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Holiday Inn Express Coralville, Iowa - Road Trip With Madison Part 2



I promised that I would share some more of my adventures from my road trip. For those who are reading this for the first time, mommy and I along with my siblings, recently decided to take a road trip from Colorado to Canada.  We highlighted a few of what we saw in Road Trip with Madison Part 1. The trip in itself was 22 hours, but that was if mommy decided to drive without stopping. With a toddler in the backseat there was no way she was not going to stop. I wasn't going to let her do that. On our way back to Colorado we experienced such a bad snow storm that we had to stop. We decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Coralville, Iowa, and we had such a great experience at the Holiday Inn Express that I just have to share it with you. 



One of the things that mommy looks for in a hotel when traveling with kids is that there is a free continental breakfast. With kids who are always hungry in the morning it is a top priority. The check in process was very easy and not having a reservation before hand, mommy was pleasantly surprised that there were still lots of room available. When I got to my room the first thing I did was jump on the bed. I just love jumping on hotel beds, well any bed to be honest! Don't you? That didn't last long because after traveling for almost 12 hours I was so tired that I fell fast asleep, with no warning what-so-ever. Mommy on the other hand stayed up for a bit, surfed the Internet and called everyone letting them know that we made it safe to Iowa. If you happen to have your laptop with you, they also offer free complimentary Internet as well. 


Upon waking the next morning before checking out, mommy and my siblings and me of course decided to go down to the breakfast bar to have breakfast. I have to say that the Holiday Inn Express has one of the best continental breakfasts that I have yet to experience. It is actually called Express Start but there was nothing express about it at all. On our way to Canada we spent the night at Best Western and while our stay there was nice, their breakfast was mediocre to say the least. 



Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the Holiday Inn Express made sure that we were happy. There was everything there that is needed for the perfect breakfast. There were eggs, pancakes, waffles, cereal, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fruit, yogurt, orange juice, and apple juice, just to name a few. According to the Holiday Inn Express, they boast that they have over 150 items available just for breakfast. To be honest I didn't see that much but they did have a lot. 



Check out was very easy. Since mommy had pre-paid for her room all it took was placing her keycard in the slot. Mommy insisted on getting a receipt for her travel. Mommy likes to know that whatever charges on her AMEX matches what she paid for. Smart mommy! Since it was the Christmas holidays, the Holiday Inn Express decorated their lounge making it warm and inviting for their guests. Don't you just love their Christmas tree? 


Amenities such as flat screen TV, great comfy beds, microwave and refrigerator and also your coffee maker in your room, you won't want to leave. With friendly staff, great service and an excellent continental breakfast mommy and I recommend that the next time you're taking a trip through Iowa; if you happen to stop at Coralville, stop at the Holiday InnExpress at Coralville, Iowa. You would love it as much as mommy and I did. Well as much as my siblings did as well too. 



The Holiday Inn Express in Coralville, Iowa gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP! Now this isn't a sponsored post. I wasn't paid to write this at all. I just wanted to share my experience at this hotel that I came to love. 


Annmarie John
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  1. I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express before and never had a bad stay.... unlike other places I have stayed in. I love when they offer a breakfast.

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  2. I wish I could zonk out like you did, and yes I love jumping on hotel beds too!
    Happy you enjoyed your stay!

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  3. Madison and my girls would definitely be fast friends, because they jumping on beds and would have also went to town with all those breakfast foods, too!! :)

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  4. I would have to agree with you! The Holiday Inn does have one of the best continental breakfasts ever.

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  5. I am not too far away! Glad you enjoyed!

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  6. Oh I love jumping on hotel beds too! You surely looked like you had a long day, you are totally zonked! I'm really happy that you and your mommy and siblings made it back safe. Love you munchkin!

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  7. I have stayed at a Holiday inn before but none of them looked that great! I am glad they have changed the way they do things! I love the buffet!

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  8. I never knew Holiday Inn was known internationally too (I mean, have different branches) my mom loves to stay at this hotel we get to go like a lot within a year haha!

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  9. All the Holiday Inn's I have ever stayed at over the years have been great. Although I am not much of a breakfast person there were even some things there that I would eat. I don't travel anymore (never will I say never!) but if I do I will most probably stay at Holiday Inns.

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  10. One of my criteria for booking hotels is a free breakfast. No joke. My boys are up early, so we usually go right when it opens and then go back before we head out for the day.

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  11. hehe i love the picture of the little one sleeping it must have been a good bed and yum breakfast i love Holiday Inn and Hampton inn

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  12. I like Holiday Inn Express....they are clean and the staff are very friendly. I like their breakfast buffet - when traveling having breakfast included in the room rate..saves so much money for a family!

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  13. I love Holiday Inn. They are so friendly there and always seem to get good service. That breakfast looks delicious too.

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  14. We always stay at the Holiday Inn too! The breakfast is a nice touch, especially with the little ones. Great review! :) It's always nice to promote things out of the kindness of your heart!

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  15. Looks like a nice place to stay! Continental breakfasts have sure come a long way over the years, haven't they.

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  16. I've stayed a Holiday Inn Express several times for business, and I've always been thrilled with the quality they offer!

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  17. Sounds like a nice place Madison. Glad you made it home safe!

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  18. We have never stayed at this particular Holiday Inn Express we do like the chain. Always clean and good beds.

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  19. I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express before. I love their services! We never really make it up on time for breakfast I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.


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  20. My family needs a road trip too. I have never stayed at Holiday Inn Express, but I think I would like to give it a try. It looks like a great place to stay. Love a good continental breakfast.

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  21. I've never stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, but it looks like it accommodated your family really well.

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  22. Whenever we stay at a hotel I like to find a free continental breakfast as well. I love how it saves so much money!

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  23. It's nice to know that Holiday Inn Express has such a great breakfast. I will have to keep this in mind for our next travels. I can certainly see why its a great place to stay when you have children. And having free internet is good for mom and dad.

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  24. I am always on the lookout for hotels that offer breakfast. With as many kids as I have, saving money on the food is always a good thing! Another thing with HI is that you can get points quickly in their rewards program. And for the most part, they are inexpensive!

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  25. Your baby girl was zonked out! That must have been one comfy bed at the Holiday Inn Express.

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  26. I love staying at Holiday Inn Exresses--- great breakfast!

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  27. I have stayed in Holiday Inn Express in England and I really liked the hotel. They really have a great breakfast!

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  28. I stayed at one over Christmas when visiting my mom and it was super nice there as well. Really comfy and really quiet too.

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  29. The next time I travel I want to try a Holiday Inn express. Dang that breakfast looks fantastic. And sweet Madison is so cute passed out on the bed.

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  30. I am glad you had a great stay, the bed looked so comfy no wonder she fell asleep quickly. I always look for the breakfasts - I am usually the one that is ready to eat first thing so I can head down and grab food while everyone else sleeps.

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  31. It's always great to know of the best places to stay when traveling ... you want to know that you'll be treated well, safe and in a clean place when not in the comfort of your own home!

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  32. I really enjoy Holiday Inn Express! I've always had great experiences with them when I've stayed there! Their beds are comfy too!

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  33. So LOVE the picture of her asleep! This says it all - she is so comfy in this hotel!

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  34. Jumping on beds is always fun! My last road trip I was 13 and it was from Montreal QC to West Palm Beach Florida. lol yikes. Luckily it was during the warm season so We slept in the car no hotels. Would have loved staying at a holiday-inn for their yummy breakfast!

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  35. As a matter of fact, I do still love to jump on hotel beds! I mean..why else are they there?
    And boy do I understand free breakfast now that I have kids. Really beats leaving the hotel first to find something. Des screams for food in the morning!

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  36. Very nice arrangements for your road trip pit stop. they always do the best job for what we get. The room is a nice size too.
    Eliz

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  37. Looks like you had a lot of fun Madison!! How neat! :)

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  38. I've stayed at one and the quality was amazing for the price.

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  39. This looks like an awesome place to stay!

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  40. i haven't been at a holiday inn in years- but we have a trip in a few weeks i'll have to check for one near where we're heading. cute pic of you sleeping!

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  41. We love road trips in this family. We just took one over the summer to Chicago and we had a wonderful time.

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  42. Please tell me you did not wake that baby up out of her good sleep LOL Her sleeping like that tells me the mattresses were comfortable. I haven't stayed at a HI in a long time...I may need to check them out the next time we travel.

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  43. That is the cutest picture ever of your baby girl sleeping in the bed. LOL that's too funny

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  44. So nice of you to share and you weren't even paid to do it! Sounds like it was a wonderful experience. I can see how a good continental breakfast can come in handy with the kids. :)

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  45. We love the Holiday Inn... family getaways are so much fun! And you are so right, the continental breakfasts are awesome.

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  46. Sounds like a great place to stay free breakfast and wifi is a must for us i would go crazy without my internet lol.

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  47. i love the first photo! how adorable are here pjs! We love staing at the Holiday Inn

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  48. Holiday Inn Express is my go to hotel! I love their breakfast and they have the best comforters around!

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  49. We always visit the HOliday Inn Express! So convenient!!!!

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  50. Free continental breakfast and free wifi are a must when we travel. We will be taking a trip in October, and I will be sure to look into the Holiday Inns for our sleeping arrangements.

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  51. That bed looks so comfy! I've never been to Iowa, but I do love Holiday Inn Express!

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  52. It looks like you really enjoyed your stay and your breakfast at Holiday Inn express!

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  53. I could not agree with you more on complimentary breakfast. It saves us money and convenience.

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  54. I remember we checked in to Holiday twice during our travels too. I like their service and rooms too :)

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  55. The Holiday Inn Expresses are our favorites - we keep going back over and over. Love their breakfast too, all of us do - even the kids!

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  56. Hotel beds are the BEST to jump on! So bouncy and fluffy and ... comfortable! It seems you went from jumping to snoozing. :) That breakfast though! Whoa! That's way more than a stale bagel and day old orange juice that some hotels offer as breakfast. That actually looks pretty fantastic & fresh! Great pick Mommy!

    Also, your mom getting her receipt? Super smart. I've made that mistake of NOT getting it before ... never again! :/ Looks like you guys had a great time here and had a really great hotel experience! :)

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  57. Ha, look at her knocked out. That's a sound sleep endorsement if ever I've seen one, lol!! I like Holiday Inn Express. They're always clean and always conveniently located.

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