We stopped over here on a weeknight the first week of January, well after any parties or big events should have been going on. The place was quite empty when we checked in, and loved the pool-side room with easy access to the pool area that is in the middle of the hotel. The pool is 5 ft at the deepest, and medium sized, so we were able to just sit poolside and watch the kids rather than have to get in ourselves (our 5 year old still wears a life jacket and needs close supervision). There is a medium hot tub with a fountain in the middle just next to the pool, it was all very nice. We were disappointed to find out that the waterslide is only turned on on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (we were there on a Thursday), but later a small family reunion came in and they turned it on, so the kids were pretty happy about that.
This hotel seems to be something of a destination for locals (reunions, soccer parties, etc), so I wonder if this might be the only/best indoor pool in the town that draws them in. I also noted some locals like to come to the hotel bar, which is small and quiet. The party during our stay had mostly preteen girls, and we didn't have any problems with people being loud, rowdy, or drinking. In the morning the local baker's union was having a big meeting in the lobby so, overall it seems this is not just a traveler's stop and the facility does cater to local business.
The room was big, clean, nice beds, really nothing to complain about at all. We had no problems with noise, though it wasn't a super busy night. The only small complaint I could have is that the food left a little something to be desired, but was overall still edible and enjoyable. The restaurant's saving grace is that their prices are very low - I think it was only $14 for the T-bone steak. The steaks were very thin, and the sirloin was dry....if I'd paid $35 a pop I would have complained, but for the price there is really nothing to complain about, just know that it's not going to be a 5-Star meal. The continental breakfast was overall very good, though the biscuits were pretty dry and hardened by 9am, everything else was just fine.
Overall, we'd absolutely stay here again. The price is reasonable and you can't beat the pool facilities. I think if we planned to stay here on a holiday weekend, I might ask first if there are any parties planned since we have small kids, but otherwise I wouldn't hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three story water slide! The Holiday Inn hotel in Topeka, Kansas is conveniently located at I-70 and Fairlawn Road in the city of Topeka, Capitol of Kansas. The Topeka Kansas Holiday Inn hotel has a three story water slide and is in a premier location within minutes of Washburn University, Stormont Vail Hospital, Hummer Sports Park, Kansas Expocentre and the Topeka Zoo, as well as the State Capitol and other government attractions. Forbes Field, SCCA Headquarters, Heartland Park Topeka and downtown Topeka are also only a short drive away from this Topeka Kansas hotel. Whether you are traveling to our Topeka Kansas hotel alone, with a group or your family, our 197 graciously designed hotel guest rooms will make your stay comfortable. Relax by our heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool or sauna, or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of this Topeka Kansas hotel's garden atrium landscaped courtyard. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the Pantry Restaurant. Dinner and cocktails are also available on site for your convenience. As one of Topeka, Kansas' premier conference hotels we specialize in hosting workshops, banquets, weddings or any special event, the Holiday Inn Topeka, Kansas hotel offers accommodations for up to 600. ... more less
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