Our Favorite Hotel

holidayieI’m still trying to get to my Halloween pictures, but in the mean time I thought I would do a quick review of our favorite place to stay when we travel – The Holiday Inn Express! We first discovered it through our AAA (another company I highly endorse) book when we drove across the country for our move to North Carolina. Back in those days (was it really only 7 years ago?) there wasn’t the availability of information like there is now with Blackberries and i phones. So we became members of AAA and loaded up on travel books and maps.

The first time we stayed in a Holiday Inn Express we were very impressed. It was kept very clean, had a nice large rain-down-on-you type shower head, cleansers and lotions that have a slight cinnamonish smell, beds and pillows that are comfortable, and a great little free breakfast bar with things from cereal with yogurt or fresh fruit to eggs with bacon. The best part is that the cost of staying there is the same as their inferior competition. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not magical, but we love how it is consistently predictable in cleanliness and comfort for a family wanting an affordable place to stay on the road.

On this move down to San Diego we had one night in between loading our stuff on the truck and unloading it at the new house. We stayed in the HIExpress in San Clemente and it was beautiful, having just been remodeled, and was just as impressive as the others we have stayed in through our travels.¬† After another successful stay with them I thought I would give them my official¬† thumbs up and seal of approval. Next time you’re looking for a great place to stay I suggest checking to see if there is a Holiday Inn Express nearby and if there is, go there!

PS. We are loving our new home and have just the office and garage left to unpack. We miss our friends and family, but have found everyone at church and at school to be super friendly.  It has made the transition so much easier!


  1. korby
    Nov 3, 2009

    I am SO GLAD it has been a good transition. I will remember the review next time we need a hotel. I look forward to the Halloween pictures.

  2. Auntie Lauralee
    Nov 3, 2009

    Hooray, I’m glad things are going well for you all.
    Moving is such a big job whether its across town
    or across the country. I know you are all handling
    it as well as can be expected.

    I think my Bob stayed at a Holiday Inn Express
    when he was in Washington D.C. last time and
    said it was really great. I’ll keep it in mind for sure.

  3. kirbell
    Nov 6, 2009

    So glad you are getting settled and that things are going well. We miss you, especially Sabrina.

  4. ShaRene
    Nov 6, 2009

    Wow! I’m impressed you only have 2 rooms left to unpack.
    We miss you guys too.

  5. heather m.
    Nov 8, 2009

    So happy the move went so smoothly. I am thrilled you have found such a fabulous home, and I am so excited to see pics once you are all settled! Take care and we miss you!