my partner and i stayed here from 8/6 to 8/9 2013 and had another great vacation in seaside park. We just love this hotel. we went down in March to see how seaside looked and decided to stop at the desert palm inn to make a reservation for our summer vacation. the owner showed us a few different room options. We decided to book the ocean view 3rd floor . Owner said he was not sure which room we would have depending on groups coming in and needing 2 rooms next to each other but i told him I wanted room 140, best view on third floor. We left a one night deposit on our credit card and went on our way.
fast forward 5 months later to when we go to check in.
We arrived at 11 am, 3 hours before the check in time. When I walked into the office the owner was there doing paperwork. he looked up at me and said Good morning Mr. ken Ritter Rm 140 right? Nice warm welcome . He remembers me from staying there for the past 4 years and always greats me by name. What a Great personal touch.
Since we were early , I asked if it was ok to leave the car in the parking lot and get some beach badges, free with a 2 night stay but you have to leave a 50.00 deposit per badge. So budget that into the cash you bring. As long as you give the beach pass back, you get your deposit back so bring 50.00 cash for each person staying with you. It cost 10.00 per person to get on the beach directly across the street from the hotel. It saved us 80.00 dollars for the 4 days we were there.
Location- The hotel is like 2 - 3 blocks to the seaside boardwalk . I am lazy as hell and it was a short easy walk to the Mid-way to get our favorite sausage sandwich each night, and yes, we ate a sausage sandwich each night and loved every one of them. The beach was right across the street room from the hotel. I mean 2 minutes and you where at your spot on the beach.
Room- we had a 3rd floor ocean view room and it was great. We spent a lot of time out on the balcony watching the ocean, and the people walking by while drinking beers, bloody marys in the morning and Iced tea and vodka in the evening. We had 2 double beds, a mini fridge, microwave, a desk and a big chair with a foot rest in our room, along with a small flat screen tv in our room. Bathroom was small but it worked. The only negative was tv had very few channels and alot of them fuzzy reception. No Weather channel for the area was a bummer. The free WIFI was horrible this trip. In the past years I had fast and great service. This year, i think a seagull ate the router on the roof.
The reason why we return year after year- The people who run this hotel are fantastic.From the owner who greets you by name each day to Greg who always seems to be there ready to help all the time. I do not know when this man sleeps. I have been outside to smoke at 3 am and he is there, every time I looked , there he was. Every day was offered maid service but just asked for towels and trash to be removed and it was done.
Extras- Each morning they offered a serve your - self breakfast. They had coffee, OJ, mini bagels with cream cheese and butter, doughnuts, mini muffins and make your own waffles. Not really a breakfast person but had a waffle and a bagel each day along with juice and coffee. Breakfast was from 7am till 10 am everyday. This alone could save you some serious cash and really hit the spot and hold you over till lunch.
They also have a decent size heated pool that i used every morning even before the 10 am opening time. breakfast, pool, bloody marys on the balcony was not a bad way t start everyday.
Ice machine- what a godsend this was. Free ice anytime you wanted it to fill your cooler for the beach, have ice in your room, even to keep your cold items cold for the ride home.
When we got there early on our first day they let us park our car early and get beach badges before check in which saved us money. Then again on our last day, check-out was 10 am. Again they let us keep our car in the parking lot and left us use the beach badges and swim in the pool and use the showers till we left hours after check-out. Again save us alot of money.
The always YES YOU CAN attitude of the owner and staff are the reasons we keep coming back to this hotel. it is close to the action but yet far enough away to be a peaceful at night. i have stayed in seaside for the last 25 years and will always choose this hotel. the owner and staff are the best. Keep up the good work.
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Palm Hotel Seaside Park
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