by Phil Corless
This brand new hotel sits just one block off the interstate in a quiet area near the Amarillo Medical District. You can always rely on Holiday Inn Express for a high-quality experience, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Their spacious suites include two comfy queen beds and a full sleeper sofa in the adjacent sitting room, along with a modest kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, and wet bar. Parents will love the huge bathroom with jetted tub. Kids will have fun in the heated indoor pool and hot tub. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, free bottled water, and a free hot breakfast that includes fresh pancakes, fruit, sausage, biscuits, eggs, cereal, and tasty cinnamon rolls.
The Holiday Inn Express is within walking distance of several chain restaurants, including a classic Texas steakhouse. Directly across the street from your hotel is a 14-screen movie theater, convenient for an evening’s entertainment. Also nearby is the giant Westgate Mall. Amarillo is packed with kid-friendly attractions, including the Amarillo Zoo, the Texas Air and Space Museum, and Wonderland Amusement Park, all just minutes away. Kids will love the Don Harrington Discovery Center, a wonderful children’s museum with hands-on science exhibits that sits next to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. A few minutes west of your hotel is the iconic Cadillac Ranch art installation, where it’s okay for kids to leave their mark with paint. Amarillo is also close to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the country, and miles of scenic hiking trails. With its luxurious rooms, convenient location, and classic cinnamon rolls, the Holiday Inn Express is a great choice for your family vacation in Amarillo.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor pool
- TV in the bathroom
- Fresh hot cinnamon rolls
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Very difficult to find any criticisms of this property. Appears quite new, attractive, great staff and exceptionally clean. Decent breakfast available.
Heating and air conditioning unit, although under the window, operates through a thermostat. It's quite and functional.
Bathroom is attractive, well supplied and has an excellent shower. Excellent soap, shampoo and conditioner mounted in the tub/shower.
Adaquate closet with ironing board and iron, fridge, coffee and a microwave. Unfortunately, no nightlight but popping open the microwave does the trick to provide light for nighttime treks to the bathroom without stubbing a toe or waking your partner.
My family stayed overnight on our way to our final destination. The room was comfortable and the hot tub was hot. You do pay for breakfast if you don't add it to the cost at booking (which I did) and pay $10 for parking. The listing shows free for both. The highlight of our stay was Ms. Bernadette in the breakfast area. She was so attentive but not irritating and we didn't have to ask twice for anything. I would recommend.