We cover motorcycle races, and spend a LOT of time, travelling. One of our first trips of the year takes us to Georgia, followed by a week in Florida.
Two years ago, we had set up our tent at the racetrack, and a terrible storm blew in. It passed quickly, but our tent and gear were DRENCHED. All of the motels in the area were booked, for Bike Week. We did find a room in a "boarding house" type of inn, 40+ miles North, but it cost us over $200 for the first night.
That's when the promoter told us about Sun Plaza. We showed up VERY late in the evening, but they had left our key in an envelope (marked with our name) in a box by the office.
EVERYTHING about this motel... from the neon sign out front to the retro furnishings... reminded my fiancé and I of the vacation motels we remember from our childhood. The rates were UNBELIEVABLE... it cost less to stay here, for a week, than other motels in the area charge for a NIGHT! The internet service worked great, and allowed me to post my race reports and pictures without any of the lagging or disconnects that we have experienced in other motels. Was it as fancy as the Ritz-Carleton? No, of course not. However, what this motel lacks in luster and glitz, it made up for in quality: friendly staff, convenient location, and lovely landscaping. Although the outdoor pool was out of commission, my youngest loved the playground. While there isn't a big breakfast buffet in the mornings, the coffee in the lobby is a welcome wake up, and there are plenty of places to heat or buy breakfast in the morning.
This year, we returned to the Sun Plaza. The staff remembered us, and welcomed us, warmly. I asked about a few nearby tourist attractions I remembered from 20 years earlier, and they had all of the information I could hope for (prices, location, etc.). While this is not the fanciest-looking motel we have ever stayed in, the nostalgic feel and friendly service make it one of our favorites. We are already planning to return, NEXT year!
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Plaza Hotel Silver Springs
- BG Sun Plaza Silver Springs, Florida