We stayed here for 6 nights after spending the prior week in Disneyworld - we needed some R&R. This is a short 45 minute drive from the Orlando airport and easily accessible.
The outside of the resort is "older" but my Husband, who lived in Florida before, says it's very local looking (teal green) and there a large shell on the front which is very suiting as the beach is covered in beautiful shells (and jelly fish).
The lobby needs a serious update, especially compared to their sister resort "Resort on cocoa beach" about 5 miles down the road. The staff were o.k, friendly and helpful if you needed something or had a question. But, I was having trouble with a luggage cart and instead of helping me or asking if he could assist with the luggage, he stood there (holding up the counter) and advised me how to "push" it properly.... Also, they don't really go through the fine print when you check-in ie. They will charge $5 per pool towel not in your room. If this is the case, someone should count the pool towels in my room with me so I know how many I am responsible for or how many they assume they left in the room for us. Also, that you must return the room cards upon check-out, we always leave them in our hotel room when staying away but I had to be brought back upstairs at 5 am, with a sleeping 3 year old, to ensure I returned the hotel key or I was charged $5 per card on the spot. Kind of silly but the evening counter man was nice about it.
The room was excellent. View was breathtaking (ask for a higher floor, we were on 6) they won't let you call ahead to get a higher room you have to ask upon check-in. Our room was newly renovated with new(er) cupboards in the kitchen, new fridge, microwave, dishwasher and TV's in the main room and master room. The bathrooms need new cupboards but nothing bad.
The room echoes a lot due to the tile floors and concrete hallways outside. We could hear every door slam and elevator and on the windy nights our balcony whistled extremely loud.
No TV channels for preschool aged kids, just Nickelodeon and Disney but it didn't play in the evenings so bring a small laptop and movies for the kids. There's a DVD player there too.
We drove to the Kennedy Space Centre one day (about 25 min away) and ate at the the Pier restaurant quiet a bit. AWESOME happy hours prices from 4-7 and it's right near the resort, a short beach walk. There's a grocery store 2 blocks up on the main strip along with a lot of restaurants, liquor stores etc.too.
The pool was under construction and they did notify us before arrival. It's been under construction for MONTHS and we had the pleasure of watching the "workers" for a few hours working on their tans, that's it. They're saying it's looking at Xmas for an opening and all the staff seemed frustrated about the slow process. It was unfortunate but we went to their sister resort for a pool day, no hot tub there though. Because, the pool was down we were able to use their beach toys and chairs, umbrellas, for free. I am glad because I would have been angry about paying to use old beach chairs and dollar store beach toys, they should be open to use by guests for free, all the time, but normally they charge $5 per item or $20/week.
We ate at the resort restaurant with a coupon due to the pool inconvenience and it was o.k. Old deli style with silk flowers on the table. Food was ok and service was good seen as how it was only one waitress, one cook.
All, in all, it was a great place. We would stay again especially for the price you cannot beat the view or the proximity to the beach and pier. Remember: this is not a full service hotel. No shampoo, conditioner or daily room cleaning. They come twice a week and ask if you need more towels or dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels. They provide one box of laundry soap so we bought some for the room. (there's a washer & dryer in the room and we used it a lot, even washed our sons bedding). The room is stocked with hair dryer, pots, pans, plates, wine glasses, coffee cups, blender, coffee machine, utensils, toaster etc. If you arrive late, bring some coffee in a Ziploc bag, for the morning, there is a Dunkin Donuts but it's a walk. (our room had coffee filters). We definitely could have lived here and we joked about staying forever a few times!
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- Also Known As:
- Discovery Beach Hotel Cocoa Beach
- Discovery Beach Cocoa
- Discovery Beach Resort Cocoa Beach, Florida