When you stay here, you must understand WHY you are staying here; it’s not for a plush bed and a 5-star room. The beds (even though new within the past year or so) are marginal at best, and the A/C in most rooms (4-story building anyway) is a loud window units. You stay here because it’s a piece of history and unique. How many hotels today give you a REAL metal key and not that plastic card? In the room is a book with info on Vero Beach and the history of the Driftwood and Waldo Sexton; take 30 minutes to read that.
It sits ON the ocean; you just can’t beat that. I always stay in the 4-story building and prefer a room on the north side overlooking the pool. All rooms in this building have two chairs outside the door; I sit there for hours, especially at night, and listen to the ocean. On good nights you can see the moonrise (when it’s a full moon it’s unreal) and then watch sunrise the next morning.
Walk around the hotel and look at stuff; count how many bells you see. Wait an hour, walk and count again; you’ll get a different number!
The restaurant (Waldo’s) is unique. I could write a book the people there. Best bet is to sit at a table that’s literally on the ocean. Grilled Mahi sandwich is what I get. If you are not driving, order a Voodoo Bucket; five kinds of rum with juice. It’s the signature drink there.
Hotel is on Ocean Drive. Nice little ice cream/sandwich across the street; Cravings. Ten restaurants within a 5 minute walk. Vero Beach is a safe place; I walk Ocean Drive at night looking into the shops of the windows with no safety concerns. When my daughter was in her early 20’s she stayed there one night and I told her, “Walk Ocean Drive; you’ll be fine.”
I grew up in Vero and live there until about 20 years ago; sadly I never stayed here when I lived there. Not until I returned on business (and to visit family who still lives there) perhaps ten years ago did I stay here. I stay 2-3 nights a year now.
I just completed my annual review at work and last fiscal year I stayed in hotels 148 nights; add 20 more for pleasure travel and I am a “road warrior!” I’ve visited all 50 states and about 15 countries; this place is unique.
Remember, forget the bed and A/C; go for the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Funky, eclectic oceanfront resort with two of its buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. 100 rooms and suites of varying sizes all with some kitchen facilities. Old Florida at its best, rocking chairs in front of every unit to gaze at the ocean while enjoying a beverage from the on site restaurant, Waldo's, the last of the Great American Hangouts! With 9 buildings on the property, there is something to please nearly every taste. Located right in the heart of the beach business district there are more than a dozen restaurants and lounges within walking distance and a newly renovated city park right next door with wonderful playground equipment for the kids. Join us for fun and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Driftwood Hotel Vero Beach
- Driftwood Resort Vero Beach, Florida