Pros

  • In a quiet setting between Moab and Arches National Park
  • Modern chain hotel with a pleasant lobby
  • Clean, spacious rooms with microwaves, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Suites have sleeper sofas and kitchenettes with wet bars
  • Free hot breakfast with omelets and breakfast meats
  • Spacious heated outdoor pool with waterfall feature and two whirlpools
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • 24-hour fitness center with a good selection of Life Fitness equipment
  • Guest laundry room is open around the clock
  • 24-hour business center and meeting space for 50 people
  • Free parking includes spaces for large RVs
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Cons

  • Rates spike in peak season (common for the area)
  • It’s not within walking distance to downtown Moab
  • No restaurant or bar on-site
  • Some rooms face the parking lot
  • Pool area closes December through February
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Bottom Line

The lower-middle-range Holiday Inn Express & Suites Moab is a modern chain hotel positioned between downtown Moab and Arches National Park. It’s a peaceful setting, but somewhat isolated as it's not within reasonable walking distance to downtown and its restaurants. It makes a good base for tourists exploring the national parks, however, with a good amenities package that features a (seasonal) heated outdoor pool with a waterfall feature, two whirlpools, fitness center, laundry room, free Wi-Fi, and free hot breakfast. Rooms are clean, spacious, and nicely equipped with microwaves, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffeemakers. Rates are competitive but like those at other Moab hotels, they spike in peak season. Another attractive option in the heart of downtown, with comparable rates and amenities, is the lower-middle-range Comfort Suites.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Moab

Scene

A simple chain hotel with a casual vibe and a quiet, somewhat isolated setting

This casual chain hotel caters to an international clientele on the go, so many of its amenities like the pool, fitness center, laundry room, and business center are open around the clock. The three-story property’s natural stone pillars and entrance outside blend in well with the rugged and rocky surroundings that come right up to the back of the hotel. Inside, it’s modern and colorful, with the hotel’s logo illuminated in cobalt blue light behind the wood and glass reception desk. A set of  brown leather armchairs rests on a contemporary rug that’s splashed with orange, black, and yellow patterns. A glass etching of famous nearby rock formations  rests above a gas fireplace for a cozy ambience. Lights reflecting off the gold walls cast a warm, sunset-like glow. Located well outside downtown Moab, the quiet setting makes for a peaceful base from which to explore the nearby national parks. Guests include couples, families, and even business travelers. 

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Location

In a quiet setting between downtown Moab and Arches National Park

The Holiday Inn Express is located on a quiet stretch of Highway 191 between downtown Moab (a six-minute drive) and the Arches National Park visitors center (an eight-minute drive). One restaurant/bar can be reached on foot in about seven minutes but otherwise, you’ll need a car to get anywhere unless you want to walk 45 minutes into downtown. Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park take 30 minutes of driving to reach. Zion National Park takes about five hours by car, while Salt Lake City and its airport take a little less than four hours.

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Rooms

Simply pleasant, with microwaves, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and Keurig coffeemakers

The clean and pleasant rooms have simple motifs that in some respects reflect the spectacular red rocks that surround the hotel. The carpet has busy patterns that alternate shades or orange, red, and gold, while artwork displays the same Southwestern colors that blend nicely with the chocolate brown accent walls and espresso-finish wooden furniture that includes headboards and desks. Drapes and upholstered armchairs also are dark brown, as are the leather office chairs. The rooms are quiet and offer plenty of space for comfort. King and double queen bed configurations are available in standard rooms as well as in suites, which also have sleeper sofas and small kitchenettes with wet bars in a studio-style configuration. All rooms and suites come equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves, and Keurig coffeemakers. Free Wi-Fi, two-line phones with voicemail, and 37-inch flat screen TVs also are standard amenities. 

The bathrooms are nicely decorated and comfortably sized. They feature large, black granite vanities, brown tile floors, and tan tiling around the shower/tub combos. Rooms facing south typically have views of the ubiquitous red rock mountains, but many other rooms overlook little more than the parking lot.  

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Features

Heated outdoor pool, two whirlpools, free hot breakfast, fitness center, laundry room, and free Wi-Fi

This chain hotel has a nice amount of features for the price. The large and lovely pool area features a spacious heated pool with a waterfall feature, two whirlpools, a gas fire pit, and lots of tables and chairs. The area is open most of the year (March through November). Another top feature is the free breakfast buffet that includes omelets, breakfast meats, and fresh fruit. Snack vending machines are also available and the front desk sells bottled water. The fitness center is open 24-hours and is well-equipped with free weights and several pieces of Life Fitness cardio equipment, including two treadmills with video screens. The hotel also offers a bicycle storage facility, and a guest laundry room that doesn't close. One meeting room that can seat 50 people is available, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property. It also has a business center with two computers and two printers. Free parking includes spaces for large RVs. Free USA Today newspapers are offered in the lobby on weekdays.

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Amenities

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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