When I travel for work I try to do it on the cheap by staying at no frills places (which I would most likely not use anyways.) Fancy lobbies, elaborate pools, turn down service, on pemesis restaurant, etc., I'll take advantage of if I'm on vacation with my wife. When it's work related and I'm traveling alone I want a place that has a kitchen, good water pressure in the shower, a clean room and a comfortable bed.
You get 3 out of 4 here.
It helps if you understand that this chain is owned by the Extended Stay America chain who have carved out a niche market. They are not trying to be a resort or destination hotel. Their market is people who are in town for an extended stay for work, or are between houses, or have a need for a long term place to stay. The parking lot is filled with pickup trucks with trade (plumbing, electrical, drywall) signs on them. In fact, these places rent out more often by the month then by the night.
I stayed at this particular place a few years ago and, honestly, not much has changed. My room has a queen size bed, one chair and ottoman that almost but don't quite match, a cathode TV with adequet picture. Nothing in this part of the room that is worth remembering. However, each room also has a full size fridge, microwave, two burner electric stove, pots, pans and dishes, a toaster, a coffee maker and free internet.
Those are the reasons to stay here.
Also, everyone one of the Extndd Sty Amrca, Crossland, and Homestead Suites that I have stayed at have had the best water pressure. Nothing like good water pressure hitting your back first thing in the morning.
This particular place could use an updating. It would be nice to see newer carpeting, a paint job, flat screen TV's, and, especially, softer beds. That is my only real gripe with this chain - the beds are like sleeping on a snare drum. Just putting a pillowtop covering on the existing mattress would bring this place up to "above average" IMHO.
The location of this Homestead is actually better then most. Many of it's sister properties are in seedy industrial areas or bland coporate parks. This place has a Panera bread within walking distance and a Publix supermarket across the street. Note that it is nowhere near the beaches, Busch Gardens, or any of the places that a vacationer would be interested in. But again, this place is not trying to be a destination hotel.
A special prop goes to Michelle, who greeted me when I first got here. She had just returned from helping another guest and was enthusiastic, helpful and seemed genuinly happy to see me. That means a lot in the hospitality industry.
If you're looking for a budget stay with a good kitchen then this place would fit the bill. If you're expecting a Marriot or Hilton I'm afraid you're going to be dissapointed.
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- Also Known As:
- Homestead Studio Suites Clearwater Hotel Clearwater
- Extended Stay America Clearwater