District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
October 10, 2004
Unfortunately, the Best Western Hotel Acadiana ranks up there with the Holiday Inn Lafayette as one of my least favorite places to stay. Have you ever stayed someplace that sounds like it could be great when you read the description online, but then arrive to find out that the hotel has not seen a good renovation in a couple of decades and the staff and facilities are average at best? That’s how I feel about the Hotel Acadiana. Maybe when it was new it really did exemplify the luxury and high level of service that it advertises, but today it appears worn out and has a level of service that leaves a lot to be desired.
One of the first things I’ve noticed each time I’ve been booked at the Hotel Acadiana by a client is the odd smell in the public areas. I don’t know exactly how to describe the odor; a coworker once said it smells like a combination of dirt, mildew, and that "funk" that some nursing homes have. Another described it as smelling like a rat had died inside one of the walls, and they never bothered to exhume the body. I think that description is a bit extreme, and I’m not sure I totally agree with the mildew and nursing home description either, but, however you describe it, the odor is there, and it’s not that pleasant -and it’s been there when I’ve stayed at the hotel in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. My former boss said it was there when she first stayed in the hotel in the early 1990s, so apparently it’s not a new thing and it’s not probably going away soon. In any case, I prefer to stay in a hotel that either has no odor to it, or, if there is an odor, it’s one that evokes a sense that the place is clean and fresh. This smell does not create that impression.
Fortunately the guestrooms that I have stayed in do not have the odor issue. However, the beds in this hotel are some of the most uncomfortable I’ve ever slept in. For a business traveler, there is very little workspace in the room; do not expect a large desk with easy-to-reach electrical outlets or a comfortable, ergonomic desk chair. Also, the lighting is very poor. On one stay, I looked at the light bulbs, and all of the lamps had been outfitted with 40-watt standard bulbs. Not only was the light dim, but it was of very poor color quality and trying to read or work in the room gave me eye-strain problems, especially at night. I’ve also found the bed linens and towels to usually be showing signs of wear and age. For a hotel that advertises itself to be "full service" with "deluxe" guestrooms, I’d expect more.
Overall, I think there are much better choices in Lafayette in the same price range.
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