My wife and I frequently stop at many of the "new" Holiday Inn Expresses throughout the country and we have rarely been disappointed. That certainly was true when we spent two nights at the HIE Southeast In Indianapolis recently. Conveniently located just off the I-465 beltway that circles that city and only a mile or two from both the I-65 or the I-74 freeways, the Inn is immaculately clean, its rooms unusually large (every room contains two king-sized and quite comfortable beds), and its bathrooms well-designed. All the front-desk personnel were outgoing, efficient and very friendly. For travelers needing to find a location to stop in the Indianapolis area, especially in the south sections of the city, the HIE Southeast is well worth considering.
There is probably no such thing as a "typical" or "average" Holiday Inn Express despite many seemingly outward physical similarities across the USA. Some are, however, better than others thanks to any number of intangibles; some are not. The HIE Southeast falls closer to the latter than the former. There are lots of "problems" that cause such a generalization. Each morning's breakfast, for instance, is, at best mediocre in light of today's expectations. Scrambled eggs, a few sausages (but no bacon), biscuits with, occasionally, sausage gravy, a few cold muffins or plain bagels, several cold cereals, and a few other low-end items such as Walmart's Great Value tea, the only available choice. The only fresh fruit when we visited the inn were several overly ripe bananas. Add to that the fact that the breakfast room is located on the east side of the motel so that each morning many of the tables are so heavily bathed in sunlight that they are impossible to be used (unless one wants to be uncomfortable through the entire meal). Though there are several small restaurants located nearby, anyone looking for a wide variety of eating possibilities needs to drive to nearby Greenwood more than five to six miles away, a clearly inconvenient nuisance. Shopping in the immediate area means either Walmart or, farther down the street, a Big K-Mart. Anyone wanting more also will need to go to Greenwood.
There are many other small, but quite irritating detractions at the HIE. No matter how hard we tried to be considerate of several sleeping neighbors, our door squeaked so loudly when we opened or closed it that we had the feeling we had been transported back to the old Inner Sanctum radio show. Though the housekeeping staff did a very nice job cleaning and freshing-up our room, they failed on both days that we were staying with them to replace a burned out light bulb which we reported almost immediately after checking in and then again the following day. For some reason, the elevators have heaters in them which seem to come on automatically even when the temperature outside is in the high 90s. Though the bedrooms, as noted above, are large, if not truly spacious, there is barely room to put only one piece of luggage (unless one wishes to sweep everything off the desk and use it as a second luggage rack). And, even though it is, I suppose, a matter of personal choice, the inn has chosen to employ the same "weird" design of wallpaper virtually everywhere -- in all the hallways, in the front lobby, in the breakfast room, and elsewhere. It is a design that few could love.
Room rates are fair (though the nearby equally large LaQuinta Inn was, on average, more than $15 cheaper per night). Whether the HIE is worth the added difference is a matter each person will have to decide for him- or herself. Still, despite all the "things" noted above, we were in no way sorry we chose the inn when we were in Indianapolis. The HIE Southeast is a solid 3-star, maybe even three-and-a-half star place to stay. It offers a comfortable, restful night to sleep and, though there are drawbacks, many travelers will be as glad as we were if they decide to stop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Southeast Indianapolis Holiday Inn Express Flying solo for business? Exploring Indianapolis for vacation? Everyone can enjoy the excellent quality of our service at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Indianapolis Southeast.Indianapolis, an ideal place for leisure travelers, is the home of the Colts, Indians, and Pacers, and we encourage visitors lodging in Indianapolis, Indiana to catch a game. If you're not a sports fan, you may enjoy visiting the pristine parks and historical monuments surrounding our Indianapolis hotel. Whether you want to study the history of the old prairie at Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve or enjoy the downtown night life, our Indianapolis accommodations will keep you close to it all. For the business traveler, our location near downtown Indianapolis keeps you easily connected to businesses around the city. Our choice Indianapolis, Indiana hotel stands on the Indianapolis beltway (I-465) and is conveniently located within 18 miles of four major airports. The hotel property also includes a large conference room and a Business Center for your convenience. Our Indianapolis hotel offers top-quality amenities such as an indoor, heated pool and whirlpool for you to enjoy year-round. Our entire hotel is 100% non smoking, and every room comes with two king beds. No matter how long you're stopping by at the 'Crossroads of America,' our Indianapolis, Indiana hotel will happily accommodate you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Beech Grove-Indianapolis Southeast Hotel Indianapolis
- Indianapolis Holiday Inn