My family recently stayed at the Driftwood in Vero Beach for a week. I would rate my stay as mediocre at best. We arrived late on a friday night and when we entered our room, in the 300 part of the building, we were greeted by what maybe was the biggest roach we have ever seen. The one bedroom two bathroom efficiency was ok for our family, and we didnt see too many bugs fo rthe rest of the trip inside. This part of the hotel, Im quite sure had suffered major damage from the hurricanes of 2004, and just re opened a few months ago.
The first morning, we all went to the beach, which was just a short walk from our room. We walked by the pool, which was acceptable, and we found the beach to be very nice, definitly the best part of the Driftwood.
We had read about the great restaurants at Vero. We were thouroghly disappointed on all 3 restaurants we tried. If you are looking for fresh seafood in vero beach, look somewhere else. The Ocean Grille, touted as being being the place to eat in vero, was very disappointing. My family of 4, including a 9 and 12 year old, spent a hundred dollars on dinner, and all came away very disappointed in the food. My 12 year old had shrimp. I noticed he want eating, he said the shrimp were rubbery and didnt have any taste to them. I tried one and he was right, very very rubbery, and absolutely no flavoring to them. This all for $18.95. The food was very overpriced and unflavored.
The restaurant at the Driftwood was more bar food than anything else. The locals find the Driftwood as a favorite local watering hole, ans the bar area was very crowded. The seafood was decent and normally priced, but yo uoculd tell the seafood wasnt fresh.
We also ate at the Lobster Shanty and again, the seafood wasnt fresh, but it wasnt as pricey as the Ocean Grille and the food was actually better. It still wasnt great but it wasnt bad.
If you really need a place to eat in Vero, try The Lemon Tree, right across from the driftwood. It has very good lunches and breakfasts for a reasonable price and the food was excellent.
If you like to fish, DO NOT go to Vero beach. There is no good fishing in the town. Surf fishng was non existent, We tried one morning and it was very very poor. No marinas in vero for deep sea fishing. They will send to down the road to where the Indian River and the Atlantic ocean meet for fishing at the state park, and we tried that too. All we caught was bug bites.
I would not return to Vero for any reason, esp with two children. Besides the beach, their is nothing to do, and nothing close by.
The hotel wasnt nice, the staff wasnt nice, RCI owners do not make this trade. You will be disappointed. This place is not a resort, it is a hotedl which hasnt been kept up. Dont make the same mistake I made
- 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