Overall, this is a nice hotel and, from the TripAdvisor reviews, probably the best you can expect do in Huntsville.
Pros: Check-in was quick. The front desk staff were attentive and the rates were correct ($129/night, including tax, with AAA discount). The lobby was bright, clean and the furnishings looked new. There was a "store" in the lobby, actually a little room next to the front desk with a hole in the wall, where you can get canned drinks, frozen dinners and candy- plus they sell Diet Dr Pepper (very rare these days). The elevators both worked. The hallway to rooms 306 and 308 was clean, well-lit and smelled slightly of fresh paint. The rooms were typical of HIE-32" flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, desk with lamp and chair, two queen beds with plenty of pillows (firmness stitched on the pillow cases), and firm mattresses, bathroom with granite countertop and three complete sets of towels (also rare). The bathroom actually has an exhaust fan and it doesn't exhaust into the bedroom. The shower head was large and high enough for people over 6' tall. Wireless and wired Internet connections. The rooms smelled clean-no moldy, dusty odor or heavy room deodorizer sprayed over old cigarette smoke odor. The free breakfast looked good, but we didn't partake.
Cons: The hotel is set back from the highway and the entrance is easy to miss. While the location is good, the view leaves much to be desired - with front rooms facing the highway service road and the back parking lot of a fast-food restaurant and the back rooms facing the back of a funeral home. The interior door of one elevator had graffiti scratched into it. There was a single, curly black hair in the bathtub when we arrived. The paint was chipped on the bottom of the bathroom door. The tile around the tub had pink mildew. The parking lot is small and the landscaping is minimal. ALL sounds from the bathroom are easily heard in the bedroom. If these bother you, turn up the volume on the TV. Typical of HIE, noise from the hallway seems to be amplified into the room. We were unfortunate enough to share the same floor with a high school girls volleyball team from Dallas. They spent the latter part of the evening running up and down the hall, slamming doors. It sounded like someone was herding cattle in the hallway and every door slam rattled our door. Cranking up the volume on the TV helped somewhat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in one of Texas' oldest cities, Huntsville! We are home to the Sam Houston State University, Walker County Fairgrounds, Huntsville State Park, The Texas Prison Museum and the HEARTS Veterans Museum. While visiting our Huntsville, Texas hotel make sure that you see the Sam Houston Statue. It is referred to as the 'World's Largest Statue of an American Hero'. Located 70 miles north of Houston and 170 miles south of Dallas on I-45, Huntsville, Texas is also the home to Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Education Service Center, Region VI. You'll find all the comforts of home including our Stay Smart plush bedding, 32' LCD HDTV, and our spacious room accommodations. Enjoy our free high-speed wired or wireless Internet access and our free hot Express Start breakfast bar. ... more less
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