I stay in hotels all across the United States for business, usually in IHG properties. I've stayed in almost all of the hotels in the chain from Intercontinental Hotels to Holiday Inn Express, so I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of how things are supposed to work.
Most of my nights in Holiday Inn Expresses are pretty much the same: breakfast is the same, rooms are the same, bathroom amenities are the same. I actually like the consistency since it's nice to know what you are going to get from place to place.
The Holiday Inn Express in Alpine surprised me though. The lobby of this hotel was absolutely beautiful! It was one of the most architecturally pleasing spaces I've encountered in a Holiday Inn Express. I believe it was prettier than most of the Holiday Inns I've stayed in. It was just lovely. The style continued into the guest room as well. The room was comfortable, well lit, and I always appreciate having a constant fan feature in a room as it reduces outside noise.
The staff were very pleasant, and made me feel very welcome. I really appreciate it when I check in to a hotel and the employees act like they are glad I am there. (Believe me, it doesn't always happen that way.)
If I can find anything to criticize about this property, it would be very minor. I've stayed in so many HIX properties that these days I tend to be totally underwhelmed at the breakfasts. I really don't like the omelets, but I assume HIX has done studies to find out that some guests actually like them so I figure its something I just have to deal with. However, I do expect the biscuits to be soft and the meat option fresh. This particular hotel needs to work a bit on the breakfast. Both the biscuit and the ham were dry. But that said - the cereal is always a fine option.
Over all, this is a fine place to stay and I would absolutely recommend it to travelers!
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