We got a great flight and hotel deal through Orbitz and though the whole thing was a package, we probably paid about $75 a night. If I paid above $120, I might feel a little jipped, but for the price we paid, this hotel is totally fine. I was worried about some of the reviews and have come to assume that some people check into a 2.5 star hotel and expect the Waldorf Astoria. Some reviewer complaints and my experience:
Dirty Carpets - they were fine - would I eat off of them? no, but this is a beach hotel and I really didn't notice anything too different from any other hotel
Loud Air Conditioners? These through-the wall units have to make some noise. Ours was modern, worked great, and was not loud at all
Deferred Maintenance: I really didn't experience this. Nothing in the room was broken or dated. Shower worked great, efficiency kitchen was awesome.
Dirty Pool: I feel like at times I saw more maintenance people than guests in the morning. The pool was totally fine
Bad WiFI - ours worked great.
Complimentary Breakfast Stinks -well, this pretty much is the case. I got a dozen eggs and we grabbed juice and bread and made a great breakfast in the room each day. The coffee wasn't bad. They really do need to offer some fresh fruit, yogurt. All it is is bread, butter, bagels, cream cheese, jarred fruit, juice and coffee.
Not a Resort - "Resort" is a stretch. I think they call it a resort because they offer towels at the pool. Oh, and I checked, they do have the equipment for shuffleboard. The tiki bar (which is pretty dinky) was open on Saturday only and did not offer frozen drinks. If you go into it expecting a conventional hotel experience, you won't be disappointed. tip: walk up the beach to Perrys or the Hawaiin Inn where you will find two big tiki bars.
The beds were comfortable and clean. Extra pillow and blankets were located in the closet. The cleaning staff did a great job with our room each day. They vacuumed and mopped and tidied everything up.
OceanView Rooms - I studied the hotel before we arrived and because the hotel is angled toward the beach and the development toward the north side of the hotel is only one story, you can get a great view from the ocean view rooms. Request that you be placed as close to the beach on the north side of the building and you won't be disappointed. The southern side of the building looks out a huge new condo building and would provide a bad view.
While we were there, chair and umbrella rentals were availalbe (not from hotel) at $30 for two chaise lounges, end table and umbrella. Instead, Just go to CVS or Walgreens and get a chair for $20 and toss it when you leave. Umbrellas alone are $20/day. A food service truck and trailor were parked in front of the hotel each day we were there. They offered hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, ice cream novelties and things like sunscreen and beach towels.
If you want ice cream, DO NOT go to the place across the street - walk south about 1/2 mile to Cow Licks - some of the best ice cream I have ever had.
While there, take the trolley or drive to Port Orange and DJ's Deck - super informal, great seafood and people. Still informal, but a little more refined was Aunt Catfish in Port Orange - also very good.
We used the beach trolley quite a bit and really enjoyed it. It is quick and reliable, but you need to look at the schedule...it cycles through the area about once an hour. you can buy a day pass for $3 on the bus or trolley. If you go to the transit station (across the bridge to downtown Daytona Beach or one of the libraries) you can buy a 3 day pass for $6. The trolley rocked and I highly recommend it.
I think during bike week or other busy times you are bound to pay more than a room in Daytona Beach is worth. You are also probably going to get screwed a few times with a wait or a less than perfect hotel room. My advice is visit this place in the off season or shoulder season, make sure you are happy with the room before you settle in. If you are like us, you will luck out and get a great little vacation abode and not pay too much for it.
When booking or closer to your arrival, call the desk and ask for a room on the north side, closest...
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May 18, 2012
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Thank you for taking the time to post your review with regards to your recent stay at our Resort.
We are certainly listening to our guests and is pleased that our Restaurant will open on May 28, 2012. A menu offering full breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available to our guests
Thank you Mr. Dougherty and we look forward to having you as our guest in the near future.
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