La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

Address: 1803 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34234, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located on 1803 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is near Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone, and Art Center Sarasota.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

    Better than Expected


    My wife and I...and our 2 small (well behaved) dogs...recently stayed at this hotel while visiting our daughter in Sarasota. We found the hotel to be very neat, very clean, well organized, well maintained and properly staffed. There were no visible defects or problems in the common areas or room. Everything in the room was clean, and worked properly. The common areas, pool, and pool deck were very clean and well maintained. The front desk attendants were very efficient, knowledgable and courteous. The hotel was quiet at night and seemed very safe. The neighborhood surrounding the hotel is very pleasent and centrally located to all of Sarasota's main points of interest.

    I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a clean, moderately priced, well maintained and safe hotel in Sarasota.

    My wife and I have stayed in hotels from Seattle to Orlando, from Maine to San Francisco. This hotel, with data ports, pool, and pay-per view movies is as clean and nice as any we've stayed in.

    La Quinta was great!


    I just spent 2 nights at La Quinta and found everything to be great. It was close to the Hyatt where I was attending a Convention. Its close to the bridge to the beaches. It was much cheaper ($79/$89) and breakfast was included! The hotel was clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would stay there again.

    Name changed


    The name of the Wellesley Inn & Suites was changed to La Quinta Inn and Suites in February 2006. It is still owned by the same corporation. The building was completedly refurbished and redecorated. It is done very attractively in light citrus colors. Some of the rooms have lovely bay views. We had stayed there twice in years before the renovation and found the staff unfailingly cheerful and helpful. They still are, from the desk staff to the chambermaids.

    La Quinta is one of the few mid-priced hotels left near central Sarasota, Our earlier visits to Sarasota had always been during the winter. To our surpise we found it more attractive in the summer. The only thing lacking in the rooms were small tables for snacks, through there is good desk space.

    There us a very good Italian restaurant, Villa Francesco, almost next door to the Inn. It will soon have an exercise room and laundry facilities.

    Decent value


    Several reviewers wrote about paper thin walls but we did not find this to be the case in our room, and we were there at full capacity in mid March, 2005. The location is close to the center of the city but not within walking distance. The rooms are clean and a very basic continental breakfast was provided. It was one of the better price hotels and a good value for the area.

    $50 stolen from purse/terrible housekeeping


    My wife, teenage daughter and I stayed at the Wellesley for 3-nights right after Christmas. Before I get started, allow me to mention that I was in Sarasota on business for 1-night in November and stopped at the Wellesley since it looked nice from the outside to inquire about rates over the holidays. The lady at the desk informed me that the rooms at the time I would be there in December would be $113/night plus tax. When I got on the hotel web-site to actually make reservations (sometime in late November) the rate was quoted at $62/night ~ Wow! Guess it didn't matter that I actually stopped at the hotel in person and asked. Maybe the chain needs to train their employees on a little common sense!

    Back to the saga. When we arrived, it turns out that there was this BMX bicycle rally going on in Sarasota that same week and this hotel was packed with hormone-raged teenage boys (with their bicycles) all over the place. After checking in, I loaded up a cart with all of our luggage and we proceeded to our room on the 2nd floor. Turns out we were right next door to a room of very excited boys and it appeared that sleeping would be a challenge so I called the front desk and asked to be moved. The young lady accommodated us and sent us to a room on the 1st floor. I proceeded to push our cart full of luggage to the next room. Upon opening the door and "rolling" in, we could smell a very foul urine smell. We all said ~ no way! And I proceed back to the desk. This time, we were upgraded to a suite on the 4th floor. The suite was decent, just too dark. But, by this time we were exhausted and just wanted somewhere to sleep.

    The next morning my teenage daughter couldn't find her purse. After looking through all of our luggage, we went down to the front desk and asked if we could look in both of the other rooms we "visited" the night before thinking that our daughter probably put her purse down and forget it as we were moving from room to room. Both of the other rooms were not rented the previous night, so the clerk allowed us to check both. We found nothing. When I retuned the key cards, I told the lady my daughter lost her purse ~ just in case someone might have found it.

    We were out and about all day, and when we retuned around 5pm, her purse was sitting right on top of her suitcase in our room. Wow! Her school ID, Starbucks gift card and some other teen store gift card were all there. Where was the $50 she brought for the trip? This time my wife went down to the desk and asked who found the purse. No one seemed to know anything about it. Interesting? The purse mysteriously reappears in our room in plain view with everything in it and no $50. By this time (around 6pm), the lady said we would have to have to talk to the manager the next morning. Now day three, my wife talked to the manager who indicated that nothing like this has ever happened and said we would have to file a complaint and they would turn it into their insurance company. We did that, stayed the 3rd night and still have not heard anything. No compensation of any form was given. When my wife first complained after we found the purse, a young clerk at the front desk said, "We upgraded your room for you!" Well, I guess the upgrade did indeed cost us! Never again at any Wellesley!

    Won't Be Staying Here Again


    I notice another reviewer mentioned the "paper-thin walls" and, boy oh boy, are they ever right! We could actually hear the man in the next room clearing his throat, clearing his throat for heavens sake! And good luck if your neighbors want to play their TV when you want to sleep. You will hear every word. Even after asking them them to turn it down, which they courteously did, and inserting ear plugs, I could still hear the drone of the next door TV. No privacy and little sleep made for a most uncomfortable stay. As a result, we will never stay in another Wellesley anywhere. Nothing else they could possibly offer could ever make up for a lack of sleep. The whole point of a hotel room is to sleep, but some hotels just don't get it.

    Very nice Hotel


    We found the Wellesley Inns and Suites of Sarasota, Florida a very pleasant place to stay...It was only 3 miles from the Beaches which we really liked....We loved the heated swimming pool and the accomadations were very good....We loved the Continnental Brealfast.. The staff was very friendly and helpful...We also liked the security that they had at nighttime...The only complaint that we could find was that the maids did not empty the ice bucket or leave a clean plastic bag each day for ice...other then that it was a very pleasant stay...We were there for almost 3 weeks...Plan on going back next March....

    Very clean and good central location


    my husband and i stayed here the first week of december 2003. we had an enjoyable stay, even though the lobby was being remodeled, and the continental breakfast area was being remodeled. the staff was very curteous, (except for one early morning clerk) that was a little rude, i think he got his earring caught in his nap blanket, because he was a little rude, but he did mention he was from new jersey, which i really thought he had lost his southern charm. but the evening women made us feel at home, and the maid service was wonderful. the location is very central to bradenton, or siesta key so it was very pleasing, and we will definetely stay there again.

    We won't be staying here again...


    We used Priceline, first time, and our bid was accepted at Wellesley Inn in Sarasota. We stayed here for 2 nights beginning March 29th, 2003. The hotel exterior is nicely maintained and visually appealing. The lobby was nicely decorated for a 2 star hotel. Check-in was quick and without problems. We gathered our belongings and procceeded to our room on the 2nd floor. The room was clean, but the furnishings and lack of lighting made it somewhat depressing. It was an adequate stay for the price, but definitely NOT worth paying rack rates.The biggest problems that we encountered during our stay were the "paper thin" walls, their housekeepers need to be re-trained in replacing towels/toiletries and daily maintenance of bathroom, and the mattresses DEFINITELY need to be replaced. We were asked for money , as well as other guests, by a guy on a bike. This made me uneasy. We didn't eat the continental breakfast that is offered, there was not enough food or places to sit (there were about 7 tables with 2 chairs each). One morning, we went down to the area where the breakfast is served at 8:45 am, there were two bagels and 2 pastries left. I'm not sure if the food was replenished throughout breakfast time. I didn't see the beverages and the line for making waffles was ridiculously long. The continental breakfast area is very small and food quantity isn't enough for the amount of guests staying at this hotel. As for restaurants, Subway is next door. Everything else, one must drive. Basically, this hotel is a good value. If you are looking for a hotel to enhance your vacation/travelling experience, this isn't the place.

    Wellesley Inn - Sarasota - Florida


    We paid 33.39 for this hotel (low season) and have to say that this is a very good deal. Although the hotel is at the busy Tamiami Trail, we did not hear the traffic at all. Shame about the late arrivals who though they owned the hotel (very noisy), but you can get this kind everywhere. The room is clean and we had a nice breakfast with delicious waffles. The breakfast times are also reasonable upto 10.00 am in the morning. The only hick up was that the room had not been tidied up when we arrived but this was done immediately after we mentioned it. The beds are good as is the bedding, good shower too. You will need a car though as it is too far to walk to the centre, or beaches. But, hey, it is still a very good hotel for the money you pay. There is a subway cafe just next to the hotel, which has really good deals on and massive sandwiches.

    TripAdvisor Reviews La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from Sarasota

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