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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Midland, Michigan / Holiday Inn

October 2011, Friday, Whirlpool guestroom #423
Status perks

I called this hotel to make my reservation, and was upgraded to a whirlpool room at the time of booking.


Guestroom 423

view from entrance
The guestroom had several nice features. There was a sink, fridge, microwave, and Rainforest Alliance coffee in the large entry area. We liked the walk in shower in the bathroom, and the nightlight under the vanity! The nightlight feature was very cool. We had not noticed that there was a nightlight before going to bed. After we turned out the lights that evening, we saw that there was a glow on the bathroom floor from under the vanity. This was perfect for a nighttime visit to the bathroom.


guestroom shower
The bed was comfortable, the room was spacious, and the guestroom and whirlpool tub were all clean. We had originally been assigned a guestroom on the second floor, and I asked if a higher floor room was available at check-in. I was glad we had been given a top floor room. The second floor is where the pool area game room is located, and since there were several families in the hotel during our stay, I think there was more hallway traffic on that floor.

 Pool area

We walked through the pool area; however, we did not go in the water because the water did not feel very warm. Another thing I did not like about the pool area, is that there was a glass wall between the pool and the lounge/restaurant, so patrons in the bar could see the pool. I suppose this would be nice for adults in the bar with other family members in the pool; however, as an adult using the pool, I did not like this feature. The shades between the pool and bar were open until later in the evening. There was plenty of seating around the pool, and an open stairway connected the pool area to the game room on the second floor.

Food & Beverage

We had dinner and breakfast in the hotel restaurant. The food prices were good, and the food was excellent!

Misc.

Espresso and cappuccino were available in the lobby by the front desk. This hotel looked new, and it is located next to the mall, with several other new hotels. The Residence Inn was still under construction at the time of our stay. We had originally planned to stay at the Hampton Inn, which is across the street from the mall, because the rate was much less. We liked this hotel, although I thought the nightly rate was a bit high for the area.