For such a moderate price, this is surprisingly impressive, with spacious, inviting public areas and a very professional staff. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast and the breakfast room itself, which is unusually bright and large--even an inviting little outside patio area for warmer weather. With miniature cheese omelets and bacon on top of the customary continental breakfast offerings, you're
really looking at a full hot breakfast buffet.
We didn't have time in Altoona to check out locally-owned dining options (always our preference) but there are several chain choices right around the HIE itself. We opted for one that was unfamiliar to us--"Joey's"--right across the parking lot, apparently one of the few
locations in the Northeast States of this Nantucket-themed franchise.
The food here was actually quite good, particularly for a franchise, and prices very reasonable.
One annoyance: the aforementioned Breakfast Room doubles as a Cyber Cafe and though in theory the hours do not overlap, at least on the morning of our visit more than half the tables were taken up not by people eating breakfast at all but by business travellers hunched intently over their laptops or making loud cellphone calls. Not conducive to a completely relaxed breakfast atmosphere but admittedly
business travellers are probably the customer base here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Everything at Clarion Inn & Suites - Altoona, PA is designed so that you can relax. We know that all you really need is a place to be yourself. Contemporary hospitality and our friendly staff are eagerly awaiting your visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Altoona Hotel Altoona
- Holiday Inn Altoona
- Altoona Holiday Inn