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“Decent hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express South Bend / Notre Dame

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Holiday Inn Express South Bend / Notre Dame
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in South Bend
Annandale, VA
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127 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Decent hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2007

We arrived after midnight and got a room. Pleasantly surprised. Spacious and had a refrigerator as well. We weren't sure how long we were staying. We stayed 4 nights before we had to leave because they were full. We never received newspaper at the door, but it seemed as if others on the hallway received paper at their door. Continental breakfast was good. Had tasty, warm cinnamon rolls on the bar along with usual cereal, muffins, bananas and oranges. Location is about 2 miles from Notre Dame and 5 miles from hospital. They said there was free internet in the lobby but each time I tried it was slow as molasses and it took me 30 minutes to try to send one message late at night.

On the third day, I asked the hotel if we could extend through weekend because the relative we came to see had passed away. He said they were full, but he would check and let us know. When we came back later that day, I asked if he was able to help us and there was no message with a yes or no. So I started asking again and they couldn't help us out. I understood not being able to help us, but I didn't understand not having a message later that afternoon to let us know definitely.

Great location near fast food options, and Notre Dame.

  • Liked — Location to hospital
  • Disliked — Frustration in using free interent in lobby
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank mjbbowls
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria, Virginia
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295 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2007

My wife and I stayed there on April 25th, 2007. The first room we were assigned to had not been cleaned after the prior guest vacated. So we encountered the radio and lights on, used towels strewn about, and leftover food. Creepy. The front desk clerk (I forgot his name) apologized, and upgraded us to a suite.
The suite was fine, EXCEPT that there was a used towel left high up on the shower rod that housekeeping had missed. Yuck. I used a clean towel to pick it up and throw it in a corner. The next morning, at checkout, I told the clerk (I forgot her name) about this and all she responded was "oh". OK fine. I also asked her if she could call our next destination, a Holiday Inn Express in Chicago, and let them know that we needed an early check-in there. She responded that she did not have their phone #, and she made no effort to find it. To her credit, after I gave her the #, she did make the call.

Everything else was fine, including the free breakfast, but the housekeeping miscues and the second clerk's lack of motivation tainted things for me.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Housekeeping was poor. One clerk lacked motivation.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank AMB&JAS
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new jersey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2007

do not book this hotel through the holiday inn express online reservation system!

they guarantee the lowest rate, by making you pay the entire stay up front, and it is unconditionally unrefundable.

we are forced to pay more than $1000 for two rooms that we booked four months prior to a wedding that has been cancelled.
the wedding is cancelled and they will not refund any of the monies, even though it is three months prior to the reservation date.

We have spoken to at least five HIE people at all different levels of authority. Everyone agrees that we are being punished far too much, but not one person has offered up an acceptable solution!

We have been loyal customers of HI for many years, and Priority Club members for at least 15 years...never have we been treated so poorly for being loyal customers!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Sasha031
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2007

Although the hotel is beautiful I would think twice since the management at this point is unruly. Hopefully they will have new management before too long, may want to check on that before making your reservation. We stayed as a group and had very unusual circumstances happen to us. It would be a great place to stay if you don't have any problems but once you have a problem, don't think the management will come to your rescue. It is actually the total opposite. To make a long story short my original reservation was for 2 nights and I had cancelled them. We ended up staying for 1 night but were charged for 2 nights. My cancellation number from the 1800 Holiday did not make any difference. The rest of our group had similar circumstances and when it was time to ck. in they didn't even have our names in the block set of rooms that were to be held for us. The general manager was never available to get a straight answer and the staff at the front desk isn't all that knowledgeable. They are not able to credit anything without the permission of the manager. When we finally were able to talk to the general manager, she was way out in left field when handling our situation. Or just I say we felt like we were in the Twilight Zone. I hate to deter you from the property because again, it was beautiful. But, just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. I hate the rating system above since there are many elements that go into your total experience when staying at a hotel so with that said everything was nice with the exception of the management and that can really ruin your stay.

  • Liked — The clean spacious rooms with real granite counters, refrig and microwave
  • Disliked — The management
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank Lovepug
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Portsmouth, OH
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2006

The hotel is very clean, and I would recommend it, although it is a little high in price.

  • Liked — cleanliness
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ohnolance
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monterey
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2006

Did not have cribs.
We have a 1 year old and had to put her on the floor with blankets in the corner with a chair blocking her in.

Ask the manager for blankets.She would only give us one.
Siad that was all they had(I found it pretty hard to believe a motel only has one extra blanket.)
Even after i insisted she seemed to care less that our baby was sleeping on the floor.
Staff attitude was indifferent the whole stay.
Would give them a zero on being freindly or helpful.

The rooms were nice,as well as the hotel as a whole.
Could be a great place if the staff where interested in their geust.

  • Liked — Nice Hotel
  • Disliked — terrible service
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't bring your kids here
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank crusadex
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Level Contributor
143 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2006

We stayed here August the 4th. Pretty typical of what you would expect. The place is pretty new and in very good condition. They had the narmal express breakfast which is pretty good. room had micro wave and refer. I thought the bed covering odd as it wanted to slip off the bed. Location is about 1 an1/2 mile from Notre Dame in a commercial area.

  • Liked — Newer
  • Disliked — Bedding
  • Tips/Secrets — Use the refridgerater
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank Visalia11
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Property: Holiday Inn Express South Bend / Notre Dame
Address: 120 Dixie Way North, South Bend, IN 46637
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Location: United States > Indiana > South Bend
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in South Bend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express South Bend / Notre Dame 2.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just one mile from the University of Notre Dame, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites offers the perfect blend of luxury, affordability and selection in lodging. Built in 2005, our hotel features 85 impeccably designed guestrooms including one king or two queen beds as well as corporate-leisure, family, executive, and jacuzzi suites. As our guest, you will enjoy all the comforts of home right in your hotel room. All standard guestrooms and suites feature upgraded amenities such as free high-speed internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, an oversized and well-lit work desk as well as a 32 inch flat screen television. The Stay Smart Experience featured in each guestroom includes incredibly plush and comfortable bedding and exclusive bathroom amenities such as Kohler showerheads offering extra water pressure. Our hotel also features an indoor heated pool and spa, fitness center, a business center, and conference facilities. Plus, jump start your day with our complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar served daily in our breakfast room from 6:00AM untill 9:30AM. Conveniently located off the 80/90 toll road, Business 31/933, and central to area's major business districts and local attractions, we are your gateway to the South Bend and Mishawaka Area. Whether your travels bring you for business, leisure, or to cheer on your favorite sports team, our hotel is your best choice for lodging when visiting South Bend, Indiana. ... more   less 
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