By: Jen Russon
Residents and visitors traveling on University Drive may have noticed major improvements to the two La Quinta Inn and Suites located within a mile of each other. The indoor and outdoor changes are the result of the hotel chain’s recent acquisition by Wyndham Worldwide Corporation.
Guests and passerby’s, familiar with the La Quinta Inn & Suites located at The Walk, have noticed a newer façade to the building, as well as a new look in the lobby and dining areas. Their location at 3701 University Drive, is currently renovating their clubhouse.
Mary Adams, who travels from Lakeland, Florida to Coral Springs with her husband, Steve, has stayed in both Coral Springs La Quintas in the past six months.
“We prefer the location at The Walk, but for months they were closed for construction. Now that we can stay there again, I’ve noticed a major overhaul. The signage outside is a lot more prominent and the exterior color is gray now.”
Steve Adams said La Quinta Inn at The Walk is a favorite hotel of theirs because it’s closer to their daughter and grandchildren in Ramblewood. The retired Lakeland couple make frequent road trips and earn La Quinta loyalty points across the country. The Adams, who have been using their loyalty program for years said, “This merger will probably give us more locations to choose from, and since we have a favorable opinion of the Wyndham brand anyway, we think it’s great.”
Now that La Quinta is one of Wyndham’s flagship brands, the 13 million loyalty members, can match their points with the Wyndham Rewards program.
City Commissioner, Dan Daley said the purchase and subsequent renovation of both properties will allow a new level of service to residents and guests alike. He recently met to discuss the hotels’ renovations with La Quinta Area Sales Director Lynne Lulfs, who told him to return for a grand tour after August 1, which is the anticipated end to the construction. He is also said a future meet-and-greet networking event around Labor Day is in the planning stages.
“I’m ecstatic about the Wyndham acquisition of the La Quinta brand,” said Daley. “I remember a time when the two hotels on University Drive were a thorn in the side of the city. The locations used to be riddled with crime, and there were no upgrades or improvements for many years.”
Lulfs said their entire team is looking forward to working with city officials, chamber, businesses and residents, in order to offer two great Coral Springs hotels they can be proud of.