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“Definitly mediocre” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Driftwood Resort
Ranked #9 of 26 Hotels in Vero Beach
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“Definitly mediocre”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2005

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

  • Stayed August 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2005

I have been visiting Vero Beach since the mid-sixties and although the town has grown exponentially over the past 40 years, the beach area remains very charming. Amidst the modern hotels and condos which have grown up along the beach area, two historic havens of hospitatility stand out. The Driftwood and the Ocean Grill. The Driftwood has had a hotch potch of sleeping accomodations added to it over the years, but still has the overall feel to it which is conveyed by its name. The weathered grey wood the characterizes the construction of the older buidlings is complemented by an eclectic collection of nautically themed objets d'art which the founder of the resort, Waldo Sexton acquired. There is a considerable choice of accomodations from rooms to suites to cottages. They are well-equipped and comfortable and the ocean-front ones are really wonderful with balconies right above the boardwalk and the sand. Sleeping at the Driftwood with the sound of the surf breaking is the most relaxing experience I know. While the food at Waldo's is fine, visitors should also go to the other marvelous old property just 100 yards from the Driftwood, the Ocean Grill. The restaurant literally "hangs" over the beach, supported by large pillars and if you are lucky you may get a table next to a vast expanse of glass overlooking the ocean. The menu has changed only in ways you would not notice over the past 40 years and the food remains spectacularly good. I travel around the world about half a dozen times a year, but the happiest stopover, which I try to manage a couple of times a year is at the Driftwood and I always include dinner at the Ocean Grill. The Driftwood was severaely damaged by two hurricanes in the fall of 2004, but at the time of writing, I can report that the management have done a spectacular job of repairing the Driftwood and, with the help of an architect specializing in historic preservation, is ensuring that it is brought back to its original character. I should add that I don't own a timeshare at the Driftwood and, despite my praise, have no connection with management of the resort. I simply love the place.

  • Stayed November 2004
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2004

We did a timeshare swop & were very happy with our 1/1 unit in the "old/historic section".
The queen bed was new & comfortable
Our bathroom was a step back in time with a claw foot bath, brass fittings etc.
The kitchen was small, but well appointed.
Although the unit was not ocean facing we were literally steps from the beach.
Waldo's (on site) was convenient and the food was good - pity no breakfast was served on Mondays.
We had a very enjoyable stress-free holiday and will definitely return

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2004

We stayed at the Driftwood Resort. Fabulous place. Although our condo was on the beach, our family values were never compromised. We were treated like family. The condo's were the cleanest I have seen! Waldo's resturant is to die for! Simply the best. I highly recommend going. Can't wait to go back!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2004

I stayed at the Driftwood with my grandparents last summer on our vacation to Vero Beach. It is one of the most beautiful and unique places I have had the privelege to stay at. The view was awesome and the staff and workers were exceptionally friendly. Our room was clean and neat and very comfortable. I had so much fun at the Driftwood and I look forward to this summer when my boyfriend and I come to visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2004

We stayed at the Driftwood with other family members and LOVED it...we have already recommended it to others AND sent them your brochure. We had all the amenities, convenience to everything, and the beach at our feet. Our neighbors were all very friendly and hotel services were top notch. Even tho we live in Fl year-round, we hope to come back and visit the Driftwood again, we loved it so much!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2004

First time to Vero. Nice little town and nice beach. However, The Driftwood Resort left a lot to be desired. We checked the place out on the internet and it appeared pleasant enough. I also read a few reviews which, while not glowing, did not scare me away. In fact, a couple of websites had it rated a 3 (out of five). The Driftwood is a 2--at best!
The place has been around since the twenties and it certainly shows. It doesn't appear the owners have put much money back into the common areas. The wife and I rented one of the studio rooms. The room appeared clean enough and fairly well-maintained considering the age of the property. It was about what I expected. However, I didn't expect the two inch piece of sharp metal sticking out from the bed frame. We found it about 20 minutes after we were in the room. Actually, my wife's leg found it and it caused a 1.5-inch gash. Upon telling the front desk (and showing him a picture), he said the metal pieces shouldn't be showing (Really? I can't imagine why). He said it was likely caused by someone jumping on the bed. That was the most ridiculous thing I heard all weekend. Luckily, these metal pieces were the only two metal objects on-site that were not rusted. No stiches were needed and it doesn't look like it will be infected so I guess all's right in the world.

We had breakfast at Waldos (the on-site restaurant) one morning, Big mistake. Food was bad (runny eggs, the bacon was either overcooked or undercooked, and they had no butter) and the service was much worse.

We will go back to Vero but will not stay at the Driftwood.

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Property: Driftwood Resort
Address: 3150 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963-1954
Region: United States > Florida > Vero Beach
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vero Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Vero Beach
#11 Family Hotel in Vero Beach
#12 Romantic Hotel in Vero Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Driftwood Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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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