I won't make this terribly long, but I had to report on my stay here back on 11/27/2013. I was looking for a relatively cheap hotel in Gainesville as a stopover on a drive from Atlanta to Miami. La Quinta has been a pretty good chain hotel for me and the reviews on this hotel looked pretty good so I booked it. But alas, our stay did not bear out those decent reviews. My first inkling was when I pulled in and they told me how to drive around to get to the room. I asked if I could just go through the lobby. Nope - outside access.
Ok, I've stayed at a La Quinta with outside access before and it wasn't SO bad. But when I walked into the room (209) I was immediately hit with a powerful odor of mold. I'm pretty convinced it was from the carpet which badly needs replacing. That smell was just awful. To their credit, OTHER than that, the room was quite clean - none of the "bugs, hair in the bathroom" complaints. The housekeepers obviously did the best with what they had to work with.
Next problem - well, you've probably heard about the proverbial paper-thin walls. I don't think the problem was with the walls here though - it was with the window/door. On a couple occasions during the night and early morning people would walk by talking. Not loud, just at normal level. It sounded like they were right beside my bed! I swear I could have whispered back to them and they'd have heard me!
I don't THINK I'm being hypersensitive, but it was just weird how clearly they were heard! Of course they woke me and my wife.
In my opinion, this hotel was not only NOT better than any Super 8 - type motel, it was worse for more $. It has not only damaged my opinion of La Quinta, but really it's damaged my opinion of the reviews here. I never thought this was some 4 star hotel, but really it's far below any La Quinta I've ever stayed at.
However, to be fair this was one person's experience in one room. In a room without that moldy smell, and perhaps where there simply weren't any people talking just outside my room, I'd not have had nearly the negative opinion that this one night caused. Still, my reviews are just that - MY experience, and I won't be staying here again. There's far too many alternatives to risk it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The La Quinta Inn Gainesville hotel is near the University of Florida, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Shands Hospital and the Oaks Mall. Our Gainesville hotel is next to Red Lobster with easy access from I-75 (exit 387). Our La Quinta Inn is just minutes from the O'Connell Center and the Phillips Center for Performing Arts at the University of Florida, and close to all major attractions. From our Gainesville hotel, visit the Butterfly Rainforest at the Museum of Natural History, the Harn Museum of Art, and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. You will enjoy the spacious and comfortable rooms at the La Quinta Inn Gainesville, equipped with a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Breath easy by staying in one of our non-smoking king rooms. Enjoy a Free Bright Side Breakfast? prepared every morning in the lobby by our friendly hotel staff. For the business traveler, our hotel offers high-speed Internet access. Watch a college game at the University of Florida or have an evening of entertainment at the Hippodrome State Theatre, the Gainesville Community Play House or Coconut Comedy Club. Discover Payne's Prairie State Preserve or spend the day on the water at Ginnie Springs. Golf nearby Ironwood and Meadowbrook courses. We are surrounded by great shopping opportunities at Oaks Mall and plenty of restaurants for every taste. Relax after a day of working hard or playing hard in our heated swimming pool sits in a private courtyard surrounded by a sprawling sundeck. Blow off steam, as our guest, in a local fitness center. Unwind with your favorite movie on our Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD and premium cable channels. Easy-access plug-and-play TV feature makes it simple to connect your electronics. ... more less
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