by Whitney Rife
This Holiday Inn Express is near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Rooms and suites feature large windows, coffeemakers and cribs on request. Kids Suites showcase separate rooms with bunk beds and an additional television. All suites offer kitchenettes with mini-refrigerators and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet keeps guests connected in an otherwise rustic destination. The Express Start Breakfast Bar provides the hotel’s sought-after cinnamon rolls — all free to guests. An indoor pool and whirlpool will be the area of choice for many children and parents after a long days hike. Nearby, families can visit the Desert View Watchtower, the Tusayan Museum and historical ruins. Many tour agencies are in the area for families who want to helicopter, jeep or raft the Grand Canyon.
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Our Editor Loves
- Indoor pool & whirlpool
- Complimentary breakfast buffet
- Kids Suites with bunk beds
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
If you're staying at a Holiday Inn Express you already know it's not going to be a luxury experience. That said, this place is perfect if all you need is a place to sleep near the Grand Canyon. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the breakfast is above-average for a buffet (with plenty of hot options). And of course, the location is excellent. Despite being a chain hotel, it actually feels like the people working here care about your experience. I would stay here again and recommend it to others in the area.
The Holiday Inn Express has advantages and disadvantages. These are the pros:
--It is an 8 minute drive to the Grand Canyon Visitors' Center (South Rim).
--There is a generous, free breakfast.
--There is a medium sized indoor pool.
These are the cons:
--Not all the rooms have a view of the outside. Instead rooms near the indoor pool face a roof and exhaust pipes.
--This is a very crowded and noisy hotel. The walls are thin.
--The wi-fi is not reliable, but there is access to 2 computers in the hotel's lobby.