Monday, July 10, 2017

Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh Airport

When you are flying into or out of the Pittsburgh International Airport there are many hotel choices. The prices can range from the extravagant to the bargain. Somewhere in between, you will find the Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh Airport. This chain is geared toward business travelers but is actually good for the leisure traveler on the weekends. Your visit here will get off to a good start when you realize that you are not going to have to pay for parking, it's free and there is plenty of it. You can also park and fly from here since they have a shuttle to take you to the airport and then pick you up when you return. It is very easy to find right off the airport access road.

In looks it is your typical Holiday Inn Express, it looks like what it is a chain hotel. Rooms are accessed from interior corridors. The lobby is welcoming with couches and even a fireplace. The staff is helpful and professional and before you know it you will be walking to one of the two elevators. These are located quite a distance from the front desk, more than in any hotel I have ever been to before, but there are two of them. 

The rooms are very nice sized and come with either two queen beds or a king bed. There are also suites that have two rooms with a sofa bed. Club level rooms have a fridge and a microwave and all rooms have a very large work area with chair and free WiFi. You can relax in the comfortable club chair with its own pole lamp. There is a huge closet with mirrored doors that holds the luggage rack as well as an iron and ironing board. There is a coffee pot with several pouches of both regular and decaf coffee.

The bathroom is spacious but has a fiberglass tub. The walls and floor, however, are ceramic tiles. Outside the bathroom, there is a granite vanity with plenty of amenities. The shower has good pressure and there are plenty of towels.

The whole room is done in a very neutral color with a green throw across the beds. The cable TV has lots of channels and movies. On the first floor,  there are vending machines if you need a drink or a snack. Coffee is available in the dining room 24/7.

Included in your room rate is the buffet breakfast. It isn't the best breakfast in the world but there are two flavors of bagels, plain and cinnamon raisin, toast, muffins, coffee, tea, cold cereal, their signature cinnamon buns, scrambled eggs, a pre-made omelet, sausage gravy and biscuits, yogurt and oatmeal you make yourself. You won't go away hungry.

A business center is located in an open space right off the breakfast room that has several computers, a fireplace, and comfortable sofas. It also makes a nice gathering space.

The hotel has an outdoor seasonal pool in the interior courtyard and a health club. It is the perfect hotel for a good stay, close to the airport with a free breakfast. You may not be impressed but you won't be disappointed.

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