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Holiday Inn vs. Holiday Inn Express

Discover the differences between these accommodation options.

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How much difference can one little word make when it comes to hotel chains?

The differences between a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express are subtle, but they matter. Overall, you’ll get more services at a Holiday Inn. For example, a Holiday Inn usually has an onsite restaurant and bar — a Holiday Inn Express simply has a breakfast area.

Holiday Inn vs. Holiday Inn Express

FeatureHoliday InnHoliday Inn ExpressVerdict
Hotel locations
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • US
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South America
  • USA
There are no Holiday Inn Express hotels in New Zealand.
Free breakfast?NoYesHoliday Inn Express offers free breakfast.
Is there a loyalty program? Is it free to join?IHG Rewards Club — yesIHG Rewards Club — yesThey offer the same loyalty scheme.
Free Wi-Fi?YesYesBoth hotels offer free Wi-Fi.
Is there an executive lounge?In some hotelsNoHoliday Inn offers executive lounges.
Pet-friendly?Some areSome areBoth offer pet-friendly hotels.
Is there online chat?YesYesBoth offer chat.
Payment options
  • American Express
  • Business Advantage
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Business Advantage
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
They offer the same ways to pay.
Can I price match?YesYesBoth price match.
Cancellations and changesCancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be canceled with 24-hour notice.Cancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be canceled with 24-hour notice.Both offer similar cancellation policies.
Does it have smoking rooms?YesYesBoth offer some smoking rooms.
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Which offers the best price?

Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express offer very similar prices. However, Holiday Inns are usually a tad cheaper — probably because breakfast isn’t included in the overnight rate.

We compared rates for the same overnight stay at a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express in downtown Dallas, located about two miles away from each other. The Holiday Inn Express was a bit more expensive, with rates starting at $113.05 for two beds, while prices at the Holiday Inn began at $107.40.

Prices obtained March 2020.

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Whether you go for a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express probably comes down to your preference for breakfast. Do you prefer that easy continental buffet experience, or would you rather drop some dough at its restaurant?

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