Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 100
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Heath101 Staff handled busy week with aplomb!
The staff (except for the lifeguard) handled the National History Day crowd very well. Laura, the manager on duty, was great! She had a fun sense of humor and very personable and helpful. The others manning the front desk were equally friendly and helpful. Hats off to each of them! They were very helpful with shuttle scheduling and kept a positive attitude despite the obvious stress of the busy week.
The room and property showed some age, but was clean and comfortable. One of the vestibule drawers was broken, making it unusable (rm 1112).
The business center PC's were all infected with malware making them unusable. I installed Malwarebytes and cleaned all three, finding 2000+ instances of malware on each. The front desk said they had asked for help from corporate, and that someone was supposed to come soon, but in the meantime I recommend some very basic steps like turning on Windows Defender with regular scanning and firewall. The printer was not working so the front desk let me send my boarding pass to them and they printed it out very quickly.
The pool was fine, but the "lifeguard" should be fired! He was in a cubby off to the side of the pool area on his cell phone having an animated discussion, only glancing at the pool now and then the entire hour I was at the pool. He was truly an unhelpful liability. As I lifeguard for years I speak with some authority. Glad my youngest had a life jacket and me keeping an eye on him.
June 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lrn3 all around excellent for NHD stay
After reading many negative reviews on this site I felt compelled to write this review. My friends and I (with our kids) just visited UMD for the NHD competition and our stay was nothing short of lovely. The room was nice and clean (and I am picky!), the night was pin drop quiet. The breakfast buffet was incredible
for the small add on charge. Kevin was available at each and every time we
had a question, I think the man lives there :) The service was top notch for needs both within the hotel and providing us with detailed directions on how to get to the metro into DC.... The hotel is very close to the campus-just a few minutes down the road! The hotel also arranged for a shuttle just for the NHD students. We chose to drive; however, the parking at campus is very confusing and we received citations even when we were in
paid meters which were apparently for teachers only but this was not
posted, so take the shuttle! The hotel even reserved some conference rooms for any NHD students that wanted to practice. I felt they really went out of their way to
accommodate the NHD crowd. The hotel has within walking distance a bunch of
places to eat. We did eat at their bar the one evening choosing salads and
apps and all the adults and kids were stuffed for very reasonable prices.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would stay there again if I needed to go to UMD area.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pony Express Holiday Inn stay comfortable
This Holiday Inn is very clean and comfortable. Everything was clean and well taken care of.
The restaraunt was less than satisfactory. The restaraunt service was on the low side! I would recommend eating somewhere else.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BABoris Great Hotel Optin
This hotel has a great customer service ethic I would recommend staying here
June 16, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Tonytiger Not the best IHG hotel I have visited
The staff and hotel could improve in several areas.
June 15, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by World_Traveler14 Will not stay there again
I usually do not bother to write reviews but this time I feel compelled to. A series of events culminated & made this hotel the worst in my list. The location, room size and cleanness were all very good... WiFi dropped early in the evening and did not come back on until following day around 10am, I had missed my deadline to submit a report because of that. Well I said; things happen…then in the middle of the night there was a power outage that lasted a while!! no clock, no light, no power whatsoever! My room phone did not work in the 4 days I stayed there. I had to go out and use the phone by the elevator in the hall, one or two times to be able to talk to guest help. I stayed 4 nights, upon requesting my receipt I received two receipts that could not be consolidated into one! Not only that, I was overcharged compared to my reservation. The reason I was told is because my wife is considered an extra guest + additional breakfast charges. I had tickets for the breakfast buffet, I therefore don't understand why would there be additional charge? It is a buffet isn’t it? I requested orange juice and apparently that was additional. For two days in a row housekeeping did not give toilette papers or napkins. Housekeeping also threw away my wife’s favorite expansive eyebrow pencil/marker, they probably thought it was a random pencil that didn’t need to stay on the night stand.
The only good thing that I can think of is Lisa (manager?) who works there, she sympathized with me, came up all the way to my room to let me know she reinstated a credit for the extra charge,I do appreciate Lisa and her gesture; but it is too late for me to consider going back there again.
June 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TSurz nice hotel
only downside to staying at hotels in this area is that they have a life guard at the pool. These are small pools, mind you, at it is very awkward to go swimming with your kids and have someone stare at you the entire time you're in the pool
This did make us feel very uncomfortable. Again, at a water park or a big pool, one can understand but at a small hotel pool that is only 4 to 5 feet deep? We decided not to go swimming anymore based on this.
June 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Airmancheesman Best in college park
This hotel is the best in college park area. It has great rooms and a great pool area. There is no hot tub. I marked it down under staff because the night crew desk workers are extremely rude and not willing to help out in setting up a shuttle to the airport but the day crew were super helpful.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by harpoj Great Staff!!
Staff was attentive and very friendly. Hotel has a comfortable feel.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by richknj Memorial Day Weekend
Other that the first night when a loud group on our floor made too much noise, the front desk moved us to another floor and the remaining stay was very, very nice. The staff, including the front desk, were the some of the best I've encountered.
June 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Milliejean Almost perfect location for what we wanted to do
We were very pleased with this hotel. It was perfect for getting the train to the art Museums we wanted to visit at the Smithsonian. There was a grocery store two lights away, which came in handy for the forgotten sunscreen, epson salts for sore feet etc.
The pool had a nice life guard for 12 hours per day so we could swim when we wanted, which had not been the case in a previous hotel. There was just one thing that was a problem and that was the internet had to be logged onto each day, and was to slow, but I think that could be remedied easily enough, and I did not let them know at the time, my fault.
June 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Beela1 Could Be Better
There was nothing out of the ordinary that would make me want to come back: the room wasn't fresh and lighting could be better.
June 3, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sherpaformusician Great location
Unfortunate that a well kept hotel does not offer complimentary breakfast as many competitors do. Room and guest areas were well maintained and staff was very friendly. Great location for University of Maryland activities.
June 1, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by smallcreep Never More
I'm proud to say I will never stay at a Holiday Inn again. They have do not have any amenities or consideration for business travelers or for Platinum members. They have disappointed me too many times. They are great if you are 80 years old and need a room for your grandchild's
May 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Weary Travelers Three FRONT DESK HELP
Our room was fine with clean linens and towels and a comfortable bed. The breakfast was what we have come to expect from Holiday Inn. All went smoothly once we were FINALLY checked in. Why would the manager leave a complete new employee and one with little more training on a Saturday night at check in when she knew they were having some difficulties? The kids at the desk were pleasant and trying very hard, but it did not speed up the process or shorten the frustration of the weary traveler.
May 26, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MP111 Very Noisy
During our stay which was for my grandfather's funeral, there was several bus loads of kids staying at the hotel. Very loud throughout the hallway I had to keep calling the front desk though it never stopped. Also the front desk personal during the night was horrible!! It took over an 1hr to get checked in after driving from Florida. We arrived at 2am Tuesday morning and had reservations. The gentlemen at the desk barely spoke and seemed to have lack of knowledge to be at the desk.
May 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Aunt Babe comfortable bed and great service from staff
The staff really made us feel welcome and not an inconvenience because we arrived a little earlier than expected. The staff very friendly and helpful, rooms were very comfortable. The food, and service in restaurant was more than expected. The hotel is located accessible to i-95 and will definitely stay again.
May 8, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by dakotash Nice Hotel bad restaurant
We stayed at this hotel seven years ago when we came to DC and at that time the hotel was wonderful and the restaurant was great. This time around the hotel was still nice, however the restaurant wan not good at all. We had to wait for a very long time for food and when we got it it was cold. We have two small children and to make them wait for over 45 minutes for eggs and pancakes to come cold was not a nice experience.
May 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheDs Great room and exceptional customer service
I had read previous reviews before booking at this Holiday Inn and decided to book it even though not everyone was favorable. I can tell you; they did not know what they were talking about. From the second we walked in, the Customer Service was better than many 5 star hotels I have stayed at. I had some special requests for my room location and we were checking in early. They accommodated us right away. Our room was very spacious, quiet (even though the neighbor next door had many kids who, when we passed them in the hallway, were not the quiet type. The restaurant cooked our steaks perfectly and the breakfast buffet was outstanding. I was expecting a Continental Breakfast when I found out it was included with my room. Oh no. The buffet was a complete breakfast with a fruit bar, omelets made to order, all typical breakfast meats, potatoes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, etc. Wow, I barely walked out of there. The waiters were friendly, prompt and one even apologized because he had not checked on us within the last ten minutes because he was busy taking the order for another table. I would recommend this hotel and restaurant to any of my friends and actually had some co-workers who did stay there. I will book this hotel anytime I am anywhere near College Park.
April 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CollegeVisits2014 Nice Place
Location was good, staff was helpful. We were disappointed that breakfast was not included. Maybe none of the Holiday Inn's include it, not sure but we are used to having a breakfast as part of the room. Overall, I would stay again
April 15, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Slumber Noisy and outdated
I have stayed at many Holiday Inns and this one was not up to standard.
It was noisy: The heating/cooling system was so noisy I had to turn it off. It woke me up whenever it went on or off, which was often. Also, I could hear the conversation of those in the next room and they were speaking at normal conversation level. And I could hear the toilet flush of upstairs or next door room...as if it were in my own room.
Bathroom was outdated: no counter space in bathroom. No fan.
No continental breakfast. Only one cup provided to make coffee in the room. Coffee maker leaked. I left a note about that....wonder if anyone paid attention.
Not a good deal for the money. I pay less at Holiday Inn Express and find that a much better deal and always includes a nice continental breakfast.
Rooms were fairly clean..nothing notable other than refrigerator was not wiped clean on the outside...stained.
I would not stay at this particular Holiday Inn again and much prefer the Holiday Inn Express than the regular Holiday Inns, which are more expensive and less desirable based on this experience.
April 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Just ok
Needs update, bed was hard, everything just seemed old not what I would expect for they price.overall. Was just Ok
March 16, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by no-one comments on recent stay
The hotel could use an update to its general appearance. There should be more than one shuttle available. Strange that orange juice is NOT included in the breakfast buffet except as an added charge. The fitness room should be larger and have more equipment.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Swim Taxi Mom Extrmemly helpful staff
I was down in College Park with my daughter for a big swim meet at the University of Maryland. I wasn't familiar with the area at all or how to get to and from the pool at the university. The staff could not have been more helpful. They shuttled us to and from the aquatics center for free, even on the day I checked out they kindly let me leave my car on their lot and shuttled us back after my daughter's last race. The front desk staff was professional and courteous and made everything easy and stress free.
My only negative was the restaurant. it was fine for breakfast and lunch, but very limited for dinner.
February 5, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kawapat Nice hotel for the price
My only gripe is the TV channel selection is weak and none of the stations are in HD despite every room having HD capable TV's.
Bar is decent and low key. Dinner is okay.
Breakfast is good, although my last stay the place was so empty they had limited staff and no buffet so the service was really poor. Normally the buffet is good for the price.
January 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ponn great service
Stayed for over a month. the hotel is under some renovations but the stay was good. Rooms comfortable and clean. Front desk was very helpful and friendly which made the stay that much better. There was no business center until the week that I left. The restaurant was good and reasonable. The workout room was small but adequate. Overall I would stay there again.
December 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jwise911 fun
the hotel is in great location this stuff is great in the new upgrades are excellent
November 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jwise911 I'm here every week
I travel here for business every week in this stuff is great feels like family I knew everyone works there by first name I've been going to this Holiday Inn Express for 2 years now and it's a great place to stay
October 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tameka Nice Stay
I arrived in town early as I had an engagement early that afternoon. I was able to check in early which helped greatly as I needed to change clothes. My stay was pleasant. My children enjoyed swimming in the indoor pool in Mid October.
October 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by beam10 visit
My family and I booked 3 rooms (Wilkins Farmer) on Oct 19. Ourstay was good. As the weather gets colder warmer bedding will be needed. No extra blankets were. Kn room. S Farmer
October 23, 2013