We got to the hotel in the late afternoon and my husband checked in. He came out to the car with a smile on his face. "I just had a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie and was given my choice of a free drink for staying here!" (he had a bottled Bud-light in his hand) Needless to say, that was a good start to the stay. Check-in was quick and efficient, and the receptionist was very nice. There was a nice coffee-bar right next to the check in area as well.
We went up to our room on the second floor (close to both the elevator and ice machine) and found a nice, clean room with a king-size bed. The air conditioner/heating system worked just fine, the filtering curtains were clean and worked just right. There was a microwave and refrigerator and both were clean and in good order. The wood furnishings were fairly new and clean. The room looked well-cared for. The bathroom was fully stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. The wall hair dryer was clean and worked at full power, not something you see in many hotels.
We went out to eat and found several restaurants within 1-2 miles of the hotel. There is a Ruby Tuesday's right in front of the hotel, an easy 2 minute walk from the front door. After coming home that evening, we watched a movie (TV worked just fine) and then retired for the night. All in all, just what you would expect from a well-run Holiday Inn Express. There were other visitors spending the night, but the rooms seem to be well-insulated and there was little or no noise.
The next day was even better. After a good, hot breakfast down in the dining area (5:30-9:30) which was staffed by a friendly, attentive person, my husband left to go to a business meeting. I stayed behind in the room to finish getting ready to leave after going to the gym. It was easy to get a late check out, so I had time for a good workout.
The gym was just great. I walked in and found brand-new equipment: a treadmill, elliptical, and bike. There was an adjustable bench with a full set of dumb-bell weights and a multi-station exercise platform.
Now, I've never seen this before anywhere. There was a full coffee bar setup (and all the containers were full of either regular or decaf coffee) and it included the sugar, non-sugar sweeteners and creamers, and there was a table beyond the exercise area that had bananas available for an after-exercise snack. The large water bottle was full and ready for use. The water was very good. In a separate area, there were the washer and dryer systems. You could exercise and wash/dry a load of clothes at the same time. Truly efficient.
While I was exercising, the owner performed a walk-through of the facility with the head manager in attendance. It was obvious the hotel was well-maintained and the entire management staff was proud of the facility. They even asked for any inputs I might have.
When my husband came back and got ready to leave, we asked the front desk for directions and received all the help we needed and more. We left knowing that this was the one hotel we would stay in if we drove back through Niceville anytime soon. Top ratings all around.
(There is an outdoor pool, but we didn't use it since it was early late January/early February and fairly cold.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express® Niceville - Eglin AFB. Our centrally located hotel is minutes from Eglin AFB, Army 7th Special Forces Base, Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), Destin Commons Shopping, great golfing and the "World's Whitest Beaches."Our hotel is the best choice for business at Eglin AFB military complex, DOD contractors, EOD School and Duke Field and Fort Walton Beach area. Our meeting facility is ideal for groups up to 45 with Fast Fiber Optic Internet access, and A/V equipment. An executive business center features high-speed color printing, fax and scanner.Families love the abundant attractions close to our Niceville hotel. Bask in the sun on white sandy beaches and play in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Big Kahuna's Water Park, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and world-class shopping are just a short drive. Don't miss the Air Force Armament Museum near Eglin AFB.Each guest room is equipped with microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, free Internet access, flat screen HDTV's with HD channels. Our hotel's guests enjoy the complimentary Express Start hot continental buffet breakfast and daily newspaper. Exercise made enjoyable in our executive club fitness center with the latest in cardio and fitness technology, large screen HDTV, towel station and refreshing water and fruit bar! Or relax by the outdoor pool to enjoy Florida's sunshine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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