After spending hours debating the pros and cons of the top 20 Daytona Beach hotels here, we finally settled on the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center for 3 primary reasons: oceanfront room with large, furnished balcony; kitchen with microwave, stove, coffeemaker and full-size fridge; and a roomy separate bedroom with 2 queen beds (pullout couch in family room). It's their "one-bedroom oceanfront condo."
Let me start by saying that it is SO worth it to have a room with a kitchen (every room has one here), especially in our case with 6 people. I spent $203 at Publix when we arrived, and we ate all of our meals (9 total) in the room. I don't even want to start doing the math on what it would have cost for all 6 of us to eat those 9 meals out.
The room was updated and clean, the service was great, the location was perfect, the pools, pool furniture and pool area were very well maintained, the elevators were fast, and the common areas were immaculate. It's obvious that this hotel is working real hard to renew its image along with its $34 million transformation.
There's a Publix across the street, in a shopping plaza that also has a Bealls, a dollar store and a dozen or so smaller shops. There's a Walgreens and a beachy souvenir-type store across the street, as well. Publix and Walgreens have everything you need for the beach and pool--from coolers to floats to fishing poles to chairs and sunscreen. The "action" by the Pier/Ocean Walk was a 5-minute drive north.
A big plus is the covered parking garage manned by a security guard. In addition to keeping our car safe and out of the sun, the garage also gave easy access to our room. We parked on the third level and walked to our third-floor room through an interior access door from the garage.
Both times I called the front desk for service (once for extra pillows and once for a faucet issue), there was someone at our door within minutes--and the pillows were even toasty warm! All of the employees we came in contact with were friendly and helpful.
We didn't eat at the restaurant, use the fitness or business center or frequent the poolside tiki bar, but all were open and being enjoyed by other guests. There also was a laundry room on our floor; possibly on every floor.
The beach was just steps out the gate of the pool area; a company that rents beach umbrella/lounge chair combos sets up out front each morning. I had dreaded the "cars on the beach" thing, but it really wasn't bad at all; it may be worse during busier times of the year. There's a lifeguard on duty directly to the left of the hotel.
Although the hotel website had the 1-bedroom oceanfront condo listed for $239/night, we got it through Expedia for $171.75/night + we found an Expedia coupon code that subtracted $10/night + we got a free $50 gas card by using our MasterCard to reserve the room. We ended up paying a total of $177.40/night when adding taxes and the $12/day resort fee back in. Not bad for a great hotel and a great room with a great view!
A comment on the resort fee: I read a handful of reviews by people who were not happy with the $12/day fee and gave the hotel a lower rating because of it. The hotel says the fee covers the covered parking garage, a daily USA Today newspaper at your door, 2 bottles of water a day, local calls, wireless internet access and access to the fitness center and resort amenities. We appreciated most of those things but think the hotel would be better off building the fee into their room rates and saying those things are "free" rather than charging a daily fee. That way, guests who don't use any of those things won't feel like they're being forced to pay for something they don't want.
If I had to provide any constructive feedback at all, it would be that there's not a lot to do aside from the beach and pools--and no entertainment is within walking distance. It seems a resort of this size would offer a game room, a putting green, shuffleboard, basketball, a mini-movie theather, a common area with TVs or something as entertainment in addition to the pools and hot tubs. We had a car, so we ended up going to Congo River to play mini golf one night and walking around the Ocean Walk entertainment complex another night.
We had a great trip overall, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or stay at the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference center again in the future. If you stayed here in the past and had a not-so-great experience, it's definitely worth another try!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy ultimate comfort and luxurious ocean front accommodation where every unit has a kitchenette at the Daytona Beach Resort. Once you arrive, choose between a dip in our white sandy beach or one of four resort pools. After a morning of swimming and sunbathing, workout in our fitness center. Couples can enjoy an afternoon cocktail at our Reef Pool Bar while children catch waves and place their finishing touches on their sandcastles. Finish the perfect day with a great meal at our ocean front restaurant and head into a deep sleep while listening to the sounds of the waves. Whether you've come to our resort for the sand and the sun, or whether you've come here for an important conference or the wedding of loved ones, we're fully confident our Daytona Beach hotel will accommodate your vacation needs to the point of being unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Daytona Beach Hotel Daytona Beach
- Daytona Beach Resort And Conference Center Florida