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“Salinas, CA” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   195 Kern Street, Salinas, CA 93905   |  
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Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
Oro Valley, AZ
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Salinas, CA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A well-mantained, clean hotel located next to the freeway. It wasn't noisy; easy access to where we were going. Located close to Laguna Seca raceway and quaint Carmel and Monterey. A In-n-Out was right next door. I would recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

What can i say. You get what you pay for. Must say however that.check.in guy was very nice, and the recommendation to the Mexican diner.was A HOOT!! Rooms were clean but basic. A hotel that gives you paper cups instead.of glass speaks volumes.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I had booked in Salinas as Monterey & Carmel were all full - well for our budget anyway. We really weren't too sure what we were going to find when arriving in Salinas, but this is a gem. This would have to be the most comfortable & modern room we had on our holiday in USA. Large & clean. They suggested a great place for dinner -Growers Pub, which was perfect also. really like having parking without having to pay for it also. Thanks, a very pleasant stay in Salinas

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I stayed this hotel on my return to Los Angeles following a business trip in Northern California. I wanted to stay in nearby Monterey, but the rates there were far too high on my budget, for one night when I was not arriving until 9pm.

The staff was very helpful and I was more than surprised at the room. It was large, very modern with a flat screen TV, had a kitchenette area with beautiful counter tops, a fridge and microwave. It was one of the nicest rooms I've stayed in over the last 5 years.

After checking in, and a little stiff from driving all day, I hit the small but well-equipped fitness center.

Sadly, I was sound asleep shortly after that. I wish I had more time to spend there.

For anyone traveling in that area, I highly recommend it. Although the immediate neighborhood does not suggest the luxury you will find at this hotel, no worries. Given it's excellent proximity to the freeway it was also surprisingly quiet. And there were a nice section of restaurants near by.

Ooops, so this page will not let me go back to un-check the room service rating. I do not recall if the hotel had a restaurant or not and do not think they had room service. So I cannot rate it high - but have to no reason to rate it poor, but the page will not let me chose nothing once I hot something.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed at the HIE Salinas during a weekend trip to the Monterey / Carmel area. I generally have a low opinion of most Holiday Inn Expresses as they tend to be very hit-or-miss. The HIE Salinas is a TRUE HIT! Wow! I was stunned by how modern, luxurious, and clean it is!

The rooms have great ammenities including comfy beds, fresh carpets, granite countertops, plenty of electrical outlets, free wifi, free parking, and HDTV that's actually in high definition (with a robust selection of DirecTV channels).

Lobby is efficient and clean enough.
There is a free daily breakfast which is ample and significantly more robust and tasty than what you will get at a Best Western. This is not 4-star dining, but it gets the job done and has a good assortment of cereals, sausages, biscuits, eggs, pancakes, yogurts, limited fruit, etc.

There is a business center, gym, and pool. I did not use any of these but they looked good.

There is plenty of parking at the rear of the hotel. It felt very safe, despite being at the end of a strip of motels and hotels. It is located next door to the Best Western and is right off an entrance to the 101.

There is an In-n-Out burger in walking distance.

The only downside is that i booked this hotel a few days before arrival and it was pricey for a HIE. They offer regular rooms and suites. I had a king suite, but really just wanted a regular room (sold out).

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

I stayed in a double room with 2 friends while on vacation from Aug 31 -Sept 5, 2012. Our goal was to see San Francisco (1.25 hrs away), and all of Carmel & Pebble Beach (40 min away). Salinas is small, quiet, and perfectly located if you have your own car and enjoy driving. Don't be alarmed by the surrounding low budget motels when you get near the Holiday Inn. It is VERY nice and clean. The ladies who make the daily complimentary breakfast keep the area clean and well stocked with food (breakfast is from 6-10am and get there before 9:30 if you dont want to miss the last of the fresh food). I got a sneak peak of the kitchen one day and Wow - that is a clean kitchen! Seeing it made me feel much better about the breakfast. The lobby was so nice that guests hang out with their families there on busy nights. The rooms are spacious and really clean. Housekeeping comes through around 9-10am, and if you want your room cleaned same day be out of it by then. There are lots of outlets in the rooms and all of ours worked. There is a blow dryer, microwave, and mini-fridge in some rooms along with free internet. There are only 2 open computers near the lobby, so business travelers should keep that in mind. The hotel has easy access to major roads and freeways. For the first time ever I used the laundry facility at a hotel, and theirs is clean and inexpensive ($1 per wash/dry). Definitely bring your own detergent or bleach, and the front desk will give you quarters.

An added bonus (unrelated) is the In-N-Out burger 2 doors down! I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

Caution: Do not eat at Margie's Diner next door. It's really bad food and really old.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sun City, California, United States
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Very nice property, right off the freeway but set back enough to be quiet in the hotel. This Holiday express is well kept, clean & the staff very friendly & helpful. It has a nice large pool & hot-tub with showers in a detached enclosure kind of like an atrium. The rooms have refrigerators & microwaves an an air conditioning system that would make even polar bears happy. The breakfast area is large with ample seating. breakfast itself has a nice selection of fruits & breads, eggs, pancake machine, as well as milk & assorted juices. at night hot coffee, cocoa, tea & juice is available for guests. The media area is right off the end of the dining area and has 2 computers hooked up to the internet & a printer. My Wi-fi worked well here also. the staff was knowledgeable of the surrounding area & suggested a great place for dinner as well as provided us with discount for local attractions (Monteray aquarium, chart house & Famous Dave's & whale watching). While this hotel is about 15 min from bay area... it is priced way below ones actually in Monteray bay which makes a great value.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 195 Kern Street, Salinas, CA 93905
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Location: United States > California > Salinas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
While lodging in our superior Salinas hotel, guests enjoy free, wireless Internet access, indoor pool and whirlpool, well-equipped Fitness Center, and a complimentary breakfast bar. Check out our Salinas hotel's excellent deals and start planning your trip today.Stay Smart. Stay at a Holiday Inn Express ;) ... more   less 
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