After an incredibly hectic 7 days my wife and I decided to take a one night vacation at the beach. I made the reservations Saturday night on the Holiday Inn website, but could only get a room on the sound-side (what we wanted to catch the sunset) with a whirlpool, about $40 more than a standard room. After a two hour drive we arrived and checked in. I asked if I could get just a standard room and the desk clerk gave me the standard rate for what turned out to be a much more spacious room (have stayed here several times). We ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel and the food was very good, as was the service. All of the staff was great.
We wanted a full service hotel so we would not have to do anything but relax and that is exactly what we got. Since the hotel is ocean front we had easy beach access for walks, no swimming this time of year. Weekday rates in the winter are quite reasonable for what you get. There are cheaper places but this place is first class all the way. Definitely not your father's Holiday Inn.