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Holiday Inn Express South
Ranked #20 of 49 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Reviewed 11 September 2013

We fell in LOVE with this hotel, staff and aquatic center. The staff is very friendly, helpful and just so nice, we have gone here 4 times this summer and it is like coming home. The pool area is the perfect size...not to big (large indoor water parks can be very loud and crowded),and my kiddo had enough to do to entertain for hours. The rooms are slightly larger then the other hotels in the same price range making the stay very comfortable. The beds, bedding and pillows are awesome, we even ended up buying a pillow to take home. The location is convenient to all Grad Rapids has to offer. Breakfast has a lot of choices and the hotel is very clean. We can not wait to go back and are already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We wanted to avoid staying downtown in Grand Rapids. This was a convenient location, right off the freeway. Took about 10 minutes to get to the Gerald Ford Museum. On Tuesday and Wed evenings they have a hospitality hour with food and beer. Only inconvenience was the ice machines are on the odd numbered floors and we were on the second floor.

Room Tip: Odd floor for the ice machine.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

This is not a new hotel but it is well maintained and very clean. The staff here is wonderful and in the unlikely event that you have an issue, they move quickly to get it resolved. The hotel management is present and hands on and it shows in the service provided.

The waterpark makes it a great place for family travel and the facility is warm and inviting. The location provides great access to the major artery into Grand Rapids from the South so it makes travel to other areas of the city a snap.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

This hotel was a great place to stay with grandkids. The small waterpark has a 3 story slide and a kiddie pool area with slides & other water features for younger children, and all the grandkids (& adults) had a great time. We were concerned when making reservations that there wouldn't be enough pool area for us to enjoy since the slide goes into the regular pool, but there was plenty of room to swim. And, there was a hot tub (for 16yr. & older) & a small whirlpool (the water actually swirled like a whirlpool). When making reservations, be sure to check the pool/slide area schedule as it does vary.
Our room was located on the first floor so it was close to the waterpark/pool area. There was noise overhead from children running the halls, but when we brought that to management's attention they addressed it. We had a small plumbing problem that was taken care of immediately. Being close to the lobby was great since coffee was available all day.
The facility was very clean and nicely decorated, and the staff was attentive. They made sure the grandkids had ice cream shortly after checking in, and the owner or manager made a point of talking with us several times, and even helped keep the complimentary breakfast supplied along with two other employees. The breakfast was very tasty with lots of options, and the area was big enough that we didn't have to fight for a table like we have in some hotels.
This hotel is a great value, since we stayed for the same price as other hotels we checked on without a waterpark. It is easily accessible off US131 & M6 on the south end of Grand Rapids. We would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor, which was really nice as the waterpark/pool area was close, but no roo...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

What a great place to stay! The hotel staff was the best. The hotel was clean and the waterpark was enjoyed by the kids. I would stay here again if I had to! The only down side was the lifeguards in the waterpark were more interested in texting than watching the pool.

Room Tip: Stayed in 121 - was next to the pool and quiet!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

The kids enjoyed our stay here at Holiday Inn - they loved the pool and the waterslide. Personally, I loved the beds - I don't think I've ever slept on a more comfortable bed in a hotel before! The hotel was a little noisy at times but that was to be expected at a hotel that caters to families and children. Customer service at time of check in was great. However, after we got home we saw extra charges on our credit card for additional wristbands purchased for the pool area - wristbands that we had paid cash for! We called the hotel to ask them to remove the extra charges - they said they would look into it but the charges were never removed. So a word of caution - if you need to purchase extra wristbands for the pool area, GET A RECEIPT!!! so you can prove your case after the fact should you find yourself double-charged like we did. Also had some trouble booking online as their website was experiences technical difficulties. This resulted in having an advanced purchase room canceled on us (not by us, but by the hotel/website), which required us to rebook another room, which resulted in us paying for two rooms. Additional charges which, again, were not credited back to us. So overall, this stay cost us an extra $175 that we are not getting reimbursed for. From now on, we will be booking our rooms via telephone and getting receipts for everything that we purchase at this hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express South, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Dear Spring M,

Thank you for staying with us and for leaving us a feedback. Providing excellent customer service is one of the things we
pride ourselves on and we are sorry to read that in this case you feel we have fallen short of your expectations. We would love the opportunity to regain your faith in our hotel and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your stay in further details. We have sent you a private message to obtain additional detail regarding your stay.

Once again many thanks for your feedback.

Sincerely,

Janice A
Case Manager
IHGCare

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Upon check in the front desk personnel explained that the property was overbooked and that there were no rooms available. They suggested that our family of four share a king bed at an adjoining property and if we weren't interested that it was too bad. Upon seeing other reviews, I understand that this might have been a good thing. We did eventually find other accommodations on our own about 20 minutes away. We will not be planning to use the Holiday Inn group in the future

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express South, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2013

Dear Kathy W,

Thank you for your business and your review. We take all comments seriously and value the chance to make improvements where possible.

I sincerely apologize for the dissatisfaction you had with our level of service and regret that we were not able to accommodate your group during your visit. I am truly sorry for the poor experience and service issues you had.

We welcome feedback as it assists us in our never-ending task to better ourselves and improve things for our guests. Kindly be assured that we treat this matter seriously as we always strive to deliver world-class service to our guests. Once again, thank you for your comments.

Sincerely,

Dhan M
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Address: 6569 Clay Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548-7839
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Region: United States > Michigan > Kent County > Grand Rapids
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Grand Rapids
Price Range: £83 - £158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express South 2.5*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids South, . Home of The Little Dip splash pad. We are conveniently located adjacent to the Crossroads Banquet and Conference Center (full bar service) (4,000 sq. Ft.) Perfect for the small corporate meeting or up to 280 person wedding and social receptions. Also within minutes of major attractions, downtown Grand Rapids, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Metropolitan Hospital, Fredrick Meijer Gardens, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Convention Center. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Rapids-South represents the latest in design standards. Come stay with us and experience a new level of accommodations and service. This hotel offers 79 guest rooms which include two-room suites and a two- story spiral staircase room. All rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, and free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. Hotel amenities include free deluxe breakfast bar, indoor splash pad, activity pool, and a vortex pool. The hotel has a business center open 24 hours, game room, fitness center, 2,000 sq. Ft. Of meeting rooms, 100% non-smoking rooms, hearing and visually impaired and handicap accessible guest rooms.To reserve birthday parties please contact the hotel direct. ... more   less 
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