by Phil Corless
This newer hotel near the El Paso Airport is always a clean and reliable place to stay. The two-queen suite are small, but comfortable, with two queen beds and a full sleeper sofa. Every suite also includes a small kitchenette with microwave, sink, coffee maker, and mini-fridge. You can always count on Holiday Inn Express to maintain high standards with their rooms, the delicious free breakfast, and a friendly staff. Kids will love the outdoor pool and hot tub on an expansive patio where the whole family can relax in the shade. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center, and a coin laundry.
The Holiday Inn Express is located about two miles south of the airport, next to the interstate. There are a number of grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants within a 10-minute walk of the hotel. Most of El Paso’s family-friendly attractions are close at hand. The El Paso Zoo is a mere five-minute drive away. Kids will love feeding the giraffes and watching the sea lion show. A few miles to the north is the Fort Bliss army base, where tourists are welcome to view dozens of impressive military vehicles on display at the Old Ironsides Military Museum. Your hotel’s airport location also gives you quick access to state parks, three downtown museums, and the Mexican border. There is no shortage of things to do with your family in El Paso. The Holiday Inn Express gives you a great starting point from which to explore.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool and hot tub
- Make your own pancakes at breakfast
- 24-hour fitness center
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
by Manny S
I mostly stay at Holiday Inn Express hotels for business and have stayed at many, and this one was average at best. The staff in the evening were excellent, but in the early AM, the person working was not very receptive or helpful. The breakfast was good and presented well, but the lobby store was nearly empty with a very limited selection of soft drinks, snacks, sundries and toiletries. I had to drive to the local Walgreens to stock up. They include airport in their name, but the are not that close to the airport. I expect nearly walking distance like the Radisson. Many Holiday Inn Express hotels are ran extremely well and are wonderful to stay at; this one was not. I will probably not stay there again unless other hotels are full and I have no choice.
We stayed in this hotel during a larger road trip and didn’t exactly get the typical holiday inn experience.
It’s worth noting that there’s two holiday inns across the highway from each other. One is a regular and one is express. Easy to confuse, so make sure you go to the right one.
So, there’s two unusual things. Our reception wasn’t exactly welcoming. Front desk wasn’t particularly pleasant when we arrived. It wasn’t anything in particular, just not inviting.
Secondly, there was a gas leak during the night. A fire truck arrived and perhaps twenty minutes later, the fire department requested we evacuate the building. The smell of gas was pretty serious and I wondered why we weren’t evacuated earlier. Anyway, it was only about half an hour until we could go back in to our rooms.
The hotel did say a partial refund would come through, so that was a nice touch.