This typical Holiday Inn Express is located maybe a half mile off the highway and in a congested area of fast food restaurants, gas stations and other hotels. In fact, for coffee lovers it is directly behind a Starbucks! It is convenient for travelers passing through (east side of town farther from Seattle) or those going to Central Washington University. The pool and hot tub have always been working and pleasant when I have stayed. Breakfast is typical as with any HIE and there is a good sized dining area.
The only reason I ranked this average (3) is the parking is awful! It shares a lot (sort of) with another hotel and is surrounded on two sides by a farmers field. If there are any trailers, bigger rigs or extended vehicles, there is very little room especially for turning around.
I generally stay here twice a year or more and I do not see peeling wall paper issues. In fact, my last trip I got upgraded to a suite! A nice treat upon arrival. As are the warm cookies in the evenings.
Downtown is only a mile or so further and I recommend the Ellensburg Pasta Company or the Palace Cafe (prime rib or NY Strip steak is excellent!) for a meal. A grocery store and a drug store (Rite Aid) is maybe a half mile towards town on the same road as well. Pay attention to the speed limit though especially closer to campus.
There are other options of equal or lesser value in this area but at least one of the lesser cost hotels is much lesser quality and one other hotel option is very expensive and in my opinion not worth the cost for this area. Having said that, check your pricing on this HIE as during a busy time it may be on the upper end $ and you possibly could do better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express® is conveniently located off Interstate 90 in the heart of the Kittitas Valley. When it comes to outdoor activities, Ellensburg is in a prime location for things like fly fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. If you'd rather go shopping or see local art, historic downtown Ellensburg boasts many shops and galleries. No matter the reason for your visit, our committed staff is sure to make your stay comfortable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel Ellensburg
- Holiday Inn Ellensburg
- Ellensburg Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Express Ellensburg