£19 a Night for a Room at the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal

Written by Karen Bryan

I was looking for cheap accommodation, to extend a one night hosted trip to London for an event organised by a finance company. I had a look at Expedia Secret Saver Hotels one week before my proposed stay, to see if I could find any bargains.

When I saw a three star hotel in the Ealing/Chiswick area, including breakfast at £38 for two nights, it sounded too good to be true. I thought that the price might leap up when I clicked through to book, but it stayed at £38. Once I’d paid, the hotel was revealed as the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal.

I’ve stayed at several Holiday Inn Express hotels and found the rooms to be of a good standard for a budget chain. I checked the price for the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal on both the Holiday Inn website and the HotelsCombined price comparison site, and the price was £136 for two nights. I was surprised, as you usually find the lowest prices on Holiday Inn’s own website. I knew from a quick look at the map that there wasn’t much to do in the area close to the hotel, but planned to visit Ealing one day.

The hotel is located next to North Acton Tube station on the Central Line, which lies on the Zone 2/3 boundary.

holiday inn express london park royal exterior

I arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Park Royal a few minutes before the official check-in time of 2pm, but I was able to check-in. The receptionists were both charming and chatty.

I was allocated a room on the first floor at the front of the hotel, just above the flags.

There’s a Costa Coffee opposite the hotel and a Tesco Express on the ground floor of the adjacent block of flats.

holiday inn express london park royal view from room

I was very happy with my room. It was clean and comfortable. I could hear some exterior traffic noise through the double glazing. The free WiFi didn’t have a great signal in my room, it was much better in the lobby.

holiday inn express london park royal room

The free buffet breakfast was served in the lobby and was quite good. There’s a selection of cereals, yoghurt, toast, croissants, muffins, scrambled egg, sausage, baked beans and hot drinks. The food was regularly replenished.

holiday inn express london park royal lobby

Check out time is 11am, but you can leave your luggage free of charge, to pick up later.

Close to the hotel is the Perfume Factory, where 70s popstar Elvis Costello used to work.

perfume factory north acton london


I recommend eating at the Ahaleena Mediterranean Buffet, which is a 20 minute walk from the hotel.

In summary, at £19 a night a room the Holiday Inn Express was a real bargain for London, especially for the quality of the room. However, I doubt if I’d have paid the standard price of £68 a night for the room. There isn’t much to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, although it only takes around 20 minutes to get into central London on the Tube.