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Room Report: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Seattle Tacoma Airport

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Arrival Experience: Frequent shuttles make the to and from the airport throughout the day and night with little need to wait for one. Once at the hotel, the attractive, two-level lobby features a fireplace in one corner and numerous seating areas with contemporary sofas and chairs giving the space a Pottery Barn feel. Staffers are friendly and eager to assist handing guests their room keys in a jiffy. A small gift shop sits behind the front desk for light snacks and sundries, and forgotten toiletries are not a concern here as free supplies are available from reception.

Dining: There is no formal restaurant, but the hotel's shuttle is happy to take guests to a nearby dining spot in between airport runs. Breakfast is complimentary and served in the lobby. Hot breakfast items include fresh pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, oatmeal and biscuits, all of which are a far cry from other hotel's more traditional continental breakfasts. Fresh coffee and tea is also available.

Accommodations: Guest rooms include several suites, which is quite unique for a Holiday Inn Express. Suite arrivals are treated to a large living room with work desk and kitchenettes. Large refrigerators are great for families or long-stay guests. Numerous power outlets are available near the desk, which is important for business travelers. Free wireless high speed Internet is another benefit available throughout the hotel. It is speedy and fast. Bedrooms feature king or queen beds with padded headboards and separate air conditioning units. The bathrooms are large and well lighted. Plentiful towels and toiletries from Bath & Body Works are in place. Standard guest rooms are equally large and have separate sitting and working areas.

Conclusion: The hotel is convenient to downtown as well since the airport shuttle can drop guests by the light rail getting them into town in no time. A business center provides Internet-equipped computers and a printer. Exercise buffs have access to a well-equipped gym, which is helpful on especially chilly days when a jog around the area is out of the question. This is a well-located and friendly airport option that places importance on value with contemporary amenities at an affordable price.

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