We arrived into Nashville after driving for nearly 12 hours and we were hoping to find a hotel, check in, grab some dinner and sleep. We weren't expecting Nashville to be overrun with hoards of people descending to see the free open air street concert. We drove from hotel to hotel and everything was fully booked or crazily expensive. We even abandoned the idea of staying in Nashville and made our way to the highway to find a motel, but the slip road was closed and the traffic getting onto the highway was even more disheartening! We turned back and tried our luck again. That is when we discovered the Holiday Inn Express. We enquired about availability from the disinterested check in staff and quoted a quite high price. With no other options, we decided to stay.
I unloaded the luggage and parked the car in the car park around the owner, which f course, also carried a surcharge. Thankfully I found a space quite close to the lift.
As we had been traveling across the world and driving across much of the east of the US, we had a fair bit of luggage and inquired about a porter, only to be told that there was no porter. We had to load up and take the trolley all the way to our room, up the lift and long a seemingly endless and seedy looking corridor.
The room was nothing special and holds no favourable or negative memories. It was functional. A quick change of clothes and we walked the few minutes into the 'concert' area for dinner.
On our return, the check in staff were still oblivious to everything going on in the hotel and seemed more interested in their personal conversation than to acknowledge our entry. They were even too engrossed in their own discussion to pay heed to a drunken group of girls hijacking the luggage trolley to use as their personal vehicle to take them up in the lift, shouting at a standing guest waiting to enter the lift, leaving him quite confused.
For me, I knew that this meant I would have to carry the luggage down in the morning without the use of a trolley. Oh well. At least breakfast was included.
I thought too soon. Breakfast was more than basic. I am being quite harsh here, but if they had a trough, I am sure they would have dumped the food on it to serve to us. Well, it was more than basic and the kitchen use seemed to be churning out food and dumping it into the receptacles. The guests, however, seemed quite content with it, so we were the ones out of place.
As anticipated, I had to carry all the luggage down without the aid of a trolley and I deposited the card at reception with a quick and relieved goodbye.
Would I stay here again? Try and make me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the award winning Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown! Whether traveling for business or leisure, rest assured that you have made the finest choice in the award winning Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown. We are the largest hotel within the InterContinental Hotels Group portfolio boasting 287 guestrooms complete with over 10,000 sq feet of flexible meeting space making our hotel property ideal for corporate retreats, meetings, and receptions. The Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown is perfectly situated in downtown Nashville within a stone's throw of Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Convention Center, Music City Center, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Ryman Auditorium, Music Row, LP Field, and the vibrate downtown Entertainment District. Our guests can enjoy amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi access, complimentary Express Start breakfast each morning, and a seasonal outdoor pool. On Friday and Saturday we have hors d'oeuvre in the lobby, complete with refreshments in the evening hours featuring live entertainment from one of Nashville's rising musical talents to set the tone for a fun-filled Nashville weekend. Start planning your Nashville Experience today! ... more less
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