I booked this property without checking Trip Advisor first (I know, MAJOR no-no) on the basis that it was a Clarion, which is the upper scale of the Choice portfolio. I stayed one night at the property due to it's good location close to where I needed to be in Tampa. I saw this was going to be an older property when I drove up and looked at the layout. Check in was smooth and no problem with an advance reservation. When I got to my room, I found a state-of-the-art hotel property, circa 1975. Granted it's nice and convienent to pull right up to the door of your room (first floor room, east wing). But when I opened the door, I was not expecting to be thrown back in time with the age of the furnishings in the room - I.E. the room was well worn. Carpet changing color and with visible heavy wear, visible cracks in the ceiling, on the bathroom door, in the floor tiles, in the roof of the bathroom. Tile corners on the vertical were chipped and missing in some cases. The bed has burn holes in the blanket from previous smoking encounters. The bedside lamps were funky, with cord-attached switches. The electrical outlet in the bathroom looked disgusting, dirty on the top half beyond belief. Room had a refrigerator and a microwave, I didn't use or try either of these on my visit. Good air conditioning, kept the room at acceptable temperature during the visit. TV worked fine, older CRT-style TV.
With the realization this was an older property booked on a good rate, I was prepared to accept all the above shortcomings. Bed wasn't in as bad a condition as I anticipated, however the pillows were very fully stuffed and high, consequently my neck was killing me in the morning. Good water pressure, nice hot water in the tub shower, with water-saving flow from the older shower head that made you appreciate every drop. Standard Clarion bath amenities.
What I was NOT prepared to accept, however, were the small roaches that I found in the morning in the bathroom crawling on the walls and by the towel rack after I had taken my shower. Oh yummie.... I can imagine they'd been busy during the night, probably running over the hand and bath towels. Towel feel was that of basic sandpaper, hard, used, worn towels.
Complementary breakfast comes with the room, it's served cafeteria style in the restaurant. You receive two vouchers on check-in that must be presented to the cook. Sausage was luke warm as were the potatos, I had some and ended up with a Banana Nut muffin. Sorta hard to do bad on those. Limited variety on drinks/juices. The iced tea dispenser was out, but the apple juice was fine. Garbage cans were all full, looked like they had been hit hard prior to my arrival or possibly no one was emptying them, benefit of the doubt applies here. The indigestion settled down in about 2 hours after I left. I did not try the pool or water amenities while I was on property.
Let's cut to the chase. If you're prepared to accept all of the above and you're in Tampa to see Busch Gardens on a budget, this property is somewhat appealing for the low rack rate and good location. Normally I'd rate it low acceptable, but the crawling roaches in the room killed this visit's rating to zip. In reality the owners deserve to have their Clarion franchise pulled unless the property can do a top-to-bottom makeover of the rooms. Yes, this could be made into a nice property again with new tile, wall coverings, new blankets, refreshing the room furnishings, and fixing the obvious problems. Is it cost efficient? Probably not. I exercised the Choice 100% satisfaction guarantee (which I've only done one other time in 30+ years of travelling) and my room was free after I showed the front desk clerk the pictures of the roaches and the other problems with the room. Again, minus roaches I would have paid & been somewhat happy for a bit of a bargain.
Book elsewhere if you expect Clarion-grade rooms.
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