Shortly after a major snowstorm in New England, I had spent half the day shoveling, so after my long trip to Florida, I was eager to try the indoor hot tub, provided by the hotel. Much to my dismay, the hot tub was unavailable, due to a reconstruction issue.
Seeing the disappointment in my face, the front dest manager offered an upgrade, to a room with a hot tub, for about $25 more a day. Although it was stretching the budget, I did take the room. They give you a gift box with two bottles of water and some cookies, a nice gesture.
Inside, the hotel lobby is dimly lit, but with a beautiful Asian decor. Comfortable seating, dramatic lights, a large bed hanging in front of the TV, a see-thru elevator, accomodating 6 floors of rooms.
The room was painted in a bright turquoise, soft brown and white bedding with botanical prints on the walls. An unusual and welcoming combination for a hotel. The room came with a refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. There was a desk and my hot tub, although the jets were weak, it still felt good. It was nice to enjoy the hot tub, in the privacy of my own room.
The mattress was a Tempepedic and wonderfully comfortable. The air-conditioning, however, was another story. All through the night, it ran on high, making the room too cold to sleep. I called the front desk and they told me that it was only controlled by the thermostat on the wall. Still, I could not get the fan to turn to low. Frustrated, I fixed it by turning it off completely. But that meant that there was no air flow during the night.
In the morning, as I awoke at 6AM, I got ready for my shower. After running the water for 10 minutes, it was only lukewarm and the pressure was soft. I informed the front desk and they sent a handy man up at 9AM. By that time the water temps were better. The second day, the temps were still warm, but my the third day, everything was fine.
Breakfast is not included in the hotel room rate, but it should be. The meal was tasty and hot, much better fare than the hotels that serve food buffet style. It was a bit expensive to do every day, the lighting too dark to read the newspaper. I didn't get the chance to try out the in house Asian Fusion restaurant, so I can't offer an opinion.
All in all, I would try this hotel again, hoping the reconstruction of the hot tub is complete and they have worked out the kinks in the air conditioning and shower. The staff was accomodating and pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the most incredible Holiday Inn & Suites in Florida! Our 6-story atrium lobby hotel is packed with amenities and features seldom found at any hotel. With Tempur-pedic beds in every room and a world class style your stay in Ocala is sure to be the best possible. Make sure to dine at one of our two restaurants or bars, including SKY ASIAN FUSION, winner of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Golden Spoon Award. ... more less
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