to the airport
You won't believe that a brand-new 3-star hotel can charge so little for a night's stay, but we're sure you'll want to reap the benefits at the Holiday Inn Luton Airport! (Formally the Ramada Encore Hotel.) You will save money, but be able to enjoy a meal in a fantastic restaurant, free wifi, a free 24-hour gym and new, comfy rooms. All this within walking distance of the terminal. We're sure this won't be the last time you stay here!
Roadworks will be causing delays at the M1, junction 10 regularly throughout 2014, so we suggest you allow extra time for your journey to Luton airport. Visit the Luton Council website for more information.
Electric cars - at the Holiday Inn there are 2 electric car charging points available. These are provided by the Pod Point network. Find out more here.
This Holiday Inn is one of the closest hotels to Luton airport and, like every other Holiday Inn, it's simple, but practical and comfortable.
Check-in is from 14:00. You'll be met by the fantastically friendly staff, who are on hand to help you out from the minute you arrive. There are plenty of comfy couches in the lounge area, where you can sit back with a coffee from the newly refurbished bar.
There's even free, super-fast wifi. Whether you're using it downstairs in the lounge, or upstairs in your room, it's high speed and won't cost you a penny extra.
The hotel's new restaurant offers delicious meals like pasta, burgers and steaks, all using locally-sourced food and served in an informal setting. Kids under 12 even eat free. Dinner is served until 22:00 or there's room service available at any time. For something a little lighter, the bar menu is packed with sandwiches and salads, as well as all your favourite drinks.
There's a studio gym, if you feel the need to burn off those dinner-time calories. It's open all day: morning, noon and night.
When it comes to bedtime, the rooms are cosy and practical. There are blackout curtains, a flat screen TV, hairdryer, trouser press and all you need to make tea and coffee. You'll even have a Hypnos bed, internationally-renowned for being among the most comfortable in the world. With all of this, you'll have everything you need for a great night's sleep.
In the morning, fly fully-fuelled by pre-booking the Holiday Inn's buffet breakfast. You'll even save yourself a few pounds in the process, and you can eat as much as youd like. It's served in the hotel's restaurant from 06:30 to 10:00.
When it's time to fly, there are three options for getting to the airport. Taxis take just 5 minutes, but cost £5. The public bus takes 7 minutes, leaves from just outside the hotel and costs £1.30. Or, you can walk for free, and that takes 12 minutes.
Hints, tips and extra bits:
The hotel has rooms that are accessible to disabled guests. These rooms have more space to fit a wheelchair, wet rooms with hand rails and shower seats, emergency pull cords, lowered light switches and spy holes in the door, and silent fire alarms.
Holiday Inn address
Holiday Inn Additional Information
|Address||London Luton Airport,|
|Disabled facilities||The hotel has rooms that are accessible to disabled guests. These rooms have more space to fit a wheelchair, wet rooms with hand rails and shower seats, emergency pull cords, lowered light switches and spyholes in the door and silent fire alarms.|
|All rooms non-smoking|
|Phone in room|
Holiday Inn room-only procedures
When you're ready to fly, there are 3 options for transferring to the airport. We'd recommend taking the public bus which runs from 100 yards away from the hotel. It leaves every 20 minutes between 04:55 and 23:30 during the week, and 05:25 and 22:40 at the weekend. It costs £1.50 per person, each way. Buses run every 40 minutes on Sundays.
The airport is within walking distance though. It takes 12-15 minutes, and is uphill for some of the way. You will have to cross over roundabouts, so this might not be the most convenient option.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day, cost £8 at a fixed price and take 5 minutes.
Holiday Inn with Swift Meet and Greet
On the day of your stay:
Call Swift when you are 40 minutes from the airport - the number will be on your booking confirmation.
Park in the Multi Storey car park in the Off-site Meet and Greet area - youll need to press for a ticket at the barrier.
Pull into a bay and hand your ticket to the Swift Meet and Greet driver. Theyll move your car to a secured car park.
Then make your way to the hotel which is about a 12-minute walk away. Or you can catch the public bus which costs £1.50 person. It runs every 20 minutes Monday-Saturday between 6am and 7pm. Buses run every 30 minutes on Sundays.
Getting to the airport from the hotel:
When its time to head to the airport you can walk to the terminal or catch the bus. Alternatively you can take a taxi, which costs around £8.
Call the car park while youre waiting for your luggage - the number to call will be on your booking confirmation. Your driver will bring your car back to where you were met on your arrival.
Walk to the car park in the Off-airport Meet and Greet area where your driver will be waiting with your car and keys.