Several years ago i belonged to a hotel club that had a gold key. I thought it was great. Then I moved to the chain that offers a lot of "stay 2 nights, get one night free". I thought that was great.
Now I belong to the IHG program (formerly Priority Club) and it is far and away the best program of all for benefits! I use my IHG card to book my hotels and receive TONS of benefits for doing so, and the points rack up FAST.
And the properties, such as this Holiday Inn Express in Ottawa IL, are all quality establishments. From the recognition at check in as a Platinum Elite member (my status having been lowered Jan 1 from Spire Elite), to the first floor room, to the great breakfast, to the clean room, this hotel met or exceeded all of my expectations.
The location is perfect - just off the interstate close to restaurants, bars and gas stations, and convenient (less than a mile) from where my 3-day meeting was held.
Only issue was tuning the television but that is not the hotel's fault - its the new confusing channel numbering system that is so common today. The hotel did have a television channel guide which was good. Also the refrigerator and microwave in the room was a huge plus. I highly recommend this hotel and the IHG program. [Less]