I don't understand where all of the glowing reviews came from. We picked the hotel based on the location and the price and the fact that there were several good recent reviews. I wish we paid more money to get a better hotel and not stay at this motel. If the reservation from Expedia was refundable, we would have cancelled and gone elsewhere. The check-in/out experience was OK.
The photos on the web are extremely unrepresentative of what the area looks like. The photos must be very old and in a well staged room (understand that most hotels use this method but in this instance it was extremely unrepresentative of reality and deceptive). I should have taken a few photos. The property is very run down and dated. The furniture in the room was worn, but the housekeeping staff did keep the room stocked with fresh towels. The carpet always felt damp and there was a border of dust/filth that never went away on the baseboards. The TV was old and we had to use the channel button for volume and vice versa. The A/C was a little loud for me, but kept the room at a good temperature. We both noticed when using the shower, standing water would randomly appear a few times in the tub with sand in it (the first time either of us used the shower we were rinsing off residual sand from going to the beach). We stayed 5 nights, this happened for at least 3 days.
Our room was in the back and by the pool, we heard people and kids running around late at night and early in the morning. Another review touches on this, and I see where they are coming from when they it appears that rooms are rented on a more permanent basis for underprivileged families. We noticed that any time we drove in or out (over a 5 night stay) there were large groups of people hanging out over the same few balconies and watching the cars and people go by. Like I mentioned before, this is a motel, so the balconies are more functional as a walking corridor rather than a balcony/patio with a table and chairs. It was really strange.
The location was very convenient to the Nike Outlets that we always frequent, Universal, and Gatorland. There are several restaurants down the road that we went to for breakfast instead of the complimentary breakfast.
I would not come back.
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