My teenage son and I spent a couple of nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Shakopee during our mid-July road trip to Chicago. The Twin Cities are about the halfway point on the way home and I selected this hotel because of its proximity to Valleyfair, about a 5-10 minute drive (at most).
As most of the other reviewers have noted, this hotel is brand-spanking new...only a few months old at the time we were there. As a result, everything is still super-clean, in good condition, and right up-to-date. Our room was a good size with two queen beds, as well as a sitting area complete with couch and coffee table. Amenities such as the small fridge & microwave were useful...although it also would've been nice to have had an in-room safe (for our passports, etc).
The pool area wasn't the greatest...quite small with a low ceiling...built on the main floor underneath the second floor rooms (as opposed to being built as an extension off the main floor as with many other hotels). Because of that, the pool area was quite loud, especially given the number of kids that were there...although we did manage a relatively quiet swim in the late afternoon prior to the evening rush.
On the other hand, the breakfast at the hotel was very good...at the top end of the Holiday Inn Express scale. They had a very ample selection of all sorts of breakfast standards, including a fair number of cooked dishes (eg. biscuits & gravy, eggs, bacon or sausage, etc). The breakfast eating area was also quite spacious...they could easily add a few extra tables to reduce the frustrations of guests having to stand around waiting for a table to open up.
Overall, we were happy with our choice of hotel...probably one of the better mid-range places in the area near Valleyfair (and Canterbury Park horse race track).
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