Because there are many worse hotels out there, and we got this night so inexpensively, I'm giving it a kind rating, but compared to other hotels from this chain (Holiday Inn Express) this is about the least good experience we have ever had. We were planning on staying in Redding or Red Bluff and saw this hotel for much less. Then we found we could get one of our reward nights for only 5000 points, only half what the least expensive hotels charge. However, nothing was said about remodeling.
The staff was very pleasant, and I think we got an upgrade because our room had a refrigerator and microwave, which was pleasant. However, the bed was not up to their standard -- a bit too soft, and the pillows and sheets were substandard for HIE. The shower head was not the normal one, either. The bathroom had some of the tile removed, and the bathtub did not have the usual vertical grab bar, which we depend on. Some of the baseboard in the main room had the carpet removed, and staples were exposed. Although it was obvious they were laying new carpet in many areas, and replacing tile and the counter in the reception area, it wasn't obvious that our room was actually being remodeled. It just seemed as if someone had forgotten to quite finish the construction! We thought that the franchise owner must have chosen the least expensive grade of each amenity. On top of that, someone in the room above, probably a child, was literally running across the floor until almost midnight, back and forth! Evidently sound proofing was virtually non-existent.
Another sour note was the signage. I'm an ADA consultant, specializing in the visually and hearing impaired. The braille signs were on the doors (against the law), and were virtually the same color as the doors so they were almost invisible. The tactile graphics were so poorly done you could barely feel them. The letters had almost no contrast with the background. I've seen some bad and illegal signs, but this was among the worst I've seen! It's a good thing I had an eye operation or I could not have found our room.
Now for the good: The breakfast was the normal new HIE breakfast, but a cut above in terms of kind of fruit offered, Splenda for the coffee, and a good supply of everything. We noticed that the receptionist was also servicing the breakfast room, so they are either saving money during the remodeling, or are just making staff do double duty. However, the friendly staff members were certainly a bright note. Let's hope that they pull it together, fix some of the room deficiencies, and make it a good stop for the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated off Interstate 5 (I-5) and in proximity to the Rolling Hills Casino, the Sacramento River, Thunderhill Raceway, and many lakes ideal for fishing and boating. Corning is well known for being the Olive Capital of the United States. The hotel is located 120 miles north of Sacramento, 19 miles from Red Bluff, 30 miles from Chico, 30 miles from Willows,and 50 miles from Redding. The Holiday Inn Express Corning is the perfect halfway point to many destinations. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Corning offers 78 rooms on four floors and features a complimentary breakfast, complimentary wireless internet access, outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, exercise room, and business center. The nearby town of Chico is home to California State University, Chico (CSUC) and has a large athletic department, The Chico State Wildcats, which hosts sporting events throughout the year. Other area attractions are the Wildflower Bike Race, the Outlaws Baseball League, and the National YoYo Competition. Be sure to find your way to Bidwell Park, the Silver Dollar Speedway, Bidwell Mansion, and the various popular swimming holes, restaurants and downtown nightclubs. Red Bluff, only 15 miles away hosts rodeos and motorcross at the Tehama County Fairgrounds. Visit Corning, CA and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites Corning
- Holiday Inn Express Corning
- Holiday Inn Corning
- Corning Holiday Inn