I stayed for a week at this property during a training class at ISA located in the research triangle. Very good service and clean comfortable rooms. Most notable is that they provide a free shuttle within 5 miles of the property and from the airport. If the shuttle is unavailable, they provide a complimentary taxi. This allowed me to stay and not rent vehicle for the entire stay (Saved $250) for the week. Even though its free, make sure to tip the drivers ($2 seemed very appropriate and welcome).
The hotel is clean and fresh. The lobby was very pleasing but the rooms were nothing special. Typical minimum holiday inn express required standard décor. There is a train track along the rear side of the hotel, but the trains are very infrequent (1-2 per day) and not any louder than the air conditioning. I think a room on the back is better than on front along the street if noise is a consideration.
The room had minimum shampoo and conditioner. But no lotion. It did have a mini fridge and a microwave. Towels were a bit stiff and rough, not the typical soft towel found at a holiday inn express.
The service is excellent and friendly. All my requests were met with a welcome tone. The morning breakfast cook/server was very friendly, and even refilled my coffee. I wish however the eggs were better, I know they all are supplied but some cooks are better at preparing them than others. They have fresh cookies in the lobby every afternoon. I love that touch. They have a manager reception (beer and wine) Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon in the lobby great room. It seemed well attended (~20 people).
Instead of riding the free hotel shuttle at the end of the day I walk back from class. It was about a 5 mile walk, and the weather in the area is very nice in October. The research triangle has many nice walking paths set back from the roads. However the area right around the hotel is not set up well for walking. There is no sidewalk on the side of the street where the hotel is located. One must cross a 4 lane road to get to the sidewalk at the hotel complex on the opposite side of the road. There is a island on the road, so it’s generally safe to cross, but no traffic signal light is available.
There are not many restaurants in the area, but the shuttle will take you to some just a couple miles away if you like. There is a nice middle eastern café just ¾ mile down the road, and an excellent modern Mexican restaurant “MEZ” just a mile away. I ordered in twice from the Italian restaurant. The filet ravioli is excellent. Expect about an hour for delivery to the room door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located at Research Triangle Park, minutes from RDU, the Raleigh Durham International Airport. As a service to our guests, we offer free Park, Stay and Go. We jump start your day with our Express Start breakfast bar. Businesses near the hotel are IBM, Adaptec, Nortel, Cree, Cisco Systems, MCI, Verizon, BASF, EPA, Quintiles, GSK, Bayer, The Solution Center, Harris, Cardinal Health, Burts Bees, Eastman Kodak, Syngenta, Underwriters Labs and Qualix. We offer free wireless and wired HSI access and shuttle service to and from Raleigh Durham Airport. Shuttle hours are from 4 AM to midnight. Invigorate yourself in our well equipped fitness center. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites RTP has what it takes to make your trip successful. During your stay with us, you can check out some of our attractions, such as the Museum of Science, Duke Chapel, Amercian Tobacco Campus, Durham Performing Art Center, Streets of Southpoint Mall, Prime Outlets Mall at Morrisville, NCCU, Duke University and UNC at Chapel Hill, or even attend a Durham Bulls baseball game. Come and enjoy our Southern hospitality at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at RTP. *Credit card used for on-line purchase must be presented at check in for possible incidentals and amenities. ... more less
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