First off...I don't stay at Holiday Inns (express or otherwise). In fact, I usually won't stay in anything less than a Marriott, but what are you going to do in Grants Pass? I was terrified when I made reservations and knew it was going to be a miserable stay.
I was profoundly shocked when we drove up to the property however. It's on a slight hill next to a busy road. Easy to find and well kept...on the outside. Check-in went flawless. The clerk was friendly, quick, and professional. The lobby was clean and comfortable with sofas and table lamps and reading materials (like a small library setting). Off the lobby was a dining room which served a free breakfast every morning.
We went up to our room on the third floor. There are elevators, but no bell staff to help with bags. The halls were clean and brightly lit. Our room was on the front of the building, so we had no traffic noise (which other reviews have claimed on the other side of the building). Our room had 2 queen beds, with sheeted down comforters and 4 pillows on each bed (2 firm & 2 soft). The room was VERY clean (this was my greatest fear of a discount chain motel). If I think it's clean...99% of the population will thinks it's nearly sterile. The bathroom looked like it had a new shower curtain on an extended, curved rod (giving the tub a roomier feel). There were more than enough towels. The soaps and lotions were sparse (1 small shampoo, 2 bars of soap, and a lotion). There is also a hairdryer, a microwave, a coffee maker (with tea and coffee provided) and a mini fridge. Everything was clean and fresh.
The beds were comfortable enough. The pillows were satisfactory. The bedding itself may have been a little excessive, even in January. We had to turn on the wall unit A/C to keep the room cool enough.
The only downside which keeps this property from getting 5 stars is the noise level. The floors and walls are made of cardboard and duct tape. We could hear even the slightest movement from upstairs and foot steps in the hall. We had a service dog with us, and when she barked the noise could be heard at the end of the hall from a closed room. I can only imagine what they heard up and downstairs from our room. Thankfully, the dog isn't much of a barker, usually.
The next morning, we went downstairs for breakfast and were treated to not only the usual danish, bagels, and coffee...but cold cereal, fruit, english muffins, sausage, and omelets. The food was far from stellar, but when you just need to grab something quick before you jump back on the road, it was pretty substantial (and did I mention...FREE).
We will definitely stay here again...and bring earplugs for our next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Grants Pass is conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 5 and the Redwood Hwy (Hwy 199). Our lodging offers you easy access to Rogue River thrills, antique shopping, wildlife watching and wine tasting. Seasonally, catch the exciting action of Grants Pass Downs horse racing, enjoy summer theater and art, try whitewater rafting, fishing or a jet boat excursion on the wild and scenic Rogue River. Shop in the open air at the Southern Oregon Public Market and in the Historic Towne Centre or enjoy a round of golf at one of the local courses. The Holiday Inn Express hotel accommodations feature: Simply Smart guest bath and bedding, Smart Roast in-room coffee, free local and 800 calls and free wireless HSIA. Enjoy a unique breakfast experience at our new Express Start breakfast bar served every morning. Featuring a selection of cheese omelets, bacon, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruits, juices, cereals, breads/pastries & muffins, and even hard boiled eggs. We have also created the world's best tasting cinnamon roll. Visit Grants Pass, OR and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Grants Pass Hotel Grants Pass
- Holiday Inn Grants Pass
- Grants Pass Holiday Inn