Based on the generally good reviews of this hotel and getting a great rate, we decided to book this hotel for a two-night stay while doing some things in the ATL area. Below is what we liked and didn't like about the hotel.
Room - Nicely updated decor and bedding (comforters with duvets instead of the icky bedspreads). Layout was different, with the king-sized bed placed against the bathroom wall instead on one of the side walls, where it would put it next to an adjacent room. Normal sized room. Good work area with a table running the entire width of the room along the outside wall. Wall-mounted flat screen on the outside wall, rather than an interior wall, seemed to reduce some of the noise between rooms.
Location - the hotel is located on a tree-lined street amongst a lot of office buildings so it was quiet with not much traffic on the weekend. Bought some snacks at the Publix down the street, with a Home Depot and Costco up the street if you need those. Dunwoody MARTA station is less than 5 minute drive, as is the Perimeter Mall. Had no difficulty finding the hotel using the directions provided on the hotel's website.
Room - There was a microwave and small fridge as advertised. However, the frig was barely cold despite being turned up to the coldest setting. Since we had some things we needed to keep cold, we reported this to the front desk on the first morning and were told maintenance would attend to it. After being gone all day, we returned to find that nothing had been done. We had to pack stuff in our soft-sided cooler we travel with and fill it with ice. With the updated decor, the hotel has eliminated the typical sheers and blackout drapes, substituting a decorated vinyl roller shade and a roman shade that comes down over that. While they look nice, the roman shade is made of a loosely-woven material so it does not block out the light from the lights in the parking lot (one of which was directly across from our room). If you're used to sleeping in a dark room (as we are), you'll find that when combined with the light seeping in around the door frame, the room is not very dark.The hotel has power-flush toilets, which are very noisy. You can't miss hearing these from any room above, below, or in close proximity. If you're a light sleeper, be prepared.
Cleanliness - While the housekeeping staff seemed to do a decent job on our room, the same could not be said for the public areas. On our arrival, there was a bag of trash on our floor near the vending area. It took until after breakfast the next day for that to be removed (heard another guest complaining about this also). There was stuff on the carpets in the hallway and near the elevators on both our floor (5th) and the main floors that was still there when we left after two days. In the breakfast area, the attendant the first day seemed to do a good job of restocking the food items but totally ignored wiping off the tables between guests. We had to clean one ourselves just to be able to sit down. A different attendant did a better job the second day.
Pet policy - We have stayed at other "pet friendly" hotels/motels, where pets are usually limited to specific rooms on the first, sometimes second, floor to expedite things when Fido needs to go out to do his/her business. After encountering several dogs on the elevator, we asked the front desk about it. They do not have specific rooms set aside for pets and do not limit them to any particular floors. Since there are only two elevators and they are rather slow, we see this being an "accident" waiting to happen, While a previous poster indicated the hotel is "bed bug free", one has to wonder about the introduction of things like pet dander, fleas, etc. to rooms. When you check in, you'll have no way of knowing if a pet or pets (we saw one group with 3 small dogs) has previously inhabited your room. We have pets and think it's great that hotels are now accommodating them, but please limit them to specific rooms! Having a howling dog on the floor the first night didn't add to our stay either.
Parking - the hotel was very full the first night and due to our arrival time, we were able to secure a parking space, but I'm not sure about the fate of those arriving later. We felt the parking spaces were very tight and we have a fairly small car. Not sure how someone with a large SUV or pick-up truck would fare trying to get in and out, especially opening the doors.
Bottom line is that although we have stayed in worse places, if our travels take us back to the ATL area. we likely would book at one of the the half-dozen or so other nearby hotels we saw
rather than return to this La Quinta.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.