Thirty years ago my sorority sisters and I spent spring break in Florida. We had a great time together enjoying the sun, sand and each other. It was fun but not overly wild. It is now 2013 and three of my sorority sisters and I decided we wanted to revisit that trip in a more mature way. Two of us have daughters who are in college. Our daughters are close friends and have been particularly stressed with school work. They wanted to spend time together in the sun relaxing.
This is where the Premiere Inn comes in. We were looking for a relatively quiet hotel, that was reasonably priced, with a retro Florida feel but modern comforts and conveniences. The Premiere Inn offered it all. As we checked in, we were greeted by Federico. He is charming, helpful and kind. We were checked in to room 307, a two bedroom unit in the top corner of the building. The room is bright, cheery, CLEAN and oh so perfect for our needs. In included two full bathrooms. Federico and another man who appeared to be a relative, carried our bags up to the room as this hotel has no elevator. We were not bothered by this as we dined at great restaurants and welcomed the walk to our room after.
We arrived at around 7:00 p.m. and before we headed to dinner, we each plopped on one of the beds. If you have enjoyed the comforts of the Marriott Bed, the Westin Heavenly bed or any other high end mattresses at hotels, you will love the comfort of the Premiere Inn’s beds. They are brand new and so comfortable! The linens are crisp and white and the duvet is lovely. Top it off with comfortable pillows and a good night’s sleep is assured…well almost…please keep reading!
If there is a disappointment (that may be too strong of a word) it is the bathrooms. They are clearly clean but they retain the fixtures of a by-gone era…namely the 1950s when pink tiles and green tubs and toilets were all the rage. Again, it was a very clean bathroom but it needs updating. I suspect that such updates are on the way.
The kitchen is nicely stocked (full refrigerator, full stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker with filters, blender, dishes, pans, cups and glasses –no wine glasses-, utensils for cooking) . When we arrived, a couple of items were missing though. The kitchen did not have any dishwashing soap or any dish rag or sponge to wash dishes. No worries, Federico to the rescue. When we asked for these items, he promptly provided them to us.
Each day housekeeping comes to the room to replace the beautiful, white, thick bathroom towels. The beds are made daily but not changed during our stay. This was fine with us but travelers should be aware of this.
The hotel does not permit college students to check in to the hotel unless accompanied by someone over 25 years of age. In other words, the guests at this hotel are respectful and quiet. Unfortunately, the neighboring hotel seems to be a haven for college students. In our case, Indiana University students. Overall they were clean cut and well behaved but they had a propensity for yelling for their friend Scott at about 4:00 a.m. each day. As sorority sisters and mothers, we couldn’t decide if we should intervene to check on Scott or enjoy the fact that we remember fun times together years ago. Each night, Scott slept on a mattress on the balcony of his hotel room where he slept until 1:00 p.m. We are curious about the memories Scott will have of this trip! The new very quiet air conditioning systems at the Premiere Inn did not drown out the noise from the IU parties. So, we asked Federico if the hotel had any fans that we could use to create white noise so that the IU party couldn’t be heard. Of course, the answer was YES! The fan did the trick. We were able to sleep well even if Scott in the hotel next door could not. According to Federico, the college students are a bother during the middle part of March when most colleges have spring break. Again, overall I was impressed with the IU students and the college student noise did not in any way degrade our wonderful vacation. It just wasn’t that bad.
Things to know before you arrive at the Premiere Inn. The hotel does not provide shampoo, soap or lotions. Nor are the bathrooms equipped with hairdryers. Make sure you bring your own. Before you buy beach chairs check with Federico. Previous guests frequently leave their chairs and they may be available. If you need to buy them, drive north to Sunrise Blvd, turn left, cross the bridge and a Pathmark and CVS are located there where chairs are only $10.00 a piece. We didn’t know this at the time we checked in, but the hotel provides beach towels, you just need to request them at the front desk. The hotel does not put any of this information in the room nor is provided when you check in. They offer so many amenities that it would be wise for them to create an amenity card or notebook for each room. This should include items they will provide if asked as well as instructions on how to use the remote control for the HVAC units in the rooms. Yes, we needed instructions! Federico, of course, respectfully instructed us and didn’t embarrass us for our ignorance! The point is, if you need something, before you buy it, ask! They probably have it and will cheerfully offer it to you.
This is a great hotel for those looking for an updated retro hotel offering quiet comfort and exceptional service. Located only one block from the beach, it is an ideal getaway for a relaxing retreat. I can’t wait to return!