Planet Ice, Hemel Hempstead

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  • Not a good start. Quoted FOUR different admission prices, varying from £14 to £24, before the till operator finally decided the most expensive was the right one. This was over £24 for 2 young children...  more »
  • Great quality rink, footwear, lockers, etc. Really helpful and lovely 'Ice Marshals' on the ice during out visit to help as needed and give some technical advice. A quality ice rink, unlike the season...  more »
  • Cool place to spend a Friday evening, when Sub-Zero Party, or 2.5 hours drive on ice, to music by the DJ and the dykotekowego lighting. Track with real ice. Not a lot of people, so you can safely go without crush and tug. You can rent a locker for 3 h for an extra £ 1 and a bite to eat or a drink. The only minus is not very convenient, plastic ice skates, so I advise you to wear thick socks that will minimize bruising, or bring your own ice skates (also, the ticket price is lower).
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  • A Health and safety inspector would have a fun filled day at this place, although there are lockers provided they are very rarely used, clothes, bags and shoes are left all over the access points to the rink, in the aisles and on the benches which are for changing and seating. If you wish to sit at a table or on chairs you have to help yourself from an unruly stacked pile as they do not employ enough staff to even put them out. If you want refreshments you are very lucky to not have to do it yourself as although a cafe is advertised it is rarely manned. The toilets are very rarely cleaned, especially the disabled one, even though there is a couple of initials squiggled on the cleaning checklist, they definitely haven't been cleaned. On the plus side the skating instructors are polite and helpful.
  • If you go in with a child for the first time be aware that they don't refund if your child decides it's too scary and downs even put the skates on.
  • having entered the arena, we were greeted by a long queue to a small paying office, where when we finally got to pay, were told there was a £1 charge on all cards, and after being ripped off entered the rink. we were given blunt, rusty, old, broken and knackered skates by unfriendly staff, and started skating on the tiny, neglected, lumpy, mountainous rink with pillars put in to get in the way. my skates were so blunt i could have cone sideways with as much ease as going forwards. staff said all skates were like the ones i had, with broken clips, rusty blades and ripped inner soles. however, once skating it was fun dodging out of the way or jumping over kids who were constantly falling over just in front of me. cant expect much else in the holidays. the staff were actually reasonably helpful, considering all else said, and i did manage to chat with one of them definitely not worth going in holidays, much more worth going in term time or not at all, just go to the one in Milton Keynes, which is a billion times better. happy 'skating'! ;)
  • Good skating, hot drinks not great but overall clean and tidy and not too expensive
  • Great place for iceskating. When we arrived the ice was so smooth. Love it

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