Sometimes a place just clicks with me and Makai did with the job. I was a bit concerned when I booked, the price for an oceanfront room with a full kitchen seemed too good and some of the reviews seemed iffy. I kept telling my husband to not expect much.
I loved the Makai!!! From the silly tiki head at the entrance on I was hooked. This is an older Florida in the 60s (when I'm sure it was super cool) four story motel. Know going in that while renovations can be made it is what it is...and that adds to the charm for those of us who first came to Florida in the back seat of Dad's car on the early 60s. The fellow guests included a number of snowbirds staying a few months. Everyone is super friendly, from the front desk and staff to the fellow guests. You are made to feel welcome and like one of the Makai family.
I picked the Makai because of the full kitchen (real stove and oven and real fridge) and the barbeque grills. Yes I get tired of road food and wanted to cook. Breakfast is provided if you don't want to cook. There is also a laundry on sight that came in handy.
The location is right on the beach, the pool is clean and heated to make nice swimming, I didn't get to the hot tub but that looked nice too. The room was very large and the bed comfortable and the bathroom clean. You are right on the ocean so the view is great.
We liked it so much we are considering joining the snowbird crowd and making it an extended stay rather than a stop over before a cruise.
Did I mention---I LOVED THIS PLACE!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Makai Beach Lodge is primarily a beach side hotel located at the connection of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, this allows us to offer the fun of Daytona Beach with the pristine white sands of Ormond Beach. The hotel has a private beach entrance and beach side pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, grills, shuttle board and more. All rooms have modern LED Tv's with HBO included, free WIFI and most rooms have a fullsize kitchen with the rest having at a minimum fridge and microwave. Free parking is provided and we offer typical hotel amenities like vending, laundry, free ice and a 24 hour front desk manned with knowledgeable staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makai Beach Hotel Ormond Beach
- Makai Beach Ormond