‘The Boss’ (Bruce Springsteen) announced earlier this year that he would be playing Wembley Stadium so, as I was sitting on bucketloads of loyalty points (and IHG Platinum Elite status) I booked a ‘reward’ night room at the Wembley Holiday Inn before I knew whether I had tickets, I knew I could always cancel.
I was, thankfully, successful in getting my Springsteen tickets so everything was sorted.
The Holiday Inn is located just a few hundred yards from the Stadium, but about a fifteen minute walk from Wembley Park underground.
We arrived just after two thirty after navigating London’s underground and rail networks, always a challenge on a weekend. Check in – by Balala – was quick, friendly and efficient, despite a quite of Springsteen fans.
Our room, 521, was at the far end of a long and gloomy corridor, the sort that English chain hotels seem to specialise in, although on returning after midnight the lights were off, but lit as we walked along, reminding me of the opening of the old ‘Get Smart’ TV series.
The room itself was clean and comfortable, with a large Samsung TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini-safe.
The bathroom was clean and well appointed, the hotel rooms look and feel newer than the hotel’s exterior would have one believe, a recent (expensive) refit methinks.
Down in the bar there was a broad selection of various era Springsteen tour T Shirts being worn, the bar was crowded but the staff were on top of things.
They were less so a few hours later when the stadium emptied out, hotel guests were standing five deep at the bar, so we wandered down the road until we found somewhere less crowded.
Overnight, for such a large and busy hotel it was mercifully quiet, I slept the sleep of the just – just back from the pub!
We skipped breakfast next morning, having spotted a café on the way back to the tube, check out, again by Balala was as efficient and friendly as the check in.
For the record the Holiday Inn offers free WiFi, 8.7Mb/s both down and up, that’ll do.
All in all, a pleasant enough Holiday Inn experience, I’ve stayed in better and worse. I was, however, grateful that I’d used my loyalty points as the rack rate, with a concert in the nearby stadium, was over £230.