All in all, this was my fault. The Trip Advisor reviews seemed relatively OK, and I tried to parlay some Wyndham points into two rooms for my family of six. We were staying in Orlando at a Marriott resort for a week, but wanted some beach time for one full day, so how bad can it be? Just a place to shower and sleep for one night. Plus, being a Phillies fan, I thought it would be fun to eat breakfast at Lenny's next door, and show the kids the Phils' Spring Training home.
Scratch all that. The trouble started when we went to check in. The lady at the counter spent at least 15 minutes trying to input a reduced rate for a customer, and had trouble doing that with her computer. Not once did she make eye contact with us to at least apologize for the delay. When she finally finished, she looked at me and said "I assume you are here to check in"...Really? Once we got checked in, it was apparent that we really didn't want to be here... the hotel is old, the doors to each room are a mess, the bedspreads on the beds were scary, and the final straw for our adult girls and their husbands was a dead roach on the floor in their room. They just decided to forget it... they managed showers and headed back to Orlando (we came in two cars). My wife and I decided to try to at least get some value for our points so we decided to stay, and plan to visit the area the next day. I will say our bathroom and shower were OK, and our room was passable. We slept some, but got up early and left to be with the rest of our family. I'll end this by saying this hotel may be OK for some, but if you are used to better...don't come here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central is your gateway to Gulf Coast adventure. When you make us your home base during your Florida stay, you'll find yourself nearby all the attractions you're looking forward to and surrounded by all the amenities you need. Enjoy our free Wi-Fi, cable TV, pool, business center, laundry facilities, and more while you're our guest. Plus, start your day off with a free breakfast before heading out to the beach, the golf course, Busch Gardens, Brighthouse Field, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and so much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Clearwater Hotel Clearwater
- Buena Vista Hotel
- Buena Vista Motel
- Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central Florida