I stayed here one night on Friday 3/16/12. The intention was to have a good time with myself, my Mom, and my 6 year old stepson. I had stayed here in the past twice for a conference so I knew of the huge kids area. Our room during this stay was very nice and I did get the ground level and close to the kids area - as requested and promised. Check in was quick, however the front desk clerk had zero personality. Parking is tight on a full weekend but we were able to find a spot. The room was clean and nicely sized. When ordering a rollaway bed, it was delivered promptly (fee of $8). Nice bathroom and shower. No room complaints.
The kids area - lots of pools (two big ones, two hot tubs, and one kiddie pool). Almost impossible to get pool towels and they are amazingly small (really like the size of two hand clothes). The kiddie pool and hot tubs were disgusting (creamy colored water). But they were heavily used - the whole place was a mad house. Kids everywhere ! Which was the point and our little guy loved hanging out with the other kids (since he is an only child). I did not like that it had a gate around each area (I know it is best for safety, but....) because you were always walking "around" and having to lift the little lock thingy.
Jungle gym area with a couple of slides and tubes (like at McDonalds).
The planned kids activites advertised were a complete joke. Face painting took 2 seconds and it was just a crappy little dob of paint on his hand. The girl running it had zero interest in entertaining the kids. Some times she would just sit there reading the newspaper.
They did put out blank coloring sheets and bad markers/crayons.
A man was drawing and selling caricatures (I think around $6 per picture).
Videogames EVERYWHERE ....... they make a killing on the quarter machines (which you have to exchange for tokens). What a rip off. Most were the claw games which are obviously rigged anyway. Even the air hockey game shuts off after a set amount of time, even though we had tied scores.
Overall.......... The staff need personalities and to like what their doing, this is definitely lacking. The whole place is designed to entertain your kids (and kill your quarter stash). BUT I did go there for him.... and he liked it. The room was clean.
Would I go back - no. Better off finding a waterpark, paying the fee once and having fun without having to worry about quarters and running between each gated pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is conveniently located in the center of the city. It is the largest full service Hotel in St. Cloud. For Business it is your Home Away From Home. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites provides exceptional meeting and convention space, with a wide variety of spacious, comfortable guest rooms. We offer free high speed Internet access throughout the hotel. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites provides a home away from home for the business traveler. For Pleasure - Your Family Fun Destination headquarters. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites provides Family Fun atmosphere for the entire family. We offer planned weekend activities, a Kidzone, a full service recreation area with 5 pools, 2 full size volleyball courts, 2 1/2 basketball courts and atrium. All these along with two full service restaurants and free shuttle service to the city attractions. The entire family will enjoy their stay. ... more less
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