La Quinta Inn Miami Airport North
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How has this motel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Quinta Inn Miami Airport North
I would not have touched the floor of this place with bare skin. There were toenail clippings on the carpet between the beds. The room had a musty oder and there were towels for 1 in a room with 2 double beds. We cancled our second days reservation and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express down the road for the same price but 3 times as nice.
Okay if you're desperate
I would not recommend this hotel. Front desk staff were less than friendly. The rooms were very basic, old with a stale mildewy smell. The area is less than desirable with no shopping and few restaurants around. We couldn't get hot water and ended up showering in cold water. The highlight of our one night stay was the Chinese restaurant at the little plaza next door. That I would definitely recommend. Overall, I wouldn't call it a total dump, but only because the sheets were clean (though they felt damp) and there were no bugs or cockroaches. You can find better!
La Quinta - Budget -Yes! Luxury - No!
Having cancelled our reservation at Baymont Cutler Ridge hotel thanks to the helpful reviews posted on this site. We plumped for La Quinta Inn, next to Miami International Airport.
La Quinta Inn is a no frills Inn. Well located near the airport, within 10 to 15 minutes by car (Although we did have GPS!) We stayed there for 11 nights which is a long stay for any airport hotel. There are a range of eateries next to the hotel (Wendys, McDonalds, Dennies (Avoid) & Subway) Back to La Quinta, the weak point for the hotel was it's staff, let me explain! We had reserved 2 non smoking rooms (3 of us in the party), however the person who checked us in must have been blind or had just started as in fact she gave us 2 smoking rooms. (Non smoking rooms where not available) However, they were next to each other though so we'll give her that. We had to deal with the reception regarding two maintenance issues in our room. The first (A faulty light) was fixed once reported, the second was not. The second being a hand towel rail which had fallen with the weight of the towels. Was the housekeeping department blind each day? Was anyone checking the room for maintenance issues?
I personally found the staff on reception to be not exactly rude but not at all interested in what I had to say. It was like I was bothering them. Also the vendors near reception where switched off or out of order for the second week of our trip. (No worries there is a 24hr convienience store across the car park).
The pool is well located, but we think it needs to be cleaned a little. But good overall. So in conclusion, if you need a no frills hotel next to the airport La Quinta is a good bet. If you want luxury or top service look elsewhere.
When you can't find anything better...
We (family of 4) pre-booked this one as a stepping-stone between arrival on MIA Int and a 3-week drive-around. The place was easily found along 36th street and only a 10 min drive from the car rental. Room was average, with a very noisy A/C and strange odors in the bathroom but in general not much complaints for the $62incl.tax/night we prepaid. Noisy nights as lots of locals hang out on the adjacent McDonald parking lot. Not the place to have a nice rest after a 12-hour trip from Rotterdam, NL. Not the best spot for a dad with two goodlooking teen-girls...
Breakfast looks and tastes like nothing; better step into Mac next door for a decent one. Wifi is available but of poor quality in the rooms. In the lobby things work reasonably. But what is the old lady in the wheelchair doing there 24/7..??
La Quinta? You won't see me again. We found better lodging for the same rate all over the state...
Depends on what you need
We stayed here before a cruise. The "motel" is nice enough, and the staff are great. There simply is nothing within walking distance to kill time.
There is not even a pub or restaurant nearby where you can get a beer and bite after 8 pm. There is a Denny's and a Wendy's so you can eat, but
there are no shops or stores: simply nothing to do.
Another note.... the infamous toilets.... it may be a pressure issue, but flushing is an adventure.... the other couple we traveled with had to change rooms because their's was a fountain after they took the tank lid off to stop the running water.
Worst experience ever
Stayed one night at this motel and had the worst experience we've ever encountered. The desk clerks appeared listless and depressed (maybe this is not an upbeat company to work for?). Our room had no towels. Worst of all -- the carpet in the room was so filthy that we tracked footprints onto the bathroom tile and bathmat. One good thing: I called La Quinta and the customer service rep promises to send a coupon for a free night at a La Quinta in the future. I'm nervous about giving them another chance, but probably will do so.
Much less than expected
Stayed at La Quinta Airport North February 2005 before and after a great cruise on Royal Carribean Voyager of the Seas. Poor way to start the holiday and a poor ending to a great holiday. $20-$35 cab ride anywhere in town (aiport, sea port, Bayside, Downtown), car alarms going continually all night and when we were waiting for our cab on the last night we were able to watch several "commercial transactions" between people hanging around the entry way to the hotel and dealers driving by. One positive was the hotel security guard. He made sure that he was between us and the other groups at all times. We had a room for four, we were supplied with one towel. Toilets werent' working either so we asked for another room or an upgrade. We were moved but the only upgrade was they supplied 3 towels for 4 people (toilet still didn't work).
When we approached staff about some of the problems, (also had problems with getting transportation) the clerk held up her hands and said "It's not my fault". We weren't looking for blame we were just looking for some solutions. We also found out, after getting off the ship at 10:00 AM that check in was not until 3:00 PM. There was no secure place to store baggage (they stack it beside the main entry). The late check in is not the hotels fault if that is their standard policy, for that mix up I blame my travel agent (won't use her again as she fouled up several other matters as well) I will not stay at this location again, and I will definitely be very careful about using the La Quinta chain again.
Clean and convenient to airport
My husband and I stayed here after a flight from Philadelphia to Miami. The hotel was clean and located close to the airport. I would stay here again. This hotel is also close to an IHOP which we ate breakfast at.
Our flight back to the West Coast wasn't until 6:30AM the next morning so we found a great deal at La Quinta North for one night. The room was great. It was clean and spacious. Better than a lot of hotels we stayed at in Costa Rica and the price was half of what we paid for hotels in Costa Rica. Denny's, McDonald's, and Wendy's are next door. The ride from the airport is kind of far, although the hotel provides free shuttle. However, the shuttle begins at 6AM every morning and since our flight was at 6:30AM, we had to take a taxi. The hotel staff told us it would cost $12-13 but the fare ended up to be $20, not including tip. That was disappointing because we would have just paid more to stay at place closer to the airport. But the hotel made it worth it. BTW, there was some police action while we were there so I'm not sure if it's just the location of the hotel or the type of clients...
Great Stay even when TV exploded!
I stayed at this hotel for a 3-day shooping tour and found a great deal price by internet reserv. Hotel is nicely located very close to 836 HWY and close to the airport. The room was quite big and had a complementary breaskfast consisting of cereal, coffee, juices and bread, good enough to start your shopping day.