Tired Old Property A review of DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay
The hotel is located on the water and, although the common areas are nice, the interior corridors and rooms are dirty, old and tired.
After getting my key, I went directly to my room. The first thing I noticed was that - at every stop - the eleavator loudly announced the floor number. If you stay here, make sure you get a room away from the elevator.
I got off on the sixth floor. The hallway was dark and musty smelling, the carpet worn and stained. When I got to my room, I noticed a few things immediately.
First, the rooms are cooled by wall unit air conditioners. They worked but they were noisy.
Second, the furnishings are old and worn. A real tip off that this property is a second gereration hotel was the black and white TV that's mounted, Howard Johnson's style, on the sink.
Finally, the entire suite was only moderately clean. I've stayed in some truly filthy hotels, and this was not one of them. However, for the money, I expected more.
The coupe de gras was that the bed was made up with the top sheet on top of a dirty blanket. I was tired from a long day and all I wanted to do was go to sleep. I pulled the dirty bed spread back only to find a dirty blanket placed directly on the bottom sheet.
I reluctantly remade the bed and went to sleep under the cheese cloth sheets with which this"deluxe all suite property" had provided me.
The bottom line is that I checked out after only one night and went to the Holiday Inn Express next door. It was comparable to this DoubleTree (much newer too) at 1/3 the price.
If you're looking for an upscale newer hotel look elsewhere. This property has most definately seen it's better days.
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