I have to make myself remember that a Holiday Inn, though the rooms are pretty much like those in a Hampton or other chain hotel, thinks of itself as a cut above, and prices itself accordingly. At this one, not only are the basic rates out of line for what you're getting, they charge extra for parking and they charge for breakfast.
The room itself was fine -- comfortable king-size bed, awkwardly designed bathroom, totally inadequate lighting, pretty much the usual for a chain. The room door was inclined to stop before fully closing, which is the opposite of the usual motel arrangement (all doors slam). What the Holiday Inn has that a Hampton doesn't is its own bar and restaurant, which can be convenient at odd hours or in bad weather. Service there was cheerful and perky, but the food was mediocre.
What this particular Holiday Inn has, and presumably bases its prices on, is its location in downtown LaCrosse. It's across the street from quirky little shoppes, within walking distance from about twenty bars (I can't imagine what the neighbourhood must be like on a Saturday night, but on a Tuesday it was fine), and a block away from the pleasant promenade that runs along the east side of the Mississippi River. However, I noticed that there was a Radisson across the street, that much closer to the river and presumably with memorable views from some of the rooms. Might try that if I get to LaCrosse again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - LaCrosse. We are proud to offer a non-smoking environment in all our guest rooms. A great night's sleep is ensured on our new Simmons Plush Beautyrest World Class mattresses in our NEWLY RENOVATED hotel. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is located 1 block east of the Mississippi River, in the heart of historic downtown La Crosse. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites has 114 rooms with free high-speed wireless Internet access, and 27 inch TVs with over 70 cable channels. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - LaCrosse, offers its guests an indoor pool, over-sized whirlpool, fitness center, guest laundry service, and complimentary shuttle service to and from transportation centers & clinics. The hotel also has a lobby business center with wireless Internet access, PC, printer and FAX machine, as well as a 500 sq. ft. meeting room located just off the hotel lobby. Burger Fusion is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites' unique restaurant and lounge; open for breakfast, lunch & dinner, Burger Fusion features gourmet burgers & grilled cheese, as well as shakes. The La Crosse Convention Center directly across the street offers a connecting skywalk. Major medical centers & colleges, Trane Co., City Brewery & our own Oktoberfest, make La Crosse a great destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn La Crosse Hotel La Crosse
- La Crosse Holiday Inn