Looking for a review of the Holiday Inn in Tremblant? You’ve come to the right place!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve figured out that I’m a diva princess. It’s true. And I’m good with that moniker.
However, in my capacity as a writer who prides herself on offering actual information to her readers, I think it’s important that — when we travel for MommyGearest.com — we don’t just stay at the poshest five-star resorts that can be several thousand dollars a night. Because that’s just not reality for most people.
Reality for most people means that saving on lodging means more money to spend on activities, great food and making memories.
And, boy, are there memories to be made at Mont Tremblant.
So if the idea of staying in a suite twice as long in the village for the same amount of money was an option, would you be intrigued? Thought so.
Enter the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tremblant, which has budget- and family-friendly suite accommodations that are near the base of the Mont Tremblant village. Big B and I were fortunate enough a few years ago to be invited to stay in a one-bedroom suite during our second trip to Tremblant — just the two of us! (Cue romantic music.) And we stayed there a second time this winter along with a friend who booked her own room. (No romantic music.)
The Tremblant instalment of Holiday Inn Express & Suites is really well-priced (starting at about $150 a night for a nicely appointed double room or $300 a night for a suite); compare a one-bedroom suite here to a one-bedroom at Le Westin Tremblant and it’s about half the price. That means you can stay four nights here instead of two nights at Le Westin — as long as you know that you’re not going to get five-star decor or stellar soundproofing (more on that later).
The suite we were in years ago had two queen beds in one bedroom, a living area with fireplace and pullout sofa, a dining room and a kitchen with granite countertops. The bathroom was bright and done really well overall, even if it was a bit on the smaller side. A family of five or six would be quite comfortable in a room of this size, as long as you created a bathroom schedule.
This year, we booked a basic double room because I had been gifted some IHG Rewards Points that were begging to be used. It had its own bedroom with two double beds (ahhh — my own bed!) and a separate living space with a really good kitchenette.
This is, honestly, the nicest Holiday Inn Express in which I’ve ever stayed. It enjoyed a multimillion dollar facelift about a year ago, and it shows because it’s dressed nicely for the party. Even my friend who joined us couldn’t believe the value it offered considering its location and amenities.
It’s within easy walking distance of the ski hill, restaurants and shops — especially during the daytime hours when the cabriolet is running (which takes you from the lower end of the village into the upper end, and back again). The Holiday Inn Express is located just steps from this cabriolet, which I LOVE. Especially the mornings that you plan to ski right after breakfast and you wear your ski boots right out the front door.
This year, we even discovered that you can ski down from the upper village and there’s a snowy path that gets you even closer to the Holiday Inn Tremblant than the cabriolet!
Your stay includes a really decent breakfast — extra good considering it’s free — but don’t have expectations of an omelette station or anything. There’s a pancake-maker, though! And plenty of free coffee. Fruit, bagels, cereal…it’s kitted out quite well.
Seriously awesome pillows. I have to say that they were on par with Le Westin’s Heavenly pillows, and that’s a huge compliment. Because those pillows are probably embedded with crack they’re so good.
We found our rooms was kept very clean both times, every day of our stay.
The Holiday Inn Express’s front desk staff were great. Cheery and friendly without being phony, and genuinely helpful as we tried to figure out how to find this restaurant or that shop. This was consistent across both visits, too.
There’s an awesome outdoor hot tub, perfect for soothing tired muscles.
I loved the option of having a kitchen and dining area in both rooms; for families, this is a great way to save money. Especially since you’re now staying twice as long in Tremblant!
Because of the price point, the Holiday Inn Express Tremblant attracts a younger demographic. This means it can be noisier after dark. Knowing that the walls and windows aren’t entirely soundproof after our first visit, we used our white noise app and all was right in the world. But if some dude at the hotel across the street decides to start chip-chip-chipping away at ice in the driveway or a truck starts backing up out front of the hotel at dawn, you might hear them.
No close-up mirror in the bathroom! ACK! How’s a blind gal supposed to put her contacts in or do her intricate eye makeup when she doesn’t have said contact lenses in? Huh? It’s hard, I tell ya. The struggle is real. Please, Holiday Inn Express, go to IKEA and get some $6.99 FRÄCK mirrors for us oldies.
No king beds. Not one in the whole joint! We each took our own queen bed the first time around and doubles the next; not exactly conducive to romance on our couples’ weekend, but I sure was comfy!
4.5/5 (Not to be confused with a 4.5-star property; this rating reflects the incredible value for money offered at this hotel)
DISCLAIMER: The firm for whom I work counts IHG, the Holiday Inn Express’s parent company, as a client. I am in no way obligated or encouraged to provide coverage of any kind. I do so by my own choice and stand by all opinions as my own.