I’ve stayed at this hotel a couple of times before when I was in the region either to fly out of Bishop International Airport or for business on the outskirts of metro Detroit.
For starters, it’s improved since my original review of June 2009 -- mostly because of recent Holiday Inn-mandated renovations. Back then, the hotel was showing its age.
As with before, I was able to get a good rate ($50) through Priceline’s name your price option. The lowest published rate I found was $75, which was a government rate. When I checked in, I received a coupon valued at either 10% or 15% (I forget which) off the hotel’s in-house restaurant.
The recent renovations are nice, though a few amenities that other renovated Holidays Inns feature -- namely the flat-screen televisions -- were missing.
My room was mostly clean, though the bathroom floor could have used a better cleaning from the maid. I don’t think the maid cleaned behind the toilet or underneath the sink counter, as I found some human hair. Speaking of the bathroom, I was also missing some of the complimentary toiletries that are generally provided as well. That was quickly solved as a maid’s cart was still in my hallway when I checked in, so I raided it for what was missing.
The rest of the room had been renovated to the new Holiday Inn look with the exception being the television. I had a very old television. I’d date it at least 10-15 years, if not older. The picture quality was horrible, but the channel selection was wide-reaching. I spent most of my time on the wireless internet, which unlike some hotel chains was free. The connection’s speed wasn’t great for video, but it was more than sufficient for e-mail, web surfing and Facebook use. With respect to sleep quality, the bed in my room was very comfortable and I slept great, which isn’t always the case at hotels.
The hotel’s restaurant is what it is. Some of the offerings are rather overpriced, but others (burgers, pizza, etc.) are competitively priced. If you have a corporate expense account, save your time and eat at the hotel. The steaks sounded delicious, but were a bit expensive for me especially when there’s a large steakhouse across the street. There is also a large supermarket (Meijer’s) about two minutes away by car along with a couple of fast-food options (McDonald’s, Subway).
The fitness room is well equipped and overlooks the pool, which I didn’t use but looked nice.
All in all, this Holiday Inn has improved itself with the recent renovations, but could still do more to improve its overall quality.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Flint Hotel Flint
- Holiday Inn Flint Hotel
- Flint Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, located near Grand Blanc is the place to be and be seen for business or pleasure. We are Genesee Counties only full service hotel featuring 171 guestrooms, on-site restaurant, heated indoor pool, fitness center, business center, free wireless Internet and video arcade room. J. Porters, our award winning American Bistro Steakhouse, features a family friendly, smoke-free environment that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located near Flint's Bishop International Airport, the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre is the hotel of choice for AT & T, General Motors, Delphi, IBM, CapGemini, McLaren Regional Hospital and Genesee Fieldhouse. The Holiday Inn Gateway Centre features Banquet and Conference facilities for groups of 5 - 700. Our Catering specialists will coordinate every aspect of your event from start to finish. We are nestled in a beautiful, safe and comfortable suburban setting near I-75, I-475, US 23 and I-69. All roads truly do lead to the prestigious, award winning Holiday Inn Gateway Centre. ... more less
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