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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW
Ranked #26 of 87 Hotels in Raleigh
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed at this Inn for one night recently and were really pleased with everything about this property. It was very convenient to I-40, and also to the venue where I had to attend some training. It's also not far from many good restaurants and shopping. Our room was very nice, and it was very clean and nicely appointed. They offer both wi-fi and wired internet, which I like because I do not prefer to connect to open wi-fi networks. They have a full breakfast, which was good and plentiful. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and also spoke and smiled when we passed. Although we did not have one, this is a pet-friendly property and that's certainly a plus. I would without a doubt stay here again and recommend this Holiday Inn Express to anyone wants a nice quiet place away from road noise.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2012

We are glad we could accommodate you and you wife during your recent travel to Raleigh. There are many choices for lodging in this area and we are thankful you chose us. Our location is a short drive from great restaurants and coupled with great amenities, you can be sure you made a great choice. Thanks again for your recent stay and kind words regarding your experience. We look forward to your return visit :)

In hospitality,
Milton Hamilton
General Manager

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed here just 1 night while visiting family. We thought it was a nice property. The staff were friendly...breakfast was good. No complaints.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank skorreck
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2012

Thank you for your recent stay and nice comments. We look forward to your return visit and maybe next time you can stay a little longer :)

Gratefully,

Milton P. Hamilton
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

I have stayed at this location several times and it is always a good stay. I found this place when my normal Raleigh Hotel was overbooked and I was pleased at what I found. The location was good as it is far enough away from I-40 that you do not hear any road noise. It is not very far to get to food and NC State is just up the road on Gorman St. The facility is well maintained and the rooms are very clean. I have always stayed in the King rooms, and they are very well equiped. Wireless internet, large LCD tv's and plenty of desk space to get some work done. The breakfast bar is the standard Holiday inn Express fare, but the atmosphere in the breakfast area is nice with a gas fireplace and a large screen tv. The food was good and the area was very clean. Front desk staff is always good, I have no complaints with this hotel.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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Thank roscoe28734
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2012

Unfortunately, that “other” hotel lost out and we gained! We plan to take the best care of you, while you visit the Greater Raleigh area. Thank you for your kind words. (Now that spring/summer is upon us don’t forget your bathing suit next time)

Gratefully,

Milton P. Hamilton
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Our loyalty is 100% with Holiday Inn Express now. Their pet-friendly hotel saved our vacation plans this week. Forever grateful.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2012

We appreciate your stay and welcome your loyalty to our brand. There are allot of choices of hotels and we are glad you and your pet chose us! We look forward to your return visit :)

Sincerely,
Milton Hamilton
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

Had a few issues that sort of annoyed me.

We were notified that the points program for Holiday Inn would be revamped soon and decided to redeem our points before the changes took effect. We packed up the family for a quick overnight stay.

Upon check-in, we requested to upgrade our standard/double-bed room to include a sleeper sofa, to better accommodate our son. We were told that the point redemption was only for a standard room. We were a bit perplexed since we were already paying to add additional points for the one night stay in the first place. If we were willing to pay more for it, what difference would it make which type of room? Heck, it's money! It's YOUR rewards program, you should be able to make exceptions, right?

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Pros:
Bed was comfortable
Complimentary breakfast was excellent
Received a free newspaper
Indoor pool
Exercise room
Laundry room

Cons:
Found hair in tub
Pool water was on the cool side
Had to ask for our tables to be cleaned for breakfast, after noting several were dirty
Internet connection was on the slow side
Staff was cordial but not accommodating with their own program

It was necessary to travel a short way down the road to access food/grocery items. There was also an independent delivery service available if you ordered take-out from a nearby restaurant.

I'm glad we could use our points before they were diluted under a new program, but I can't say we will be rushing to rack up additional points anytime soon. With all the amenities they have, it's still a good deal, I just wish they were more accommodating with their accommodations. It definitely would have shaped a more pleasant experience for us.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Thank you for being a very valued Priority Club member. We do our best to accommodate our most loyal guests, Priority Club members; however in some instance it’s not always possible. When redeeming your Priority Club points for a Reward Night reservation, those points are only able to reserve a standard room. We do offer complimentary upgrades, when available, to our Platinum members. When those complimentary upgrades are not available, our only recourse is to accommodate the original reservation. I am truly sorry that we could not accommodate you as requested. We are in the business of accommodating and that’s just what we try to do.

I would welcome an opportunity to discuss this stay in detail. Free feel to contact myself, Milton Hamilton GM, at the hotel when convenient for you. We value all our guests and want everyone to enjoy their time with us. I am confident we can agree on something :)

Kindest regards,
Milton Hamilton
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

From checking in to express check out was fabulous. The owner, Bill and the young lady on third shift was phenomenal. We spent New Years weekend here and they made it feel like a home away from home. We missed the breakfast, but I can only imagine great service and food first thing in the morning. In my group there was 5 people and we checked in a two queen bed and a pull out sofa and it was more than enought room for us all and one of us is handicap. So we need the extra room and bathroom support and etc...There is nothing my group or I can say bad about this place. :) OW YEA! The pool,Jacuzzi was great after a ruff and fun weekend. :) Area was very clean and quite and relaxing. When i come back to the area, I will stay here again. THANKS TO THE HOLIDAY INNN STAFF!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Daydreamingtravler
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2012

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man (or women).” Thanks for spending your New Year’s weekend with us!! We will look forward to your return visit.

In hospitality,
Milton Hamilton

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Reviewed October 22, 2011

I stayed on the weekend of the 22nd and it was way above what I expected. From check to checkout everyone was helpful. Alex at the front desk was kind and very helpful in ensuring I had an excellent stay. The room was very clean and spacious. The entire hotel was in tip top shape, the managers at this property deserve a promotion. As a manager at a boutique luxury hotel in NYC it was good to see a hotel chain that hasn't gone to the dumps but focuses on quality service and cleanliness. Will definitely stay here when I come back to NC.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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RDUGS, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2011

Thank you for your recent stay and beautiful comments. Alex, the entire staff, and I work hard to keep our property in tip top shape. We strive for excellence and it is rewarding when our efforts are recognized with such high remarks. We will surely be rewarding Alex for her efforts in accommodating you! See you back soon.

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Milton Hamilton
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Address: 3741 Thistledown Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606-4676
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Raleigh
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 ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Raleigh
#17 Romantic Hotel in Raleigh
#19 Family Hotel in Raleigh
Price Range: $109 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State SW 2.5*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel's property boasts an enjoyable country setting while being convenient to all the big city attractions and businesses. The Holiday Inn Express® Raleigh Southwest - NC State hotel is also proud to offer a 100% smoke-free facility and a location just off I-40 at exit 295. With quick access to such businesses as Siemens Training & Development Center, SAS and Cisco in the Raleigh area, our hotel offers corporate guests a quick commute to clients. We also make catching up with out-of-office work a breeze with complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access, available throughout the hotel, and a Business Center that allows you to print, copy and fax. One of the best things about staying with us is that we're just a few miles from NC State. The hotel's accommodations provide a perfect location for Wolfpack fans and for those attending a concert or athletic event at the RBC Center or the Time Warner Cable Pavilion. Other area attractions include Lake Johnson Park and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Additional hotel amenities, like our indoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool and Fitness Center, make your stay more enjoyable. Be sure to fill up on sausage, bacon, eggs and our signature cinnamon rolls at the complimentary Express Start Breakfast while you watch one of the 52-inch cable TVs in the Great Room. We look forward to making our hotel your new home in Raleigh! ... more   less 
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