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“Nice remodel, but not very restful”

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Holiday Inn Express Suites Mountain Iron
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mountain Iron
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Minnesota
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“Nice remodel, but not very restful”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

Let me start by saying that when 90% of the hotel is likely filled by hockey kids and parents (and you are not one of them), it is expecting a lot to have a quiet stay. However, the physical property and features of the hotel itself are very nice, freshly constructed or updated, with comfortable bedding and pillow options, flat-screen television in the room, free wireless internet (which we did not use), reasonably sized pool and whirlpool area (although the whirlpool was a bit lukewarm for my taste), and a spacious breakfast area for the hot, complimentary breakfast provided each morning. Perhaps because it was obviously a hockey tournament weekend, prices were high, but I have not paid that much for a Holiday Inn Express anywhere else on a non-holiday weekend.

Unfortunately, we ended up in the handicap accessible room which was located adjacent to the open breakfast area (with noise that becomes amplified as multiple voices join in), across from the hallway to the pool area, which is tile and amplifies noise, and the hallway to the pool also contains vending machines, with the elevator access practically just outside the door to our room. The door to the room does not provide good noise protection at all -- perhaps a door sweep on the bottom would help rather than a gap which lets in more noise and light? The voices from the breakfast area, pool traffic and elevator quieted down after 11 when the pool was supposed to close for the evening, but were roaring pretty good starting by 6:30 AM on a Sunday morning accompanied by the pounding of feet with kids running up and down the hall to and from the breakfast room, parents calling to kids from the breakfast area as they headed down the hall or elevaor, etc. Management might consider posting a sign by the elevator door and/or hall entrance to the pool reminding people to keep voices down as rooms are close by (or at least the handicapped accessible room on the first floor is!).

The parking lot is ample and free, with Perkins a short distance away, but no other restaurants or services within walking distance. You really need to drive into Virginia, only 5-10 minutes away, for more options, though. The Holiday Inn Express is probably the nicest hotel in the area, with the Giant's Ridge quite a distance away. So, if the Giant's Ridge Lodge was full, we'd likely consider staying here again, but only if we could get a room away from the high-traffic areas given the lack of sound protection.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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st paul, mn
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

It's very refreshing to see a new hotel in the Iron Range area. Thank you! The breakfast was outstanding and the rooms are very nice. The customer service was good. The price was a bit high and it's not in a very centralized location. There is a Perkins restaurant a short distance down the road.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

Checked in and was given a free flashlight because the city was turning off the power from midnight to 5am. Not their fault but the flashlight was a nice touch. The rooms are very nice but the walls are very thin. I woke up because I heard someone snoring in the next room. Hallway noise was bad as well.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

My husband and I have been driving around in USA and Canada for three weeks, staying at 13 hotels in the ihg-group, this one is the one we liked the most. The staff is friendly, the hotel looks good and it is very clean. The lounge is homey and inviting and they use crockery and cutlery in the breakfast area, but they offer the ordinary HIExpress plastics, and nice bags, should you want to take out some packed lunch. The pool, tub and gym are nice, not big though. This hotel is closer to the Crowne Plaza standard than HIExpress.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2011

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel four times, and each has been a good experience. My husband's relatives live on the Iron Range, and each time we've stayed, we all (about 25 of us) have been able to gather in the hotel's Great Room lobby area for a meal and socializing. Holiday Inn lets guests use the large dining/living area that is used in the mornings for the free breakfast. You just need to call in advance and let them know. We order pizza to be delivered, and we bring in coolers full of beverages. We really appreciate this ability to entertain when we are there.

Other things I like about this hotel: It has a nice, small but effective, fitness room. I don't eat breakfast myself, but the other guests seem to enjoy it, and there is a staff worker who is very friendly and entertaining.

The King Executive Suites are lovely. On the third floors, you'll have wonderful views.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2011

Very friendly staff, nice large rooms. Dining close by.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg
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Reviewed February 23, 2011

We spent three nights at this hotel. The breakfast was average but the rooms were very nice. No waffles. The pool is on the smaller side and the hot tub is very small for a hotel of this size. We did enjoy our stay except for the rude people smoking the halls. Get with it America...no smoking in any rooms already! Wireless was poor...sometimes it worked and other times it didn't.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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hiexpress_10, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Suites Mountain Iron, responded to this review, March 4, 2011
Thank you for posting a review of the hotel. We are currently in the process of upgrading our Internet so hopefully your next stay with us you will not encounter any problems. In addition we will be a smoke free hotel by April as we are converting the smoking rooms to nonsmoking. Thank you again for your review and I am glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Suites Mountain Iron
Address: 8570 Rock Ridge Dr, Mountain Iron, MN 55768-2800
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Mountain Iron
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mountain Iron
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Suites Mountain Iron 2.5*
Number of rooms: 79
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