A stylish hotel with a restaurant and free WiFi close to the M25 and rail services Holiday Inn® Basildon hotel is a smart convenient choice in suburban Essex. The hotel is 10 minutes by car from the M25 25 minutes from seaside Southend and three miles from Basildon train station from where it's a 50-minute train journey to London's Fenchurch Street station. The hotel is located inside the Festival Leisure Park with its wide array of dining and entertainment venues. Southfields Business Park is 10 minutes by car from the hotel. For business in the City of London or the Docklands guests can catch a train from Basildon train station six minutes' drive away. You can also host a meeting at the hotel's Academy Conference Centre with space for up to 300 delegates and optional catering. Families enjoy the nearby Rayleigh Mount which includes the ruins of a castle gardens and a windmill. Southend-on-Sea with its pier and amusement park is perfect any time of year. The hotel's pillow menu helps you get a good night's sleep and free WiFi means catching up on work is a breeze. The on-site Junction Restaurant serves a hot breakfast buffet. In warm weather guests can dine on the pleasant patio. Room service is available 24/7 and kids stay and eat free.
Pros: Well situated for my purpose of visit.
Cons: Very far from city center.
Pros: Very comfortable armchair in room
Cons: Room was very small. Having stayed at a number of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels ... This was the worst.
Pros: It was clean and modern. There was a starbucks in the lobby. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Cons: The beds could have been a bit softer.