I was doing a week-long job in Plant City, and wanted to find something more economical than a standard hotel rate. I got it, but the negatives far outweighed the positives.
Check in was easy enough, if not prolonged. I paid for my room with my credit card and paid the $100.00 deposit in cash. I was assured I would get it back in cash. More on that later.
I don't believe this property has an non-smoking rooms. I was not asked if I had a preference, and every floor had a distinct odor of stale cigarettes. There were two dirty ashtrays in my room when I got there, and they quickly went into a cabinet in the kitchen.
The room was clean and comfortable, but the "add-ons" were ridiculous. Every "extended stay" hotel I've EVER stayed in came complete with dishes and a coffee maker. If I wanted to cook real food (as opposed to prepared microwavable food) I would've had to pay $40.00 for pots, pans, and place settings for two (I was alone). A coffee maker, which every hotel room outside of Las Vegas has, was an additional $30.00. Look, I get the concept of this type of property, but the nickel and diming to death is pathetic.
There is an on-site laundry, which I had planned on taking advantage of. Unfortunately, the two folks at thr front desk when I checked in (Thomas and a woman whose name escapes me) neglected to tell me that, in order to do laundry there, I would need to get one of their cards onto which they would load a dollar amount for me to do laundry. As the "lobby" (it's really a vestibule with a roll up door) is only open from 10am until 2pm, I was unable to get one of those cards, because I was leaving the hotel by 8am and not returning until 10pm.
One morning, my toilet overflowed. I called down to the front desk to ask someone to bring a plunger and a mop and disinfectant. A young man named Austin quickly arrived at my room. He had a mop and a plunger, but no disinfectant. As I didn't know I would need to provide my own cleaning supplies for the room, I was using toilet paper to clean up small spills, as a coaster, etc, and I was just throwing the paper into the toilet. Well, the toilet fought back, and overflowed. Austin assured me he would have housekeeping come in and disinfect the floor, and he made a big deal about this "new stuff" they just got for doing that kind of thing. He also said he would have housekeeping leave a bath mat, as there wasn't one when I checked in.
Well, Austin didn't do any of that. When I returned at about 9:30 that night, nothing had been done. I called the front desk and spoke to Thomas, and I explained what had transpired. I told him that I either neither the floor disinfected or I'd need to be moved to another room. We compromised. He brought me the bath mat I wanted (but should not have needed to ask for), and he would see to it that everything was taken care of the next day. When I arrived, it had been.
The room itself was fine. The microwave was small, but there was a full size refrigerator and a two burner stove that I used for storage since I'd be damned if I was going to pay forty bucks for pots and pans I'd use once. The bed was actually quite comfortable, and the air conditioning worked perfectly. The flat screen television offered basic, analog cable. The water pressure in the shower was a tad weak, but not horrible.
On Saturdays, as I mentioned, the office is open from 10am until 2pm. At around 10:45am I started taking my bags out to my truck. The roll up door in the check-in vestibule was closed, and there were five people standing there waiting for it to open. I went back to my room to retrieve some more of my belongings and, when I got back downstairs, the office was open.
When I said I was checking out, I gave Thomas my room number. Presumably, he brought my file up on the computer and said "So, they've taken care of getting your deposit back to you?"
I asked "Exactly when would they have done that? No, they haven't."
He then asked me if I wanted the deposit put back on my credit card. I reminded him that I paid a cash deposit. He look at the computer screen and said "Oh, yeah". I then handed him the receipt that he, himself, filled out.
As for the hotel, it doesn't appear to be in one of the better parts of town. While there is a Mercedes dealer down the road, the housing units across the street look like a demilitarized zone. Thankfully, parking was always available, and I was able to park my truck within eye-shot of my third floor window every night.
If you're a light sleeper, you'll probably want to find alternative lodging. People in rooms on the fourth floor were, apparently, practicing their MMA fighting techniques. It was noisy, and it was noisy most often at 6am and right before midnight. While the bed was quite comfortable, for this reason I've given "Sleep Quality" a low mark.
At the end of the day, what you get here is a very cheap hotel. I needed cheap this past week. If I need cheap in the future, though, I will opt for "not so cheap" or, perhaps, even "inexpensive". The positive of saving a lot of money on a hotel was far overshadowed by all of the negative things I experienced at Value Place Lakeland. From stale cigarette smell to noise to an inept staff, I just don't see many reasons to not pay more for a nicer hotel with more amenities.
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