Chain Hotel Yes, Individual Yes Too!
Only an overnight stay en-route to Montana, intended merely as a rest and refuel stop, take in Rockies National Park in the morning and then continue north.
Hey! This was cool! Checked-in, got upgraded to suite, got me all in a tizzy - which bathroom to use?
Holiday Inn has a certain reputation for blandness, for being the same anywhere you go, and, to a certain extent, this is true - but then that "blandness" is a blandness of basic quality - you know what the minimum standard is going to be. Here, at Estes Park, we had the blandness - the blandness of basic luxury AND several BIG plusses. As always, It is people who make places, the staff were excellent, the locals friendly, the guitar duo playing in the bar/restuarant - really nice chill-out feel to the place.
Definitely reccommended! And yes, it does have a pool, and a pool table, and tables by the pool, and a fitness centre, and great views. The food is not too bad either - OK Katherine wasn't too impressed by her crab cakes, but she has been spoiled by The Keystone Inn's, I personally thought they were fine. My lobster cheesecake was delish - think savoury!
The only fault was that despite searching in all the cupboards and closets, even checking the drawers, there was no mini-bar - but a bottle of house red from the bar is doing the trick, even as we speak :)
I don't know what the "Rack-rate" is, but booking direct online this was a steal!