Was in town for a family function, and needed a "crash pad" for the night. Had to call this hotel about 9:00p on a Friday night, and considered myself fortunate to obtain a room.
This hotel is in kind of a tricky location to get to from Exit 67 on the Pennsylvania turnpike. One must go westbound, turn around at one of the shopping plazas perhaps a mile away, and enter the road to the hotel from Route 30 eastbound. Other than that, the location is ideal, and typically, this hotel is booked solid owing to the Holiday Inn Express brand.
Recent development in the immediate hotel area put the very existence of this hotel in doubt, so the ownership allowed some fair wear and tear to occur on the rooms. I'm not sure if the development issues have been settled. In any event, this hotel has the makeovers done to it under the Holiday Express initiative of new bed furnishings, and some bathroom renovations. The wallpaper and carpet show some minor signs of wear, though.
We stayed in a two double bed no-smoking room. It was scrupulously clean, but utterly average otherwise. High speed internet service was available at the room desk. Another family member, who is in the Priority Club affinity group, found his rooms upgraded to ones with jacuzzis in them. I visited them in their rooms, and found those rooms well-furnished. They seem, in my opinion, most likely worth it for the road warrior with the affinity group card. The first floor has a small room with a couple of exercise bicycles, and also a desktop computer with internet access and printer. There's also a small conference room.
The continental breakfast bar stays open until 10:00a on weekends, which was not noted on any of the literature in the rooms, or at the desk. I found it to be the typical Holiday Inn Express breakfast bar, with a variety of fresh fruit, cereals, and cinnamon rolls available. Sausage gravy and biscuits were available from a crockery cooker, and also hard-boiled eggs. Nothing here to write home about. Solid but not spectacular service.
I would stay here again. The thing which stands out in my mind about this hotel is that it was (on several visits) scrupulously clean. Obviously, this is important, and should be rewarded somehow, probably by patronage! However, do not expect particularly spectacular service from this hotel. You will obtain solid, competent service from the staff, and I would suggest one would obtain the value one pays for the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'Stay Smart' and be our guest at the Holiday Inn Express of Irwin.Our hotel is conveniently located right off exit 67 of the PA Turnpike.You'll get an 'express start' with our complimentary breakfast bar featuring our famous cinnamon rolls and Smart Roast coffee. Try our delicious new hot foods, too. Our business center and free wireless Internet will keep you in touch with the rest of the world. The Holiday Inn Express is located just miles from Stratigo's, Banquets Unlimited, and Lakeview Lounge. Nearby golf courses include: Carradam, Irwin Country Club, Valley Green, Norvelt Golf Club, and Mt. Odin. Enjoy nearby Idlewild Park, Kenny Wood Park, and Sandcastle Water Park. Shop at nearby Westmoreland and Monroeville Malls. Irwin offers many restaurants such as hometown favorites Teddy's and Pasqualino's. Visit historic Bushy Run Battlefield and Fort Ligonier while you're here. Local businesses include Extrude Hone, UPMC Medical Center, Mercy Jeannette Hospital, Comtrol, Delallo's, F C Meyer, New England Motor Freight , Penn Med Consultants, Snyder, Rodgers, Ott, and Shirley's Funeral Homes. The Holiday Inn Express of Irwin is located 25 miles from downtown Pittsburgh; home of PNC Park, the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Field, University of Pittsburgh, and Seton Hill College. We look forward to having you as our guest in our family oriented hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Irwin (Pa Tpk Exit 67) Hotel North Huntingdon
- Holiday Inn Irwin
- Irwin Holiday Inn