I've stayed at the Garden Place twice. First time was in April of 2005 as my wife and I got married at Salvatore's, the restaurant affiliated with the Garden Place, and stayed at the hotel. We loved the over the top decorations and "garishness" of the place, if that's a word. It made our wedding a real blast and we were able to overlook a lot of the faults of this place. In some ways, the faults were part of the appeal if that makes any sense. It's just kind of funny that they make this place out to be a ultra-luxurious, high end hotel when in reality it's a bit dumpy, not very clean, and run down but with gigantic chandeleirs and clown statues everywhere. Anyway, we stayed again last week and I have to say the charm definitely wears off quickly with the Garden Place. The crazy decorations and fountain outside are still kind of fun and you just shake your head and laugh at them. But once you get into your room you kind of get hit hard with reality. We got a jacuzzi suite, which was basically a standard room with a jacuzzi in the room. The room was ok--not nearly as nice as a basic Courtyard by Marriot, but nothing too scary. It just wasn't "luxurious", not by a mile. The bedding was from JC Penny (said so on the label). The tv was tiny. The jacuzzi was dirty (I don't want to even think about it) and wouldn't drain. The shower was horribly designed--the only way you could turn it on was to actually get inside it, thanks to a large plate of glass in the way. The temperature controls in the shower did not work. And we had a lovely view of the back of La Quinta Inn next door.
One point about Salvatore's, the restaurant affiliated with the Garden Place. My in-laws got us the package where you get dinner at Salvatore's and a night at the hotel. Well, Salvatore's is bad--I mean, cafeteria food bad. And it's not cheap, not by a mile. I was shocked by how mediocre the food was. Yes, the restaurant is also amazingly/tackily decorated and a must see, but don't expect much from the food.
This is sort of a once in a lifetime place--if you have a sense of humor and love really garish, bad art type decorations, then check it out. But have realistic expectations. They bill themselves as high end/ultra luxurious, but the reality is much different.
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