My husband and I stayed over the Labor Day weekend at the Holiday Inn Express (South location) in Charleston, West Virginia, at 107 Alex Lane, Charleston, WV 25304. The location is convenient in some ways, but not in others: It is right next to the highway, so it’s easy to find and to get to, but it’s a few miles from downtown. We normally stay downtown and just walk to places, so we missed that a little. There are a few restaurants nearby, including a Bob Evans restaurant and a Lone Star steakhouse. We have eaten at both, and I would recommend Lone Star. The service was good at Bob Evans, but the food was quite substandard and the floor was visibly filthy. My suggestion that it might be time for them to sweep up a little was met by the teen-aged cashier with a look of disinterest. Lone Star, by contrast, had good quality food at a decent price.
But enough with the restaurant reviews; back to the hotel! We were pleasantly surprised by the amenities, including a fitness center, an indoor pool and hot tub with very accommodating hours (5am to 11pm), and a free breakfast buffet that featured hearty hot food, including scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. We’re used to free breakfast spreads that consist of something fairly lame like juice, cold cereal and muffins, so this was a lovely surprise! There was fresh whole fruit (apples and bananas) that you could take as a road snack, although I ate my banana with breakfast.
The room was well-laid out, like a little mini-suite (I understand this hotel used to be a Comfort Suites, so I guess that explains that), with hip, stylish furnishings and handy stuff like a microwave, mini-fridge and flat screen TV. It was nice to have a couch in the room instead of just a chair, which gave me a nice little separate area to cozy up and surf the internet while my hubby lounged on the bed, watching TV (Photo #1). I was especially delighted to find, instead of a thin little blanket, another soft, pillowy comforter to make my cozying even cozier. The fridge made too much noise, but it was the only small glitch in an otherwise great stay. Despite being near the interstate, we had no issues with traffic noise; the staff was friendly and helpful; the lodgings were comfy; and we had a nice view of the mist-covered mountains from our room (Photo #2). The wacky psychedelic hallway carpet was quite entertaining, as well! (Photo #3). We enjoyed our stay, and I would definitely recommend this hotel.
My review of the Marriott Town Center in Charleston:
My review of the Chop House in Charleston: