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Inn Of Homestead
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1020 Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030   |  
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Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Homestead
Homestead, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Mr clean hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I stayed at this Hotel checked in late in the night coming from Key West ,from visiting my daughter. I was real tired. This room was in excellent conditions real clean it was a pleasure to stayed here... In the morning went for a swim in the pool and it was delicious....

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

the room's wore very nice. the staff was friendly. and the breakfest was dicent.me and my family had a great time the kids love the pool and they are pet friendly tha's a plus with my family.i was able to bring my jack russel cody with us.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

I went with my wife and fathers in law, Was what we expected. The rooms were clean but don't forget, is 2 stars hotel. The owner was friendly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jupiter, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

One of the great mysteries of the universe is why a place like Homestead, a popular destination for many American families and convenient to the Everglades, the Keys, and Miami itself, cannot manage a decent economy motel. Or perhaps the question is: Why have true economy motels all but ceased to exist in this part of the state, replaced by places that are (relatively) cheap but semi- to completely sordid or, on the other hand, chain motels that ought to charge low rates (given the low quality) but which instead raise their prices to the skies, especially during the Winter season, hoping to gouge tourists whom they’ll likely never see again? In other words, why is it so hard for a traveler to get an honest dollar’s worth in Homestead/Florida City?

Many reviewers have commented about how the proprietors of Inn of Homestead are “nice” and “friendly,” and that is absolutely true. But someone paying nearly 70 bucks a nice for a room has the right to expect something more than “nice” people at the front desk (which should actually be the very minimum a traveler could expect). And that is, unfortunately, about the only thing this motel has going for it. As a property, it is essentially falling to pieces as you look at it, the level of cleanliness is barely adequate (we saw three different rooms, and no one has bothered to clean the accumulation of grime out of the corners for years), and the “accessories” (bed pillows, bath towels) are beyond cheap—the towels are scratchy (and you get one per person, and that’s it – use it as a bath towel and a hand towel); the bed pillows are about an inch thick and will guarantee you a sore neck no matter how you try to scrunch them up. If you already have back or neck problems, sleeping on the floor would be preferable.

Our party of four checked into two rooms—the first room stunk to high heaven of Renuzit (three opened bottles had to be put outside the door in order to make the air breathable), but otherwise was minimally acceptable. The second room reeked of cigarette smoke, with another suffocating overlay of Renuzit. We asked for a change, which they kindly accommodated, though the response was, “Well, we can’t help it. People smoke in the non-smoking rooms, too.” Yes, I’m sure they do, especially having gotten a good look at some of the Inn of Homestead’s shady clientele. But that’s why God made smoke alarms and why credit cards make it possible to charge cleaning deposits on non-smoking rooms that have been befouled by those too rude to respect the rules.

In any case, the new room had the same Renuzit haze (we also quickly set the bottles outside the door), but was better than the first, so we took it, despite the fact that it took two hands and a certain amount of luck to unlock the door: the lock was seriously jammed, and the door was swollen stuck to the jamb. During the night, the air-conditioner sounded like a jet plane taking off, the bed pillows were laughable, and the tiny fridge gave up the ghost at one point, flooding the floor (which we discovered only after slipping in the water on the way to the bathroom in the dark). The corners of the room were indecent, and there was crud alongside the bed and along the walls. Whoever does the cleaning is either legally blind or truly has no fear whatsoever of losing her or his job (which probably means the cleaning is done by a family member).

Let’s not even talk about the stale, prepackaged CostCo pastries or the coffee-flavored water they serve for breakfast.

But let’s do talk about the reservation process. The Inn of Homestead has a website, but it doesn’t work for reservations. There’s an email address, but good luck getting anyone to respond to your email. After sending repeated messages (there’s no 800 number), I was told our reservation was confirmed and that someone would “call me” for my credit card information. No one did, so I finally called them. At that point, I spoke to a rude woman who said she only had one available room for us, not two. That ticked me off enough that I sent a sharply worded email off to the man who’d made the original reservation and, lo and behold, the rooms reappeared, though all other communication with them had to be done by phone and on my dime.

All in all, given the difficulty of communication, the shabby condition of the rooms, and the generally low quality of the amenities, this place isn’t really worth it. The trouble is, there’s so much soulless greed and plain old inequity in hotel/motel pricing in this area that it would be nearly impossible to find better quality at the same (never mind a better price). Even the nearby Econolodge (which is essentially a dump and has worse reviews on TripAdvisor), is asking $109 a night for a double. That’s not a fair rate by any definition of the word, and $70 for the quality of the Inn of Homestead is hardly a fair rate either.

Someone would need a fair amount of capital to fix a place like this up (and I assume that’s what the proprietors don’t have), but once it was in decent shape, do you really believe you couldn’t provide a reasonable economy motel experience, keep the riff-raff away, and find decent cleaning staff for (with as many people out of work as there are) for the money you’d make charging an honest $50-60/night for a double (with the hordes of tourists who pass by Homestead)?

Anyone could do it. The question is why no one has. One important part of the equation, though, is that tourists have to stop tolerating this kind of treatment. Businesses should be competing for our dollars, not treating us as though they're doing us a favor if we show up with money to spend in their establishments.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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homestead1, Manager at Inn Of Homestead, responded to this review, May 14, 2012
I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay in Homestead. I am also glad It is impossible for anyone, hotel chain or not, to provide your desired accommodations for such low rates, at least not in South Florida. The basic expenses won't let you. Insurance alone is a killer, Hurricane and flood zone, insurance for the pool,in addition to all the other insurances required by law and or the bank. Anyone can live comfortable with what we pay in utilities.Then there are employees, their insurance and pay, maintenance cost and other costs associated to running a hotel. Oh! by the way, we buy out continental breakfast fresh every day at "Publix" across the street because the price difference from Costco, BJs, and even Wallmart, you save in fuel and time. Penny wise, dollar foolish. Is actually cheaper at Publix. We usually don't answer guest reviews because everyone is entitled to their opinion, and we are glad that most of our guests have a different opinion.
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Manchester, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

The staff are very friendly. They will stay whole night for customers. A very welcome place. Breakfast is included. The price is very reasonable. You would like to live here on the way to Key West.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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England
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Saw this on the wa down to Key West and decided to book a room on our return. I have just woken up and sitting here on the balcony wanted to advise everyone to stay here. Clean, large rooms with everything you need( including hairdryer). Not just given rooms but shown them first to see if we were happy with them. So welcoming!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

Is a small hotel, but is very nice if you are with kids. The staff are very nice, they treat you well and make you feel comfortable, they are bilingual. Maritza and Rene treat us very well!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Inn Of Homestead

Address: 1020 Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030
Location: United States > Florida > Homestead
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Homestead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Inn Of Homestead 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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