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Get an overview of this hotelFamily-friendly hotel with water park and free breakfast


Located in Baxter, this family-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Northland Arboretum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cuyana Mine Pits and Lake Ossawinnamakee. Cragun's Legacy Courses and Brainerd International Raceway are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hotel Features

Along with a water park (surcharge), this smoke-free hotel has a restaurant and an indoor pool. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 98 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves. Room service, coffee makers, and free newspapers are among the other amenities available to guests.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a water park (surcharge), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter features an indoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel offers a restaurant. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is offered. A computer station is located on site and high-speed wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary.

Business-related amenities consist of a business center and a meeting room. Event facilities measure 1000 square feet (90 square meters). This family-friendly hotel also offers a children's pool, a fitness center, and an arcade/game room. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter is a smoke-free property.

  • Computer station 
  • Water park access (surcharge) 
  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 1000 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 90 
  • One meeting room 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 98 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Business center 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Restaurant 
  • Free self parking 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Spa tub 
  • Children's pool 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Children's pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Desk 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast.

Three Bear Bar and Grill - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a water park (surcharge) and a fitness center.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 40 per pet, per night, plus a deposit of USD 150 per stay
  • Dogs only
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet deposit: USD 150 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 40 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Holiday Inn Express Brainerd-Baxter
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel Brainerd-Baxter

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter ratings based on 53 Verified Reviews

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4.3 out of 5
92% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
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Kids weekend

5 out of 5
Posted Feb 21, 2017
Great, clean hotel. Kids loved the water park. Great breakfast.
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An A++++ Stay

5 out of 5
by from Metro MN
Posted Dec 24, 2016
Pros: The variety of activity possibilities for everyone.
Cons: The lasar tag area wasn't available. We wouldn't have missed it if we hadn't known it would have been a possibility.
Location: The Brainerd area always has a variety of choices of fun activities year round.
We were needing to find a fun place to enjoy getting together for a fun time to celebrate. The waterpark was wonderful for young and old alike. The room were also comfortable and suited the needs and interest of all family members. The children had a private kid's suite with their own TV and possibility to hook up game systems. Parents/adults had options for enjoying pursuits that suited them, too.
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Nice hotel

4 out of 5
by from Central Point, United States of America
Posted Oct 21, 2016
Nice rooms, modern decor, good buffet breakfast in the morning free of charge.
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great all around!

5 out of 5
Posted Oct 4, 2016
checkin was quick n easy, friendly staff, comfy clean rooms, waterpark is so family friendly w/ lifeguards & plenty of life jackets available, family hot tub tub temp was perfect ... great stay!!
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facing the highway, very noisy.

2 out of 5
Posted Sep 7, 2016
Pros: Location
Cons: sound baffers
Our stay summed up in one word NOISY. The air conditioner The walls were paper thin We heard people walking and talking in the halls I chose to stay here, my husband was not happy with me.
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Nice hotel with great water park.

5 out of 5
Posted Aug 26, 2016
Rooms were spacious and clean. Breakfast was delicious and loved the coffee in the lobby all day and night. The kids loved the water park. Ages of kids in our group were 1-12 and there was something for everyone. Snack bar and bar had a great variety of choices.
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Poor cancelation policy.

1 out of 5
Posted Aug 16, 2016
Customer hostile cancellation policy is very upsetting. It is frustrating to have to read the fine print to make sure that the business is not trying to take advantage of you.
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5 out of 5
by from Ham Lake, Mn
Posted Aug 10, 2016
Staff was great! Only spent one night there with five of my granddaughters. Room was large & clean, we did get 2 rooms(for the extra bathroom), but could have gotten by with one! The breakfast was good, water park kept them all busy, and the arcade room was very nice! I would definetly book again!
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close to Madden's

5 out of 5
Posted Aug 6, 2016
Pros: everything
Cons: no
Location: good
Good, we only stayed one night. We did not use the pool facilities. We liked the option of late check out.
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Great hotel with lots of fun options.

5 out of 5
by from Rosemount
Posted Jul 16, 2016
Lots of eating out and practicing trap shooting. Trap field close by and easy drive to get there.
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