Stayed here to break up a long drive on a Sunday evening. Initial impression was very good as they had the front row parking spots reserved for IHG Rewards Club Members and everything was clean in the common areas. Check-in was fine although they are one of the few I've stayed at that did not offer bonus points or snacks for being a Platinum Member.
The room was nice. We were disappointed to not have a fridge. We were in room 100 on the very end of the hall and could tell starting next to us the rooms were longer and we noticed as they were being cleaned that they did have a fridge. Bed was comfortable and it was pretty quiet at the end of the hall.
The wifi did not extend much beyond the lobby and breakfast area. Never once had a signal in our room which was disappointing. The signal was fine in the breakfast area.
My girls enjoyed different parts of the pool. For just a hotel, it was a nice variety with a nice sized waterslide (check the hours, not always open), kiddie pool with very warm water, small regular pool (a little chilly) and a hot tub. It wasn't too crowded on a Sunday night. The lifeguard wasn't doing much at first and kids were going down 3 or 4 at a time. A parent went over and talked to him so he went to the top of the slide to monitor the line and it was much better after that.
The breakfast was good as it typically is at a Holiday Inn Express. The woman in charge of the breakfast was good at keeping things stocked and was very friendly coming to the tables to see how we were liking the food. A nice touch.
All in all this was a nice one-night stay. My one suggestion would be to get a stronger wifi signal that can reach all points in the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Watertown is home of the Terry Redlin Art Center, Mellette House, and the Bramble Park Zoo.Conveniently located near shopping.Gaming just minutes north of I-29.Watertown municipal golf course just west on hwy 212. Features include 140 ft. water slide with splash pool, sports pool, children's enchanted pool, large whirlpool and arcade. Winter Hours:September 1st thru May 31st Sunday 8 am to 11 am, Monday through Thursday closed, Friday 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 8 am to 10 pm. Summer Hours: June 1st thru August 30th Sunday 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 10 pm, Monday through Friday 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 8 am to 10 pm. Free deluxe breakfast, free local & 800 calls, free high-speed wireless and hardwired Internet access. Well equipped exercise room, meeting room, guest laundry, and business center. Located at exit 177 on I-29. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites offers 66 rooms with 24 suites and an elevator. Visit Watertown, SD and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Holiday Inn Watertown
- Watertown Holiday Inn