Go somewhere else!
Wow, what can I say?I can't help but laugh when I think of this place.We were down there to see a bowl game and mapquest said this was the closest hotel/motel to the Citrus Bowl.It is located about 1/2 mile from the stadium-which was nice, but the area the stadium is in is kind of shaddy.
I had originally called to try and reserve a room (can't do it on the website) and was quoted $59/night for a room w/2 beds. He told me to fax over my drivers license as well as my credit card and he'd hold a room for me. It all seemed a little shaddy, so I said I wanted to think about it. I talked to my group and decided to stick w/it. I called the following a day and a different guy told me that they don't take reservations?? Uhh, not sure what that meant, but I told him I called yesterday and was told that I could. He says okay and I send him my info-very detailed info-I wanted to make sure they fully understood what I was looking for. I was still a little hesitant, but I knew we'd only be there 2 nights before upgrading to a condo by Disney.
The place was very easy to find-located right off the expressway, but like I said before, not a nice part of town. We pull up to check-in, and I go in. I say there will be 2 of us (we actually had 4, but I always just say 2). They say they need both of our drivers license so they can make copies of them, so I grab a friend and have her come in w/me. He gives us a room rate, and I look at my friend like "sweet, that's cheaper than what they quoted me on the phone!"-so I pull out my credit card, and the guy seemed all confused and said it'd cost more if I were paying w/credit card. This irritated me alittle, I reluctantly paid in cash.They give us a room key and then get on the walky talky to the security guard "Two white girls checking in." This made me laugh a little, that's some good security! hahah!
I try to tell the 2 in the back to duck down, but it was too late-the security guard questions who they are. I tell him they aren't staying, we're just dropping off our stuff and leaving.He lets them in. It was nice that the hotel did have a gated parking lot.We check out the room and it smells like someone had just put out a cig-we decide that since the room smells so bad we'll try and get another one, and since security was so tight, we also decided to add the other 2 guests. (I think it was $10 more per person/per night) One desk clerk spoke very little english and we had a difficult time communicating to him that we wanted a NON-smoking room. He kept telling us all of thier rooms were non-smoking.We asks why they put ash trays in them then?This went on for a few minutes before one of the other guys finally told us that all the rooms were smoking, not non-smoking.They still gave us a new room, and even went in and sprayed some air freshner in there for us.
The rooms were very small.We barely had enough room for all 4 of us to bring our bags in.The sink area, and the bathroom were quite dirty. Also no fan by the shower-it got VERY hot in there! We spent as little time there as possible.And on the morning we checked out, none of even wanted to step foot in the bathroom-decided to hold out for the condo we were headed too.
I found out a week later when we got back to MI, that not only did I pay in cash, but they also charged my credit card. I had a bad feeling about this, but getting this fixed was actually a lot easier than I had imagined.
Side note-we were tailgating in a lot just down the block from this hotel.And after the game we went back and pulled out the grill and had a few beers.The cops came around shortly and said "We're going home, and TRUST US, you don't want to be here once we're gone!" That should tell you enough about the area.
Overall-if you have no standards and just need a place to sleep, OR want to be really close to the Citrus Bowl, this is your place.I'm pretty sure next time we are down there though, we'll probably chose to stay in a different part of town!