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Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Walnut Creek
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

The staff was very helpful. The room was clean and quiet. The breakfast was also pretty good. Many of my co-worker like the place too. Not far from bay (SF) area.

Room Tip: Silvia a front counter staff is a friendly and helpful person.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Stayed here for a week with my partner on an 8 day trip to San Francisco.

The areas itself is lovely with hills and greenery and is close to the BART station at Pleasant Hill, a 6-8 minute walk. They have a suttle to the station that operates weekdays 8-4pm within (3 mile radius).

We chose not to rent a car in SF as it really was not necssary with all the transport options. You can get the pittsburg Bay area train from the airport direct to Pleasant Hill. It takes about an hour. If the shuttle has stopped running and you do not feel like walking there is alos a bus from the station to outside the hotel which takes about 3 minutes and costs $2 We rarely had to use this option apart from once on a late return to the hotel when we were too tired to walk.

We travel alot and often stay at Holiday Inns. This was one of the best hotesl we have ever stayed in.

The room we were originally allocated overlooked the side of the hotel. The room itself was fine. It would have been OK for a short trip. The next morning we asked if a change to a poolside room was possible. The gentleman at reception a young hsipanic looking guy sorted this out within 10 minutes. The room was identical but had a nicer view of the pool area and had a fridge and microwave.

We were checked in by lady named Sylvia who was wonderful and helpful.

On the first night we were too tired to go out. There was a god chinese restarant less than 5 minutes walk which seemed popular with the locals. I would recommend this place.

I felt the area was safe even in the evenings.

I usally like to stay slightly ot of town when I travel. The BART got you into town within 30 minutes with no changes.

The bathrooms and rooms were clean. The bed was bliss. We used the jacuzzi near the pool. The pool and jacuzzi are open 10-10. There was adequate storage space in the room to hang clothes etc. The aircon/heating worked well though we did not need to use them.

The train goes through some beautiful country areas. It was worth the travel and
I would stay here again.

The place is pet friendly. It was very quiet and peaceful. We loved it. We had originally chosen a place closer to town but am glad we changed our minds.

Room Tip: Pool side looks nicer
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

The staff was very helpful. The room was clean and quiet. The breakfast was also pretty good. My family will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

It's what you'd expect for a HI-Express...well appointed lobby, very, very clean rooms and helpful front-desk staff. Ample free parking is available - there was one dedicated motorcycle spot right in front of the hotel. Recommend asking for rooms on the side of the hotel that is not facing the rock crushing operation. My first room was on that side and the work crews start work fairly early in the morning - lots of truck noise, "back-up beeping" sounds, etc. The hotel is pretty big so they should be able to accomodate your request - they certainly did for me. Breakfast was good and substantial each morning - however it did get crowded in there so seating was at a premium. But the staff did a great job keeping everything stocked, hot and fresh. There is only one lobby computer for guests and it was being used frequently. There is a decent "locals" sports bar right across the street w/ decent bar food. Very convenient location to jump on I-680 and lots of "box store" shopping w/in close driving distance. Overall a very good experience.

Room Tip: Ask for room away from the rock crushing operation... as you face the hotel, the rock quarry is to t...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Our church youth group stayed for one night. in August 2011. The location was perfect and safe. We loved Silvia, front staff was very kind to our kids. The manager, Robert was great and very professional to work with. Breakfast was wonderful! Definitely will stay again next year.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

The lobby appears to be recently remodeled. It is quite impressive and I was expecting to find the same for my rooms. Unfortunately, that was not the case, the rooms (2) have not been remodeled. The bathroom door had a big gash in it, but finding someone's toenail clippings on the bathroom floor was a definite turn off!

It is located very close to the rail tracks and the freeway so very noisy, no soundproofing. We could hear doors slamming during the night. The two rooms we had were located on the second floor in the corner next to each other which was very convenient. The bed was comfortable and an offering of soft and firm pillows. WiFi worked well. The staff was nice. Water when requested was available to us. The pool area is nice, the pool was warm. Towels were few and far between, we requested towels, but never did receive them. They offer the typical breakfast, which changes every other day and also did have pancakes. It would be nice if the HI would offer a new breakfast menu as this one has been around for a very long time. There was a refrigerator in one of our rooms which we used for keeping fresh fruit we had purchased from the farm and the next day it was all frozen, so a total loss. Refrigerators should not be placed in rooms if they do not function as designed, cooling not freezing.

Dogs are allowed in this hotel, and if I had known that I would have chosen an animal free hotel. Hotels just don't seem to be as clean where they allow animals.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

I chose the HI Express in Walnut Creek after trying to decide between a few other properties...Embassy Suites, Marriott, and this one. After reading a ton of reviews, both on Yelp and TripAdvisor, I felt this one was the best choice--price and location. I figured I wasn't going to be in my room that long anyway--just to sleep, shower, and eat.

For the most part, I was fairly impressed with this hotel. It had its basic necessities--a clean and decent size room, and the price was on the low end.

Pros:

- ok location, though would've been nice if it was closer to a grocery store
- free breakfast!! ...and the food's pretty good--the biscuits w/gravy
- definitely price (compared to nearby properties)
- friendly staff

Cons:

- if you happen to get a room on the 2nd floor rear side, it's a long walk to the front entrance
- limited transportation, a little far to the BART station
- rooms facing the freeway can be a little noisy

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I wouldn't mind staying here again for the price, but if it wasn't an issue, I'd probably stay at the Embassy Suites, simply because it's much closer to the BART station.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Address: 2730 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2732
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Location: United States > California > Walnut Creek
Amenities:
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 ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Walnut Creek
#2 Family Hotel in Walnut Creek
#3 Business Hotel in Walnut Creek
Price Range: $126 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek 3*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek the perfect hotel for business or pleasure in the East Bay area of San Francisco. The Holiday Inn Express has transformed into a warm and modern hotel featuring contemporary furnishings, a natural light conservatory and a relaxing library area. The Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek, CA hotel, minutes from Concord, Pleasant Hill and Moraga, offers access to I-680 for access to Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and all parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Or, if you prefer to avoid driving, BART is 3 blocks away and takes you to San Francisco within 30 minutes. Visiting St. Mary s College, Concord Pavilion, & the upscale Broadway Shopping Plaza of Walnut Creek are all easy from the hotel.If you re working in Walnut Creek, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel makes visiting PMI, Siemens Oncology, Kaiser Permanente or PG&E easy and stress-free. In Contra Costa County, the Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek, CA is well known for being one of the only hotels in Walnut Creek to offer free high-speed Internet access, free parking, and free shuttle service within 3 miles. ... more   less 
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