My daughters and I stayed here for two nights over the July 4th weekend. Upon checking in, the first thing I did was check the number of towels in the room based on all the reviews stating that there is never enough. Sure enough, there were only 2 towels for 3 people. I went back to the front desk & she took my name and room number & told me housekeeping would drop off an extra towel. Six hours later when we got back from Busch Gardens...no extra towel, which meant only 2 of us could shower. The next day I left a couple of bucks for housekeeping with a note requesting 3 towels, and she did leave 3. Since this is an ongoing issue, I don't see why they can't just purchase more towels. The towels themselves were the same quality you get at the dollar store, so it's not as if it would cost much to order more.
My daughters slept well in the bedroom with the door closed. Unfortunately I slept in the front room on the sofabed. The way the hotel is designed, almost all of the rooms directly overlook the pool area. The noise coming from the pool area was incredibly loud, and it went on into the late hours of the night. Fortunately I had ear plugs with me, but I still had a difficult time falling asleep. If you didn't need the sofabed, I don't think the noise would be a problem - it didn't bother my kids at all.
The room is bigger than most budget hotels, and included a mini fridge and a microwave. The channel selection was horrible - the only channel for kids was the Cartoon Network. There were very few channels to select from - maybe 15 or so. We didn't have any issues with bugs, and I thought it was reasonable clean for a hotel in this price range.
The hotel is halfway between Busch Blvd and Fowler Ave, so it's in an area that slightly better than Busch Blvd, but not as nice as Fowler Ave. It is in a much quieter area than all the hotels on Busch Blvd. I didn't feel unsafe getting back at 10p alone with my girls. Both times we were able to park very close to the lobby entrance when we returned.
We thought the free breakfast was bad enough that the second day we opted to eat breakfast at McDonald's. There was a variety of small boxes of cereal; hard boiled eggs; small, stale muffins; bread, bananas & apples, yogurt, and a waffle maker. The coffee was horrible.
I originally booked a room at Wingate by Wyndham on Fowler Ave for this trip, but decided I didn't want to spend that much money for a room we were hardly going to be in. If you are going to be spending the entire day at Busch Gardens, and only using the room to sleep in, then Baymont Inn is fine. It's certainly better then the Quality Inn on Busch Blvd that we stayed at last time. If we decide to go back to Busch Gardens again, I would probably stay here again.
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