Located just off the I-57 freeway at exit 34 in Marion, the last major city in Illinois as one heads south (or the first if going towards Chicago and points north), the relatively new Holiday Inn Express is simply a superb place to spend a night or two. My wife and I try, whenever we can, to stop at HIEs along the way, but even as Platnium Club members, we were simply amazed at how very, very nice this particular establishment was. It is, indeed, hard to know what to praise the most. The rooms are ultra-comfortable, the bathtubs are large (something that is becoming less and less evident in other hotel/motels as developers try to cut costs), the breakfast room nice and the food even better. The motel is pristine, there was a very useful business center (though the desk space in the rooms was large and well-thought-out), elevators are quick and smooth, the wi-fi is seamless (though a little bulky to load initially). As others have also noted, the staff is it wonderful. The young folks at the reception desk were bubblingly friendly always asking what they could do to make our stay more comfortable. The breakfast room manager was pleasant and very efficient and even the cleaning staff never failed to say hello and ask about us.
The HIE Is located with very easy on and off access to the interstate, there are numerous restaurants within a few blocks, the local mall, though somewhat dying, is less than a mile or so down the same street, and for those that care, the hotel is located directly next to the large parking lot of the local minor league Southern Illinois Miners' stadium and it is vety easy to walk to see a game when the team is in town.
Only one quibble: the very convenient fridges that every room does have do not have built-in freezers which, for travelers like us who carry coolers and ice blocks to keep everything cool, a tiny "negative." If they are ever replaced -- and we hope the company will do so sooner than later -- staying at the HIE would be worth 6 or 7 stars.
I wish other cities, at least those we visit with some regularity, had such a nice place as the HIE in Marion. I think we'd we travel more just to have the pleasure of staying at hem.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with IHG, Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Expedia, Hotels.com, Venere and Fareportal so you can book your Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Marion reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.