We picked the LQ in Burlington as the northernmost point during our New England Foliage trip. Obviously this is one of the most expensive periods of the year to travel the area, which is why we weren't overly surprised to find the LQ mostly booked and at over 120$ per room at non-discounted rates.
The hotel was easy to find. It is not a typical LQ building, but used to be Comfort Inn before being refurbished. While this is not a bad thing, the re-branding hat not been done thoroughly, the remains of the previous room numbers etc. were still visible on the doors, there are better ways to do this. Not being a La Quinta the rooms and lobby are also non-typical. You enter through a long hallway, a desk on the right side holds the business center (an internet PC and printer). The lobby is somewhat small, but nicely lit and offers direct access to the elevators. The front desk clerk was friendly and had already prepared our express checkin. As previously mentioned, the remains of the Comfort Inn were still visible in the lobby. Our room was located all the way at the end of the hallway - being a mini-suite, apart from the king size bed, it contained a small separating wall, a sofa and a little table. Furniture, bed, curtains and everything was in good shape, no complaints. The bathroom is always critical - for our stay the cleaning crew could have paid a little more attention to it, there was some hair left from previous guests. Apart from that the room was OK - when in the shower it felt a little bit like being in an RV as the shower was a single plastic cabin on three sides and ceiling. The parking lot is spacious but was pretty much filled during the night. Despite the number of guests and our room facing the road in front of the hotel it was mostly quiet. The main problem came from the corridor: a stairway was located right next to our door so whenever someone would enter or leave we could hear the door slamming. Also our room door had 2" of space at the bottom which - combined with bright lights in the hallway - made for some in-room lighting. Bigger carpet?! Different door?!
Wireless internet is actually free, but we found reception to be poor at the end of the hallway and used the business center or Wifi in the breakfast area instead. We didn't get to try out the breakfast as it ends at 9AM on weekdays, but the breakfast area looked nice and larger than in many other LQs.
Locationwise the property is good and easy to find, there are a couple of restaurants nearby and University Mall is just around the corner if you're looking to do some shopping. Lake Champlain and Burlington are about 5-10 minutes by car.
Resume: this is a decent hotel with minor room for improvement in housekeeping standards. The location is good. However, while LQ recently seems to have increased its prices for newer properties, in our opinion this one does not qualify for the price range - then again, it was foliage season so you have to pay a little extra. Overall an average stay at La Quinta, but we would stay again.
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