As my friends and I were arriving in Miami in the early hours of the morning after a 10 hours of travel we decided to book somewhere close to the airport and change to another hotel in South Beach later in the day. We picked La Quinta Inn as it was close, had decent ratings, included breakfast and was on the cheaper end of the scale as opposed to the Hilton and other airport hotels. Big mistake!
We contacted the hotel when we landed to arrange the free shuttle to pick us up and were advised the shuttle didn't run at that time of day. Not what we were told when we booked but it wasn't worth the argument so we took a taxi to the hotel and checked in with no issues.
The hallway leading to the rooms didn't instill me with confidence about what the room was going to look like, but then again the place is 2 star. Right inside the doorway way is the bathroom counter, sink and mirror. The floor was littered with take away restaurant flyers which have been slipped under the door. The room itself was a decent size but was very basic and dated.
A good part of the floor in the room was wet from the air conditioning unit which I suspect had been on for hours, if not days. We headed to bed and the room was so bright because of the neon sign attached to the face of the building, but eventually we managed to get some sleep until the toilet began flushing and continued to do so.... every three minutes! Then the planes flying overhead started - I know that it's an airport hotel, but it was so loud that I might as well have been sitting on the tarmac.
All in all it was not a pleasant experience, but was made worse because of the wet floor and broken toilet. I was issued a full refund after complaining and then contacting Expedia. Next time I would pay the $50 extra and stay somewhere reputable.
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- La Quinta Miami
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