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Review of Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center)

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Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center)
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Mentor
Certificate of Excellence
Mentor, Ohio
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“They don't care if you are a PC member...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

During Hurricane Sandy's swing through northern Ohio, we were without power and decided to head to our local HI Express while we figured out how to deal with next few days. Many in our locale had the same idea but we were able to reserve a 2-Queen suite for 2 nights. We were exhausted from 24 hours without power. All we wanted was a relaxing night to decide what to do if the power was out a long time. My husband and I met at our house after work, packed a few things by flashlight and with our son headed only a mile away to this hotel. When I made the reservation I told the agent I did not have my husband's Priority Club number but was assured they could look it up when we got there. Unfortunately, customer service does not seem to be a priority at this hotel. Standing at check-in, the clerk declined to look up my husband's club number. He proceeded to rifle through his suit case and found a receipt from a previous HI stay with his number on it. Finally checked in, I jokingly said, "No goodies for Priority Club members?" At EVERY OTHER HI Express we have stayed in in the last few years we have been offered at least a snack and drink on check in. This clerk said, you can have a couple of bottles of water, and she proceeded to hand us two very tiny bottles of water and invited us to partake of the cash bar going on behind us. Gee thanks.
This hotel does not have an attached restaurant but there are many nearby. One LARGE caution though - you can see many restaurants from the hotel parking lot but I guess there must be a feud going on between the hotel management and surrounding properties because there is NO connecting road to the road where the restaurants are. You must exit the hotel property and go down another road to get to all the food. On a very busy road, with no light at the hotel exit.
We had dinner then returned to the hotel hoping to relax in the hotel pool. This was something we had promised our son also. We go to the pool, no towels! They keep the towels at the check-in desk, a very looooonng way from the pool. The pool area was warm, the water was cold. Another fail.
Returned to the room hoping to get some coffee and snacks. There is a very large vending area near the pool. There was some coffee in the room. However, I am a tea drinker. In every other HI Express I have stayed in this year the breakfast area was open 24-7 for coffee, tea and hot water. Not here, it was locked up tight. No coffee in the lobby either. No tea to be found.
Our room had a kitchenette, no glasses, dishes or utensils.
We were in a 2 room suite. Room 1 was a living area with a TV. Room 2 contained 2 queen beds with a TV. Would have been better if the beds were in the separate areas. Also, the bathroom was tiny and the sink was OUTSIDE the bathroom in the room, not divided in any way from the sleeping area. That meant the next morning when my husband had to get up earlier than my son and I, we all had to wake up too so he could turn on the light to shave. A very weird room arrangement.
Unfortunately, when choosing a hotel in Mentor, this is your best choice as far a cleanliness and safety. But don't expect good customer service, even if you are a Priority Club Member.

Room Tip: No idea. Queen suite was strangely arranged, maybe others are better.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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GMLaMalfa, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, November 15, 2012
I appreciate you taking the time to inform us of your stay. I remember the hotel being very active that week. We as well as the other area hotels were doing our best to house many of you who were without power. Along with our regular guests. Looking up a Priority Club number is never an issue, the front desk has access to Loyalty Connect 24/7, however if there is no activity the software will time out the program and the Associate would need to reinitialize the Loalty Connect and that would have taken a few moments. We do provide a bottle of water at check in, along with a nice variety of fresh fruit, which is at the front desk daily. We provide a nice assortment of apples, oranges, plumbs and bananas. Monday ~ Friday fresh baked cookies are also placed out by the 24/7 coffee station located adjacent to the front desk. Fresh coffee is available in our lobby area 24/7 as per the IHG standards. Hot tea is available upon request. We have found that the thermos method for tea does not keep the water as hot as most people would like. Each guest room has a well stocked basket of regular and decaf coffee along with regular and decaf tea. Microwaves and refrigerators are also in all guestrooms for your convenience. There is never a reason for a guest to do without. If at anytime you are in need of extra amenities or special items for your guestroom, contact the front desk or concierge and theses items can be brought directly to your guestroom. The convention center we are attached to provides hot Hor ‘dourves, cold canapés, light snacks, and a variety of desserts. These items are all complimentary and are available to all hotel guests as well as the guest attending the Conference Center for an event. Our pool is controlled by a state of the art computer system that automatically regulates the water and air temperature of the pool area to keep it comfortable for our guests. In close proximity to our hotel there is a wide variety of restaurants within walking distance. Unfortunately the hotel does not have a say regarding throughways and traffic lights those are determined by the city planning and zoning departments. We believe that every guest is important whether they are a Priority Club member, CEO, or railroad worker. We want all guests to enjoy their stay with us and we would like the opportunity to do anything in our power to see that the request you have will be taken care of. I sincerely hope that in the future if you find the neeed to make lodging accommodations out of necessity of a natural disaster or a simple get away you will consider staying with an IHG property.
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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This hotel was excellent, very effecient & friendly front desk, room was clean, although finding the front of the hotel was a little confusing, it is behind the conference center.
Whole experience a positive.
Would stay again!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank MorningGlory61
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GMLaMalfa, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, November 13, 2012
We are always excited when we exceed a guest's expectation. Our staff goes out of their way to make sure your stay is positive. With specialized training in customer service, we make a strong effort in seeing that you the guest, have a stress free stay while you are with us. We appreciate it when a guest takes time to notice our efforts! Thank you Idaho, and we look forward to having you as a guest in the future.
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Buffalo,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

very clean and roomy!. All staff was exceptionally friendly, & our king room was delightfully comfortable! 2 rooms..small express kitchen w refrigerator, desk/couch with tv in one..then bed,tv and countertop/mirror in the other outside bath. big breakfast room at n/c in the morning.. Great value for this one night stay!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank BJTrackers
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GMLaMalfa, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you so much for your comments. Our staff prides itself on delivering great customer service and providing you the guest with a clean comfortable stay. Once again, having owners on property help me to provide a great hotel guest's love to stay with. Our staff is constantly improving our hotel based on your comments and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your recent stay.
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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This has to be the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in. Every place we were in here was spotless.

Great location right off of the highway with a few restaurants within a 3 minute walk across the parking lot.

We went to the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame which was 20 minutes down the same highway were this is located.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Rick R
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GMLaMalfa, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, September 30, 2012
Our guest rooms are inspected daily either by the Executive Housekeeper, the owner, or myself before they are permitted to be placed in the system for use. We have one opportunity to make an impression before you enter the room and we want to make sure that each and every guest room has been inspected to provide you with the freshest linen, well stocked amenities, and well cleaned guest rooms.

Some guest prefer to stay outside of the city limits when visiting the Cleveland area and we love having you here. With the new expanded shore way connecting routes 2 and 90 we are just minutes from big city nightlife and attractions.

We hope to see you in the future when visiting the Cleveland area.
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OHIO
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Decided to stay here because of the convenience. Loved it! Very Clean! Checking in & out was super fast.Will stay here from now on.The room that they gave us was like a suite, very big for the price! The breakfast was great..real plates & flatware..very clean room too.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank OREO-7
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GMLaMalfa, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, September 30, 2012
We appreciate your comments regarding or housekeeping staff. Our housekeeping staff is outstanding. When you have employees that enjoy what they do it shows in the finished product. When given the opportunity to share these reviews with our staff members they see first hand that when guests take the time to share their thoughts regarding their stay it sends a clear message that what they do matters and our employees take pride in their work very seriously and personal.

Having the right staff in place helps us create Great Hotels Guest Love!
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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

This hotel is very clean & the entire staff is friendly & happy to help and serve you. You may even find the owner filling in & helping his staff when they have too much to handle. The hotel is conveniently located walking distance to the movie theater and resturants. The breakfast bar is bigger and better than most hotels we have stayed at & if you are lucky enough to have Billie working the breakfast station, you can be sure you will have a wonderful dining experience. The hotel was happy to provide us with extra towels, pillows and other essentials we needed along with separate towels for pool use. We had quiet restful sleep even with a hotel full of people. You won't go wrong staying here.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Marie L
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GMLaMalfa, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to respond and let us know how we are doing. You certainly will not find an absentee owner at this property! Our owner Is very hands on and involved in every aspect of our hotel. When you have an owner or manager that has a take charge attitude you can't help but want to do your best. With our employees, it matters who you put where! Billie is a treasure and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, her mother Pat is also an asset to our team. We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you as our guest in the future
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Leatherstocking Region New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Check-in was a little haphazard due to numerous wedding guests checking in at the same time. Felt a little like a second-class citizen, when clerk kept answering other guests questions, etc.

Room was VERY CLEAN, and we had the necessary number of towels and washcloths (4). This is not always the case with IHG properties. My wife could not find any dirt or dust, and not a single remnant from a previous guest. A/C was efficient and not noisy.

Walking distance to several eateries: Ruby Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings, DQ, and The Brown Derby (which we did not see until our walk back to the hotel).

Reception that was going on looked like it was well taken care of by the hotel. Even had an area to hold the ceremony in that was a glass encased room.

Pool area is SUPER! Not too deep, but big enough for quite a number of guests to use. Showers, bathroom, and lockers for swimmers to use as well.

20 miles outside of Cleveland. Wish it was closer so that we could have stayed here for another two days.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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GMLaMalfa, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center), responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thank you! Your comments help us to be a Hotel Guest's LOVE and we certainly could not do it without your feed back. Check-in-time can be hectic, and we go out of our way to make sure the stress of checking in is minimized. With check in beginning at 4:00 PM we advise our guests to call the hotel between 12:30 PM- 1:00PM to see if a clean room has become available, if one is not we offer to take your cell number and call when it is ready.
I appreciate you taking the time to point out quite a few aspects of our hotel you enjoyed, it let's us know we are doing something right!
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center)
Address: 5785 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060
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Location: United States > Ohio > Lake County > Mentor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Mentor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Holiday Inn Express Mentor (Lamalfa Conference Center) 2*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa. This unique property provides the finest personal service and facilities throughout Northeast Ohio. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed and the ambiance embraces the uniqueness of the European decor throughout the eighty-three all suite facility including Executive Suites, Penthouse and Presidential Suites. Wireless and Ethernet are available throughout the hotel as well as the 60,000 sq. ft. banquet and convention facility. Come enjoy a fireside, hot Continental breakfast in our expanded breakfast area complete with a view of our 25'x52' lap pool with under water lighting and fountains. Located in the corporate hub of Mentor, Ohioand the home of corporate headquarters to Steris, Avery Dennison, First Energy and Rollkraft makes this hotel the number one choice for business travelers. Located just minutes from downtown Cleveland guest can enjoy the excitement of big city entertainment with near by Cleveland Indians, Cavs and Browns, Rock Hall of Fame, House of Blues and Lake County Captains.Local attractions include Mentor Civic Arena, James A. Garfield's Home, Lake Farm Parks, and Kirtland Mormon Temple. Transportation is available upon advance request, contact the hotel directly for arrangements and pricing. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at LaMalfa is a completely smoke free facility. ... more   less 
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