Recently I was driving west from St. Louis to Omaha. The hour was getting late and I was looking for a reasonable place to spend the night. The first Holiday Inn, just outside of St. Louis wanted $147.00 and it was 8 PM. As I approached Columbia, I tried both the Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn. Sadly both were sold out. As I headed west and approached Booneville I was glad to see the Holiday Inn Express logo. With the AAA rate my room was only $89.00 with tax. I was pleased as the 10 o’clock hour approached.
The clerk was friendly. He oriented me to the hotel. Told me that the only ice machine was on the first floor. Pointed me to the elevator and let me know when breakfast started. The elevator is a bit old and showing it’s age. It’s somewhat jerky movement does make the ride a bit concerning.
I was unaware that Holiday Inn Express in not a smoke free property. As I walked to my non-smoking room I could smell, not strongly, an odd odor in the hall. I later decided that odor was smoke. The rooms towards the end of the hall were smoking rooms. As I opened my room I found it clean. That smoke like smell lingered in the bathroom and the area near the door.
Overall I enjoyed the room and my sleep. It was 10:15 when I got to the room. I did not hear the sounds of other guests. The room had a flat screen TV, small fridge, and microwave. There was also a coffee/tea maker. To my surprise I found you could open the window. You could open it about three inches which allowed me to listen to the sound of the rain as I slept. I arrived in the dark and left in the dark so I don’t know what kind of view I had.
I awoke around 5:30 and showered. Shortly after I showered I could hear the guest next door showering. The sound was not loud but I am not sure if I would have slept through the sound. The breakfast food smelled good. Typically I am not a big fan of this type of breakfast. But I found the gravy, biscuits, eggs, and bacon hot. The coffee was also hot. The man setting up the breakfast area was talkative and nice.
Though my stay was brief I was comfortable and enjoyed the room. I had a good night’s sleep. The smell of smoke in the hall and bathroom did bother me when I was in those areas. For the price, I thought I did well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express in Boonville is located in a Missouri river town on I-70 exit # 101 that is full of Historic Architecture. A stimulating art and culture co-exist with a variety of small shops. Various family-style restaurants are less than 5 miles. We are conveniently located 25 miles from University of Missouri Columbia. The Isle Capri Casino is approx. 4 miles from our facility and the Katy Trail runs less than 1 mile from the back of the hotel. SPECIAL NOTE: Hotel is scheduled to begin renovation on December 28, 2016 to update our lobby, breakfast area, dining room and business center. Hotel features 44 guest rooms during renovation, indoor pool and spa, and free high speed Internet. It also includes free local calls. Complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar will be offered in a convenient alternate first floor location for our guests. The Express Start Breakfast Bar served every morning features our famous hot, gooey cinnamon rolls, selection of fruits, juice, cereals, breads/pastries, scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, bacon or pork sausage, turkey sausage, biscuits and gravy and even hard-boiled eggs. Our 24-hour Business Center will NOT be available during our renovation, however, our staff is willing to assist with any copying, faxing or printing needs our guests may have. Visit Boonville, MO and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Boonville Hotel Boonville
- Holiday Inn Boonville
- Boonville Holiday Inn