En route from Myrtle Beach to Ontario, Canada, we stayed one night at the Holiday Inn Express in Winchester, VA. The hotel is reasonably priced, with clean rooms and facilities, helpful service and no lingering cigarette smoke odours.
The location is right off the highway, and about five minutes from the historical downtown area. So it's easy to check out a little history, sample the local restaurants and be back on your way the next morning.
We had good intentions to use the pool and hot tub - which looked clean and inviting - but after more than 8 hours on the road, felt too tired to use them. Next time, perhaps.
The included breakfast offers good quality and choices, in a comfortable setting.
One small complaint - we asked for advice on dining, and were directed to the old downtown - an easy 5-minute drive from the hotel. What they didn't tell us is that the 18th-century village square in under serious construction. It looked like Union artillery had laid waste to the area in an attempt to rout Stonewall Jackson's confederates. It made it tough to navigate, as well as killing the town's charm. Wish we'd known in advance.
Apparently it's all going to be ready, however, for Winchester's upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival. So plan on a spring visit and experience the best of Winchester.