Although our stay started poorly, the place grew on me. Mostly because of the staff, who were generally very helpful. When we arrived, however, I was shocked at several things. The elevator. It must be original, which is OK. I could take the sudden drop before the door closed and write it off as an interesting quirk. What I couldn't write off was the dirt on the interior of the cab and on the doors one had to push open to exit. They were dark with the dirt of who knows how many hands, and were not cleaned during our stay. The smell was another extreme turn-off. The whole place reeked of the kind of cheap "air cleaner" that used car salesmen use to cover noxious odors in upholstery. The air was saturated with it, most notably in the halls. I wondered what they were trying to mask. I didn't know if we could stick it out, but we did, mostly because I could find no other rooms during this "Food and Wine Festival" week. The lobby was in disarray as well, with construction on the bar, which was closed all nut the last night. I will say that they did a terrific job of transforming a forlorn space into an attractive restaurant.
So, the other cons: noise. Unbelievable, unrelenting noise. Cars, motorcycles, drunks (many, especially after the bars close at 3 or 4 AM), garbage trucks, and my favorite: the army of men with leaf blowers who fan out at about 6AM and blast their way across the front porches of all the hotels in the neighborhood until around 6:30. No real coffee in the room. The housekeeping staff kept leaving me decaf. When I brought it to the desk and asked for the good stuff, I was just told, "that's all we have". Seeing as how I'm paying an involuntary daily "resort fee", I don't think that's an acceptable answer. Or if that's the case, at least say, "And we'll be getting more right away".
The room was a decent size and clean. The beds were extremely hard. The room we were first in had broken shades and looked out at the close-in wall of another hotel, but when I asked if there was another we were given a much nicer one facing the park/beach. Though two of the five shades in that room were broken as well, the view of sun and palm trees made up for it. There is a nice TV, a decent desk for working and only enough space for one person to stow clothes. The bathroom was clean and functioned well, but was lacking in shelf space for sundries. I was traveling with my teen-age daughter, so you can imagine what kind of space we needed. The internet access was spotty. You really had to go down to the lobby to get consistent reception. Finally, one of my pet peeves: no chair to sit, relax and read in.
So overall, an OK place, especially for singles or college folk, as others have noted.
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