La Quinta - Drug Hotel
FT LAUDERDALE 95 & CYPRESS, FLORIDA -- I am (WAS) a regular customer of this La Quinta on W Cypress and I-95 and have stayed there with my wife and 2 small children 4 time a year for the past 5 years. I also resided in Ft Lauderdale for 22 years up till 2007 so I know the area very well. On my last visit on August 22nd-27th 2012 there were serious issues with drug usage that appeared to be the staff using one of the rooms on the first floor for smoking marijuana. I appeared that one of the staff, Neville was involved as he was high as a kite with bloodshot eyes. The manager Maria was notified and I asked her to contact the police 3 times. She never made the call. I called about 1 hour later and was informed by the police that they were aware of drug problems at this hotel but the problems were normally on the 4th floor! A claim that the manager Maria said she was not aware of. I would strongly advised families, single women or retirees to avoid this hotel or anyone like myself as I was 90 days out of open heart surgery and I doubt that heart medication and second hand marijuana fumes permeating my room #132 are what the doctor ordered. The bigger issue is that the manager Maria, Neville and other staff were indifferent and annoyed that I would have an issue with the hotel being used as their drug house. When management of a hotel don't care about issues of their guests safety then the public should avoid that location. Me, I will never stay in another La Quinta hotel again or even buy stock in such a company.