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“Best hotel in Silver Springs without going to Ocala” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs

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Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5360 E Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34488   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Silver Springs
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Melbourne, Florida
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“Best hotel in Silver Springs without going to Ocala”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

My family did a kayak trip up the Silver River to the springhead and back in August 2013 and stayed here two nights. We have stayed here in the past to go to Silver Springs attraction and it is loated right outside the entrance to the attraction. Having driven all around Silver Springs on more than one trip, this is easily the best hotel without driving into Ocala. Mind you, Ocala is only minutes away and has more hotels but at $94/night this met my expectations perfectly. My wife is fairly picky about the cleanliness of hotels and this property had nothing to apologize for. It was clean and up-to-date, the bathroom was clean, and the bed linens were fine. The workout room was just some treadmills as I recall, so if you are hoping to work out be advised it does not have the dumbells or universal weight machines often found in chain hotels.

They have a free breakfast room and that always saves us a lot of time and aggravation in the morning even when it is minimal. This one was standard for a Holiday Inn Express, with coffee, danish, bagels, cereal, yogurt, bananas, etc and for "hot" food they have a pancake machine, a tray of sausage links or patties, and a tray of scrambled eggs. The sausage was fine and the scrambled eggs were OK, but a bit institutional. Both were lukewarm, which seems like it would be easy to address if only they would use proper serving trays with the steam chargers. Note that the sign at check-in listing the breakfast items says they serve bacon and omelets but that apparently is only on certain days of the week, which seems a little misleading. No big deal, the breakfast is free, adequate, and standard fare for this type of hotel.

A word about the Silver Springs attraction: we did not go in since we were in town to kayak, but the Florida State Parks system has taken it back over and they have removed the rides and animals to revert it to a more natural appearance. Admission to the park was free while we were there and they still have the glass bottom boats rides for $13, but I can't imagine there is much to do or see there compared to the commercial attraction. I am sorry to see it change, as it was one of the last surviving "old Florida" parks and was extremely well-kept and pleasant place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for your continued patronage of our Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs. We are so pleased that our hotel was clean enough to make your wife happy even with her higher standards. Regarding the fitness center, it is a bit limited but our front desk does have complimentary passes to a local gym. The Silver Springs Park will re-open as a state park on October 1st and we know that they will be working to make it a great facility even after that date. It will now feature swimming in the springs as well as kayak rentals which allow access to Silver River Park also. Thank you again!
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 stars
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The girls took a few days off and we made this hotel our base camp. It was a wise decision-
from the front desk to maintenance everyone on staff made sure our stay was excellent. Our
room was very clean and the was bedding exceptionally comfortable. Breakfast was a big
step above the usual free breakfast fare-hot food and really good coffee. Another big plus
for non-smokers the entire property is smoke free.

Room Tip: We were near the elevator and above the pool and never heard another guest. Rooms are well insulat...
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Green Features: window film kept a/c use down and guest laundry had efficient machines.
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you for making our Silver Springs Holiday Inn Express the base camp for your "girls night out" vacation. We are so pleased that you could enjoy some R&R time without having to worry about noise, smoking guests or skimpy breakfasts. We always try to provide the same consistently great service to every guest and we are so pleased that we could WOW you all!
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ocala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The people are very nice and helpful!! The buffet staff in the morning are fantastic!!! Very nice and helpful. Love the pool, flat screen tv, the rooms are kept up very nice. love this property. The counter staff accommodated us very well. Helpful and nice.

Room Tip: very clean most important. tinted windows great.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you David! You mentioned a few of the amenities at our Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs (complimentary breakfast & flat screen TVs), however, we have even more to offer. We provide every guest free high speed fiber optic wireless internet, an onsite fitness center (plus access to a local gym), a business center, and a wealth of information of things to do in the area. Thank you for sharing your experiences at our hotel.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Stayed two nights. Friendly helpful staff and good location related to my meeting. Would like management to consider magnifying mirrors for female execs. Recommend for business. Best choice in Silver Springs

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs. We are very pleased that you, as a business traveler, found out hotel convenient and comfortable. We are indeed near Ocala's government offices, Chamber of Commerce and downtown so it is easy to get to meetings and offices easily and quickly from our hotel. Thank you again for sharing your experiences with others.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

When I travel I am always concerned about where I am staying. When I travel with my daughter the prima dona, it has to pass her standards of being over indulged over the years. We planned our stay in Siver Springs around the recreation in the Ocala National Forrest namely the springs: Salt Springs, Glen **** springs, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs and Silver Springs.

After a long day swimming in freezing *** cold water or truckin through the mosquito, no-see-um, snake and gator infested national forrest, the Holiday Inn Express of Silver Springs is a clean and confortable temporary home away from home.

The staff was more than accomodating. The location is central to restaurants and shopping.

We carefully reviewed hotel reviews for areas we plan to visit and the HIE consistently ranks the best. Many other hotels often have mixed reviews, but HIE consistently ranks 4-5 stars.

Very, clean, very comfortable and quiet. The Pool and exercise room are great!

Room Tip: If you want to sleep in I choose a west facing room so the sun doesn't bug you...but the black o...
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Green Features: Well there were recycling bins for the empty water bottles we refuse to just throw away.
  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Eisen, thank you for making our Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs your home away from home during your recent trip to the Ocala National Forest with your daughter. As you mentioned, there are many natural springs to swim in (70-72 degrees), trails to hike, and other nature to experience. We are pleased that our hotel could offer you a comfy place to return to in the evening. Thanks!
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Falls Church, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We needed a hotel near the Silver Spring park for the concert series and this was by far the best choice. The rest of the motels in the area were run down and sketchy looking. We walked right across the street to the park for the concert.....no driving! Enjoyed the Holiday Inn's lovely outdoor pool beforehand. Everything was so clean and the beds were extremely comfortable! The manager was also so cool and sweet. We saw her several times during our 1 night stay and she talked to us and checked to make sure we had everything we needed. Front desk staff also pleasant and professional.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Sarah, thank you so much for your review of our Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs. Many people know of Silver Springs Theme Park (soon to be Silver Springs State Park) but they may not know that the venue brings in many big name acts. They especially focus on classic rock artists and contemporary country musicians. It is a great concert location right in our back yard. Thanks!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

The suites worked well for our large family. Great service and breakfast! Close to attractions but farther from interstate than I had hoped. They have a great partnership with a local restaurant with discounts and delivery.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you for your review. Our Holiday Inn Express is a little bit of a drive from I-75 but we believe that the extra few miles are worth it. Our location between Downtown Ocala and Silver Springs gives us perfect access to attractions like the Appleton Museum, the Silver River, Alexander Springs and lots of shopping and dining. Thank you for telling others about our hotel!
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Address: 5360 E Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34488
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Location: United States > Florida > Silver Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Silver Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Suites Ocala - Silver Springs 2.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocala Silver Springs Holiday Inn Express and Suites is located next to Silver Springs theme park, home of the historic and world-famous Glass Bottom Boats. The hotel is in close proximity to the Silver River State Park, the Ocala National Forest, numerous fresh water springs (Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Salt Springs, Silver Springs, Silver Glen Springs, and Rainbow Springs), the horse farms of Ocala and Marion County, the Horse Capital of the World, Wild Waters Water Park (next door), the beautiful Appleton Museum, Downtown Ocala's business district, the Ocala rotary Sportsplex, Shocker Park softball complex, and Big Sun soccer complex. The hotel is just an hour and a half away from world famous Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach International Speedway. En-route to Daytona, one will pass numerous fishing spots such as Lake George, Lake Kerr, and the St. Johns River. There are numerous hiking, bird watching, and off road venues in the Ocala National Forest. The hotel features 55 queen rooms and 20 suites. Jacuzzi suites with separate walk-in showers are available upon request. Meeting and business service facilities are on site. The hotel also features a heated pool, fitness room, and guest laundry and dry cleaning services. All guests can enjoy free high speed Internet, free local calls, and a breakfast bar featuring the Express brand Cinnamon Roll, in-room coffee, the Simply Smart Bedding Collection, the Simply Smart Showerhead, an over sized work desk and a hot breakfast buffet featuring the Express brand Cinnamon Roll. This hotel is a Florida Certified Green Property and is a 100 percent smoke free facility. Early Check-in and late Check-out are available upon request. ... more   less 
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