Last week as part of the Chamber of Commerce, we attended the unveiling of the refurbished Quality Inn and Travelodge on Highway 1 S in what is actually Florida City. You don’t often notice them because they are tucked back off the road behind the gas stations and the Denny’s and McDonalds. While these are more economical options for lodging, the refitting they have done is really quite nice. Both properties are owned and managed by the same individuals and the actual property managers were there to walk everyone around and answer questions. The Quality Inn has something different which are some rooms that have double king-size beds. That is correct. Granted, it doesn’t leave a lot of extra space to move around it, but it isn’t cramped either. Both motels have free wi-fi, breakfast and a Tiki Hut. In fact, small sitting areas are scattered around the properties and even though neither has scenic views, they are attractively arranged. I can’t personally speak for the comfort or service since we haven’t stayed there, but I will say that if you are looking for lodging for visitors, you may very well want to stop by and see what they have.
One of the points that we as a community are trying to emphasize in gaining tourism market share is that we are a great alternative to the Upper Keys when those places are booked). Additionally, and this is where people can help spread the word for those who are not familiar with the area, if someone lands in either Miami or Fort Lauderdale mid-afternoon and plans to head to the Middle or Lower Keys, they tend to think they can land, grab bags, and be at their destination in a couple of hours. That is a logical conclusion in looking at the distance on a map. Getting luggage, rental car, and battling traffic until hitting the Overseas Highway is not something people think about. What we want to promote is: Why stress with trying to make it to the Middle or Lower Keys on your day of arrival? Plan your first afternoon and night here in Homestead or Florida City. Check in, relax, pop out to one of National Parks if you have time or stroll around the historic district, and have a nice dinner. Get up the next morning whenever you’re ready, have breakfast and leisurely continue on the trip. Life will be simpler.