by Phil Corless
The reliable Holiday Inn Express offers up clean and comfortable suites in a convenient location next to a large shopping center not far from downtown Fairbanks. A family of five can make themselves at home in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway or crib. You’ll also enjoy a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and free Wi-Fi. Kids will make a beeline to the heated indoor pool, while parents can soak sore muscles in the hot tub. Other amenities include a fitness center, black-out shades and a free hot breakfast buffet.
The Holiday Inn Express is located in the northern part of town, about 7 miles from the airport and just minutes from most area attractions. You can walk from your hotel to the nearby shopping center to find restaurants and stores, or drive into downtown Fairbanks to stroll the riverwalk. Kids will love nearby Pioneer Park, where they can play miniature golf, ride a train, and explore a restored gold rush town. A few minutes from your hotel is the world-class University of Alaska Museum of the North, where kids can walk among Native Totems, explore ancient mummified wildlife and learn about the early gold rush days. With its convenient location and comfortable rooms, the Holiday Inn Express will make a great base of operations during your family vacation in Fairbanks.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor pool and hot tub
- Free hot breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
A great rate was the reason I picked this property. It was a bad choice for our first visit to Fairbanks. It was pretty unbelievable to find that it is actually in a huge shopping center complete with a Super Walmart, a Home Depot & a Lowe’s! Just like being back in my DC suburban neighborhood. Who would have thought that I’d find that in Fairbanks. Additionally the entire hotel had all the siding torn off it with just Tyvek insulation making up the entire exterior of the hotel. It looks like hell. The parking lot is also half roped off and there’s construction supplies and vehicles all over the place. Again, it looks awful, just like a construction site. I don’t recall any indication when booking my room of this battlefield like condition of the hotel grounds. But shame on me for not doing better research before booking.
Once inside, it was pretty much a standard HIX with a decent room and bed and bathroom. And a mini fridge and microwave. And a standard HIX breakfast. And the staff was all extremely nice. But despite the comfy bed and pillows and 12+ hours of nighttime each day, it was hard to sleep in the room as the thermostat didn’t work, always showing that it was 77.5 degrees in the room whether freezing cold or stifling hot. Each night was a cycle of waking up hot and turning off the heat. Then waking up cold and turning it on again. Then repeating this cycle another few times before morning. And then there was the horrible sound insulation to the room allowing constant noise from the hallway and other rooms, including very loud maids right outside our door early every morning, kids running up and down the hall all day, crying babies in the room next door at all hours, and the stomping upstairs guy that seemed to just walk in unending circles right over our bed.
The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff were really the only positive points to our stay.
Tina greeted us when we arrived with a warm welcome. M’Lynn baked delicious cookies for the guests every afternoon. The ladies in the breakfast area were hardworking and helpful. The two shuttle bus drivers to the airport were friendly. The location is perfect. You are close enough to walk to McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble (which had a fireplace with chairs around it to sit and read), Old Navy, Fred Mayer (which is the same as Kroger), Firehouse Subs, and Banks Alehouse restaurant. There is some construction going on outside but there was no noise that bothered us. The rooms are big and clean. We enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.