This was my first time staying at a TownePlace Suites by Mariott and to say I was a bit worried upon entering the property would be an understatement. The reviews on here are definitely sub-par and certain things about the brand itself concerned me (especially the breakfast).
I am happy to say that our stay was very much enjoyable. The property is consisted of two buildings and I can at least say that the one we stayed in was kept up very well. It would appear that the property has and is currently going through renovations and upgrades of just about everything(there were some landscape contractors there during our stay). Some of the photos on here are very outdated (such as the ones with "dated" kitchen appliances). Upon entering our room, we were pleased to see it was rather spacious with a full kitchen (stove,microwave,full fridge,dishwasher, sink), queen bed, and couch with pull out bed. Kitchen was fully equipped with clean silverware and dishes including pots and pans. Bed was very comfortable and again it would appear that this hotel has most recently had a makeover. Everything in the bathroom from the flooring to the tub looked brand new as well. Long story short, we were very satisfied with the room aspect.
Now the breakfast... surprisingly good! As a frequent traveler I of course like to have a full breakfast with meats and eggs in the morning. TownePlace Suites does not offer that and it specifically states that within the brand profile. However, they do indeed provide a continental breakfast. And for being continental, I was very satisfied. Six cereals to choose from every morning, several varieties of instant oatmeal, milk cartons, yogurt, orange and apple juice, hard boiled eggs, bagels, English muffins with a variety of jams, bananas, and apples. So for a continental, this hotel does a fantastic job! I do wish that Marriott would offer more for this brand, but that is in no way the fault of the managers or staff here. The staff did a wonderful job keeping everything stocked with food.
One thing to note. This is an extended stay brand. So there are various guests whom are more like residents as they basically live here. During breakfast there were several kids getting ready for school but I did not find any one during the 5 days we were there disrespectful.
We didn't get a chance to hit the pool, but it looked just fine and clean. It is outdoors.
The gym has all brand new equipment which is a plus. Very small though, but each time I went no one was there, so no biggie.
The location is great. Just a few miles out of central Miami and located next to plenty of restaurants, malls, and a 24 hour CVS across the street. There is also a Winn Dixie a block away. Very peaceful location.
Overall, fantastic place to stay if you are looking to stay near Miami but want a little peace as well. Highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a place to stay for an extended period of time.
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