Beautiful area, worth the drive outside of Ocala
Posted Jul 17, 2016 on Hotels
I searched online for hotels in Ocala on our way from Tampa, Florida to Alabama. We wanted to stay for one night and leave early. This hotel came up so I booked it. When we typed it into the GPS we saw that it was 30 minutes off our route! At first we were annoyed, but as we continued on the drive, we were pleasantly surprised by how nice the area was as we drove away from Ocala. We tried to stop at a few gas stations in Ocala to use the restroom around midnight on our way to the hotel, and it didn't feel really safe. One gas station said they actually close the bathrooms every night because of problems in the past. Hmmm . . . Well, once we were in the Villages, we decided it was definitely worth the 30 minutes extra. The area is beautiful and the hotel looked very nice. It was very clean and really well decorated with a bit more color than traditional hotel decor. The beds were comfortable and the staff was helpful, but not extraordinarily friendly (not rude though).