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Hotel Holiday Inn Natal Hotel 0 star
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AV. ENG ROBERTO FREIRE, 2622 PONTA NEGRA 59090 Natal, Brazil -
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Opened in 2008, this 4 star establishment located in the heights of the Ponta Negra neighbourhood has 161 modern and spacious guest rooms. Those in the superior category overlook Ponta Negra bay. In the same building as the hotel there is also a chemist and a shop selling drinks and sweets. The 10 storey building is modern and functional, but a bit short of charm, a few decorative features would go a long way in making it feel more welcoming. If a seaside holiday is what you have in mind, the distance from the hotel to the beach might become a bit of a drag.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 3.47 /10

    The Holiday Inn Express is located on Avenida Engenheiro Roberto Freire, an avenue connecting Ponta Negra to the centre of Natal and Vía Costeira, which is a bit noisier. It is surrounded by hotels and restaurants. The centre of Natal is about 9 mi away and the airport just under 10: allow about 30 minutes to get there by car.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Holiday Inn Express has 160 guest rooms. To get to yours you will need to follow some corridors with ceramic floors and poor lighting. The standard rooms face out the side of the building and are equipped with a satellite television, a telephone, a desk and chair, and a minibar. The beds are comfortable and the room is impeccable. It does not come as much of a surprise to learn that the hotel only opened two years ago. A bit more effort could have been made with the decor though, which currently consists of a few pictures hanging over the bed, depicting lilies, various people, or traditional objects. The super luxury rooms also have a balcony with a little table and chairs, tea and coffee-making facilities, a flat-screen television attached to the wall, a safe, and an iron.

    The bathrooms, meanwhile, come with only a shower, a hair-dryer, a large mirror, a marble wash basin, and a doorless cupboard. Hospitality products are only provided when you ask, if you have forgotten to bring your own with you. The space is a bit tight and the lighting is cold and can hardly be adjusted at all.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The façade of the Holiday Inn Express in Natal is adorned with the flags of about a dozen countries. Once inside the modern, white, 10 storey building, you find yourself in a large reception area with a high ceiling, a marble floor, wooden columns, and large, black leather armchairs. To the right, just next to the reception counter, a corridor leads to a gallery with several shops. The first sells sweets, biscuits, souvenirs, pizzas, and cigars. Opposite this is a chemist, and further along, a room with computers connected to the Internet. On the other side, behind the armchairs in reception and a machine providing tourist information about the city of Natal, you will find the breakfast room. The decor includes a likeness of Christ overlooking the lifts, and there is also a sign indicating the hours of Mass in the surrounding area.

    Beyond the breakfast room on the ground floor is a small 1.35m deep rectangular swimming pool with 6 deckchairs set around it. Although this is not the most appealing part of the hotel (it is surrounded by buildings and therefore has obstructed views), it is good to know it is there. Next to the swimming pool is a small gym with 4 exercise machines.

    Parking your car should not be a problem, as the hotel has 90 spaces reserved for guests.

    Food and drink 5.45 /10

    One of the distinguishing features of the Holiday Inn's Express brand is that it is designed for guests who intend to stay for no more than a few days. Therefore, there is usually no catering service in these establishments. However, in the breakfast room you can make the most of the generous buffet served every morning from 6:30am until 10:00am. It consists of bread, fruit, fruit juices, yoghurts, biscuits, etc., but no local dishes. The setting is reminiscent of the reception area, which is probably due to the fact that they are both on the ground floor. Furnished with around 20 tables with plastic chairs, it has a terrace overlooking a little garden and boasts marble flooring.

    Beach 6.95 /10

    Ponta Negra beach is about 10 minutes away on foot.

    It is a long stretch of fine sand and is often overflowing in summer. The water changes colour depending on the season and the weather, and for this reason it is important to enquire about the currents before diving in for a swim. Parasols and deckchairs are available for hire.

    Wandering down the 'calzadon' (the local seafront promenade), you will find all kinds of swimsuits, sarongs, etc.

    To know

    The hotel belongs to the Holiday Inn chain, whose list of services is the same in all of its hotels around the world.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The spacious, modern guest rooms
    • The views over Ponta Negra bay
    • There are shops and a chemist

    disadvantages

    • It overlooks a noisy avenue
    • The distance to the beach

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