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“Best Hotel when Driving Across the Panhandle in the Massive State of TX”

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Holiday Inn Express Canyon
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Canyon
San Antonio, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Best Hotel when Driving Across the Panhandle in the Massive State of TX”
Reviewed January 7, 2009

I have driven across the panhandle from South Texas to northern states like CO and UT for 7 years now. I have stayed at numerous places in the panhandle to find a few hours sleep before hitting the road again. I've tried places in Lubbock, Abilene, Childress and Dallas, but came across this hotel in Canyon literally by accident. For 7 years in our random visits, we have stayed there 4 times and each time it's been clean, quiet, very friendly, and I feel safe there (something I can't say about our experiences in Lubbock). It's a great place to crash on a road trip. The first time I stayed there I paid about $80, this most recent visit we paid $109 (getting a bit high for the quality in my book). As long as they don't go up anymore, we will be back.

Two of our stays in the hotel were with our two large dogs and the staff was very helpful ($25 pet fee for having the dogs, but this isn't bad for 2 big dogs). If more hotels had the same pet policy, then we would likely have more for comparison, but this is by far the cleanest, friendliest, and cheapest hotel we can find that allows multiple large dogs. NOTE to dog owners: ALWAYS clean up after your pet, never leave them unattended in the room, or let them bark out of control; this ensures the hotel won't ban pets from the hotel and allow responsible travellers to continue using a nice facility. Please don't ruin it for the rest of us.

  • Liked — Pet Friendly AND CLEAN (not something that always goes together)
  • Disliked — Bed was a bit hard for the higher price we paid
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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lomadecristo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 2, 2008

We stay at a lot of Holiday Inn Express properties... This one is well below average... I guess because this is a college town they can get away with it... There are a lot of internal noises (door slams from two floors down) (clearly hear the clock radio playing in the next room) compared to the newer and more silent Holiday Inn Express locations... The carpets are worn, the rooms are smaller and less well appointed, and general ambiance is below average for a Holiday Inn Express hotel... Too bad... The staff was good.... Bottom line is that this hotel should be considered ready for a major refurbishment/ upgrade...

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed November 2008
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1 Thank lomadecristo
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Texas
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95 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2008

The bed was very uncomfortable. Desk help was unprofessional.

  • Liked — jacuzzi in the room we stayed in was a plus.
  • Disliked — Mattress on bed was bad.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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3 Thank HCMAssage
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Arlington, TX
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Reviewed August 4, 2008

Our family stayed at the HI Express in Canyon on our way back from Albuquerque, NM going to see the "Texas" show in Palo Duro Canyon, which is a great thing to see. We had booked a double bed, non-smoking room on the hotel website for about $97.00 (taxes included). We checked into the hotel and had to leave quickly to see the show. The hotel is only about 25 minutes from Palo Duro Canyon. When we got back, the room was very nice. There was a coffee pot with coffee, tea and a hot chocolate mix setting by it. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean and comfy. The bathroom was nice and clean, too. The next morning we went to breakfast, and were very pleased with the array of selection that they had. They had coffee, milk, cereal, cinnamon rolls, hot sausage patties and even warm biscuits and gravy. I noticed when we were checking in the day before, that they have warm cookies at 2:00p.m. and a snack at 5:00p.m. I would definitely stay at the HI Express in Canyon again!

  • Liked — The cleanliness and location of the hotel.
  • Disliked — The clock wasn't set in our room when we got there.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank worldtraveler91
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lisanelson
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

We stopped in Canyon on our way to Colorado and decided to see the musical in Palo Duro Canyon. This hotel had a wonderful room with 2 bedrooms and a couch in the main room that worked great for our group of 7. It even had a mini kitchen. They also have a really nice continental breakfast, which is much more than just toast. Overall a great value for a large family. We enjoyed the musical, too. The best seats are located in the center of each section, towards the inside isles. The canyon is a little knowm asset, and had a lot of trails to explore. Have fun!

  • Liked — Large room
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank lmoetteli
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Pearland, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 26, 2008

I wasn't sure what to expect as we were staying strictly for the Palo Duro canyon access but our four night stay was clean, comfortable and a great value ($620 for four nights during peak travel week). The staff was friendly and helpful, though I hope they get parental control on that lobby pc ASAP. We stayed in the "honeymoon suite" which had a huge front room and bedroom along with a steam bath and a (non-functioning) jacuzzi tub in the bedroom. The couch folded out but was a painful sleep for an adult, though my kids (about 80 pounds) didn't mind. Everything was very clean, no weird scum in the bathroom or odors as it's also a non-smoking hotel. Our room had a kitchen area with ancient but working micro, small fridge and a sink/prep area and cabinets. There's a small pool and the free breakfast had a good selection, though it did fill up as the morning progressed. But hey, just get up before the 8AM rush, right? It's a shame to read that the other Holiday Inns aren't as nice. Mostly families, older couples and business types staying here, no one loud or yucky.

  • Liked — Claen, big suites
  • Disliked — non-working jacuzzi, pool chemicals about killed me
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank TXFloodJeep
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Houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2008

we stayed here for a wedding and the hotel staff were very nice and the hotel was very clean. i would recommend this hotel if in the area. the bathrooms were large and the rooms were clean.

  • Liked — very clean and nice people
  • Disliked — nothing comes to mind
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Canyon
Address: 2901 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4248
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Location: United States > Texas > Canyon
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Canyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Canyon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gateway to Palo Duri Canyon. Winner of 2009 Best of Canyon Award for 2 consecutive years. Brand new look, same great service! Let the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Canyon show you what 'Great, Texas Hospitality' is all about at our beautiful hotel located in Canyon, Texas. Canyon is a Texas Main Street City. Palo Duro State Park is located 12 miles from our hotel, this is the 2nd largest Canyon in the US, with hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, Jeep rides, and cowboy breakfast on the rim of canyon. It is also the home of the 'Texas outdoor musical drama. There are also many tourist attractions within walking distance, including the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, which is one of the largest historical museums in the state of Texas. West Texas A&M University is located within one block of the hotel. The WTAMU Event Center is located within two blocks of the hotel. Two eighteen hole golf courses within 10 miles. Amarillo, Texas is approximately 18 miles offering American Quarter Horse Museum, Cadillac Ranch, PRCA Rodeo, Ranch Rodeo, Wonderland Park, Discovery Center, Splash Water Park, Sports World and major shopping malls. Downtown Amarillo is approximately 20 miles from the hotel on I-27. Excellent hunting areas are close by. Buffalo Southwest Café is located directly next door. Visit Canyon, TX and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express hotel. 100% non-smoking facility. ... more   less 
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