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“Great place to stay when racing at Lakes Area BMX!”

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Baxter
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We stayed here when attending the state race at Lakes Area BMX. The room was clean and water park was a lot of fun. The breakfast area was clean and the food was good. We will definitely stay here again next year. Thanks!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We are local residents and treated our adult children/grandchildren to a stay at the HI Express. Except for the waterpark, the stay was a "forgettable one." Rooms had tube tvs which were not visible unless you sat on bed in middle of the room. Check in was slow with only one customer service person working. Breakfast was dreadful; with little of the advertised foods. No pancakes, gravy for biscuits, no sticky cinnamon rolls, banana was only choice of fruit, etc. Poor excuse for a buffet breakfast. Waterpark, altho' fun closed at 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends. No later hrs. for adults. Check out at 11am did not allow much time for more waterpark fun and breakfast. For $160 per nite, I would recommend the Lodge or Comfort Suites. This was a waste of money!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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BrainerdHi, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2011

I'm so sorry that you did not receive the full value of your recent stay at the Holiday Inn Express, Brainerd/Baxter. Our hot breakfast runs daily 6:30 to 9:30 through the week and 7am to 10am Saturday and Sunday. At those times it should have been completely stocked with all items as you've mentioned and I apologize that was not the case during your stay. I assure you that this an odd occurrence and we will address that matter with staff.

I do apologize that you must not have been properly informed of our extended hours for the waterpark for hotel guests. Though check in is at 4pm, when the park is open you are more than welcome to come in anytime after noon; as well as your check out day, you are welcome to stay till 4pm even though check out is at 11am. I'm happy to inform you we will be replacing our tube TV's for larger HD Flat Screens by the years end, but I'm sorry that we did not have them available for you during your stay.

Again, I do apologize and I'm glad to hear that our Sales Manager was able to come up with a resolution for you on your stay in July.

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Reviewed July 20, 2011

On our last minute to Duluth, MN we needed a place to stay on our way back home and there was nothing available in Duluth so we started calling in Baxter. We saw that the Holiday Inn had a waterpark which we thought would be perfect for the kids. They only had one room left and it was a suite (due to races in town) - they gave us the suite for regular room rate!! The waterpark was really cute and fun! The room decore was fabulous! The beds comfortable and the room was clean! We loved this place!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

We stayed three nights at the Holiday Inn Express and Three Bears Waterpark in Baxter, MN, and the kids wished we could have stayed longer. They spent 5 or more hours every day at the waterpark. Our room rate included waterpark admission for the four of us for the duration of our stay, and until 4:00 on the day of checkout. It also included tokens for the game room, and 4 passes to mini golf a few miles up the road. The breakfast buffet was very nice, the food was hot and some of the choices changed daily. While we were there, new carpet was installed in the halls and common areas of the hotel. The hotel had a small office with computer/printer/fax available for guests to use at any time at no charge. If we are ever in this area of Minnesota, we will plan to stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Took an overnight trip with our two children, 4 and 5 years, and our two nieces, 9 and 11 years old. Booked the double bunk bed suite, which was great. Considering the free breakfast, the waterpark passes, and the lodging, it was a great time for a great price. Will go back.

Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

If you're staying in the Branerd-Baxter area, try staying at the Holiday Inn Express. It's across from the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes and a BBQ house. There is also a water park and arcade

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed April 9, 2011

The waterpark here is great and why we've been here twice now. It is not so huge that you worry about losing sight of your kids, but has plenty of stuff to keep kids of all ages happy. Very impressed with the waterpark, and the poolside service. It is refreshing to see a waterpark that doesn't try to gauge you for food and drink. They serve good quality stuff and charge fair prices.

The only reason I don't rate this place higher is because if you are on the 1st or 2nd floor, you can hear every step the people above you take. OK if you have people above you who keep identical hours, but annoying if they are up and about earlier or later than you. Very annoying if they are loud.

Rooms are clean and attractive. Good all around, but the noise between the floors prevents me from giving more than 3 stars.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter

Address: 15739 Audubon Way, Highway 371 North, Baxter, MN 56401-6959
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Baxter
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Baxter
Price Range: $118 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter 2.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Brainerd Baxter is home to the fun and exciting Three Bear Waterpark. Reserve a Waterpark Package & enjoy over 30,000 sq. ft. of water fun, including 3 water slides, lazy river, activity pool with water walk, zero depth Spray Deck with 1000 gallon dumping bucket, family hot tub, and adults only hot tub! A visit to the waterpark can really work up an appetite! Stay the day and grab a bite to eat at Three Bear Grill then onto more fun at Grizzly Arcade Room with a ticket/redemption & prize counter. Business travelers will enjoy our great business amenities such as free high-speed Internet with wireless and hardwire access, fitness room, 24 hour business center, complimentary business services such as FAX and print at the front desk, complimentary beverages for all Priority Club members, corporate quiet floor and discounted access to the FitQuest Athletic Club located 2 blocks behind the Holiday Inn Express Brainerd Baxter.We are conveniently located to all attractions the Brainerd Lakes Area as to offer; closest hotel to Brainerd International Raceway, minutes away from Legacy Golf Courses, Paul Bunyan Trail, and Paul Bunyan Land.We are dedicated to satisfying every guest's needs and desires for an extraordinary Brainerd Lakes experience. Business or Pleasure we ll be right for you!We ll see you soon at the Holiday Inn Express in the Brainerd Lakes Area! ... more   less 
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