We stayed for 2 nights, and I used Priority Club points. I'm glad I didn't have to pay amost $200 /night like some of the other guests. The lobby is nice, parking is easy and well lit. The front desk staff were welcoming, and I thought we'd made a good decision. The elevators were filthy, with the same big smear on the door left there all weekend. The cleaning staff uses the guest elevators to come and go, making them terribly slow and crowded. The hallways were very dirty, and in need of a cleaning. Big dustbunnies in the corners...ew. The room was nice, and looked out over an empty field, so it was quiet. There were a few plastic cups in the room, a microwave and a fridge. The ceramic coffee cups were still dirty from the last resident (yuck). Our hockey team had chosen the hotel because of the waterpark. It consisted of a kids pool with broken toys, a 'lazy riiver' that was a circle and 2 slides crowded into the space. There were only a few spaces to sit, and you can't see your children at all from there. There were a couple of lifeguards, but I'm not sure what they could see either...it was loud, the air was cold and it wasn't very clean. There was a game room where every game needed 2-4 tokens, and most games were broken.
The restaurant had good food, and nice servers. I believe it was the saving grace for the hotel. Kid's meals were free, so we had our meals there and we all enjoyed them.
Warning...the outside hotel doors were held open with ties on the doors and never locked, do there is no controlled entry to the hotel, even at night.
I don't think we'd bother with this hotel again. They have priced the rooms like a waterpark at the Dells, but they need a reality check.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna home of the Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park! Come experience the adventure! Our award winning hotel, located just 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul and next to Cabela's, features 130 guest rooms and suites, including KidSuites! We offer amenities for business or pleasure! The Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park features the exciting Kilimanjaro Tube Slide, Python Body Slide, the relaxing Lazy Zambezi River, zero depth entry activity pool, water basketball and relaxing waterfall spa. The Lion's Den arcade features a large selection of the latest video games, as well as interactive games for adults and children of all ages. For the business traveler our guest rooms feature a spacious work desk. We offer high-speed wireless Internet and a business center. Our Meeting & Banquet facility features 5 meeting rooms with multiple room combinations for up to 400 people. Banquets and meetings at the Holiday Inn & Suites Owatonna feature personalized menu planning with a wide range of food and beverage selections available. For shopping, we're located adjacent to Cabela's - MN's 2nd largest tourist attraction, and the Medford Outlet Mall is only minutes away! Come experience the adventure at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Owatonna! ... more less
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