I almost always check Trip Advisor reviews before booking accommodations and this was no exception. I had some trepidation because reviews seemed to be good and bad. However, because of the location, (very close to Tranquility Park soccer complex) I rolled the dice.
We’ve stayed at the Sheridan (more money, farther away and harder to navigate) but nice; but I digress. The motel is OFF of 120th on Miami street…putting it back from the busy thoroughfare. When I checked in on Friday evening, the gentleman at the counter was quick to assist, was very friendly and cracked a couple of jokes! It took no more than 2 minutes or so and we were off to our second floor room at the end of the hall, (putting us next to wide, carpeted stairwell).
The suit was large and beyond anything I expected! The bathroom was directly to the left with a full length mirror on the door. The alcove/foyer area had a corner shelf…handy for putting down those care keys or cup of coffee. The bath was spacious with a curved shower rod and curtain and large mirror over a wide counter with sink. There were plenty of towels, two kinds of soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. Of course, a hair dryer was also installed there.
Continuing into the main lounge area was essentially a kitchen! SS sink, microwave, two burner electric stove top and full size refrigerator/freezer! The overhead and base cabinets were bare though. So…if one KNEW of the availability of these features, it wouldn’t be a big problem to drag along a pot, pan and paper plates and some utensils if one really wanted to whip something up! The room had a couch/sleeper, an easy chair with matching ottoman and an entertainment center, (the kind that would hold a big old tube TV)…but it had a 32” flat screen instead. It had three drawers also. The ac/heat unit worked perfectly.
To the right you entered a spacious bedroom with king bed, 2 nightstands, (one with a clock/radio/sleep sound control…thunderstorm, ocean waves, babbling brook…) the other nightstand had a modern telephone. Atop the 3-drawer dresser was a 40+ inch flat screen television. The other corner of the room had a hanging garment alcove with shelf containing two extra pillows, iron and ironing board and some laundry bags. The ac/heat unit in the room worked perfectly. (It was 95+ degrees for a couple of days we were there). Oh…remember we’re next to the stairwell? Heard NOTHING! Also, the black-out drapes worked very well too.
I’m not much for working out, but there is a “24-hour fitness” center next to the motel. I understand that guests have use of those facilities! I’m certain they have every gadget to keep the health-conscience guest very happy. My son used the indoor pool which was pretty darn warm, (and the “deep end” is 4.5’); but kids seem to make do just fine. (Wouldn’t surprise me if the fitness center had a full size pool…but I don’t know that).
The lobby has a fireplace with a couch and 2-3 easy chairs. It’s not a huge area, but is somewhere to relax if you’re waiting for someone. The breakfast room was good size, but I’ll have to admit, they tried to “cram” as many tables and chairs in there that they could. The breakfast each day had country potatoes and sausage patties, with changing types of eggs… (Scrambled, western omelets, plain omelets). Coffee, juices, yogurt, waffles, breads, bagels, fruit, cereal, milk, granola bars, oatmeal were all available too.
OK…I feel obliged to find SOMETHING wrong…the container where you scrape off your plate and put it in the tub on top? The flappy door on it was TOO NARROW top to bottom. (It’s wide enough.) It was tough to put your plate in there to scrape off any remnants.
The cleaning staff were friendly if you met them in a hall…the guy in the breakfast room would greet you…just a very pleasant place. They even have a Culver’s at the front of the ample parking lot where we found the friendliest service I’ve ever experienced!
I understand my experience was with room 202. (So ask for it if you ever go). Other rooms might be exactly as described in other reviews. It seems that "DanSayer76" ran into an idiot when he was there and the first floor sounds like a nightmare! Maybe they HAVE been updating…from the top down? I don’t know…but this was a super place to stay; especially for soccer moms and dads!!