I stayed here for 3 nights recently. The hotel is perfectly located for reaching the Air Force Academy and conveniently located near restaurants and shopping.
I usually like Holiday Inn Express for short stays & business travel. They're consistently good for this purpose. However, I was disappointed with my room which was quite small. Although the rest of the hotel seems to have been recently updated, my room definitely fell short. This was evidenced most in the bathroom where a couple of inch+ sized chunks of grout were missing (you could see the mortar) in addition to many cracks in both the tiles and grout. Worse, the bathroom offered a faint urine smell. This scent disappeared upon entering the shower where there was an overpowering smell of mildew. The shower is badly covered in mold and needs some serious work...even if it did have one of the "rain" shower heads which have become standard at Holiday Inn Express. Just as an added note, coffee makers in the bathroom also seem to be the standard for Holiday Inn Express. This one was no different. Why they think beverages & bathrooms go together is really beyond me - gross.
In spite of my less-than-impressive room, all of the common areas including the pool, exercise room, reception & hallways were great. The bathroom near the pool being the only exception, as it should have been serviced more frequently and to a higher standard. The pool and hot tub were both great...and the perfect temperature! I also loved that the exercise room was very cold. Great for a long run!
The staff were friendly and helpful. I found some broken glass on the patio near the pool and they were quick to act. The breakfast was also good. They have the usual continental fare (bagels, muffins, toast, fruit, cereal, milk, juices, coffee, tea, etc.) in addition to biscuits and gravy, a meat (bacon or sausage on alternating days) and an egg (cheese omelet thing or scrambled on alternating days).
The most annoying problem with my stay was the poor WiFi reception in my room. It was very bad - almost unusable at the desk. If I sat on the floor by the door, it was marginally better. A strong internet connection is essential in a business style hotel, so I found the poor connection rather unacceptable. The hotel needs to get on top of that right away.
You can probably find a better value elsewhere, but this hotel is okay. If they fix up the bathrooms & the WiFi, they'd be a good choice for a short to medium length stay. They'll never be a good choice for a long stay because the rooms are too small (in my opinion).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Colorado Springs-Air Force Academy is conveniently located on the north side of Colorado Springs, just one exit south of the US Air Force Academy and easy access to I-25. Additional hotel features include: Deluxe hotel accommodations 28 suites with microwave and refrigerators. Complimentary Continental deluxe breakfast, 24 hr business center and complimentary local phone calls, high speed internet in all guest rooms. Indoor pool, whirlpool and workout facility. Walking distance to many local restaurants. Attractions Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Focus on the Family, World Pray Center, US Olympic Training Center, Pine Creek Golf Course. Business: Hewlett Packard, MCI, Federal Express, Oracle, Boeing, Stellant, Current, Lockheed Martin, Ford, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Intel, Bank of America, Progressive insurance, California Casualty, USAA Insurance. Military: USAFA, Fort Carson, NORAD, Peterson AFB and Schriever AFB. Visit Colorado Springs, CO and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express - Air Force Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
- Holiday Inn Colorado Springs
- Colorado Springs Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Express Colorado Springs