This was an interesting experience. I have stayed at HIE chain hotels numerous times. It is usually a good bet that the prices will be reasonable, the rooms comfy, and the breakfast...free. This morning I decided to head up to Tacoma and found the HIE Downtown Tacoma on the HIE website. I booked the least expensive rate I could find (they say that the best price you will find is on their website, if you find a cheaper price elsewhere they will comp you). The best price I received was $122.00 AAA rate. I got to the hotel and found out that they just opened their doors yesterday at noon and they were very happy I chose this location. Initial appearances were impressive. The hotel is really nice, everything is new, it is a high rise downtown near lots of really interesting places. However, while they were checking me in and chatting about the "new" hotel, they informed me that with the hotel just opening yesterday that the elevator wasn't working yet. They did want me to know that they were willing to help with my bags since the only rooms were on the 4th floor! Then told me that it was only one flight of stairs as the parking garage top floor is the 3rd floor. I decided to stay. The room is nice, tastefully appointed and spacious. I asked for a king bed. There are only showers in the king bed rooms. (I don't know if this is just for now for this floor or throughout) I heard there were suits with jacuzzi tubs, but I wasn't offered one when I called to ask about getting a tub. The kind ladies who work here though did offer to move me to a double bed room which dose have a tub. After going out to dinner, I returned to my room to relax. Low and behold! I could hear people going to the ice machine, one after another. It sounded like they were in my room, I could even hear them talking! The air conditioning wasn't cooling the room off either but the ice machine was a more pressing issue. I called the front desk and they moved me right away to another room around the corner. While the a/c is working in the new room, and I can't hear the ice machine, I have to say that the sheets are rough!
The bed is comfortable, a little stiff for a pillow top mattress, but it is brand new! The rooms are spotless! There is no smell of paint, just a bright clean feeling to the whole place.
Would I stay again? I'm not sure, it would depend on if they provided a really good price. I'd make sure to ask for a room away from the elevators and vending/ice machine area, I'd probably bring my own sheets along with me. Kudo's to the staff, they were friendly and quite accommodating during this difficult soft opening. Let's hope breakfast is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Tacoma's newest downtown hotel! With 163 guestrooms and suites and flexible meeting space for up to 120 people, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is the place to Stay Smart! Located just off I-5 in the heart of downtown, we are just minutes away from the Downtown Business District, Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, UW - Tacoma Campus, Tacoma Dome, the Port of Tacoma, the Museum of Glass, the Lemay - America's Car Museum, the Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and much more. Our competitive rates include a complimentary breakfast buffet daily, complimentary on-site self-parking for our overnight guests, complimentary wireless high-speed internet access and business center. Enjoy a workout or a relaxing swim in our fitness center and heated indoor pool, or take a walk downtown to a variety of restaurants, shops and attractions. The beautiful Tacoma waterfront is only a short drive away and offers sweeping views and a selection of restaurants. We hope to welcome you soon! ... more less
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