We stayed at the Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel and Suites (pictured), 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Fla., on Feb 18, 2015. Looking back, the hotel, which appeared to be undergoing some renovations, had both pluses and minuses.
On the plus side, I selected the hotel for two reasons: 1) We had an early flight on Feb. 19 out of the Punta Gorda Airport, and the hotel is not far away. It’s a 15-minute trip when there’s traffic and about half that when there’s little traffic. 2) The hotel location is beautiful. The facility is situated on the bay that separates Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. Other plusses include a clean room with microwave, refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, etc.
Minuses included the price for one night, a whopping $211.68 ($189 plus $22.68 tax) for our standard room with the water view. The room had a desk and chair for computer work, but a round table was chairless, meaning there was only one chair in the room for two people. Even if the round table had come with a chair or two, it would’ve been difficult to use for dining etc. because it was so low to the floor.
My main complaint, however, was a requested 5 a.m. Feb. 19 wake-up call that never came! Before turning in for the night, I tried repeatedly to schedule the wake-up call using the hotel’s automated phone system. But all I ever got was a busy signal. So I called the front desk and made a verbal request to the desk clerk. As stated, that call never came the next morning. Had we not set one of our phone’s alarm as a backup, we would’ve missed our flight.
In summary, there are other hotels not far from the Punta Gorda Airport that go for a lot less money. Water view or no water view, I would recommend one of them over Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel and Suites.
Copyright 2015 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.