I ended up booking this hotel last minute at the beginning of my cross country bike trip. I was originally planning to stay with a friend, but plans changed for the night. The afternoon of my flight I was looking for options for hotels near Columbia, because that was where I needed to get my bike fit. I didn’t really want to spend too much money, since I hadn’t been planning on staying in a hotel that night, so I wanted to try to utilize points or cash and points. I was able to find the Holiday Inn – Columbia MD for 5,000 points + $70, giving me a redemption value of 1.4 cpp, which is what I decided to go with since I have quite a few Priority Club points.

Overall, my experience at the hotel was very nice. The hotel had recently been renovated, I was upgraded to a “suite” and got a goody bag with some fruit and granola bars — which allowed me to forgo dinner. I also got a $10 voucher to use on breakfast the next morning.

Here are some pictures of my room, I wasn’t able to get any of the rest of the hotel though since I was inn and out really quickly.  



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For $70 + points, I would say this room was well worth it!


Sorry for not posting yesterday! Schedule + site maintenance timing didn’t work out. Hoping to make up for it was a Saturday post this week 🙂