Having just spent only one of four booked nights at the La Quinta on Van Dyke in Warren, I felt I should get a report out. I chose the property for my wife and my stay after reading the reviews on this site. Obviously, they were favorable overall. I would beg to differ.
I would rate the hotel about one star. Beyond the flimsy towels, lumpy too-well-worn bed and limited amenities, was the smell. Our “non-smoking” room had the deep acrid stench of cigarettes past, cured into the very walls. Our clothing absorbed the stink and we were forced to check out with a fragrant souvenir. Shout out to the good peeps at Febreze! We should have figured this nastiness was coming when the smell of the lobby hit us upon entering the building, but we arrived a little too late to run around looking for other accommodations. We did do exactly that the next day and found a great room at the same price ($69.00 a night) at the Candlewood right up the block (check out my comments at their listing – but I will say they very cleverly segregated the smoking rooms from the non-smoking rooms by both floor and wing).
Another reason for our choosing this La Quinta were the reviews for the “free breakfast.” It was great if you’re a fifteen-year-old stoner who finally tore himself away from “Halo” for a midnight snack. Pop Tarts are not “breakfast” no matter what General Foods tells you. Sweet, sugary processed crap should not be allowed to be referred to as “breakfast” or even a “meal.” You could find better nutrition at a movie theater snack bar!
One of my concerns about Trip Advisor is that while we know what we are reading, we don’t know the preferences of “who” we are reading. So, to help the reader, I will identify the reviewer (me): I am 49, a professional in Los Angeles; I eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, enjoy an occasional cigarette with friends (meaning I’m not a militant non-smoker) and have traveled somewhat extensively.
One final note; the staff was extremely courteous and helpful not even accepting a tip when extra pillows were delivered to the room.