During our road trip around the UK we stayed in five different Ibis hotels and having never stayed in one before I was pleasantly surprised. They have three branches of their business, Ibis Budget, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and we stayed in all of them so here’s a little about each of them.
We stayed in two Ibis Budget hotels at an average of £20 a night in Sheffield and Birmingham. You can’t fault these for the money at all. The room is very basic, as expected, but you get all you need and the locations are very central. We always say that you don’t need to splash out on a hotel if you don’t plan on spending much time in there, and these are perfect for that. The staff were more than helpful, and parking was free in Sheffield and £4 in Birmingham.
We stayed in the Ibis in York and Nottingham at an average of £40 a night. There were a lot more luxurious than the Budget, they had bigger beds, bigger TVs, larger bathrooms and tea making facilities. The location, again, was very central and the staff were always at hand to help. In fact the front desk staff at Nottingham were really interested in our trip and where we were eating etc. Parking in York was free, and Nottingham is a public car park opposite.
We stayed in the Ibis Styles in Blackpool, this wasn’t our exact room, but it was very similar and we had views over the North Pier and Blackpool Illuminations. They don’t have their own car park so we parked in Wilkingsons as it was the cheapest around! At the Styles range of hotels you get free continental breakfast which was really nice. It was an average of £60 a night to stay here.
We are now fans of Ibis Hotels, apart from their poor Wifi, but we’ll let them off!