Located a 2-minute drive from the nearest Highway 99 on-ramp and about a 10-minute drive from Bakersfield's city centre, the Holiday Inn Express Bakersfield is geared towards road travellers who require a hotel with easy highway access, a free breakfast and an outdoor pool.
This hotel has 108 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Rooms with a jetted tub, a DVD player and a living area with a sofabed are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.
Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a basketball court and a putting green. There are also two meeting rooms, a business centre, laundry facilities, a free buffet breakfast and free parking. Pets are not permitted.
Buck Owens Crystal Palace is about an 8-minute drive away, while Superior Shopping Center can be found 7 minutes from the hotel on foot. California State University, Bakersfield is roughly a 15-minute drive away and Meadows Field Airport (BFL) is roughly 15 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: September 1, 2013)
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, breakfast and staff.
Numerous reviewers were pleased with the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as well equipped, clean, quiet and spacious, with efficient air conditioning, good water pressure and comfortable beds.
The hotel's breakfast was praised by many lodgers, who described it as fresh, fantastic, well stocked and well tended, with plenty of hot and cold items and a clean breakfast area.
Several guests complimented the hotel's staff. They were characterized as friendly, professional, efficient and helpful with carrying guest luggage.
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about noise transfer.
A few guests complained of noise disruptions during their stay. They reported traffic noise in street-facing rooms, train noise late at night and noise from guests in rooms overhead.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #16 of 57 Bakersfield hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 112 reviews.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 with a 91% recommendation rate from 140 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.6 out of 10 from 31 reviews.
The author called the hotel on September 1, 2013 to verify some information.