Holiday Inn Express Canterbury  3 stars

Upper Harbledown,, Canterbury, United Kingdom, CT2 9HX  show mapSave
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Situated in the center of Canterbury, the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Canterbury offers the 24-hour restaurant serving British cuisine. Founded in 1999, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011.

This well-equipped hotel is situated 3.9km from Canterbury Norman Castle, University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral. The property is located 5km away from Canterbury city center with a cathedral and monuments nearby.

The hotel offers great location close to parks.

London Southend airport is 40 minutes' drive from the hotel.


The property comprises 85 non-smoking rooms equipped with satellite TV, a writing desk, a seating area, air conditioning and coffee/tea making facilities. They all have carpet floor and modern furniture.


A hearty continental breakfast is served from 06:30 to 09:00. The coffee bar opens from 11:00 to 01:00.


Aside from an ironing service, 24-hour reception and a wake up service, guests can also make use of a vending machine, a safe deposit box and free parking.


Leisure facilities feature BBQ facilities, a golf course and a cocktail lounge. The hotel's activities include hiking, cycling and golf.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

The personnel at the hotel speaks English, Italiano, Portuguese, Romanian.

Year renovated   2011.  Number of rooms   89.


City Center Canterbury - 2.9 mi
Airports London Southend (SEN) - 24.1 mi, London City Airport (LCY) - 44.3 mi
Bus stop - 1400 ft
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  • Parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Elevator
  • Bus parking
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Vending Machines
  • Designated smoking area
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Shops/commercial Services
Dining facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Cocktail lounge
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Meeting room
  • Conference facilities
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Golf
  • BBQ facilities
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Satellite TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • Internet access



from  3 pm


until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • One child under the age of 19 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

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Bed type: Double Bed or Two Single Beds
Size: 220 sq. feet

Holiday Inn Express Canterbury LocationWhat's nearby

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions
  • Province Of East Kent
    2.5 mi
  • Castle Arts
    2.7 mi
  • Canterbury Cathedral
    2.7 mi
  • Sidney Cooper Gallery
    2.7 mi
  • Royal Museum & Art Gallery
    2.7 mi
  • Animal Arts
    2.8 mi
  • Kings Gallery
    2.9 mi
  • Art Room
    2.9 mi
Popular areas
  • City Center
    2.9 mi
Places of interest
  • The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction
    2.8 mi
  • The Canterbury Tales
    2.8 mi
  • St Thomas R C Church
    2.9 mi
  • Canterbury Cathedral Cathedral House,The Precincts
    2.9 mi
  • Cinema 3
    2.4 mi
  • East Station Snooker Club
    2.7 mi
  • WildWood,
    2.9 mi
  • Olympia
    2.9 mi
  • Olympia Leisure
    2.9 mi
  • Masonic Library & Museum Trust
    2.5 mi
  • Museum Of Canterbury
    2.7 mi
  • Canterbury Heritage Museum
    2.7 mi
  • Royal Museum and Art Gallery with Buffs Regimental Museum
    2.8 mi
  • Roman Museum
    2.9 mi
  • Mount Ephraim Gardens
    2.4 mi
Universities, Institutes
  • University of Kent
    2.4 mi
  • Gulbenkian Theatre
    2.2 mi
  • The Marlow Theatre
    2.7 mi
  • Marlowe Theatre
    2.8 mi

Local Attractions

  • RSPB Reserve Blean Woods
    1.4 mi
    Church Wood, Rough Common Road, Canterbury
  • Druidstone Park
    2.1 mi
    Honey Hill, Canterbury
  • Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens
    2.7 mi
    Stour Street, Canterbury
  • Canterbury Cathedral
    2.9 mi
    The Precincts, Canterbury
  • Dane John Gardens
    2.7 mi
    Watling Street, Canterbury

Holiday Inn Express Canterbury Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Holiday Inn Express Canterbury

Average guest rating

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Based on 516 reviews

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  • Single

    Easy access and clean comfortable room.

    The food available for supper was awful - I ordered chicken curry and it was made with the bitty dark meat from a chicken and didn't taste remotely like curry, it was very disappointing. The poppadom was oily and the mango chutney tasteless...

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  • Single

    Excellent value for money and conveniently placed for Canterbury and the M2

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  • Older travelers

    Hotel clean and still quite new. Lots of free parking space. Handy for Canterbury and surrounding areas. Probably a good overnight stop if you live in the North of the UK and are using the Channel Tunnel or the Ferries and want to break the journey. Staff friendly. Breakfast now seems to be included in room rate (Best to check though.).

    Guest room walls carry sound to neighbouring rooms. (Got woken up on last night by loud drunken guests coming into next room at 3.30 a.m.)

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  • Family with children

    Location is very close to the motorway. Still we did not have any trouble with noise. Staff was very friendly and helpfull.

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  • Family with children

    Computer system was down, payment was taken upon arrival but receipt/invoice was not given to me. I had to ask for it the next morning, rather than being put through the door immediately after processing as promised by hotel staff

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  • Family with children

    A very comfortable night was had and a good breakfast to start the day.Enjoyable and easy to find!

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  • Older travelers

    good clean room and facilities. Nice breakfast but quite busy at certain times.

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  • Older travelers

    Convenient alongside the A2, better to stay in than around Dover when using the cross channel ferry. About five minutes from Canterbury city car parks. A good small city to visit with plenty of eating places, as well as, the Cathedral, Castle walls and pedestrian area of old buildings.

    Travelling from Dover on the A2 the signage is poor to find the hotel

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  • Single

    Staff were helpful

    A long way from town and not well signposted

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  • Couple

    Staff were very obliging and helpful. The rooms were large and well appointed and very quiet despite being next to the motorway.

    Access is a little tricky as you need to be on a certain side of the motorway

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  • Older travelers

    The hotel was chosen from previous experience and location, being close to the Channel Tunnel. It was just as expected, clean,comfortable and a good location for our needs.

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  • Older travelers

    It was very close to Canterbury, thre room was great and the staff very helpfuln infact you could not have wished for more.

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  • Older travelers

    The beds at the Holiday Inn Express Canterbury are more comfortable than any other hotel of the same class in the area.

    We thought the choice at breakfast has reduced since our last visit last year. The cooked breakfast only consisted of sausages and scrambled egg. And the buffet only had a choice of peaches and grapefruit, my wife would have liked prunes.

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  • Family with children

    Good value for money, clean room but small, excellent breakfast.

    Bit far from town, difficult to find when coming from Canterbury first time.

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  • Older travelers

    The staff were very helpfull,room very clean, excellent value for money.evening meal served over three hours so no pressure to return early evening for meal. food excellent.

    Would have liked more blankets and softer pillows. We did find the room a little cold.

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