We enjoyed the friendly staff here. The people are the only reason we would come back. Everyone was so nice! The front desk gives out a nice little "welcome" box with cookies and water upon arrival.
As for the accommodations, there are some areas needing attention. The room carpets are dark brown and appear to hide a lot of dirt. I put on a brand new pair of white socks and walked around the room for a few hours before I noticed the bottom of my socks had turned brown from the unclean carpet. The carpets aren't the only items that need a visit from Coit. Some of the upholstered lobby furniture had significant stains. I decided to stick with the leather and faux leather seating. Furthermore, our shower (Room 624) could use some help from Comet (see photo). There was some mildew growing.
The interior can be called anything but ordinary. The lobby restrooms and the other areas of the inside of the hotel look like the product of two different interior design teams fighting with each other like a bad episode of The Apprentice...one team zen inspired, the other apparently gin inspired! The men's room is awesome! It's smartly designed with contemporary earth tones and some amazingly cool faucets. On the other hand, the lobby and room interiors are clad in barf-inducing shades of green and blue with some incoherent themes going on. The motif looks like the Orient Express crashed into a Rainforest Cafe. Once you see it you will either love it or hate it.
Rooms on all floors open to a central atrium allowing views of the lobby below. Sadly, some of the lobby soft seating was way too ridiculous to be functional. One example is the large wicker cocoon-like enclosure in the center of the lobby containing a queen-sized cushion with bed sheets. Who on Earth would feel comfortable laying down in the middle of a hotel atrium? Ditto with respect to the giant chaises. Take your shoes off, lie back and make yourself comfortable with 8 floors of rooms looking down on you? Why not have clusters of comfortable seating where people clan sit upright, eat, socialize, collaborate or curl up with an iPad or novel?
The hotel has a giant roadside billboard north of town on the 75 Freeway that boasts fast, free Internet. Truth in advertising!. As it turns out, the WiFi was plenty fast for a hotel.
In the end, this place serves its purpose for a good nights sleep. The people excel where the interior design and cleanliness fall a little short.
- 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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