I checked into an accessible first floor room and it was evident from the first look that this is a hotel in need of updating. There's no work desk for your laptop, instead there's a tall, round cocktail table that wobbles whenever something's placed on it, like a drink or a laptop. And as it turned out, it's more of a cocktail table since I couldn't get online despite working at it for well into 30 minutes with no real signal. It reminded me of my early years as a kid, staring at the first TV test patterns back in the 1050s... static with no discernable life or movement of any kind. It was silly.
I don't want to short change the front desk folks; they were most helpful and did their jobs as best they could. You work with what you've got, right?
Meals... food. My advice to those visiting Hannibal? Bring your lunch. We cruised around for 40 minutes, using my Garmin to track down all the listed eateries and then going into the establishments and reviewing their menues. Yuk! And I'm usually pretty easy to please but to put it bluntly, everything in this town is either cooked in a deep fryer or pasted between two slices of white, doughy Wonder Bread. I call this a "bum fill" and I'm sorry... I'm too old to eat like a fourth grader and most of the dinner fare in this town will end up on my rear end or in front, hanging like Santa's goody bag from my thorax, and I don't really need additional accents in either region.
The several blocks down town which feature the museum and Sam Clemen's boyhood home are charming and we spent several hours concentrated here before we moved on to visit Honest Abe in Springfield. Frankly, the rest of Hannibal was rather forebidding and in a slow, ugly process of decay. Sam Clemens wouldn't recognize his early home anymore, I fear.
Long and short of it? Make this a day trip and move on to a larger city with hotels that feature competitive amenities... get out of Hannibal before sundown, pardner, or else!
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites Hannibal
- Holiday Inn Hannibal
- Hannibal Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites located near Highway 61 in America's Hometown, Hannibal, Missouri. Conveniently located near General Mills, Buckhorn, Enduro, and all other factories located in industrial area. We feature 74 rooms, including 16 kitchenette suites, and 4 Jacuzzi suites. The Holiday Inn Express also offers a heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, laundry facility, business center, free wireless high-speed Internet in all rooms, meeting room, and free extended Continental breakfast. We also offer the in room amenities as follows, hair dryers, iron with a full size board, coffee pots in every room, and free HBO and Cinemax. There are many restaurants, and shopping areas located near the Holiday Inn Express. We are also only located about 3 miles from the historic downtown area. The downtown area includes the Mark Twain Home, Museum, and other Mark Twain attractions. Hannibal also has a spot the kids would enjoy called Sawyer s Creek, which is located right across the street from the Mark Twain Cave, and Cameron Cave. Our friendly staff is here 24 hours a day to welcome you to Mark Twain's Hometown, and to our hotel the Holiday Inn Express Hannibal. ... more less
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