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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.
|Feature||Holiday Inn||Holiday Inn Express||Verdict|
|Hotel locations||There are no Holiday Inn Express hotels in New Zealand.|
|Free breakfast?||No||Yes||Holiday Inn Express offers free breakfast.|
|Is there a loyalty program? Is it free to join?||IHG Rewards Club — yes||IHG Rewards Club — yes||They offer the same loyalty scheme.|
|Free Wi-Fi?||Yes||Yes||Both hotels offer free Wi-Fi.|
|Is there an executive lounge?||In some hotels||No||Holiday Inn offers executive lounges.|
|Pet-friendly?||Some are||Some are||Both offer pet-friendly hotels.|
|Is there online chat?||Yes||Yes||Both offer chat.|
|Payment options||They offer the same ways to pay.|
|Can I price match?||Yes||Yes||Both price match.|
|Cancellations and changes||Cancellation 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?||Yes||Yes||Both offer some smoking rooms.|
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.
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?
Compare both before booking to make sure you get the best deal in your desired destination.
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