We stayed 2 nights for vacation and for reservations to snorkel with the manatees with Birds underwater and kayak with Crystal River Kayak company. We expected these tour operators to be close by but a nice surprise was that both were only bout 1 mile away from HI Express.
The hotel is fairly new, nicely furnished, well appointed, and lots of amenities. The free breakfast was one of the best ever, including hot bacon or sausage, french toast, waffles and a decent selection of juices, cereals and muffins and bagels. We also enjoyed the 24 hour coffee and tea availability in addition to having an in room coffee maker. Cookies seemed to be available at the front desk 24 hours.
The room was elegant, with a large bathroom and plenty of room for myself and my wife. A large flat screen TV with lots of channels plus it was easy to find the TV listings on my computer for easy scanning of what was on. Perfect trouble free internet service.
It was a pleasure to stay here. Our tours were both early morning so we had time to do other things during the day like drives and walks, and find nice places to eat(There are many favorite local and chain restaurants within minutes by car) but still had time to hang out and enjoy the room and hotel.
The only disappointment for us as fitness fanatics and also a common one at almost all hotels was an inadequate fitness facility(really just a room). There were no weight machines or free weights and just a handful or less of aerobic machines - so we didn't use that facility. Probably no fans or TV either which we require to be able to use aerobic machines indoors.
All of the staff were courteous, helpful and even fun.
- 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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- Holiday Inn Express Crystal River Hotel Crystal River