I stayed at this hotel for one night on February 5, 2013 in room 310. I was in Pensacola on business and just basically needed a place to sleep for the night. Overall I had a very mixed opinion, but I will base my review on the quality of the hotel room based upon the price I paid, which was $67.00 including taxes. There were definitely pluses and minuses about the room, which I will discuss below.
The hotel is very old and definitely shows signs of age. It was located just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Pensacola where I needed to be for a court appearance. Check-in was very quick. They did not have any single queen-sized beds available, but offered me a double, which I accepted. The elevator was very similar to the disgusting elevators in the New York City subway system I was forced to use on occasion. The elevator smelled badly and looked like it had not been cleaned in years. You could see massive dust build-up on the vents.
The outside appearance of the room was pretty bad as well. The whole structure is in desperate need of a cosmetic makeover. The bricks near the elevator on the third floor were cracked too. When you first enter the room, it looks pretty decent. From the distance it looks clean and the walls have a nice coat of paint. The rug was very clean too. However, when you start looking at the corners, the baseboards, and anywhere something comes out of the wall like a vent, light socket, wires, etc, it looks really ugly and dirty. The cleaning staff must just ignore those areas. There was dust build-up in every corner, behind the beds, and all along the ugly wooden baseboards. The cheap wooden furniture also had chips and pieces missing. The room had a nice desk and office chair.
The bathroom was OK. The ceilings are very low around the sink area and the toilet area is pretty small. The wooden doors and paneling make the room look really dumpy. Whoever tried to paint also did a pretty poor and sloppy job. The caulking job around the bathtub and shower was very amateurish. The bathroom did come with a hair dryer, soaps, shampoo, medium-sized towels, coffee maker, glasses, and an iron. There was never any hot water in the shower; it was very lukewarm at best. I did not like that at all. They had free wi-fi, but I did not bring a computer to test it out.
I did appreciate the fact that the room came with a nice-sized refrigerator and microwave. The room was not all bad. I found the beds to be very comfortable and the sheets and pillows very clean. I also liked the large flatscreen television which came with a large variety of television channels to choose from. The programmable AC system worked great, but was slightly noisy at times. The hotel is located near some train tracks, but they never woke me up. There was always plenty of parking spaces.
I was disappointed in the free continental breakfast. They had a waffle maker and nice seating area, but the bread, cereal, and fruit selection was pretty basic and unappetizing. I tried what appeared to be an orange juice-type drink, but it was really bad. I’ve seen worse continental breakfast spreads and it was free, so I cannot complain too much.
This hotel met my basic need for a decent place to stay for a night. I would not want to have a long vacation stay here though. The hotel needs to train their staff to more thoroughly clean the rooms and try to do a better job painting or remodeling areas of the room. Many other hotels would have charged much more than $67.00 per night so I think I saved a lot of money in exchange for some minor inconveniences.
Marc T. Hardekopf
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