Stayed here 2 nights for family trip to Holiday World. 2 Adults, 3 teens. Check in was quick & efficient. Friendly, helpful front desk staff. Room was satisfactory - clean, odor-free. Bathroom was clean and properly stocked. Sofa bed mattress was a little iffy - some exposed springs on edge of mattress - but my 5' 10" son managed to get a decent night's sleep on it (2 nights, actually). Bedding in closet for sofa bed had blanket, pillow, but only 1 sheet & no pillowcase for it, had to go get rest from front desk. Air conditioner cooled well, but very loud. Fridge/freezer & microwave worked great. Our cooler freezy-pacs were frozen solid and the pop & water we had in the fridge was cooled almost to freezing, so that was good. Breakfast bar (on Eastern, Central) had coffee, OJ/apple juice, milk/cereal, bagels/toast, mini-muffins, packaged danish, waffle maker (blueberry or plain), hot sausage patties & scambled egg squares (make a bagelwich out of them), yogurt, fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas), and hard-boiled eggs. We all managed to eat a decent breakfast both mornings. Ice machine upstairs was out of order. Daughter lost money in the vending machine, but front desk refunded promptly & apologized. Free paper, local maps, discount Holiday World tickets available ($4 off) (but McDonald's discount coupons were a better deal). Not much around for dining. Wendy's next door very busy. Subway & a China Garden across the street. A McDonald's going in across the street, but not done yet. CVS across the street has pretty much everything you might need. Papa Johns pizza will deliver to your room. Two mexican restaurants in Ferdinand, but didn't want to take our chances. Ate at Homestead Pizza in Ferdinand last year & it was no good. If you're going to the themepark, your best dinner will be at the restaurant in the Thanksgiving area. We all ate adult meals for $54, and it's like Thanksgiving buffet. Oh, the pool: major disappointment here. It's a 15 X 20 foot rectangle in the ground with water in it. Small steps, one rail; exit rail at "deep end" which is 3' 9". I didn't swim in it, but the kids did and said it tasted like salt water, so they must use a salt water system rather than chlorine. Don't waste getting your bathing suit wet. We were going to the water park for 2 days, so the pool didn't matter to us, but would have been a bummer if we were just traveling. Holiday World is about 7 miles south. Turn left & go straight till you get there. (If it's before opening, park in the Legend Lot, it's a shorter walk to the entrance.) The hotel is right off the I-64 exit, so that was convenient, too. Hotel was fairly quiet. Very little around there, farmhills to the north, gas station/convenience store next door, Wendy's next to that, then highway & farms after that. Across street is the CVS & other stuff I mentioned, trying to build a business park, but so far that's all that's there. Beyond that is more farmland. Kind of nice & refreshing, actually. Ferdinand is a couple of miles to the north. Very small town, also quiet. This hotel was fine for our needs. Not Holiday Inn Express, but clean & adequate (minus the pool). Didn't have any of the cleanliness issues other recent reviewers had. We aren't super picky, but I do require basic cleanliness, beds & bedding must be clean, and bathroom must meet standard. We would stay here again, but if they put in a HI Express we would probably go there. The Queen Suite (with sofa bed) ran us $300 after all the taxes & whatnot for 2 nights (Fri/Sat) on a holiday weekend (Memorial Day).
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