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Holiday Inn Express Crystal River
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good base for leisure and work in the area”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The hotel is a great base for visiting the area. The rooms are large and clean. The staff are friendly and helpful. Easy to find on SR 44 in Crystal River and only a few minutes drive from shops, amenities and the river. Breakfast is included. Personally I would prefer breakfast not to be included and have the choice of eating elsewhere depending on travel timings.There is a self-service buffet which is sufficient and included in the price but the dining area can be rather crowded.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear observer2012-09,

We are glad that you enjoyed your recent stay at our Crystal River hotel. We definitely are located minutes from all of the excursion tours, downtown, and the Gulf of Mexico. We appreciate you commending our Express Start Hot Breakfast which is served from 6:30 – 9:30am M-F and until 10:30am on Saturdays and Sundays. The meeting room is opened on busy mornings to cater to the overflow. We look forward to seeing you again.

Warmest regards,

Imran C.
Guest Services Manager
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for a Manatee swim with Birds Underwater (2 mins away) and was not disappointed. From arriving we received a warm welcome and the receptionist was very helpful in giving us advice and directions. We were up early and at 5.30am the hot breakfast was ready and waiting. The lady doing the breakfast hosting is just fabulous, so helpful and funny. Can't wait to come back to Crystal River and will be returning to this super friendly hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Dianenoucamp,

We thank you for appreciating our outstanding guest service; all of our guests bring us joy when they walk through our doors and allow us to improve our efforts. We are glad that your interaction with the “gentle giants” in Crystal River was enjoyable and that you were greeted by Ms. Mary, our breakfast hostess, who makes sure that all of her guests enjoy breakfast before they leave for the early morning tours. Your return is awaited, please keep us informed.

Warmest regards,

Imran C.
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is a very welcoming hotel with good reception staff. The rooms are clean and well furnished without excess baggage. The free breakfast is of good standard with some hot items.It is reasonably quiet and set back from the road.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank John H
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear John H,

We are relieved to know that your entire stay - starting from our warm welcome, room comfort, and pancakes, signature cinnamon rolls, danishes, bagels, yogurt, eggs, and much more served at our Express Start Hot Breakfast were liked by you. If you are visiting Crystal river area either for swimming and snorkeling tours with the manatees, kayaking, canoeing, or just exploring the beautiful Homosassa Springs, you will find us the best and most hospitable hotel in the area.

Warmest regards,

Imran C.
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Cumming, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

I came to swim with the manatees and stayed 3 nights here. Wonderful, clean and very nice staff. Perfect location! I would recommend staying here for sure. Good breakfast and it was a nice quiet visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Lynn N,

We hope your manatee interaction was a success, and memorable, and we thank you for allowing us to host your stay during your visit to Crystal River, FL. All of our team members are committed to make our guests feel at home, and every effort is made to make it possible. We thank you for recommending us and hope to see you soon.

Warmest regards,

Imran C.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel on September 22, 2013 (Sunday). If you are going on a manatee your with Native Vacations, you get a 15 percent discount. Receptionist was nice. Room and bathroom are clean and spacious. The only problem I had was that the tv was 'not centered', an the ice bucket was in the corner of the room.when you take a shower, make sure the shower curtain is closed completely because water some how ended up on the floor (a lot)- we just used extra towels to soak it up.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank Sabbymae
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Sabbymae,

We hope that your swimming and snorkeling tour with the manatees was a success. We are sorry to hear about the shower curtain not being placed right, and that you had to go through the trouble with the towels. If you had informed the front desk, we would have sent someone to assist you to clean the water up. Your feedback is valuable, and will definitely be considered. We are grateful that you were pleased with our guest services and the comfort of the room. We hope to see you soon.

Warmest Regards,

Imran C.
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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

this Holiday Inn Express Hotel is always nearly full, with half tourists and half businessmen. a little high priced but they can get it in season, and their great free breakfast makes a stay worthwhile. and all the German tourists say
. . . they came to see the manatees!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Thank landplan414
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear landplan414,

Thank you so very much to all our German guests who like our hotel and rate our complimentary hot breakfast as the best in the area. Our exclusive pancake machine, signature cinnamon rolls, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and our award winning breakfast host, Ms. Mary, are adored by all our guests.

We look forward to host your future stay, please keep us informed.

Imran C.
Guest Services Manager
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Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We love this hotel. Have been coming to Crystal River for 3 years now and after a few bad hotels we have found our favorite. We love to scallop and swim with the manatees and drive from Palm Beach to Crystal River a few times a year. The staff is outstanding and can help with ANYTHING you need. Just ask. They will do their best to accommodate, find a restaurant, make a reservation, get you toothpaste, extra pillows and they never seem to be bothered by my requests. They are friendly, fun to chat with, welcoming and the hotel is clean safe and comfortable. Never have we had 1 bad experience. Thank you Doreen at the front desk for all your help. We will see you soon.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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hiexpresscr, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Crystal River, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear CrystalGeorgio,

We thank you very much for rating us your favorite hotel. We are glad that you are satisfied with our guest services and that our outstanding attention made you feel at home. We hope your manatee and scalloping tour were fun and you will allow us to serve you again.

Your kind comments will be conveyed to Doreen who will be delighted to host your stay soon, keep us posted.

Imran C.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Crystal River
Address: 1203 NE 5th St, Crystal River, FL 34429-4523
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Location: United States > Florida > Crystal River
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Crystal River 2.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crystal River s Newest Hotel for Business, Leisure and Eco-Travelers Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Crystal River! Our modern, green friendly and smoke free hotel is located in the charming city of Crystal River, FL. Near the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 44, the hotel is located East of Inverness, FL, North of Tampa, FL and West of Orlando, FL.Situated in Citrus County, Crystal River is a nature lover's dream and best known for having the world's highest concentration of manatees visiting the area's spring fed waters. The hotel is close to the Nature Coast s beautiful Eco-attractions that offer canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking or trail riding all available at Crystal River Preserve State Park. Visitors can take advantage of swimming, snorkeling or diving with manatees in Kings Springs or relaxing on Ft. Island Gulf Beach. The hotel is minutes from Progress Energy Nuclear Power Plant, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Citrus Memorial Hospital and Simon Crystal River Mall. Enjoy premium amenities during your stay with us. Families will enjoy our spacious double king guest rooms with their choice of color theme. Business travelers can utilize our Crystal Meeting Room equipped with audio/visual equipment, accommodating up to 66 people. Be sure to check Crystal River, FL off of your list of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die. Our staff will make you feel so special, you won t want to leave! ... more   less 
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