Always use tripadvisor before staying anywhere, and have never been disappointed with what I got when I checked in - I don't just stay in luxurious hotels, I have stayed in budget accommodation before, so I knew turning up not to expect Hilton quality.
The hotel is fairly easy to find. I was expecting the area to be better, if I am honest - looking out of my window, I could see a bunch of guys gathered in the front yard in the middle of the day. Another fella at the street corner. Having seen too many American shows, my mind raced a bit. Not exactly the kind of street you'd want to park your car on, even if it's just a rental. Saying that, nothing happened to it. They say not to leave your valuables in the car, but we took ours with us wherever we went.
Sheila was there to greet us at check-in. To be fair, she did seem embarrassed at what was to come (more on that in a minute). I kinda figured we'd made a bit of a mistake when the main hotel entrance door was locked in the middle of the day. We had to lift a phone to enter. Not good when a woman with half her teeth missing is hollering at you from down the street.
Our main considerations when booking the hotel were that we wanted it to be safe (figured the whole Hollywood area was kindof plush and well to-do - the downtown/beach area seemed safe, but 3 miles can make a hell of a difference...), clean, good value and close enough to make a one day trip into Miami. Having checked out Miami beforehand, we kinda figured it wasn't the place for us, and we were right. The other consideration was that rooms had to have a kitchen, for my partner to cook in if no gluten free restaurant could be found.
Now on to cleanliness and the rooms in general. The first room we went in, I found a potato chip on the floor, hairs all over the place, what looked like spaghetti stains on the sheets, and a non-functional air conditioner. Straight to the front desk we went. Second room didn't have the kitchen we'd paid for (something like $60 a night, plus tax) and we found an empty pizza box in the kitchen. To me, that just says that the room hasn't been cleaned. The third room we went into seemed better, although Shelia insisted the sheets be changed. Walking into the kitchen, I found an old, Styrofoam plate on top of the fridge with a meal's remains on it. At this point, we wondered if it was worth checking other rooms.
Due to the fact that we were only going to be there for two nights, and that it was relatively cheap (not that you should substitute cleanliness for money - that should come as standard), and the fact that finding somewhere else would have likely meant paying a much higher price, we stayed. Due to the standard of the rooms, we didn't bother using the pool and spent as little time as we possibly could in the motel. Suffice to say, my girlfriend didn't use the cooking utensils!
I knew with only four reviews on here (all very positive), there was a chance we'd be caught out. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I booked up - you shouldn't have to get into the 'it's only for 2 days' mentality when on holiday. It should all be good.
Due to the fact we paid over $60 a night for our accommodation, and we didn't even use the kitchen that we'd paid extra for, I would say we received terrible value. There were no bugs in our room, but there was a gecko. As they're cute, I didn't bother mentioning it. They're everywhere in Florida anyway.
The excuse provided for the state of the rooms was that the regular cleaner was off sick, however the replacement worked at the place during the winter months anyway - it wasn't like it was some temp who didn't care. No matter if the cleaner is sick or not, you should take care of the room cleanliness, that's priority number one.
Overall, I would recommend spending a bit more money and finding somewhere safer. If you're not into clubbing, then Hollywood is a decent base for a stay in the Miami area - however, it'd have been better in a more relaxing hotel.
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