We stayed here once before many years ago and it was ok. Then we tried it again in June 2012, mainly because we were traveling with a dog and reviews of any other hotels in the area accepting pets were all pretty bad.
The first thing is you can't book online, which is out-dated but we could deal with that, no big deal. As we approached we were happy to see signs saying there was free Wi-Fi. However, it turns out the Wi-Fi is only in lobby and pool area, not in rooms. Worse yet, no cell phone service in rooms (at least not for T-Mobile).
When we entered the water was running in the sink and could not be turned off. Why didn't maid report this? We called for service and they sent someone who was not a regular maintenance guy - he told us the maintenance guy had left for the day and that he would also be leaving for the day shortly. So in the evenings and nights they generally don't have a maintenance person on duty???!!! He kind of fixed the faucet so that it was down to only a slow stream and left a mess in the sink for us to clean up.
I have never seen bedding like this. Blanket was made of some kind of substance I can't even fathom. Sheets were tissue thin and wrinkled. Pillows were just a mass of lumps - you could see this before even taking the bedspread off by the shape.
Towels were extremely thin and very rough.
No coffee pot or blow drier, altho there was a small fridge.
Place was almost deserted. Very few people staying there altho it was a Saturday night - prime time for travel between NY/NJ area and Florida. Merchandise in the shops has hit rock bottom in terms of quality. It was always cheesy, but it's hit a whole new level.
This is a shame, since South of the Border is such a fixture and it was always fun to stop there, but I don't think we'll be doing it again unless we hear of some very significant improvements. CERTAINLY NOT for overnight.
The only real positive was the steak restaurant at which we had a good dinner, including a good salad bar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A motor inn conveniently located close to South of the Border. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- South Of The Border Hotel Hamer
- South Of The Border Hamer
- South Of The Border Motor Hotel