My parents and I had a one-night stay at this LQ on the road. It was an unplanned stop with no research beforehand. We literally pulled off the exit and picked a property, and picked LQ based upon their reputation and our experience with the brand.
I wish I could remember the name of the gentleman working the front desk that night (who was also there again the next morning). He rocked, and it's my prediction he will go far in the hospitality industry; if he's lucky he'll be picked up by a higher end hospitality company and not have to suffer long at this property.
We were quoted a fair rate for our 2Q room and took the key for our night's stay. Now this place isn't horrible, it's just not up to the standards of places I usually stay at, or of the La Quintas I have stayed at. This place needs either a reflagging to another brand, or a major physical overhaul.
First of all, my dad is in a wheelchair, and due to the design of the building it was confusing as to where we needed to park and enter. The long building is built on a slight slope; every so often a block of rooms is set up a little bit higher and there is a set of steps to go from the lower block to the higher block. There are no ramps inside the building, so if you are in a wheelchair, you cannot go from one part of the building to the lobby without going outside to use the ramps. Not a major fail, it's just a throwback to an earlier building design. I get it, but it could easily be remedied I feel. In fact, this design meant that we unloaded my dad and entered the building at the wrong entrance to be able to access our room, and had to exit the building, roll him down the sidewalk, and into a different entrance because our room was close to the first entrance but down a flight of stairs.
In addition, the exterior wheelchair ramps were somewhat narrow, I thought, and it could be easy to roll a chair off the side. So if you are with someone who is handicapped, I would skip this hotel entirely. I don't think they even had handicapped-accessible rooms, because ours was a standard one. I remember inquiring about them at the front desk and being told, "We don't have anything like that."
The hallways had a slightly funky smell, but I was happy the smell wasn't present in our room. We did't hear any nose from other rooms, even though in the hall it was evident there were nearby rooms occupied by happy people, i.e., there was a little partying going on.
As for the room, the beds and pillows were comfy. The room was clean, though in need of a style makeover. The TV was an old tube-style tv, but it worked fine. The internet was speedy and allowed me to complete my work in a timely fashion. The bathroom did have some moldy bits in the corners (see photos). But the shower and water pressure were pretty good.
Breakfast the next morning was just ok. Seemed loaded with carbs and sweets, and wasn't well tended to. The garbage was overflowing after a while, and the breakfast bar was quite messy. The juice was icky stuff from concentrate, and those machines never get the mix right, so it's either too thin or too thick. Not a lot to recommend breakfast-wise as I recall.
I believe we paid about $59 plus tax with military or senior discount for the room, which is at the top end of what the room was worth.
Would I stay there again? Probably not. I would see what else the area had to offer.
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