O.K. in a pinch
Posted Feb 7, 2017
An o.k. place to stay in a pinch, especially as it's right next door to Busch Gardens, if that's your destination. I have stayed at many La Quintas, and in my opinion, this property falls short of the usual quality standards of the chain. It's hard to put my finger on exactly what's wrong here. But the property just is a standard, worn-out place. It's an older conversion, at least that's the feel. An a/c unit that works periodically; an included breakfast buffet that offers very little, with nothing fresh; a sewage gas smell emanating from the bathroom sink; no shampoos in the bathroom upon arrival; no microwave oven or fridge; an unheated, unuseable pool except on hot days; no phone book or local info in the room; an electronic dead bolt that malfunctioned on occasion, involving waiting outside while a staff member had to electronically let me in; a front desk that was bothered by my calls to correct things that were missing. The standard answer seemed to be that "the property was old" and the feeling that I should expect that. On the plus side, good towels and lots of them, nice beds and pillows.
One more thing....the location just never felt secure. Not in the best of areas, and no security presence apparent. To be honest, I never felt safe in this area.