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“Oh My God!”
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Budget Inn
Ranked #35 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Oh My God!”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

The hotel bathroom was about as clean as you could get a 60 year old bathroom. the room was clean, the staff was friendly. but the real shocker was that the room behind us had a Male dressed as female prostirute working out of it. and the hired staff confirmed my suspicsion of this activity. I did not feel unsafe but i would think they would not allow this type of activity

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Keller, Texas
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

This hotel has a friendly owner and is really clean. It is showing it's age (a few broken tiles in the bathroom) but it is excellent value for a place to crash at night. I saw quite a few people swimming and enjoying the pool area. There was no evidence of the trouble that was mentioned in some of the other reviews. The air conditioner is fairly noisy but I can sleep through a lot so it didn't bother me.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Twisp, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 17, 2012

We were scared to go here because of the the prior reviews, but price (and Hotwire.com) dictated we at least try it. It turned out fine. Not luxury, as implied by the price. We had a king bed for 2 adults and a child under 2 for one night = $68. Comfortable bed, clean room/bathrm, working appliances (including frig and microwave), decent amount of floor space. It is an older building with some quirks, but it has been made over with some nice touches. We arrived in the afternoon; the front desk let us check in an hour early and gave us a ground floor room close to the pool. We were content; the location worked out great. we were 30 minutes from Indian Rock Beach, where we had a fabulous dinner at Keegan's Seafood Grill, and about 35 minutes from the Lowry Park Zoo where we had an entertaining day with our little girl. For food options, there was a Salem's with gyros, wings, and subs right across the driveway, and a Dunkin' Donuts 2 doors down. Unfamiliar with St. Pete like we were? 34th N turned out to be a main area providing various lodging, food, and new car options to everyone. Several diners, bbq places and chain establishments. Noticed Comfort and Hampton Inns along the route. We also discovered that there is a large Calvary Chapel Church established in St. Pete's; exciting info for us who like to go. :)
Overall, we thought this Budget Inn was exactly that - a good place when you are on a budget. Rates were reasonable, room and grounds clean, and staff friendly.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

This is my sixth day here and this place is disgusting, the ppl staying here are the worst of the worst of society, and most of all it is dangerous. Allow me to elaborate. There is a white fungus below the ac unit about 2 feet wide on the floor. Last night a ghetto person knovked on my door, said oops, then puked on my doorstep. They are renovating the room below me and have been pounding at my floor and within the walls for the past two hours. It's not the owner's fault, but st pete especially this block is extremely dangerous. The bathrooms are ok lol

  • Stayed November 2011
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My husband and a friend of his (both having served with the Marines) went to watch a couple of ball games. His friend was outside of the room when 3 crazy people began to approach him yelling. They chased him into his room and remained outside attempting to break the door in for 30min. Once they left my husband and his friend had packed up their things to leave & find somewhere safe to stay for the night. On thier way to the front desk they were once again chased by these 3 people. Weapons and firearms were brandished & they called the cops. When the cops arrived they informed them that they had "checked into the motel of choice to the prostitutes & crack heads".

There was one positive thing about the Budget In and that was the Manager in the Office was kind and refunded them their money.

All of the Negative reviews on here are no exaggeration. They were spot on. Please do not disreguard these reviews. This is not a place for those vacationing. Be careful there is a Days Inn is right across the street which is in the same neighborhood. Pay a little bit extra to stay to the East where all of the other Hotels are.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2011

I just stayed here for 5 nites. Large motel w/ cast iron 'New Orleans' type metal balconies. Its true that the old owner was awful, and the new owners are definitely an improvement. They seem to be a large Indian family who run the place and live on property, and for the most part they are friendly and helpful, and do everything from check-in to housekeeping and maintenance. They have put in alot of room improvements, including electronic locks on the doors (plastic keycard entry), new beds, furniture and TVs. There is full free WiFi, and full cable w/ remote. The room was basic and clean where it counted. The outside grounds are well kept and the pool was always crystal clear and clean. Only problem was the maintenance of the room (208). The electric sockets in the bathroom didnt work, and neither did one of the two at the desk outside the bathroom, so I had to constantly switch my appliances, computer, hairdryer out of the one socket that worked. (The sockets are only 2-pronged, but the front desk sent up a 3 prong adapter immediately.) The microwave was sitting on top of the fridge, but no socket to plug it into, so had to move it to the desk and use the same socket as for everything else. The shower drain (no filter) was totally clogged so the water was up to my ankles by the time my shower was done (a simple run to the nearby 'dollar store' for drain opener and that was solved) The base of the toilet was spotless on the side you could easily see, but hadnt been cleaned in months on the side you couldnt see easily.
They have put in alot of work to the place, but seems if they just put a little more in it would be so much better. Have to say tho, the clientele is definitely 'downscale', so they must have their hands full just dealing w/ guests who dont care about the room and leave it trashed. But its way better than the hotels across the street, and for 45.00 a nite, its more than what you would expect. There are lots of characters lurking about the area (tho not on the property) . Great diners right up the street. Lots of parking.

I wish them luck tho. The place was mostly empty when I was there, and it could be so much better if they fixed it up and went 'upmarket' a bit but Im not sure that market exists in this area. Ill go back tho, if Im in St Pete again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Budget Inn
Address: 800 34th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713-6540
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Budget Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
50 clean rooms, each with a color T.V. w/ A.M./F.M. radio; 24 hour telephone service; free HBO & movie channels; daily room service and 24 hour management staff. Enjoy our sparkling, clean pool, & shuffleboard court at your convenience ... more   less 
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