I had to stay overnight in Hampton near the Coliseum, and decided to try a Holiday Inn Express for the first time. Good choice!
Pros: Very courteous and efficient staff who made me feel welcome right from the start. The property was recently converted to the HIE franchise, so all the furnishings were clearly still new and fresh. Loved the decor - lots of cream/dark wood/muted colors in a clean, modern style. The bedding was considerably more luxurious than you'd expect at this price point. I really didn't want to leave my king room, which had a comfortable sofa, work desk, and a good-sized LCD TV. The room was very clean, and there were plenty of extra towels and an extra pillow. There's a wardrobe rather than a closet, but I rather preferred this as it included a built-in luggage shelf (rather than one of those flimsy folding things) and proper wood hangars. The hangar rail was a little low, however, so my dress didn't hang freely. There's a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker.
Cons: There's no towel rack or hook in the bathroom. I didn't hear much hallway noise, but definitely heard a lot of street noise - not loud, but noticeable. Some of the fine details remind you that this is a low-cost hotel option, like the flimsy ice bucket. The free breakfast was, well, worth the price (there's a Waffle House next door). However, I really liked their coffee blend!
In the context of what it is - an inexpensive but consistent lodging option - this hotel is outstanding. I usually stay at Courtyard and Hilton Garden properties, but am glad I took a chance on this Holiday Inn Express. And yes, I do feel a bit smarter...
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Hotel Hampton
- Quality Inn Hampton
- Hampton Quality Inn