Q&A on the POTS Treatment Stay: Cars, Hotels, and Places to See

Q: Where should I stay during treatment? FOR FOURTEEN DAYS?

A: The Holiday Inn Express is where you go for your POTS Treatment Center Stay.

A lot of people want to know where to stay during their trip to the treatment center and this Holiday Inn Express is THE place. First of all for the price, it cannot be beat. The current (and I say current, because I believe it changes seasonally) rate is $69/night. This is a brand new, completely updated hotel. The lobby is gorgeous and the furniture is modern. They provide a full free breakfast which includes:

  • PancakesOur hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express in Dallas
  • Bagels
  • Toast
  • Muffins (blueberry, oat, and walnut?)
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Several Cereals
  • Yogurts, Hard-boiled eggs, Milk
  • Four different kinds of juices
  • Bacons or Sausage (changes daily)
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Apples and Bananas

Our room has two queen beds, all the furniture (desk, lounge chair, couch with ottoman table, nightstand, wardrobe and cabinet) is very modern and nice. We also have a little kitchen area (no stove) with mini-fridge and microwave, sink, and coffee maker.

The bathroom has a tall sink (very modern) and clean shower and bath. Mini-toilitries include a great smelling shampoo, conditioner and lotion. (No shower caps)

The internet is free and works great. We also have a phone, radio/alarm clock in the room.

Q: How will I get around during my stay at the POTS Treatment Center?

A: When staying at the POTS Treatment Center we wondered: should we rent a car? How will we get around? It was our plan to rent a car right up until the day we arrived. We changed our minds on route from the airport to the hotel. You have to understand that the roads here are nothing short of treacherous. They’re ALL highways, and by highways—I mean unfinished highways with lots of unfinished barriers and construction signs. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

The Holiday Inn Express supplies a Shuttle that runs until 7PM Mon-Friday. We took a cab on the weekend. Bad idea. Maybe only rent a car for the weekends? It’s so expensive.

Q: What is there to do there besides treatment?

A: If you’re me: its sleep. Sleep pretty much all night and day—and work, work full time because you can’t afford not to. If you’re lucky/smart enough to take off of work during these two weeks (which is so freaking HIGHLY RECOMMENDED on every level) there’s plenty of things to do! Like:

  • Go shopping at the Galleria Mall—about 3 short miles from the hotel.Our Hotel Room at the Holiday Inn Express Dallas
  • Go shopping at that other mall—which is less good, but walking distance from the hotel.
  • Go shopping at Pink’s Western—also walking distance (if you’re not a tired POTS patient.)
  • Go to Whole Foods—Which is a short shuttle ride away from the hotel.
  • Do some laundry at the Holiday Inn Express’s on-site laundry machine.
  • Play bananagrams.
  • Read Fuse, the sequel to Pure.
  • Improptu step class on the ottoman in your room.
  • Go to the Dallas Zoo if you have a rental car.
  • Harass the front desk about finding you a microwaveable bowl.
  • Watch HBO, Bravo, and the Weather Channel—the only three networks that matter.
  • Meditate.

Q: Can I go to the POTS Treatment Center alone?

A: I wouldn’t recommend it. There have been way too many nights where I’ve been too exhausted to go out and buy food.

Q: Where should I order take-out from?

A: Not Jasmine, the recommended Chinese Food Place. It was awful. But Picasso’s has a pretty extensive menu. We ordered great meals from there about five times. Everyone says the Thai place here is good too, but we haven’t been brave enough to test it out yet.