“A Diamond in the Bluegrass”
Hello to all-
Just a few weeks ago we brought to you the Victory Water H2O Product launch from Lexington, Kentucky. We were invited by Atlanta resident Derek Anderson to cover this product launch and before we knew it we were on our way. Lexington is a wonderful city full of kind people and the down home southern charm that the south prides itself on. Lexington is a city that further supports Atlanta’s claim as “the Crossroads of the South” (it’s a 5-6 hour drive and about a 1 hour flight). If you find yourself going to Lexington for any reason we highly suggest staying at the Holiday Inn Express Lexington Northeast. But don’t worry we have plenty of good reasons why:
Accolades: Two-year Torch Bearer Award and #1 on Trip Advisor
Fitness Room- Very basic but you have the option of using the full gym next door to the property (Snap Fitness) 24 hours a day for free. You can get a key from the front desk and be on your way in minutes.
Pool Area- Completely ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant and sport a new pool feature we hadn’t seen anywhere else. A mechanism that can lift a guest in a wheelchair and safely place them in the pool. It isn’t required everywhere just yet but they took the initiative to be one of the first.
Location- They are close enough to the highway that you can access it within seconds but far enough that you can’t hear traffic. They’re a mile and a half from downtown Lexington, 5 miles from the airport and racetrack, and 8 miles from the Kentucky Horse Park. The hotel rests beside a beautiful apartment complex, across the street from restaurants, and to the left of a gas station. The pharmacy, gas station, and restaurants are all within walking distance. So if you need to run any errands at all you can save gas and just walk.
Food- Their breakfast is absolutely amazing. Once you get to their buffet style breakfast room you have the choice of eggs, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, bacon, and more. The best part about their free breakfast is that they won’t close until everyone has been fed. I witnessed it myself to my surprise. The hours are from 6am-9am. I arrived at 825am. At most hotels within the last 30 minutes the staff is already cleaning up because the hours are almost over. The last person came downstairs around 10:50am, so they closed at 11:05am. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Dining hours have always been a deal breaker with me. Almost everywhere I went it seemed like hours would get earlier than the last and the staff would clean up earlier than necessary. Not at this hotel! The woman in charge continually asked people if they needed anything “specific” and she could prepare it, if anyone needed more bacon, bread, etc. They kept breakfast open an extra 2 hours because they wanted to make sure everyone was fed. Kudos!
Touch Screen- Their Touch Screen in the lobby features a weekly forecast, a list of restaurants in the area, shopping, local attractions, parks, and flight information.
Member Recognition Board- Meetings, local events, Platinum, Gold, and Elite guests can all be found here.
Staff- Extremely friendly and most are CTA certified (Certified Tourism Ambassador)
Other features include Hearing Impaired rooms, ADA compliant rooms and bathrooms, and a 1,600 sq. ft. meeting room. What struck me most was when I checked my watch inch closer to Noon and people were still getting breakfast. That’s when the Assistant GM William Walker told me, “We try to treat every guest like family, not just another dollar. We treat guests extremely good, we build our reputation based off customer satisfaction.” I can tell you first hand that this quote isn’t just a motto, they truly believe it.