The room is well equipped with good beds, TV’s, fridge, microwave, desk and a small but usable lounge doubling as a second bedroom. It was clean enough but not perfect. Breakfast is a self-service buffet of pre-prepared items and is surprisingly good. The pool is outdoor but sheltered by being under part of the hotel and is functional rather than special.
The staff are friendly and efficient and the reception area is well laid out to fit in a waiting area, breakfast area and reception surrounding an impressive fountain without looking overly cramped.
The location is midway between Cocoa Beach to the east (very near the disappointing Cocoa Beach Pier) and the splendid Intracoastal Waterway to the west, both being within easy walking distance. An excellent Publix is virtually next door. There is a laundry, gym, vending machines for sodas, snacks and ice and wifi is free although it failed during our stay.
Only two gripes. Noise from the lift, air conditioning and fridge effected sleep. And check in is a little like hiring a car where you have to initial five different items and then sign. I guess there are still some people who smoke in non-smoking rooms or cause damage etc and its reasonable they are expected to bear responsibility but do initials against each item really make any difference to redress? Other chains seem to cope without this imposition and it merely suggests to me that they do suffer problems with unruly people and have an overzealous legal department.
As a relatively low cost alternative, this hotel does all the basics well and adds some nice touches (bottle of water on arrival, plastic cutlery provided, good collection of bathroom items). Whilst it’s not a spectacular hotel, it was a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is the most beautiful hotel in the Cocoa Beach area. We provide the most luxurious accommodations, superb guest service and amenities that can capture everyone's imagination. We also offer various room types to suit those special occasions Romantic Suites, VIP suites, as well as Standard King and Queen rooms. Whether you come for business or a holiday to Central Florida, we provide the conveniences to make the most out of your trip. Here our day starts with a complimentary hot breakfast for each guest. Business travelers have access to complete business facilities, voice mail, facsimile transmission, complimentary High Speed internet access and local calls. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to Florida's Space Coast. We are close to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, Patrick Air Force Base, Golf Courses, Deep Sea Fishing located in Port Canaveral, as well as many Luxury Cruise Ships and Casino Boats. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Cocoa Beach Hotel Cocoa Beach
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