Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center
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My trip began with just a few glitches, as with any good trip. My plane from Indianapolis was delayed nearly two hours, making me a little anxious about catching my flight to Dublin. Also, I was supposed to meet Lara Holley in Newark, but her plane was ...
Let the traveling begin! Travel days are my least favorite part of vacation. Nothing like be crammed into a sardine can with 100 of your closest friends and propelling through the sky by some miracle of physics that is far beyond me. On the flight from Indianapolis to Miami George and I had to arm wrestle for space. Hopefully the flight down to Buenos Aires will have a bit more ...
When we arrived at our gate today we found it adorn with a giant model of the Golden Gate Bridge made out of balloons. There was food and drinks put out, all in an apparent celebration. We took our seats and waited for our flight to bored. Soon, the desk attendant announced that this was the inaugural flight of United flight 500 from IND to SFO. After we boarder we found a bag filled with gifts like a calendar, ...
We heard about this event last year that took place a week before another event I was covering in Atlanta. There was a ton of hype around it and, overall, I don't think it was completely unfounded. There were a lot of great folks present that are going to make great church leaders in the the next few years.
That said, the Academy of Preachers still has some logistical things to work ...
... They serve free hot food and drinks ( 3 alcoholic) from 4 - 7. We missed it because of the delays. We ate at the Cracker Barrel next door. We had free breakfast this morning and are waiting to get back on the bus. We will have 2 brief breaks and a stop for lunch. We will be in Branson tonight. Meanwhile, there were other plans being made for us. We got on the bus, and it was already running. Suddenly a ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center Indianapolis
We just arrived home from our 2 night stay at the Holiday Inn North Select. The kids (ages 9, 6, and 2 1/2) absolutely loved it. The only complaint that I have is that check-in was a mess. I waited in line for 30 minutes and my room still wasn't ready. We had arrived at the hotel at 1:00 (the adults already had swimming suits on, thanks to the last review) waited in line about 2 minutes to get our waterpark passes, changed the kids in the locker rooms, and enjoyed ourselves in the waterpark, then at 4:00 I left the kids at the pool (with dad) and went to check in. After waiting in line I found out that my room hasn't been cleaned yet, the night before was a sold out night, as well as the 2 night's we stayed. About 1/2 hour later my room was ready. The girl working the check-in for the waterpark guests was not very helpfull to the guest's that had complaints, maybe she's just heard too many. I returned to the waterpark where we spent the rest of the night (until they closed it at 10pm) and returned the next morning at 9am. The older 2 kids were able to do what they pleased as long as they told us exactly where they were going to be. The spent most of their time going down the waterslides. There seemed to be plenty of lifeguards who seemed to pay excellent attention to what was going on. My favorite part was that my 2 year old could set in the spa with me (Under 14 must have adult with them). My husbands favorite was that there is a full service bar upstairs from the waterpark by the arcade. From the time we walked in the doors until the time we checked out on Thursday morning, we did not leave the hotel. We plan on returning to this same hotel next time we just need a day or two away with the kids.
We visited the Caribbean Cove in Indianapolis on a Sunday/Monday, Feb. 27th-28th. We booked a suite for the same price that a double room would cost on the weekend. Our suite had a king bed, queen sleeper sofa in the living room, huge restroom with jettted tub-although you may not use that, microwave, mini-fridge and enough space for a relaxing stay for a family of 4. We are waterpark savvy- having visited the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio and the Wilderness on the Lake in the Wisconsin Dells. That being said, you have to pack a "waterpark" bag where you pack dry clothes to travel home in and plastic bags to put your wet suits in. (If you are like me, you also pack fairly light for a waterpark weekend anyway.) Obviously you will not find the same amenities as those waterparks in the Dells, although we enjoyed the fact that the "Cove" had the 3 big waterslides, 1 where you use a raft or innertubes, and 2 body slides. It also had a Lazy River, a fun play pool for younger children, and a basketball area where my 2 sons had a blast. We also enjoyed the Holidome pool which is located through the double doors- it was quiet and rather empty-especially on a Monday morning. The staff at the Holiday Inn Select was helpful and friendly and we had no problems with our room service breakfast order. We did walk across the parking lot and had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse which I would suggest with a family of boys!! Again, I feel that the timing of our visit made the biggest difference-low crowds-lots of lifeguard attention and nice surroundings made for a relaxing, long weekend where I felt very safe and had a great time with my family. As a Hoosier and one who loves Indianapolis, I am thrilled to have a waterpark option in this great city!!!
We had our visit on the 6th of March..We made many calls to the hotel it's self before we decided to go because I have children of all ages (20 to 2) We asked numerous questions then we decided to reserve two rooms (as only 5 can stay in each room) We were told we could come at 11 and start check in and then go swim in the cove..We get there around 11 and were told that one of our rooms were canceled..We were more upset because we were told on the phone that our charge card would be charged at the time we reserved the rooms...(the lady that was helping us was getting annoyed at us) But she told us after about half hour that we could go swim while we were waiting on our rooms to be cleaned and she told us we would have adjoining rooms near the pool (so we thought that was worth the wait as that's what we wanted) We waited till about 1 then went up to the desk (same lady) said not ready yet.....So not to annoy the lady any further we called at 2 and were told over the phone that the rooms were ready so we go out to our cars and bring everything in (because we were starving we were really excited) We wait in the long checkin line (mind you others were getting rooms right from walk in) To find out our rooms were not ready so we go in the holidome and find some tables and sit and eat our lunch (then they start setting up for birthday parties and we are in the way) remember there are 10 of us (4 adults and 6 kids)..So at 3:30 we go up to the desk and CRISOM (AWESOME JOB BY THE WAY) was the person helping us told us our rooms were ready and showed us where they were (far from the pool) WE told him we had wanted close to the pool and adjoining rooms he said let me see and Wouldn't you know he got us the TWO most perfect rooms (not adjoining but close to the pool) ....(wished we would of went to him FIRST) Kids did have an awesome time was fun...they enjoyed the water park and the game room...Then came the check out....SAME lady...gave my mother a hard time and was going to charge us more.....I agree with pack light....and plan to wait....(although many lucky people got their rooms before us) We were told it didn't matter if you reserved your room or not you would have the same wait...We didn't receive a card to fill out about our comments...but I do think others should know this happened..
Caribbean Cove Survival Tips: or recently rereleased as "Why I Won't Be Coming Back Here No More".
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Select by the Pyramids over the Presidents' Day Weekend (Feb 17-21) with our daughters (ages 12 & 7). Our smallish room had two double beds. There was a nice sized balcony overlooking the indoor pool where three of us could sit with plenty of room to spare. We had a coffee maker, but no fridge. The room was clean, but it showed signs of aging (especially in the bathroom). The lighting in the room was horrible--bring your own light if you plan on reading in the room! We had a great rate ($139 including $10/day/adult for meals...kids eat free in the restaurant). We used room service for several meals (their menu selections were very diverse) and it was always excellant (way above average for Holiday Inns) and promptly delivered. The only reason we stayed at this property (we usually stay downtown when visiting Indy) was because of the Carribean Cove waterpark which just opened there. We have been to other indoor waterparks in Wisconsin and Ohio. While this one is not comparable to the Dells' Kalahari (which is much larger) for example, it was fun. The only problem is that Sunday through Thursday the hotel allows birthday party groups to come in and use the park. Thursday and Sunday nights were VERY crowded. While we will consider returning, my main concern is that the hotel property will get run-down quickly with all the additional traffic generated by the waterpark.
We went to the new indoor water park, Carribbean Cove, which is part of the Holiday Inn now (you have to stay at the hotel to use it, which is a good idea). It was a mixed experience.
Great Water Park
The hotel was quite adequate; what you would expect for a Holiday Inn. The best reason to stay is the Caribbean Cove Water Park. Since attendance is limited to those at the hotel that can pay the rather hefty rate, the lines for the water slides were not terribly long. There were three slides, one of which requires an inner tube. The tube ride is impressively fast. The fully enclosed, and dark, body slides were also fast, but the blue one was rougher. Many lifeguards, but the rules were inconsistently enforced. Great area for the little kids. The "Lazy River" was nice, but some areas were lazy enough to require you to paddle. Only complaint was the air temperature was much to chilly.
Loved the rca dome
When we go to Indianapolis, my kids ask to stay at the holidome, they love it and my husband and I do too, we feel like kids again and enjoy the fact that everything is right there and we don't have to go out. Our kids can swim anytime and we can sit back and enjoy each other.
Ok, but not great
Did the Beef and Boards package. The staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful. The room itself was average. We had a room with a balcony that was suppose to look over the pool, ended looking at a brickwall.
We had hoped to use the pool and hot tub but there were a ton of kids in both the whole night. Definelty a very busy place! Not really a place to go for a romantic weekend as my husband and I had hoped. Had the breakfast buffet the next morning. It was average. Very busy there as well and had trouble getting refills on drinks. Probably won't return.
I had the occasion to stay at the Holiday Inn Select near the Pyramids in Indy during the month of April, 2003. I arrived on a Friday evening, and business was booming. I had been assigned a room near the Holidome area, but the desk clerk informed me it would be quite noisy and offered to change it if I so desired. I did! I was placed on an upper floor and thus away from the noise of the children utilizing the pool, etc.