Spending some time in Jacksonville, Florida? Check out our Weekend Getaway at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville-South!
Sometimes you just need to getaway for a few days, and that's exactly what we did last week. Living in Panama City, we've done several day trips west of us. We've been to Gulf Shores and Pensacola. We took it east of here by a couple of hours and went to Panacea. However, we've never been much further than a day trip.
Recently Zack and I had been discussing where to go that we could getaway for a few days. We haven't taken a vacation in years. Disney was the last one, and that was too long ago to even recall. I started looking online and discovered that Jacksonville was the perfect place. They have a huge zoo and a science and history museum. Plus they are only a short drive from St. Augustine, a place we've been wanting to check out for a while now.
I started researching hotels and found that prices change as quickly as gas prices do here. One day it's one price and two days later it's different. I decided to narrow down a few, and go from there. The one thing that stuck out to me about the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville-South was the location. 30 minutes from the zoo, 15 or so minutes from the museum, and only a 45 minute drive to St. Augustine. We had found our hotel! I booked straight with the hotel because after price comparisons, it was actually cheaper!
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Upon arriving I was overly impressed with the friendliness of the staff. I'm not sure if it's because we are reward members, or if it's standard, but Zack and I received cold bottles of water, and the girls received cookies. Check-in was a breeze. I used the text they had sent me with the confirmation number. We were checked in under 5 minutes.
I chose a suite for us to stay in because I wanted the room with space, a microwave, and fridge. It was perfect for our family of four! There was plenty of room to spread out without having to watch tv from the beds. And that couch that Kayla is sitting on...it also makes out into a bed!
Speaking of the beds...high thread count sheets, down comforters, perfect pillow topped mattress pad, and fluffy pillows were wonderful. We were so in love with our bed that we had to check and see what kind of mattress we were sleeping on, because we want to upgrade ours!
The room was really above what I had set for standards. I haven't been in a Holiday Inn since I was growing up, and to be honest, it wasn't anything nearly as nice as this one! The cleanliness of this room was superb. There weren't any weird stains or stale smelling air.
The bathroom was upgraded nicely with a drop in sink, and a light surrounding the mirror that makes putting make up on a breeze! Toiletries were from Bath & Body Works, and the note on the sink mentions that if you forgot anything from a toothbrush to a razor, to let the front desk know so they could give you what you needed.
One of my biggest complaints with hotel rooms is storage space. You normally have a small set in closet to store your family of how ever many's belongings. Not here, we had plenty of space for suitcases, and all the extras our family seems to bring along.
Since we did choose a suite, our room was equipped with a microwave, fridge, and sink. It was perfect for the two nights that we had planned on eating in the room. I had made two simple meals that were easily heated in the microwave....oh, and check it out, more storage! I was also thrilled to see a Keurig for the coffee maker. Zack and I love coffee, so this was an added bonus!
At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville-South they had a pool, but we were honestly too busy to check it out. It looked very nice though. There was also a small gym. Again, too busy to stop and workout. We did enjoy the complimentary breakfast! From eggs, sausage, biscuits, and make your own toast station to yogurts, cereal (hot and cold), bagels, pancakes, and the best cinnamon rolls ever! I also loved the coffee station and juice choices. It's really the perfect place to stay whether you are on a weekend getaway or a full weeks vacation. There is tons to do around Jacksonville to keep you and your family busy.
We will definitely stay here again if we ever find ourselves in Jacksonville again!