I should start my review by stating I grew up in Dover and am more than familiar with the hotels that have existed in that city for more than 30+ years. So I know the history of this particular hotel (or at least the history of the building).
The photos online had me thinking we were reserving a room at a new hotel, but when we pulled up, I knew it wasn't close to being new. In fact, I started to get worried, knowing this particular hotel has been through a lot of years and many different names. I also knew of a fair number of parties that occurred in those rooms when I was going through high school and college.
Needless to say, the hotel looks and smells old. They've obviously done cosmetic renovations on the space, but it's still very obvious you're checking into an old and tired hotel. The rooms have been redone, but again, it was clear the overall structure is old and needs a serious update to compete with newer/modern style hotels. I was also disappointed in the cleanliness of the room. It smelled okay, but the sheets were very stiff and it appeared as though the staff used cleaner on the floor but never wiped it off. So the bathroom floor and tub were very slippery.
I also tried my standard finger test to see if the room had been dusted. Nope! A nice finger full of dust was retrieved when I ran my finger across the top of a picture next to my bed. I should also note the bed wasn't comfortable at all and the pillows were way too stiff.
Was it an awful space? No. Did we manage okay? Yes. Will I return to this hotel? Absolutely not! We stayed in the newer Holiday Inn Express a few weeks earlier and it was nice, clean, and modern. We were greeted IHG Rewards members, got water and a gift package upon check-in and were offered late checkout. None of that happened here, so I would stay away from this hotel and go for the Holiday Inn Express, just a few miles up the highway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The contemporary Holiday Inn Dover - Downtown hotel places you near the area's best attractions and most prominent businesses. This hotel is located near Dover Downs International Speedway/Casino and Dover Air Force Base. We are proud to offer military and government travelers their own special rate. Our hotel's business travelers appreciate our modern facilities, which boast an on-site business center with print, copy and fax services. We also have meeting rooms that total more than 2800 square feet of event space. If you're looking for a hotel in Dover, Delaware near businesses search no more, since these businesses are just a short drive from our property. If you prefer the outdoors, visit Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge or the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. If you are searching for a hotel in Dover, Delaware with great amenities, you'll be pleased to note that we offer free high-speed Internet access in each room. And, you're sure to enjoy a delicious meal at our on-site eatery, or a relaxing drink in the lounge. We also have an outdoor seasonal pool and a fitness center, so you can unwind after a long day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Dover Downtown Hotel Dover