Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sterling Heights-Detroit Area

This hotel was the perfect location for my upcoming project just down the street. As a big fan of the IHG brand, it was a must to try this location. Downtown Detroit is only a 30-minute drive away without traffic.

Check-In

I arrived late afternoon and check in was, as usual, no problem. Front desk staff was super friendly checking me in and gave me all the details about the hotel. Already when I walked in I saw that the hotel was brand new. I got my wireless room keys and headed for the elevator.

Holiday Inn Express

Grand Opening

A couple of days later the hotel had its official grand opening ceremony for this hotel. I found a note in my room that they even will be on the same day in the afternoon. I got lucky that I came back throughout the day to actually find this note. Otherwise, I would have missed this event. This was my first hotel grand opening event I ever attended.

Grand Opening


Grand Opening

The mayor of Sterling Heights, Chamber of Commerce, IHG representatives and the hotel owner were only a few of the important guests attending this event. There was plenty of food and drinks for everyone. The food was amazing and they had everything from small finger food to desserts like cookies in Holiday Inn style. Just awesome.

Grand Opening Buffet


Grand Opening Buffet


Grand Opening Buffet


Grand Opening Buffet


Grand Opening Buffet


Grand Opening Bar


Grand Opening

After the speeches from some of the VIP’s, all guests headed outside for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ribbon Cutting


Ribbon Cutting

They also had three open rooms for the guest to look at it and a raffle to win prizes. As usually, I didn’t have any luck.

Rooms

My room had a perfect size. It was spacious enough to not feel like everything got cramped inside just to have it in there. The wall mounted TV gives you extra storage space right below it and the desk and closets on either side of the TV fill one side of the room. My king-sized bed was located adjacent to the TV and offered a wall mounted nightstand on either side.

The suites are just a bit bigger than the regular rooms. I would recommend going for a regular King or Queen room or go for the Featured King room with the Whirlpool Tub.

The entrance area of the room had a tiled floor. I love this setup, which helps to keep the carpets clean when you come in on a rainy or snowy day. The fridge, microwave and coffee maker are located there as well and the bathroom is entered from there as well. There is also a small corner table ideal for car keys and wallet.

I had a little welcome present on my desk when I arrived in my room. That was a nice move of the hotel.

Room 427


Room 427


Welcome Present

Below pictures of the King Suite, Queen Suite, and King Feature Room

King Suite

King Suite (Room 309)


King Suite (Room 309)


King Suite Bathroom (Room 309)


King Suite Bathroom (Room 309)


King Suite (Room 309)

Queen Suite

Queen Suite (Room 314)


Queen Suite (Room 314)

King Feature

King Feature Room (Room 326)


King Feature Bathroom with Whrilpool Tub (Room 326)

Common Areas

The lobby offers a small marketplace next to the front desk and a lot of seating area to hang out and linger. There are TV’s in the lobby and breakfast area and one is available for your use. The remote is right on the table. This TV is located adjacent from the front desk. There are two PC’s located in the lobby where you can browse the web and be able to print if you have to.

There is an outdoor patio out to the back with heating posts for colder days.

Patio Area

The pool is located indoors and open year-round. This is great, especially in the winter time.

Indoor Pool


Indoor Pool

The fitness center offers everything you need for a workout of your choice.

Fitness Center


Small Conference Room


Big Conference Room

A big advantage of the hotel is the location. There is a movie theater right out the back of the hotel in walking distance. It’s probably a five-minute walk to get to it. A little further away, maybe 15 minutes walking, is a Target store.

Dining

The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast like in all Holiday Inn Express hotels. Kids will love the pancake maker. Some days they ran out of food items like milk or toast but give them some time. The hotel is just over two months old. The staff is keeping tables clean and items stocked. The actual breakfast food area is separated in a room with hinged doors. Throughout the day the room is closed but the tables are still available for your convenience to sit down and relax.

Breakfast Area


Breakfast Area

Address:

8515 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
USA
Phone: +1 (586) 272-2300
Web: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/sterling-heights/dttwa/hoteldetail

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Hotel

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Marketplace

Room

  • Free WiFi
  • 49″ Flatscreen TV
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Hotel

24-hour receptionist on duty

Check-In: 03:00 p.m.

Check-Out: 12:00 p.m.

24 hours valet parking

Dining

Breakfast

Monday – Friday: 06:30 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday: 07:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Pool, Fitness Center and more

Fitness Center

24 hours Monday – Sunday

Swimming Pool

09:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.

Self Parking

In and out privileges
free
Location

Address:

8515 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
USA
Phone: +1 (586) 272-2300
Web: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/sterling-heights/dttwa/hoteldetail

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Amenities

Hotel

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Marketplace

Room

  • Free WiFi
  • 49″ Flatscreen TV
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Hours of Operation

Hotel

24-hour receptionist on duty

Check-In: 03:00 p.m.

Check-Out: 12:00 p.m.

24 hours valet parking

Dining

Breakfast

Monday – Friday: 06:30 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday: 07:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Pool, Fitness Center and more

Fitness Center

24 hours Monday – Sunday

Swimming Pool

09:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.

Parking

Self Parking

In and out privileges
free

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sterling Heights-Detroit Area

8.4

Breakfast

9.0/10

Location

10.0/10

Amenities

9.5/10

Design

10.0/10

WiFi

10.0/10

Service

10.0/10

Location

0.0/10

Pros

  • Brand New Hotel
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Close to Target and Movie Theatre

Cons

  • Suites should be more distinct from regular rooms
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