Holiday Inn Express Central, Colorado Springs
There are 4 IHG properties in the Colorado Springs area, and for our one night stay they were all quite expensive. The cheapest for the one night was $145 and the highest was $225. I’m a big believer of not paying that kind of money for a hotel stay that isn’t something more luxurious, so we opted to redeem points for this stay. At 20,000 points a night it wasn’t the cheapest redemption in the world, but we’re proponents of redeeming points whenever possible to not have to dole out cash.
After our interesting check-in experience, we headed up to the 4th floor to our upgraded suite (thanks platinum status) and hopefully a good night’s rest.
As we walked in to the room the first thing we noticed was the echo… echo… echo. This room was BIG with a lot of open space. As you walked in the bathroom was immediately on your left and the space opened into a large living room.
There was a sofabed and coffee table for entertaining (because I know that the HIExpress is where I choose to entertain ALL my guests!)
A TV, dresser, and small kitchen area with fridge, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine.
The bathroom itself was HI standard with no frills (or bidet) to speak of but really, it’s a bathroom. How much do you really need anyway (other than the bidet)?
The hotel has a pretty interesting layout as you can see here. There are at least 6 suites on the our side of the building, and perhaps on the other side as well, although those seem to be a little bit smaller.
The bed was quite comfortable, even though the pillows had the consistency of an over-microwaved marshmallow. They provided no support OR comfort. We’ve got to start to remember to bring our own pillows to these hotels (or just not staying at Holiday Inn Expresses).
Pet Peeve warning! I can’t stand it when hotels don’t offer a channel guide for their TVs. The channels are not the same as the ones I have at home, and most hotels don’t follow a standard anyway. This guide looks as if it was manhandled by a set of arguing 7 year old siblings.
For all its quirks, the hotel was exactly what we needed; a clean and quiet place to stay before heading off to our meetings the next morning. Well, almost exactly what we needed. Seriously, Holiday Inn. Is anyone out there? What the hell is with your pillows?