City: St. Johns, Canada // Loyalty Program: IHG Rewards Club // Stay: September 2018
My flight route from Dublin via St. Johns to Halifax was supposed to happen within one day but because of a maintenance problem, my ticket for the flight form St. Johns to Halifax got rebooked to to next morning. From WestJet I received a voucher for the accomodation and two 15$ F&B voucher. My hotel voucher was assigned for the nearby Holiday Inn Express and Suites. They hotel does operate a shuttle but I decided to walk to the hotel which takes 10 minutes maximum. A walk was quite necessary after spending 5 hours waiting for my flight and another 3 hours on the airplane which was standing on the airfield because the maintenance issue.
Already in the lobby I noticed how new and renovated everything looks. During check-in I found out that the hotel opened in 2016. The check-in itself went smooth and the receptionist showed exceptional friendliness. Originally I booked a Holiday Inn Express hotel in Halifax but due to my cancelled flight I wasn't able to stay there. I kindly asked the receptionist if she could call the Holiday Inn Express in Halifax if they could cancel my reservation and they did it without a penalty fee for the late cancelation.
The impression of the new and modern look was continuing in the room as well, everything very modern and clean. The room is very spacious and the mix of blue and beige colors made a pleasant atmosphere. The room was equipped with a king-size bed, a lounge chair, a TV, a work desk, a coffee machine, as well as a microwave and refrigerator. Really spacious and well equipped even for a longer stay.
The bathroom offers a spacious shower with sliding glass door, a toilet and sink with storage space. Here as well everything spotless clean.
The hotel near the St. Johns Airport offers a fully open fitness room and swimming pool. The hours for use are from 6am to 10pm Both facilities are easily accessible on the lobby level. Due to my very short stay I was unable to use both.
Next to the lobby are some seating areas to work or relax as well a desk with computers and printers. There is also a Lobby Market next to the reception, where you can buy various snacks, sandwiches, meals to warm-up and drinks. There is also a tea and coffee station which is available for use throughout the day.
As I mentioned before, I received for my cancelled flight from WestJet the hotel voucher and a voucher for food and beverages. Actually I got two 15$ Voucher for food and beverages. One voucher I used at the Lobby Market next to the front desk where I got the snacks and drinks on the photo. The second voucher I used for breakfast the next morning at the airport. My flight left 5am so I couldn't get breakfast at the hotel.
On my flight form Dublin to St. Johns I received on my flight banana bread as part of the service. I've never eaten banana bread before and it was so delicious. Once I saw it in the Lobby Market I had to get another portion of it.
My alarm was getting me out of bed at 2.15am for my flight at 5am so I spent a rather short night at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites St. Johns Airport. I took the free shuttle of the hotel which operates day and night every 30 minutes.
I have to say it was a short but very pleasant stay and to be honest somehow thankful that my flight got cancelled. Without that I would have never experienced this hotel. I really liked the location, the staff and the modern design of the hotel. The staff has been incredibly friendly by helping me avoiding no-show fees at the hotel where I was supposed to stay. I will definitely come back to St. Johns to see more of the city and Newfoundland and for this I will book the Holiday Inn Express and Suites St. johns Airport to fully experience it. Also my favorite hotels are airport hotels.
This hotel is definitely a recommendation for a layover between flights or as the first night after the airplane arrives late to have a smooth arrival in St. Johns.
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