Holiday Inn Express has the right formula for the hotel/motel traveler. The Porterville, CA franchise was another in a series of good experiences with Holiday Inn Express.
The room was clean and nicely appointed. The layout is roomier than most competitors. The beds and pillows are first rate for comfort - especially the pillows. The third floor was quiet. (I saw another review that complained bitterly about noise. I think that complaint is unfounded.)
There is a Sharp Aquos HD TV (good picture quality), large mini-refrigerator and microwave. The Wi-fi is fast.
The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is the breakfast wasn't as good as other Holiday Inn Express locations. Coffee was weak and tepid. The eggs were rubbery. This is easily fixable by routine managerial inspection to ensure quality standards.
Overall a very positive experience with an emphasis on the friendly staff.