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Holiday Inn Express opens

“We have the nicest, cleanest, newest hotel in 100 miles,” Jack Moore, area director of sales, said of Farragut’s newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Express.

The Express, 816 N. Campbell Station Road, has been open little more than a month, and boasts a fitness room, indoor heated saltwater pool and a large conference room featuring a daily continental breakfast.

“We have sausage, gravy, biscuits just like Granny used to make. We’ve got cheese omelets … all types of pastries, yogurts, milk, juices, bagles, coffee,” Moore said.

“It’s one of the reasons we stay booked almost every night,” he laughed.

Each of the 79 hotel rooms boasts a 32-inch flat screen television, microwave and mini-fridge. The rooms also contain hair dryers, irons and ironing boards and two telephones, both voice-mail capable.

“There is a guest laundry room on each floor,” Moore said, adding all of the rooms and lobby areas have free wireless Internet access.

The hotel is smoke- and animal-free.

Moore was especially proud of the bedding at the hotel, all of which, he said, is washed after each guest stays in a room.

“It’s surgically clean,” he said.

The Holiday Inn Express also has a business center, open to guests of the hotel, that houses a computer, fax machine, printer and telephone.

The hotel’s different suites have different amenities.

A large family suite has two king beds, a queen pull-out sofa and a full kitchen. Another “travel suite” boasts a king-size bed and a Jacuzzi tub. Other rooms are handicap accessible.

“Each of the rooms are pretty much self-contained,” Moore said, but guests need only to call the front desk for additional towels or a rollaway bed.

The saltwater pool is stocked with towels and is adjacent to the fitness room. The pool opens onto a patio, which soon will be stocked with picnic tables.

“We have reunions, we have ball teams, baseball teams, soccer teams,” Moore said.

The location, convenient to Turkey Creek and Farragut, was a big draw for customers, he added.

The former Holiday Inn location off Lakesedge Drive is now an Econolodge.


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