Booked this hotel/parking package as it was cheaper for cruise parking than parking at the port or at a private parking facility.
Hotel was fine for a night stay. However, I wouldn't recommend the taxi service the hotel use. "Coco Beach Shuttle" were terrible and was not a good experience.
Booking: did this over the phone. Hotel was very helpful, friendly and offered us an AAA price. Even offered us the opportunity to check-in a little early if we wanted.
Arrival: arrived and checked in very quickly (we didn't come early in the end). The door on the initial room we were given I was given would not open so we were promptly assigned a new room with no problems. Check-in lady was very friendly and helpful. No issues at all with staff.
Room: very clean. One king size bed. Room was non-smoking and didn't smell of smoke. No hair in bed or around the toilet. Carpet and sheets clean. I travel to a lot of budget motels and I'm used to smelly rooms, old AC that make a noise and finding lots of stray hairs. No such problems at this motel. This was one of the cleanest budget motels I have stayed at. I would use this hotel again as a lay-by location without a doubt. We had a restful night with no problems. We didn't hear the train go by or the highway.
Breakfast: we came in about 30mins before it was over. Few waffles were left, toast and oats on offer. eggs had ran out and were no longer available. Staff did make us a couple of extra biscuits as these had ran out too. Choice of a few cereals and coffee.
Location: Motel is right off 528. I didn't find the room noisy and although there is a railroad nearby, I didn't hear any trains pass. Car park was well lit. The cruise parking is right at the front of the building and I felt safe leaving my car there, as my car was right by reception where there was plenty of activity and it could be seen from the front desk. There is a gas station right next door and some vacant-looking townhouses.
Cruise transport: really not impressed by this. 2 shuttle times are offered, 2 guests travel for free return trip to the port. This did meet our needs and the times were ok. We were allowed to stay in oir room until the shuttle came, and it was good of the hotel to allow late check-out.
On the way out to the ship we were the first in line, but shuttle drivers picked another party that had the maximum number of people to fill the bus, even though we were first, so we ended up waiting. No big deal; we only hung around for another 10/15 mins for the next outbound shuttle. Was mildly annoying, but not a big deal. Actual driving time to the port is short 5-10 minutes or so.
On the return trip, after our cruise was over, the same sort of 'fill the bus to the max' system was implemented. We waited 100 minutes in total. Yes, 1 hour 40 to get a ride back with coco beach shuttle! They kept bumping other people I front of us, over and over again, even though we arrived before them. The man organizing the shuttle even told us he was giving other late-arrivers our spot. When I finally started asking the man (after the first 50 mins) he simply told us he would call for another van to come and got rude and curt when I repeatedly asked.
Return shuttle was very disorganized and let down the whole experience. Hotel is fine to stay in if you are traveling down I-95, and I would certainly recommend and stay there myself again, but I hope they consider changing the shuttle company. I would use the park and cruise again if the transfers were a little smoother. If it was still the same company I would park elsewhere.
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