bus package tourists. The breakfast is more like a zoo nowadays with low quality products
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