Until a few years ago we had stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Boca West, Boca Raton, Florida at least once a year, and I'd reviewed it very favorably. After a few years when circumstances led to us staying in private accommodations nearby, we returned to this property for a week, and I can continue to recommend this property as a very good choice in the western Boca Raton area.
I now rate it 4/5, not because it has dropped in quality, but because I believe standards have increased for properties in this category. (Actually, if it were available, I'd score it 4 1/2 out of 5.) The property continues to be very well maintained, and housekeeping/cleanliness continues to be excellent; so what, if anything, is missing? Well, the roomy units are still, as they were, very good, but nowadays travelers have generally increased their expectations in this level of lodging and most Holiday Inn Expresses, as well as most Hampton Inns and Fairfield Inns, as examples, seem to include an in-room refrigerator, microwave, and wired, as well as wireless, internet access, but the Holiday Inn Boca West offers only a refrigerator and only wireless internet. The refrigerator is one of the largest small refrigerators we've seen in a motel room, and while it does not include a freezer compartment, it was both quiet and effective. Only one ground floor ice machine serves the four story building, but that does make for less noise and foot traffic on floors 2-4. The HVAC in-room unit worked well and was unusually quiet, and all rooms have opening windows (or doors to balconies) which allow one to admit fresh air, which we consider a great, (and unfortunately increasingly rare,) advantage.
The breakfast is a fairly standard Holiday Inn Express offering, and the room and supplies were well-maintained.
Local and toll-free calls are free. Staff are generally pleasant and helpful, and cookies are on the reception desk each afternoon. The location is very convenient to the Glades Road exit of Florida's Turnpike and there are plenty of retail outlets and eateries close by, including some within walking distance.
If you need accommodations near this exit of the Turnpike, or even from I-95 a bit further east, or in the vicinity of West Boca, including Century Village Boca West, this would be a very choice.
On room choice, note that rooms in the two-story wing each havea terrace or balcony, but also note that this wing is not served by the elevator, unlike the four-story wing. It might be worth one flight of stairs for the pleasant balconies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take a Video Tour of the hotel. Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Boca Raton West. We offer: Free Express Start breakfast bar, Free local calls and Priority Club Rewards benefits. We are situated in west Boca Raton at the Lakeside Shopping Center. Just 2 miles from Town Center Mall and 2 miles from the Evert Tennis Academy. Only 1 block west of the Florida Turnpike. Visit Boca Raton, FL and stay smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Boca Raton-West Hotel Boca Raton
- Holiday Inn Boca Raton
- Boca Raton Holiday Inn