Projectile vomit and the penthouse suite. . .
Holiday Inn, Camden Lock
Projectile vomit and the penthouse suite, aaah memories! Thank god they happened years apart. A hotel which for sentimental reasons I have a fond affection for, Holiday Inn Camden Lock was the very first hotel I checked into when embarking on my first solo international journey and where my London and travel adventures began back in 2012.
I always make a point of spending at least one night in the heart of Camden each time I visit London. I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock 4 times, in 2012, 2013 & 2016 and I will definitely be staying again in the future. The first 2 times I booked a standard room (street facing) for just myself, 3rd time reserved a standard double room (street facing) for myself and my best friend, and this time upon check-in was upgraded to the penthouse suite (with a huge corner balcony overlooking the Camden Lock and Camden Market) for free. I was so happy about being upgraded, it definitely placed a larger smile on my already smiling face, especially since believing it would be impossible after the notorious 'projectile vomit' episode of 2012, where I awoke to my room covered in my best friends pink 'Ben and Jerry's ice cream, wine, beer & vodka' vomit covering my hotel room and linens; Maybe the £99 ($192.50 AUD) room cleaning fee plus the flowers and chocolates for the cleaning staff went further than we thought.
Vomit aside, if you did have a huge night they have a fantastic buffet breakfast (what a segue) to help restore your body and give you a great start to the huge day ahead.
Check-in time starts 2:00 PM
Check-out by 11:00 AM
FEATURES & AMENITIES
★★★★ (A pool short of being 5 stars)
If you love the bustle of Camden then the hotel is in a fantastic location, its fantastic being able to step outside and know you're only within 100 meters from Camden high street and right across the bridge from the market, yet in a quiet enough spot that you can get a good night sleep.
> WiFi available in rooms for a small fee.
> Free WiFi available is available in the Lobby and Penthouse Suites.
The WiFi signal is strong here and I have never had any issues. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star rating is the fact that if staying in a standard or executive room and wishing to access wifi inside your room, you must pay a small fee.
LOUNGE/ BAR I always feel very cozy and welcome here whenever I stay as it is starting to feel like a home away from home for me. The fireplace in the lounge area certainly adds a cozy warmth to the lobby which makes it very hard to stand up from the couch after a couple of wines by the fire in the middle of winter.
ROOMS The pillows on the beds are super comfy and come in different variations so you can select the perfect one for you.
Every room I have stayed in has been clean, modern and comfortable. The rooms are a decent size and do not feel cramped. I have never had any issues with any of my rooms whilst staying here.
This hotel is spotless, the rooms I have reserved have always been immaculate, en-suites hygienic and the hotel common areas are highly attended and maintained.
The staff are very friendly and happy to help you with whatever you need. I've personally needed the concierge to print out travel documents for me each visit and they have been more than happy to oblige.
> Electronic key/lock
> Uniformed security
> Surveillance Cameras on site
> Smoke Alarm & sprinkler in rooms
I have always felt very safe at this hotel. The front door (positioned right in front of the reception desk) is always locked at night time and if your face is unfamiliar to the night staff they will ask for your name and room number upon entry.
Currently priced between $200 - $450 AUD per night
Kids stay and eat free.
TILY TRAVELS HOTEL RATING
★★★★(out of 5)
Holiday Inn, Camden Lock location
Address: 30 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY, England
Phone: +44 20 7485 4343 | Website: www.hicamdenlock.co.uk