Review – Holiday Inn Express Dusseldorf

After another awesome flight on Austrian Airlines, I hopped on my phone to hail an Uber to my hotel. After spending about 15 minutes fighting with the app which kept saying there was a system error, I Googled whether Uber was even in Dusseldorf anymore. Apparently they were not, so that was a largely wasted 15 minutes. So instead I headed for the metro stop at Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) and took the metro to my hotel – the Holiday Inn Express.

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Although I usually try to utilize points for stays, the Holiday Inn Express was ~$80 USD per night. As I was only going to be staying two nights, I decided to save the points for another stay. With taxes and fees, my two nights came out to just shy of $160 USD. I used my Chase Ink Plus to pay for the stay as it earns me 2x the points on hotel stays and I have been trying to top off my Ultimate Rewards points for a few upcoming trips.

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The hotel is not located in the most picturesque part of Dusseldorf, but it is a short walk to the historic downtown area and an equally short walk to the train station that I would be leaving from a few days later. I arrived after a quick metro ride from the airport and the lobby was completely deserted and dark. It somewhat reminded me of a horror movie honestly – but more so in a comical, this is rather weird kind of way rather than in a scary way.

My check-in was processed quickly and although I do not hold any status with IHG, there was a package with my name on it already put together. The friendly associate welcomed me to the hotel and gave me a run down on the amenities like complimentary breakfast. On the far side of the lobby was where breakfast was held in the mornings and then there was a very small bar and seating area right before that.

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I took the elevator up to my room on the 4th floor. I had reserved a standard room with a double bed and a pull out sofa as it was the same price as the standard room with just a double bed. Upon walking into the room, it was apparent this was an oddly laid out room. Immediately to the left upon walking in was the bathroom, which was a great size for a European hotel.

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The shower was a stand-up only style, which I much prefer, and which had plenty of space (which can be an issue for a 6’5″ guy in Europe or Asia).

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There were no amenities laid out, but rather only shower gel and shampoo from dispensers in the shower. While I have nothing against this system in theory, I really do not like shower gel when I shower and much prefer an actual bar of soap. I went down to the front desk and asked for just a regular bar of soap, but was told they do not offer that. Although I usually carry around a bar with me just in case, for some reason it was MIA from my bag this time. Since I was arriving on a Sunday night, there was nothing open around the hotel either for me to buy a bar from. That was rather frustrating!

But back to the room. Upon walking in, there was a short hallway that led to a small desk and chair.

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In a little alcove to the left was a small kettle with a small selection of tea and coffee.

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To the left was the main area of the room which featured the double bed and a small pull out sleeper sofa.

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I was actually kind of surprised by the amount of space in the room as I find most IHG properties in Europe tend to be rather small.

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On the wall opposite the bed was a small television hung on the wall.

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While the view was not stellar, it was still quite nice as I am a big fan of European architecture. Note the guy just hanging out on the roof on his laptop across the way.

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While I opted for a European breakfast at a local cafe the first morning, the second morning I was a bit hungover thanks to hitting every Alt bier house in Dusseldorf in one day and decided to check out the complimentary breakfast before heading to the train station.

Breakfast was about what you would expect – a selection of teas and a coffee machine that made everything from Americanos to Cappuccinos.

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A juice machine that offered apple or orange juice.

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Food wise, there was a small selection of deli meats, vegetables, fruit and yogurt.

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Along with your traditional breakfast breads and small pastries.

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They also offered some warmed hard boiled eggs.

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As well as some dessert cakes with various jams and jellies you could put on them.

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Lastly there was ice cold milk and cereal (which I apologize for not getting a better picture of). The cereal choices were corn flakes, some sort of granola or museli mix and fruit loops.

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There were no hot dishes to speak of on offer and the majority of what the breakfast offered seemed to be calorie bombs. Although a banana, a croissant and a coffee is a great breakfast to me, I am guessing a lot of American travelers might not find these breakfast offerings to be satisfactory. If you are looking for eggs and bacon from your breakfast offerings, best to look elsewhere in Dusseldorf. If you are like me though and would rather have breakfast locally or just use the breakfast buffets at hotels as a like snack in the morning, this one was perfectly fine.

After a quick bite and some coffee, I grabbed my roller bag, checked out quickly and proceeded to the train station where I would be catching a train with my friends to Amsterdam!

Final Thoughts

Overall, the stay was perfectly fine. I would not necessarily go out of my way to stay at this property again, but I also would have no hesitations about staying at this property again. If I do stay here again though, I am definitely bringing my own bar of soap though!

What is your favorite hotel in Dusseldorf?

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