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Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW-Mechanicsburg
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   6325 Carlisle Pike (US 11), Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 (Formerly Comfort Inn West)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Mechanicsburg
Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Last minute stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Returning home from Kutztown we decided to make a stop at Hershey. Of course, most hotels in the immediate area were booked and it was later than we anticipated staying. So, we took the 20 minute (or so) drive into Mechanicsburg. Comfort Inn was accommodating, reasonably priced and clean. Continental breakfast was actually tasty and abundant.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

We use the Choice Hotels chain exclusively travelling back and forth to Florida every year and summer vacationing in areas such as Finger Lakes. This is the worst Comfort Inn we have ever stayed in.
Cons
- best way to explain it is to say that when you walk into a room, you know immediately if you are pleased or not - in this case - not. A very uncomfortable feeling.
- bed linen was crumpled - did not look like it had been changed, but probably was
- rooms were OK but paint touch ups everywhere - poorly done and did not hide the age - for example old door was painted over and still looked old, baseboard in washroom painted, but not carefully, so old ceramic floor received some as well.
- coffee in lobby thermos was cold
- breakfast was the most meager we have ever encountered. The coffee can best be described as coloured water. Could not drink it - it was that bad. Never had this happen at any other Choice Hotel.
- very popular with youth teams = no sleep.
Pros
- lady at front desk was very nice

We will be looking for something else in the Harrisburg for our first night heading down south next year.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

My family and I went here when our electricity and water were out for 3 days. The staff was disheveled--I think one woman was missing some teeth. Anyway, the room was typical, two double beds. We have 3 children so we got a cot, too. However, the cot didn't really fit in the small room and so we had to turn the couch up on its side to make room. It was pretty gross under there. Obviously not vacuumed for quite some time. The room seemed musty and humid. Of course, it was extremely hot and humid outside when we were there but, still... it didn't seem right. The room had a old tube-style TV ( I would have thought most chains would have upgraded by now) and the carpet was dark green. The beds had maroon coverings. Basically, I just felt like I was re-visiting 1988 because that's probably the last time this place had a makeover. Not the worst place I've stayed in but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

Pros--The hotel was in a great location, lots of stores/ restaurants right up the block. The hotel staff was friendly, prompt check. The room was clean with lots of towels.

Cons--The room was small, the hot water in the shower took about 5-8 minutes to get hot. The mini-fridge did not work well, barely kept the water we put in luke warm. To top it off, The bed was EXTREMELY uncomfortable. It was hard as a rock! I was seriously contemplating sleeping on the couch because it was more comfy. We actually checked-out a day early and went elsewhere because the bed was that terrible.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scranton, PA, USA
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224 reviews 224 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 82 cities Reviews in 82 cities
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

A comfortable and economical stopover featuring large rooms, comfortable bedding, and continental brakfast. Conveniently located to I-81, US-11 and major area roads. Staff is friendly and accomodating.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

Travel softball team. $69 a night for Memorial Weekend so that was great!! Hotel is pretty nice in that if you have a pet I believe the 1st floor rooms are for pets. Hotel doesn't have a pool, which is fine, but I wish it had a lobby or room with a TV for the team to hang out at night together and chat like we do in other hotels. They did open up a conference room so we could have a team pizza party. Staff was very nice. I only gave it 3 stars because I'm comparing it to Fairfield Inns and Hampton Inns we've stayed at but because of the value and location it probably could be given 4 stars. Also had a refrigerator and microwave, which was nice.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights and found it to be a very enjoyable experience. After I had booked our room I read some reviews about this hotel and was worried that I had made a mistake in booking here because of some of the negative reviews. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The staff was very professional and pleasant. Checkin was quick & easy. Lots of parking. Lots of shopping and restaurants in the area around the hotel.

We booked the non-smoking King room. The room was very, very clean and the bed extremely comfortable. Bathroom was very clean and it had a very good shower.
The only negatives were that occasionally in the morning we didn't have much hot water. Also, even though we were in a non-smoking room because there were smoking rooms around ours, the room did get a smokey smell.

The free breakfast was excellent. We were expecting the usual stale danish - not so!! The breakfast buffet included egg, sausage, waffles, fresh fruit, muffins, donuts, 2 kinds of cereal, oatmeal, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. As soon as an item got low the staff brought out more hot food. We certainly were not hungry after breakfast!!

We would definately stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6325 Carlisle Pike (US 11), Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 (Formerly Comfort Inn West)
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Mechanicsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Mechanicsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW-Mechanicsburg 2.5*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW-Mechanicsburg, a Mechanicsburg hotel near Harrisburg and popular Hershey attractions.The Comfort Inn(R) Mechanicsburg/Carlisle is conveniently located on Route 11, just six miles west of Harrisburg, the state capital, and seven miles east of Carlisle. This Mechanicsburg, PA hotel is minutes from the U.S. Army War College, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Dickinson College, Dickinson School of Law, Messiah College, the New Cumberland Army Depot, part of the Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, and the famous Carlisle Car Show. The Harrisburg International Airport is 12 miles away. More than 20 restaurants are located within one mile of the hotel. Additional area attractions include the Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster County, Hershey's Chocolate World and Gettysburg National Military Park. Hotel amenities and features include: •Free high-speed Internet access •Free local calls •Free morning newspaper •Free 24-hour coffee •Exercise room Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Inn Mechanicsburg/Carlisle the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including pancakes! ... more   less 
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