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Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park
Ranked #75 of 144 Hotels in Albuquerque
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very pleased!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2007

I was looking for a basic motel for only one night, a little bit north away from the airport and downtown; and one that had an indoor pool and free breakfast. Booked this hotel because using the Entertainment card, the price came to only $56.

Took maybe 20 minutes to get there from the airport, great central location, I felt, to Old Town, casino, tram, etc.

Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised from the moment we entered the lobby. Beautiful and clean inside. The young girl at the front desk during check-in was rather rude, but a different staff the next day at check-out couldn't be nicer.

Not only was the lobby more than basic, but so was the room. Nicely appointed with quality bedding and GREAT pillows. Pool area and deluxe continental breakfast were average. Coffee was really good though.

Our toilet was blocked twice. The first time, it took a bit too long for maintenance to arrive; the second time (the next day) was a holiday and I was told by a housekeeper that maintenance was "off", so I asked for a plunger and did it myself.

Still, I would highly recommend and would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — great value for the price
  • Disliked — problem with plumbing
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2007

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express-Balloon Fiesta Park for the 2006 Balloon Fiesta (October 6 and 7, 2006). Our room was a king suite, non-smoking with a sofa and fridge/micro. Can't say enough good things about this hotel. Staff was excellent. Very welcoming. Room was above average for a holiday inn. Despite our room facing the parking lot, it was still quiet, considering all the activity in the area. Manager's reception was held both evenings we were there to celebrate the Balloon Fiesta. Extensive continental breakfast (which started early) to accomodate Balloon Fiesta attendees. This hotel is the closest to the Balloon Fiesta park. We walked (made a couple of trips each day) in order to avoid all the parking hassles. Felt completely safe walking on the sidewalks to the Park. It is a bit of a distance, but take your time and you will be fine. We highly recommend this hotel for service and location. The only downside is there is not much else around the hotel (a convenience store and Carl's Jr. fast food place). Eat at the Balloon Fiesta or hotel receptions/breakfast. Not many other options in the area within walking distance.

  • Liked — Location, Service and Facility
  • Disliked — No complaints.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2006

This is a quiet clean place to rest. The staff was friendly, accomodating and receptive. I would suggest staying here for families as well as business travellers. Don't expect a happening nightlife or fancy restaurants in the neighborhood. The surrounding area is architecturally sterile and north of the city, but very easily accessed. There is a grocery store nearby. Everything was clean and fresh. The breakfast bar included hard boiled egs, waffles and fruit. The bed linens were very clean and comfortable. If you need a clean, restful, efficient place to stay then this is a good one.

  • Liked — Friendly staff and clean rooms
  • Disliked — dull neighborhood
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed April 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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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 #75 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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