I've been coming to St. Pete Beach now for over 20years, I travel from the UK to enjoy the gorgeous weather and to have the perfect beach holiday away from all the hassle of a busy life!
Upon arriving at the Hojo on St. Pete beach, I thought this holiday would be enjoyable. I booked the hotel through hotels.com in the UK a short time before travelling, the pictures of the hotel looked great, however upon arrival my views of the hotel changed somewhat.
We were allocated a room on the 3rd floor, which faced Postcard inn hotel. Upon exiting the lift on the 3rd floor, there was a putrid smell which hit you in the face. I could only describe the smell as cat urine.
The carpet along the corridor was disgusting, the corridor wasn't bright even when the lights were on.
I entered into my room, I could smell a slight musty smell in the air, dirty looking carpet and dirty tiles by the sliding glass door which when opened takes you onto the balcony, (Pictures taken).
Bathroom wasn't the biggest, I saw a few pubic hairs left in the bathtub from the last guest, which then started alarm bells ringing in my ears,.........how clean is this room really?
As a previous person has written, I also could see urine splash marks on the tiles against the toilet, I also noticed a dead fly on the bathroom floor besides the toilet,who also must of been on holiday too, as he/she didn't leave the floor during the whole time I stayed there!
Also the sink in the bathroom was a quarter full of dirty water, again I asked the housekeepers about getting it removed, their response was "it's not my issue", which I find the attitude of the housekeeping to be poor, a paying guest doesn't expect that......ask yourself this, if you were I, would you want to be treated like that? I guess not.
Even the basics such as, replenishing the coffee and tea bags & putting fresh plastic/paper cups for hot drinks, this was NOT done throughout the whole stay, which would put this hotel below budget hotels.
The bed sheets weren't even changed for the whole stay (8 nights), I know this as I spilt some crips on the bed sheets which left an orange stain accidentally, I find this to be somewhat disgusting that a hotel doesn't even change bed sheets!
Also the wooden head boards where dusty, thank god I don't suffer from chest problems. The joke of house keeping, was that they'd knock on your room at 0900hrs to ask if you wanted service & all they did was make the bed and replace the towels, I mean waking people up everyday even when the "do not disturb" was being displayed on the door.
This does sound like I'm moaning about everything, but the housekeeping staff just weren't bothered about my concerns of how dirty the room was.
This hotel does really fall below the standard of what any paying guest would expect.
This hotel is in need of a renovation, new housekeeping team, it's a very tired place. I will never return to this hotel at all.
Please take my advice, don't walk around in bare feet, god knows what you'll pick up!
Only due to the fact I'd booked through the internet, I would of checked out.
The final nail in the coffin for me with regards to this hotel, was the stench of cannabis being smoked by people on balconies around us. The stench is eye watering at weekends, due to the number of people who cram into "party" on cannabis and alcohol.
On the day of checking out, the room opposite was open and two house keepers where inside. One was sat on the brown drawers with her feet inc dirty shoes on the chair & the other was sat on the bed talking about things that people would not want to hear. Upon seeing this, it just portrays an unprofessional image from the staff towards the guests and is rather unsatisfactory.
I would not recommend this hotel to friends or family.
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