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A Fine Brainerd Hotel and Waterpark with a Distinct "Northwoods" Feel

If you're planning to stay in Brainerd/Baxter Minnesota, choose the Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter. This hotel features Three Bear Waterpark and offers many other excellent amenities including free Express Start Breakfast, free Wi-Fi access, a Game Room, and an onsite Grill & Bar. You'll also find great lodging options for vacationing families and business travelers. The rooms are spacious and come equipped with everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. Business travelers will appreciate the onsite Business Center and Meeting Room. Families, take advantage of the hotel's great discounts and Splash Packages! Your "Up-North" adventure awaits! Come explore the great outdoors!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 98 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Brainerd
  • Nearby Water Mississippi River
  • Open Dates All Year


This Holiday Inn Express features the Three Bear Waterpark, which will keep your kids entertained all day. If they grow tired of swimming, the hotel also has the Grizzly Games Arcade Room. For the ultimate family-fun vacation, stay in one of the Kids Cabin Suites, where kids can sleep in bunk beds.


With accommodations for up to 75 people, the Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter is a great spot for your next group meeting. A television/DVD Player combination, digital projector and flip chart will ensure that you get your point across to everyone involved. Let their staff help you plan a successful event!


The area surrounding the hotel is teeming with opportunities for outdoor adventure. Nearby you'll find the Paul Bunyan Trail, where you can walk, bike, and snowmobile on more than 100 miles of paved trail. There are also over 400 lakes in the area, great for fishing and boating. Enjoy the outdoors!


In the Brainerd Lakes area, fishing is in their blood, and so you can bet that when you're casting your line, there'll be plenty of fish biting in any one of the 400 freshwater lakes in the area. Northern, Muskies, Walleye, no matter the type of fish, and no matter your skill level, you're sure to have a great time. Your next trophy fish awaits!


The Brainerd Lakes Ski Area, only 10 miles from Holiday Inn Express, has a 290 foot vertical drop, 13 runs, 3 tow ropes, triple chair lift, and snow making equipment! The ski area is open from mid-December to mid-March, with rental boots, poles, and skis. All your skiing needs are sure to be covered!

Pet Friendly

With pet-friendly accommodations available, feel free to bring your four-legged friend along on your Brainerd Lakes vacation. Contact the hotel for prior approval, and keep in mind that they must not be left unattended in the rooms or in the hotel's public spaces. No more need to feel stressed about leaving Fido behind!


The beautiful and scenic Brainerd Lakes are is the perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature. Explore the ecological haven that numerous species of wildlife of the Great North Woods call home. It's sure to be a getaway you'll never forget.


Situated in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes area, a stay at the Holiday Inn Express of Brainerd/Baxter means you'll never be far from numerous lakes and all the great fun that comes with them. For some, that's boating, others its fishing, whatever kind of lake fun you're looking for, you can get it here.


No matter what time of year you come, a Brainerd Lakes in Minnesota is just what the doctor ordered! Stay at Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter and experience skiing over Christmas or go fishing for walleye during the Fourth of July! Your kids are sure to love the nearby Three Bear Waterpark, take them there for Memorial Day! Forget the stress of the holidays, pack up your loved ones and head to Minnesota!

Villas and Condos

Overnight accommodations at Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter consist of 98 hotel rooms that are tastefully decorated around our "Up-North" feeling. The rooms include microwaves and refrigerators, as well as granite counter tops. The dedicated staff will go out of their way to ensure to most comfortable hotel away from home!


Your kids will love Three Bear Waterpark featuring The Big Splash, a 1,000-gallon splash bucket. You'll also find two 300-foot slides, an activity pool, lazy river, and tot slides for the younger children. Parents will enjoy the gigantic hot tubs and water park food bar. A lifeguard is always on duty!

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Waterpark
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Blackout Drapes
  • Coffee Maker
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Whirlpool
  • Gambling
  • Go Carts
  • Horseback Riding
  • Live Entertainment
  • Motor sports
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Theme Parks
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Scuba Diving
  • ATM
  • A/V Equipment
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meeting Room(s)
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Programs
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Plan your next group event at Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter.

The hotel offers a tastefully decorated meeting room that can be used for any occasion including birthday parties, family reunions, or business meetings. So, whatever sort of occasion you're looking to host, the Holiday Inn Express of Brainerd can make it a success!

For more information please call +1 (888) 824 - 3232 or Send Inquiry.

Food & Beverage Averages

Continental Breakfast $4.50 per person
Breakfast Buffet $7.50 per person
Plated Lunch $18.75 per person
Lunch Buffet $16.00 per person
Plated Dinner $23.75 per person
Dinner Buffet $21.25 per person
Coffee Break $3.75 per person
2-hr Open Bar $5.00 per drink

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Nearest Airports

  • Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) / 5.6 miles
  • St Cloud Regional Airport (STC) / 58.3 miles
  • Chandler Field (AXN) / 65.2 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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