It is great to see a hotel in this area of Colorado Springs, which was previously hotel-free. The hotel is located next to a large shopping complex. This gives great dining options to guests...we walked to Whole Foods for morning coffee and a pastry and had lunch at a great sandwich place across the parking lot. Despite being next to the busy center, the hotel has its own parking lot and parking was easy. The hotel's location was also reasonably close to the airport; it was about a 15 min drive. It was nice to have airport convenience without the depressing, not a close a to a anything feel of the COS airport properties.
The hotel itself was very nice....no complaints. We hate a late arrival and were warmly welcomed and quickly checked-in. Check out was a breeze, with the bill slid right under the door. Our (very early, pre-flight) wake-up call came right on-time.
The room was nice....nothing fancy, but very nice for a Holiday Inn Express. It was very spacious, with a large desk (on wheels), a chair to relax in, and the bed. There were also plenty of drawers and lots of space to store bags. The bathroom had a large basin and a standard shower/tub. Everything was sparkling clean and the decor was very pleasant and modern.
I thought the bed was very comfortable...better than many other hotels in this price range. The linens were nice. I was also struck by the quality of the towels...thick and plush, they were nicer than towels I have had in far pricier, fancier hotels! The TV was also very nice, with a huge selection of channels via DirectTV.
The hotel's free breakfast was OK....standard fare for a HIExpress.
Overall, we were very pleased. It is a nice hotel in a good location for visiting the SE part of COS and delivered a superb experience for the price. Will happily return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new in 2013, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites at First and Main features the newest in modern design and contemporary styling. Our beautiful Colorado Springs hotel is conveniently located minutes away from Fort Carson, Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, The Broadmoor, Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek and Old Colorado City.Nestled in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains and located in the First and Main entertainment district, featuring a huge variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Guest will love being our close proximity to Powers Boulevard, Ft. Carson Homecomings, USAFA Falcons Football, USOC, and only minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever AFB.Experience the newest hotel in Colorado Springs and a host of amenities, such as a complimentary hot breakfast featuring a variety of morning favorites, indoor pool, invigorating bath experience, business center, fitness area, wired and wireless high speed Internet access that won’t slow you down.We’re confident that your stay in Colorado Springs will be mountains of fun, so Stay Smart!® ... more less
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