Former Holiday Inn, still has a ways to go
Posted Aug 29, 2016
While this hotel has undergone a pretty big interior facelift to the lobby and bar/grill area, the ghost of the past "Holiday Inn grown shabby" remains. Some of the rooms have been renovated (request them if possible), but once you look past the contemporary bedroom and bathroom furniture, you puzzle over why they didn't replace the gross, old can light fixtures, outlets and switches in the bathrooms? The carpet and interior paint job is new, but there were still spots on the bathroom ceiling that were patched and not primed/painted. Plus, there were no toilet paper holders in the bathroom; apparently, the old vanities had them built-in and no one bothered to make sure they installed new ones. The tile base in the bathroom was not a bullnose; they used regular floor tile which leaves an exposed, unglazed and dirt-prone hard edge. I admit, there's a clean and modern looking lobby and common area near the updated rbg Bar & Grill which follows the template of most "rehabbed" middle-pricepoint hotels: sleek wall tile, minimalist lighting, sharp corners/clean lines. This is an attempt to distract you from the unchanged, dated exterior and lingering aroma of mildew in the older, unrenovated rooms near the pool (former roof leak?). Because we had to be in town for a funeral in Ellwood City and this was the only hotel closer than Cranberry or New Castle, we chose to stay here out of convenience rather than preference. The pool area is unchanged & all staff were very pleasant.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 1, 2016 by Sam, Hotel Management
Thank you for reviewing the hotel, we will passed along your concerns to our management company. We hope as our hotel continues its renovation process that you will stay with us once again.