My home resort is Harborside at Atlantis, so I am used to a more upscale timeshare experiece so based on the previous reviews my expectations were exceedingly low. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Grand Seas Resort. The lobby, our first impression, was nicely decorated and had a more modern feel than I imagined. The front desk was polite and checked me in quickly and offered us some great coupons.
I was nervous about our room based on reviews and user photos, but it was really nice. We had a ocean front studio on the fifth floor which is basically a room with a bed, high-top dining table with chairs, couch, nice large flat screen and dvd and a small but usable kitchen on one side. The supply coffee machine dinnerware, cookware and even dish detergent. It is advertised to sleep four, (one bed- one pull out couch) but I myself think it would be tight with with adults and two kids and just uncomfortable with four adults. You would have zero privacy. Opt for a one bedroom studio, that has an actual bedroom if that is the case or two bedroom.
One con is that the mattress was awful. Thin and hollow in the middle, so you keep rolling into the center, but otherwise we had no issues. The a/c ran nice and cold and in the morning, but sometimes it was nice to have the window open to pick up the strong ocean breeze.
The hotel features, one indoor pool and hot tub and outside, two large pools and one small splash pool for little ones, with a new jungle gym to the side. We used the hotel's gym most mornings and while the machines are packed tightly and some stuff a little older, all worked and my boyfriend found the weight machines to be satisfactory for his needs.
You can drop your towels and linens off anytime and get new ones from the nice ladies in the laundry facility, and generally clean once a week. Also, luggage carts are convenient to grab without having to keep tipping someone to do it for you.
The pool also featured a Tiki bar which was nice if you want a drink or food from the onsite restaurant Gilligan'sand. They ran daily specials so you did not feel ripped off by hotel prices. I can drink $2.00 PBR any day. We did have lunch outside one day and the fish sandwich was awesome! My bf also enjoyed his burger and the prices were about $8-$10 a sandwich. The bartenders were nice and helpful.
While it is a private resort people did come in and out of the beach gates and seemed to use the facilities at will. There were no lifeguards or security, so the place was kind of at your own risk. My phone was stolen right of my lounge chair so be extra careful.
To sum up the trip, Daytona itself is pretty boring in September, but I could see us taking the kids there. I always thought it was more of a rednecky place full of bikers and strip clubs, but could have not been more wrong. It was like a cleaner Myrtle Beach.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Seas Hotel Daytona Beach
- Grand Seas Daytona Beach
- Grand Seas Resort Daytona Beach, Florida