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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mattoon, Illinois / Holiday Inn Express

September 2011, Weekend, 2-nights, Suite #300
Souvenir key cards

Status perks
We received a fabulous upgrade to a corner suite--there are only two rooms like this at the hotel.

Unfortunately, I did not take any photos of suite 300. In September 2013, we stayed in this hotel again, and received suite 200. Both suites were set up the same inside, and I had several pictures to share from our stay in suite 200. You can find that review and the photos here: Suite 200 photos and review.

This corner suite is on the top floor. There was a kitchenette at the entrance with a table and four chairs, sink, standard HIX coffee maker, mini fridge, and microwave. The living area contained a sofa, soft chair, coffee table, end tables, and flat screen TV. The large bedroom contained a suitcase bench, desk and chair, flat screen TV, nightstands, and armoire. There was a large vanity in the bathroom, and one outside the bathroom with a sink as well. Counting the sink in the kitchen area, there were three sinks in the guestroom. The room was comfortable, and we did not hear any noise during our stay. 

We left a tip for Housekeeping, as I usually do unless there is a reason not to, and this is the first time a Housekeeper has ever written me a note back. She wrote, "Thank you. Enjoy your stay!" I thought all of the employees we spoke with at this property were accommodating, and everyone made us feel welcome.

Food & Beverage
Breakfast is included at all HIX, and this property had the standard fare--scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, cold and hot cereals, fruit, yogurt, and juices. I did not care much for the food at this property. I thought the scrambled eggs tasted watery, and they did not taste like eggs. The oranges did not look fresh. The food was okay; however, I did not think it was as good as I have sometimes had at HIX.

We stayed here for the Mid America Funfest, and were quite happy with the hotel for this stay. It is located about 1/2 hour north of the show; however, the cost was about $80 less per night than the properties in Effingham.  We thought the souvenir key cards that the hotel provided were a nice touch. They also had the Funfest newspaper available in the lobby.

Wal-Mart, and a couple restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. Buffalo Wild Wings in one of the restaurants located next to the HIX.