On a recent trip to Knoxville, TN to visit my daughter and her family, I chose to stay at a Holiday Inn Express in West Knoxville, TN.
My first prerequisite was a heated indoor swimming pool, so the grandkids would spend some time with me. Plus, it was great for doing water walking exercises. My five year old grandson changed Marco Polo into Marco Rubio. We had a lot of fun swimming together.
The next prerequisite was free wi-fi. No matter how hard I try to stay away from FB, I can’t do it. I just love keeping up with all of my friends. Though I know when to put the phone down and watch the kids, but I also need to keep my phone handy to take pictures.
My final prerequisite is having a free breakfast with hot choices. Not just cereal and a yogurt. This hotel provided scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hot cinnamon rolls, fruit, yogurt and cereal.
I also prefer non-smoking, free parking, and no pets. Most hotels are like that now.
And staying in West Knoxville gave me lots of perks – a Starbucks right down the road where I met a FB friend in person; and the mall was right across the street from there. There was a McKay’s book store just two buildings away from the hotel, and in the other direction, I took two of my grandkids to the Waffle House for a late breakfast (as we overslept the time offered at the hotel).
Getting on and off I-40 was easy because the hotel is located right on Papermill Pkwy. And it was less than ten minutes to downtown Knoxville, as we spent most of Sunday at the Civic Center for a dance competition. There was plenty of parking available in the garage across the street. The charge was only $5 for the day.
I would definitely stay at this Holiday Inn Express again, because it was also on the way to Nashville, to visit my other daughter and her husband.