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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bowmanville

8.7 | Very Good
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Bowmanville hotel with indoor pool, suites with fireplace & jacuzzi and free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot buffet breakfast, free parking
  • Clean, comfortable, nicely decorated rooms, according to guests
  • Guests praised helpful staff
  • The free hot breakfast was a highlight for many guests
Cons
  • A few guests were bothered by noise from other guests
  • Slow, spotty Wi-Fi connections, according to guests
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 22, 2015
Overview
This hotel offers a hot breakfast that includes items that are often not included with the typical complimentary breakfast served at many hotels (guests will find things like omelettes, eggs and sausages). The hotel may appeal to guests who appreciate the extra value of a hot breakfast served on site and included with the room rate.

All of the 95 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a microwave, a 32" flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Guests can choose between standard rooms (king or queen beds) or more spacious suites (separate bedroom, king or queen bed, some with a fireplace and/or a jetted tub). A maximum of 2 pets are allowed for $25 per pet, per night with a weight restriction to 80 lbs. Guests may need to provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

While there is no on-site restaurant, guests are offered a complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily. There are a selection of restaurants within a 5-minute walk. On-site amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, free parking and a fitness centre, a business centre and 935 sq ft of meeting space.

This hotel is about a 2-minute drive to Highway 401. Area attractions include the Bowmanville Zoo (less than a 10-minute drive) and Jungle Cat World (a 15-minute drive). The Bowmanville Harbour Conservation Area (hiking trails, boat launch and access to Lake Ontario waterfront) is less than a 10-minute drive away (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
By far, most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive. Guests were really impressed with the overall appearance of the hotel (including its cleanliness) and with the customer service.

Rooms were clean (guests used words like spotless and immaculate), bright and spacious, according to guests. Several guests also commented on the crisp, modern decor and said that it contributed positively to the overall appearance of the hotel.

Staff at this hotel were top notch, according to guests. There was a sense from guests that staff were intuitively aware of their needs and routinely went above and beyond to ensure guests were comfortable and happy. Front desk staff were mentioned specifically.

Many guests appreciated the quality of the food and the selection offered at the complimentary breakfast. A number of guests felt it was a real value-added feature to have good hot food (eggs, sausages) included with the breakfast.
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The Bad
The overwhelming majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive. Guests did make a handful of isolated complaints, but they did not reflect the overall guest experience.

A couple of guests had problems with the water pressure in the showers and with hot water supply. 

A few guests complained about slow and unreliable Wi-Fi connections. 

A few guests said that walls were thin and that more could be done to soundproof them. Some guests were bothered by noise from guests in adjacent rooms and from noisy guests in the hallways.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #1 out of 3 Bowmanville hotels based on 31 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.5 out of 10 based on 27 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
8.7
Very Good
#
1 / out of 3
hotels in Bowmanville

Rated 8.7/10 based on 1107 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 3 hotels in Bowmanville

1107
Location
  • Oshawa Airport (16.3 km)
  • Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (17.8 km)
Map Marker Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bowmanville
37 Spicer Square, Bowmanville, ON