It takes a confident hotel to offer a free breakfast when there's a Denny's attached to it! Those who prefer a hot, made-from-scratch breakfast with a wide array of choices would normally opt for Denny's. The more frugal among us would be perfectly happy with the free breakfast offered here. There's certainly enough to satisfy one's appetite if you're willing to sacrifice "real" plates and silver for styrofoam and plastic.
When I began making semi-annual trips back east for alumni council meetings four years ago, this was the first hotel assigned to me by Hotwire. This was my first return visit to this property and I found it more than adequate with a particularly helpful and friendly front desk staff (kudos to Karen) along with engaging housekeeping staff and an eager-to-please shuttle driver, Al.
Even though I booked through Hotwire, I showed Karen my Priority Club card and was allowed to spin their wheel of fortune for a perk (a soda or sweet from their "Suite Shop," bonus points, etc.) and received a copy of USA Today at my door each morning. When I told Karen I was returning my rental car a day early and would take the airport shuttle to the terminal and call them, she said, "No, just call us here and we'll pick you up at the car rental facility" which I did and Al was there within minutes! He also recommended several excellent restaurants to which he'd gladly take and retrieve me to say nothing of nearby Arundel Mills and its adjoining casino.
The rooms here are fairly standard issue but nicely maintained. I even had a call from housekeeping asking if I was sure I didn't want an extra sheet. A profusion of plugs, a microwave and 3' mini (maybe this is "midi"?) fridge and a comfortable easy chair were icing on the cake. The electronic schedule board of flights from BWI in the lobby was a nice touch as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express BWI is happy to report that we are currently in the process of completing a major renovation to our first floor. From the kitchen and breakfast area, to the front desk itself, you will find we have thought of all your comments about updating the property. Although it is not 100% complete, We eagerly look forward to your comments as you visit our location and see for yourself what a great product we have to compliment our staff that is eager to make your stay a great one. Hotel offers free shuttle service to BWI Airport & local attractions within 5 miles. Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express BWI Airport Hotel West! Conveniently located just 7 minutes from BWI Airport; and 3 minutes from Arundel Mills Mall featuring over 200 stores, Dave & Buster's and Medieval Times Dinner Theatre. The hotel is an 18 minute drive to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, and the home of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Other attractions include the Baltimore National Aquarium, Annapolis Naval Academy and Historic Annapolis, Six Flags, Timonium Fairgrounds and Washington DC points of interest. The hotel is minutes to Northrop Grumman, Daimler Chrysler, Siemens, John Hopkins, Ft. Meade and NSA. Enjoy the comfort and services you have come to expect from Holiday Inn Express, including the complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar with our signature Cinnamon Rolls and Simply Smart bedding and bath initiative. The hotel offers free local phone calls, high-speed Internet and shuttle 24/7 to BWI Airport, MARC Commuter Train, MTA Light Rail, and Amtrak Station. Tired of paying expensive parking fees at BWI Airport? Our park and fly package is the perfect solution! Make the Smart Choice for a good night's sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Baltimore - Bwi Airport West Hotel Hanover
- Holiday Inn Hanover
- Hanover Holiday Inn