My wife and I stayed two nights at the La Quinta Lakewood, CO the nights of 4 and 5 May 2014. Check-in was quick and friendly, and our room was clean and properly appointed. The continental breakfasts were great and all staff we encountered throughout our stay were friendly and accommodating. The rooms are equipped with a Honeywell-designed thermostat (whose brand is “INNCOM”) that evidently is employed to ensure that the hotel can save energy. The thermostat is wall-mounted well away from the in-room HVAC mechanical system itself. The thermostat employs a sensor of some type that evidently must detect motion or heat from room occupants in order to operate the air conditioning. On our final night’s stay, when we returned from dinner, we found the room to be warm and somewhat humid. Since we prefer to sleep in a cool, dry environment, in the low-to-mid-60s F, I attempted to get the air conditioner compressor to engage by simply lowering the desired temperature setting on the thermostat. The air conditioning refused to operate. Period. I called the front desk and was told to “… set the thermostat to 74°F, then lower the setting” (after some unspecified time had elapsed) as that would supposedly solve the problem. What was indeed an unorthodox-sounding fix only caused the HVAC unit to produce warm air. Subsequent lowering of the temperature setting did not cause the compressor to engage. In fact, the compressor did not operate throughout the remainder of that night. Outside air temperature was about 63°F, so we left the fan on in hopes that the HVAC unit would bring in cool, fresh air, since the compressor was for all intents and purposes useless. The intake of outside air lowered room temperature to only about 69°F and of course did nothing to lower the relative humidity. When we arose the next morning, I heard the compressor cut on momentarily, leading me to think that the sensor on the thermostat detected motion or heat and decided to send a “go” signal. Obviously, the thermostat is set so as not to engage when the OAT is around 63°F; or the sensor that detects presence of guests in the room was malfunctioning; or the calculus that Honeywell employs to govern compressor operation is quite exotic. I even reset the circuit breaker on the HVAC power plug once but it made no difference. I would advise La Quinta Lakewood to check operation of its thermostats, or at least the one in room 412, so that future guests are not uncomfortable at night as we were. It is great to save energy, but not at the expense of guest comfort. And summer is coming.
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