I booked a room at the Grover Beach Holiday Inn Express through Hotwire -- they classifed this hotel as a 3* property. In the past, I've tended to be pleasantly surprised by the Holiday Inn Expresses that I've stayed at -- they're usually nicer than I expected. Sadly, this wasn't the case here. In reading through Hotwire's website after the fact, I saw that they sometimes classify HIX as 3*, and sometimes as 2 1/2 *. This property should definitely be classified as a 2 1/2 *.
There weren't any major problems with this hotel, it just felt kind of old and tired. It seems like it might have previously been a different brand of hotel and was converted to Holiday Inn.
I thought my room had a bit of a stale, funky smell when I first went in -- opening the window helped, though I then had to deal with street noise. The rooms have a very dark brown carpet, and I just kept thinking that it probably hides dirt pretty well, and they don't have to clean the carpets as often as they otherwise might -- not the way I want to feel as I'm walking barefoot around the room. The bed was a bit soft/lumpy, though I slept comfortably enough. The walls were somewhat thin, but not too terrible. The biggest annoyance was that the TV reception was terrible, especially in the lower channels (2-10) -- so I couldn't watch HBO, NBC or ABC.
All in all, you could do worse, and if you just need a place to stop for the night, it's o.k. (but a bit pricey for what you get). I wouldn't stay there for anything more than just a quick stopover.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach-Pismo Beach, California is placed perfectly in between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the sunlit central coast. Hotel guests are just two swift miles away from the attractions at Pismo Beach, where they can enjoy beach recreations such as surfing, sailing, fishing, and ATV riding. Guest can also take full advantage of the areas numerous outdoor activities like golfing at over ten prestigious golf courses, tennis, walking trails, horseback riding and bike riding in addition to an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms. We are just a quick drive from San Luis Obispo where California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is located. The neighboring communities of Cambria, Morro Bay, Nipomo and Paso Robles are just a short drive away. Our hotel offers a calming getaway with newly revamped, spacious rooms. All of our rooms have a balcony, mini-fridge, new beds and linen and new bathroom fixtures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Grover Beach Holiday Inn