I have very mixed emotions about the Radisson Suites in Melbourne, Florida. I'll begin with the positives. This hotel is in the perfect location. It's right on the beach, and in a very un-crowded location. I think about ten was the max number of people I ever saw on the beach at any given time... during June, I might add. The view was beautiful, and it was a great beach for children. The waves were very gentle and wonderful for swimming.
The hotel room itself was large. It was a standard hotel room. It included a living room with a sleeper sofa, a sitting chair, desk and chair, and a TV. The bedroom had a TV and a king bed. There was a wet bar room with a coffee maker, refrigerator, and tiny sink. The bathroom was extremely tiny and included a single sink and curved shower rod/hand-held shower sprayer in the tub.
The balcony lacked any privacy at all. Five feet from our balcony were wide-open balconies on either side of us. We could access the balcony from both the living room and the bedroom.
The hotel room was larger than normal; however, the layout was just plain awkward. For example, anyone sitting on the toilet is in direct view of the the exterior door, living room, and everyone on the beach. The furniture was nice, but terrible uncomfortable. The room looked clean at first glace, but there were questionable stains everywhere and felt like it needed a thorough deep-cleaning. We killed several spiders and beetle type bugs in the room.
The bed is a whole story by itself. It was a Sleep Number. I don't think the hotel completely thought the choice in beds out before putting them in every room. Most people don't have one at home, so what will logically happen when they get to try one out? Every single person is going to make the bed go up and down and wear it out. Worn out it was! There were huge holes and lumps in the bed. A couple cannot sleep close together... Impossible for the huge lumps.
There is tropical brush and palm trees between the hotel and the sand. They are tall. You honestly need a minimum of 4th floor. We were on third - ours was ok because of a gap in trees. Speaking of the brush, there are large cats living all in the thick tropical foliage beneath all the balconies. I kept seeing big cats, so I finally asked someone that worked at the Radisson. We were informed that there are 16 Maine Coon-type cats. It wasn't a problem for us, as we are animal lovers, but some might find this an issue.
The parking lot was better than average. We drive a large truck, and we were able to maneuver around fine and find ample parking.
Our room was accessible from the outside only... Instead of an interior hallway. Our door had deep marks on the outside where it had apparently been pried open.
The elevators are slow. There are only two for the entire hotel.
The pool looked nice, but we didn't use it. The hotel has some good room-service options, albeit rather pricey. Just as a tip, there really isn't any well-known restaurants right around this hotel. There is a Burger King, McDonalds, and a Texas Roadhouse. About eight or so miles away there is a Sonic, Firehouse Subs, Wendy's, Panera Bread, and Subway. Anything other than that, and you'll have to drive at least twenty miles from what we could tell.
In conclusion, definitely come to Melbourne Beach!!! It's very calm and relaxing. If you're looking for a family-friendly beach hotel and don't mind some quirks, try the Radisson Suites. If you're looking for a luxury or romantic beach hotel with great amenities, look for another hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Melbourne
- Melbourne Radisson
- Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront Melbourne, Florida