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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Wilson-Downtown

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel was a welcome relief to the last hotel we stayed in Wilson. Will keep this one on our list as we travel down 95. The Front desk folks were very professional and friendly. Room was clean, beds very comfortable. Breakfast was decent and room eating area was kept clean and orderly. TV was on which is not my favorite, but not too loud. (enough for some white noise.)

Due to business, I stayed at this hotel several different times throughout the month of Jan 2018. Each room I had was clean and the beds were comfy. I was actually impressed & surprised at the decor {and very spacious bathroom} in each hotel room. The staff were friendly and helpful. The only concern I have is their cleaning products. To be honest, I'm not sure if it's cleaning products or room spray but it is overwhelmingly strong and it literally took my breathe away on my first visit. If you have asthma or any other breathing problems I would suggest you stay away. I highly recommend they reconsider using an alternative to this high scented whatever it is. The breakfast every morning was hot and delicious . Great variety.

My sister and I spent the night of December 30th at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilson, NC. The price was reasonable, staff were pleasant, the beds comfy, and an excellent included breakfast the following morning. Two days later, after reaching our destination, I realized I had lost my computer (my life). Phyllis answered the phone and I learned housekeeping had found my computer and that it was in the manager's office. I was so relieved!! Phylis looked after sending it by Fed Ex overnight delivery to my address in Florida. Holiday Inn Express and their staff are gems!!.

We had stayed the night before in another Country Inn property (Lumberton, NC) where our experience had not been satisfactory, so we were a little apprehensive about having made a reservation at the same time for this property. But it was very different from the night before. The facilities were very fine. Everything worked perfectly, including the Wi-Fi. Breakfast was passable, but at least it was hot. The staff was very courteous and efficient,

We stay here several times per year. We keep coming back because we know our stay will be quiet, safe, comfortable; and I love the FREE breakfast. I feel like a VIP when they have the Manager's Social during the week. We'll see you again in December!

I began staying at this property back in 2000 and for many years it was pretty good. It was especially nice that they had a 'manager's reception' in the evenings, which was always popular with my colleagues and myself. Over the years this property has just been in a slow downward spiral and I think I've had enough. My chief complaints are with the slow deterioration in the condition of the facility. They have been doing work on the property for the past year or two trying to fix it up, but they're not doing a very good job. Case in point, I stayed here for a week in June 2017 and they were replacing the carpet at that time. Problem is, they were replacing the carpet on my floor during the day, so when I would try to come or go from my room during the day I sometimes couldn't get in/out because they had pulled up the old carpet and laid down the glue for the new carpet...or the new carpet was laid down but not trimmed yet and was propped up against my door. Then, they were replacing the carpet on the floor above me late into the evening...excuse me...morning...1am, 2am, 3am, 4am, etc...they basically worked all night, more than one night...constant bumping and banging noises that ruined my ability to get any sleep. And the worst part is that the carpet they put in looks like it was ripped out of a video arcade or bowling alley. Just the worst. Another problem is the constant flow of people who are not guests and not employees.....but appear to be friends and family of the employees. They're always hanging out, partaking of the reception, using the pool, sometimes breakfast. It's annoying and makes me feel less than safe here. Several years ago a colleague of mine woke up to find his car up on blocks in the hotel parking lot, someone had stolen the wheels and tires off his car. The police suspect a possible 'inside' job. And last, there's the manager's reception. This too has declined over the years. They used to do a really good job of putting out a nice spread of food and beverages from 5-7pm Monday through Thursday. Then the quantity and selection began to decline, and sometimes if you weren't there in the first 15 mins you might not get anything. Then they trimmed it back to just one hour, from 6-7pm...again with a very limited selection and quantity. So, here I am, back again...only to find that the reception is now only on Wednesday from 6-7pm. That was the last and only reason I had left to stay here. I'll now be staying at the Hampton Inn down the street. So long HIE, it's been real.

Big suggestion: try not to get a room near an exit door. People are not considerate of sleeping folks when they have to go to work. The staff are very nice offering good suggestions of places to eat or get takeout. Breakfast was good, certainly filling.

Traveling from Florida to New Hampshire. Bad reviews on other hotels nearby so I stuck with my go to Holiday Inn... Needed a quick recharge and family and I had no complaints. 2 rooms 4 beds less than $200. Served its purpose, clean rooms, staff was great! Right off the 95 which makes it easier to get back on the road in the morning and breakfast is included which helps a lot with the kids. Satisfied customer.

Room was ok, typical for HIE properties. What was atrocious was the lack of sanitation at breakfast, and even worse, the front desk attitude when it was brought to their attention. Hotel had a large group of foreign travellers. They were reaching into the food buffet with fingers and directly grabbing out food. There were serving tongs readily available, they just didn't use them. No one from the hotel was supervising the breakfast room, only one staff who was doing cleanup, and did not respond. I brought the issue to the attention of the front desk clerk, with the suggestion they talk to the group organizers and set expectations. What I got back was attitude - "we put out the utensils, we are not responsible to see they use them, its like any buffet". When I suggested otherwise, that they were responsible to supervise the buffet, the attitude got worse. If you must stay in this place, avoid the breakfast buffet. They don't care what kind of violations happen.

Front desk people nice. This hotel needs a renovation. Starting to get worn out like a Hollywood actress who has hit 40. Not in a pretty area. Clientele a little blue collar. Vaguely smells like cigarettes smoke.

2308 Montgomery Drive W Wilson NC

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Fitness center

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Wilson-Downtown places you within a few miles (5 km) of Edna Boykin Cultural Center and Imagination Station. This hotel has 70 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central Wilson and also within a 15-minute drive of Wedgewood Golf Course.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay.


All 70 air-conditioned rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include free newspapers, free local calls, and hair dryers.

Property features

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Wilson-Downtown features a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. A stay here includes free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a business center, a seasonal outdoor pool, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

84.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 110 reviews