I've stayed at this motel many times in the past on my visits to Saraota, because I have always received comfortable, clean accommodations at a very reasonable price. I just completed my most recent stay, after not having stayed here for a few months, and was somewhat disappointed compared to previous stays. No, this is not a bad place to stay. But it wasn't up to the same standard as it previously had been.
I arrived quite late - around 2:00am - with a reservation and, according to the desk clerk, had been pre-assigned a specific room. But when I tried my electronic key in the lock, the door wouldn't open. Turns out that the room was occupied by another guest, even though the hotel's computer system had shown the room to be vacant, according to the clerk who checked me in. The occupant of the room called the front desk to report an intruder, and the clerk explained what had happened. Fortunately, there was no harm done, but under different circumstances and with different people, things could have turned out a lot different - and dangerous, especially at that hour.
I was quickly reassigned a different, upgraded room that had a small kitchenette. The lighting in the kitchenette area didn't come on when the switch was flipped ... until about 15 minutes later, when the lights suddenly lit.
The bed was comfortable and the room was generally clean, but was at least one large ant crawling around in the tub. I plucked it out and eveything else was fine.
This is an older hotel - reminiscent of 60's/70's design that has been repainted and upgraded, and other than the things I noted about the room, the room was in decent shape. Bedding was clean and in good repair; bed was comfortable; room was quiet. I did sleep well.
My main concern was the price. For a number of years, the rates seemed to be kept at a certain level, but it seems in recent months that this hotel, the Comfort Inn next door, and the other Quality Inn (up the road a couple of miles) have all increased their rates by what appears to be 20-25%. At the old rates (mid $40 with discounts), this property was a good deal. With total rate + tax around $65, with an association discount, its only an average deal at best. The Knights Inn, nearby, is a very nice alternative and, I believe, its rates are now lower than this Quality Inn. While I wouldn't rule out this Quality Inn as a choice, I'd also check the Knights Inn as a comfortable alternative if price is an issue.
I would stay here again, as my previous experiences have all been good, and the problems I mentioned here may have simply been one-off incidents. But rather than being an excellent choice, I consider it now no better than "average" at its current price point.
Various discounts are available at the brand website, and the Choice Hotels family, of which Quality Inn is a brand, often run aggressive promotions that are worth checking in to.
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- Quality Inn Airport Sarasota Hotel Sarasota
- Quality Inn Sarasota
- Sarasota Quality Inn