We decided to use this hotel for positioning. It was less than 30 minutes driving time from Tampa International and our morning flight home. In retrospect, I would have liked something a little more upscale and in a better location. Now, don't get me wrong, this Holiday Inn Express is adequate, but not much more than that. This hotel did the job, but the general area seemed sort of depressed. It was in a business center but a tired one. There were business establishments nearby but they were mostly open for breakfast and lunch. There were others that were out of business and their storefronts shuttered-- most notably was a restaurant right next to the hotel.
The interior of the HIE was just adequate. The room we were assigned was down a long hall way. The area around the door to the room was not well maintained-- most notably the room number for our room and a couple near it had magic marker on some of the numerals. It reminded me of someone's feable attempt at graffitti, but most importantly it looked like no one from the hotel made any attempt to clean it up. That gave you a feeling the hotel staff didn't care. The room itself was fine but I think it had not been used in some time-- the give away was a mineral ring around the inside of the toilet bowl. I didn't feel like complaining so we just lived with it.
The lobby area was not impressive. It had an open style two-story configuration that basically generated noise down the hallways to the rooms. There was no real computer/business room like I've grown accustomed to at other hotels. There were two computers for use by guests but they were out in the open in the lobby and there was no privacy whatsoever when using them.
I thought the price we paid was high for what was there. We paid $111 including tax. I heard someone on their cell phone in the lobby say they got their room for $74. Our AAA membership did not get us much of a discount at this hotel.
The free breakfast was fine and they did have a good selection of foods.
I guess that most of all, there was nothing that left a real positive impression on me-- nothing that made me say I liked it-- just no wow factor. It's location in Clearwater was not the greatest-- it was not in a bad or dangerous neighborhood, it just had nothing to offer. The parking lot needs help, at the very least some additional lighting. It was just a place that overall was just blah. If I was in the Clearwater area again, I'd look for another hotel in a more happening part of the city and that was better kept as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover all that Clearwater has to offer at the newly renovated 100% smoke free Holiday Inn Express - ICOT Center Clearwater, Florida. We are conveniently located where you can explore the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area. We are located within minutes to the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport (PIE) and 15 minutes to the Tampa International Airport (TPA). Whether you're coming to Clearwater for business or just to get away, your room is your personal retreat. You'll have room to work, relax, and make the most of your day. Amenities such as free high speed wireless internet access, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, and a lobby market stocked full of your favorite refreshments and snacks. Start your morning off right by enjoying our newly updated complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar that now features hot entrees. The sports enthusiast will appreciate our closeness to NHL Hockey, NFL Football, and Major League Baseball, including Spring Training. Youth and college tournaments are growing in Clearwater and we are perfectly set within a 10 mile radius of soccer, baseball, lacrosse, swimming, and basketball complexes. We are minutes away from Clearwater Beaches, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Stay with us and experience true Florida Hospitality at the Holiday Inn Express - ICOT Center Clearwater, Florida. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Clearwater East - Icot Hotel Clearwater
- Holiday Inn Clearwater
- Clearwater Holiday Inn