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Holiday Inn Camden Lock Review

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June 29, 2016

Last weekend I had a child-free evening at the Holiday Inn at Camden Lock where I was attending the Britmums Fringe Party before staying the night and heading to Britmums Live the following day.
The Fringe Party was held in the stunning Glasshouse at the hotel, which is a gorgeous space with tall windows overlooking the lock. We arrived slightly later than planned thanks to London traffic and a confused satnav and found the room full of some of my favourite blogging friends.

Fringe Party

Photo Credit: Stephs Two Girls

It was lovely to catch up friends old and new as we helped ourselves to complimentary drinks and nibbles.
Holiday Inn

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Once the Fringe Party ended we all spilled into the hotel’s colourful, contemporary open lobby, complete with a generous seating area and bar. I was very tempted to take the rollerboots on display for a spin!
Holiday Inn
My room had the same view as the Glasshouse as it looked out over the lock. Opening the doors to the Juliet balcony let in the buzz of Camden, with people partying all around. Thankfully closing the doors silenced this noise meaning I could get a good nights sleep.
The maid left not one, but two notes for me to find, wishing me a pleasant stay, which was a lovely touch and made me feel more welcome.
Holiday Inn
The room wasn’t the largest I have stayed in, but it had everything I needed, including air conditioning, an iron, widescreen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, free wifi and plenty of storage.
Holiday Inn Camden
The en suite had a large mirror, and a modern bathroom suite with a sink and a bath with a decent shower unit over it.
Holiday Inn Camden
The bed was a King size double and was really comfortable. It is not often I sleep well in a hotel room but I had the best night’s sleep I have had in ages.
Holiday Inn
The Holiday Inn also took its artwork in the corridors from its location which I thought was a lovely touch.
Holiday Inn
Sadly I didn’t get to sample breakfast as I was up and out early for Britmums Live but I really enjoyed my stay with Holiday Inn Camden Lock. It is not somewhere I would have considered staying with children in tow but I was impressed to find out that kids stay and eat free and the lobby also offers all-day dining.
Holiday Inn
The hotel itself is in the heart of Camden, steps away from Camden Tube station and is handy for bus routes around town and attractions such as London Zoo, Madam Tussauds and the British Library.

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    Joanne Dewberry

    June 29, 2016

    Was a great view! I’d love to go and visit the markets next time!

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    June 29, 2016

    Love the roller boots and the look of the nibbles!!! Sounds a fun time was had x

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    June 29, 2016

    Oh that’s the perfect place to stay for the Fringe Drinks you clever thing. I’ve never been a fan of Holiday Inn but your words and photography have me converted. What a lovely hotel and as for the view WOW xx

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    June 29, 2016

    What a lovely place to stay! That view is amazing – it sounds perfect for what you needed x

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    Claire Jacobs

    June 30, 2016

    wow i want a ceiling like that, hmmm may have to look into wallpaper for mine!
    glad you had a great time, BML is still something I have yet to try.

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    Dean of Little Steps

    June 30, 2016

    This looks so much fun! Any child-free nights where one can act like a grown-up again is in my books a fab time 🙂

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    Nat Jones

    June 30, 2016

    That looks like a great hotel find! I’ve never really been a fan of holiday inns as they all look the same but it’s nice to see a quirky one for a change! Love the maids personal touch

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    June 30, 2016

    This like a good hotel to say in while in london – will keep it in mind x

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    Erica Price

    June 30, 2016

    A nice place to stay especially for a child free weekend.

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    Tori Gabriel

    June 30, 2016

    This looks like a great hotel to stay in. I love the view! I would also have been tempted with the roller skates.

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    laura dove

    June 30, 2016

    Oh wow what a lovely view! I would have no idea where to stay in that area so will definitely bear this in mind, thank you!

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    Nikki Thomas

    June 30, 2016

    Ooh I am jealous, that sounds lovely. I love the view of the lock too. I didn’t stay over this year but it is always lovely to have a night away from the children.

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    anna nuttall

    June 30, 2016

    This look like a lot of fun – I never stayed in a Holiday inn before now I think about it. xx

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    July 1, 2016

    A quirky place that’s close to attractions in London makes it a perfect stay for family days out and visits to the city. I’ve only tried out a Holiday Inn outside of the city so it’s interesting to see what it’s like there. Looks like a lot of fun – glad you enjoyed it 🙂
    Alina | DIY lifestyle blog

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    Fashion and Style Police

    July 1, 2016

    Your room had an amazing view. Love the bathroom too.

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    July 1, 2016

    Looks like a great room and in such a fab location too.

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    July 1, 2016

    This is so very Camden, which sounds like an odd thing to say, but if you know Camden well it would make sense x

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    Fi Ni Neachtain

    July 2, 2016

    That’s a lovely view you had from the room, quite rare to see something nice out the window in a big city. It’s good to hear you got a good nights sleep in the comfy bed 🙂

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    Kerry Norris

    July 2, 2016

    The view looks lovely. Much better than the one I had at a different hotel in London lol. Gutted to have missed the party x

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    July 2, 2016

    Looks a great hotel, I’ll make sure I look this up when next staying in London x

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    July 2, 2016

    This hotel is in such a great location and Camden is a brilliant place to visit, you get a little bit of everything and more,

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    Ickle Pickle

    July 2, 2016

    It was lovely to see you here – the hotel looked lovely from what I saw. The bed sounds heavenly. Kaz x

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    July 4, 2016

    That view is just gorgeous isn’t it! I loved it there, wish I had stayed there instead of the Travelodge 😉 Was lovely to see you again x

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    July 4, 2016

    I didn’t know that there was a hotel in the heart of Camden Lock. Looks like great place to stay.

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