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Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park
Ranked #78 of 144 Hotels in Albuquerque
Durango, Colorado
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43 reviews
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“Decent...As Expected...”
Reviewed April 14, 2006

We are a family traveling with 2 young children - 4 and 6. My requirements are usually fulfilled by Holiday Inn Express - a reasonably priced ($70 - $100 IMHO) clean room with two queen beds, morning breakfast, and an indoor pool (depending on the season an outdoor is acceptable). In addition to my basic requirements, this Holiday Inn had a suite layout with a sofa and coffee table including a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and a sink. It is located close to the freeway (noise was not an issue) and about 15 minutes away from old town, the aquarium, zoo, and museums. The small negatives - the bathroom space was tight - you had to open the door squeeze in (hitting the toilet paper holder) to be able to close the door. Lastly, they neglected to refresh the pool towels for an early morning swim (luckily I had brought my own). There was no view from our room except of the gas station next door but we did use it for its convenience store. There is a Carl's Junior next to the gas station and tons of upper scale chain restaurants within a 5 minute drive. Overall I give this Hotel/Motel an above average rating due to the fair price and convenient accommodations.

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Reviewed August 7, 2005

Holiday Inn Express is a pretty reliable chain--we've stayed in quite a few and have generally been pleased. This one is above average for the chain and compared to other hotels of the same price, excellent. Our room had two comfortable queen-sized beds and a good deal of floor space that is critical when you're traveling with kids.
Very clean room with a stunning desert vista of mesas and hot air balloons ascending at dawn. The lobby was beautiful with comfortable chairs, large screen TV, and fireplace. There is a convenience store/gas station adjacent to the hotel, and lots of dining options close by, like Cracker Barrel.
Top it off with a friendly, professional staff, and it's darn near perfect.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed July 19, 2004

In October 2003, we attended the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. I don't think anything can prepare you for the excitement that runs through you as experience 700 balloons lifting off in one morning! I've been to some small ballooning events, but this is unbelievable. At 43 years old, I was like a kid at Christmas! I was running around in circles, pointing and trying to take pictures. My husband and I kept losing one another! But, it didn't matter. You know why? Because there were zillions of other people doing the same thing - from infants to seniors! It was aweseome. Every time I'd bump into someone, I'd stop and chat. Everyone was so happy and friendly. A great atmosphere!! And the people from Albuquerque were so, so nice. They were having fun watching us "newbies". The weather was about 70 degrees during the day, cooler in the evening.

We booked our reservations at the Holiday Inn - Balloon Fiesta Park 9 months in advance. Good thing because the area books up in advance. But, it's not one of those crowded cities where you can't see anything because there are too many people. From our hotel, we walked to the park each morning and evening. I would say it was about a mile walk. But as we passed cars in line to park, the walk became really even easier ,even though we did it about 8 times! The hotel was new, clean and the staff were perfect. Particularly, the management staff because they had initially messed up my reservation. They very quickly and kindly resolved the situation.

We would love to do this same trip again!

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Property: Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park
Address: 5401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-2132
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #78 of 144 Hotels in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Albuquerque North-Balloon Fiesta Park was designed to provide a comfortable stay, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. We take great pride in our property and our staff is dedicated to providing total guest satisfaction. We are minutes from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park and Sandia Casino, with easy access to Interstate 25. Hotel features include complimentary hot breakfast and free local phone calls. Visit Albuquerque, NM and stay smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. ... more   less 
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