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At 9:15 last evening, when the wheels of the MD-80 touched down on the runway at the Daytona Beach airport, our 80-day odyssey came to a screeching halt. We'd been awake since 5:00 AM, Paris time, to take a private shuttle to the Charles DeGaulle-Roissy airport for our return flight to Atlanta via Air France.
As most of you are aware, traveling by air has become an ordeal, with crowded airports, the agonizing security screenings, ...
On our journey north to Savannah, we decided to stay in Daytona for the night. This is a short stay. We are in a motel on the world famous Daytona beach which is great, for only $30 each for the night.
the first thing we did when we arrived was go for a long walk down the road to the local mall. We got subway for dinner, then walked back along the beach. We saw the Daytona speedway on the way in. It is one mammoth venue.
We then spent a good hour ...
Today we were up bright and early and where back on the I 95 to joined the heavy traffic heading North. Sitting in the big Captain Chairs with the cruise control on at 60 mph it is very easy and comfortable to drive for hours and not getting tired. Speed limits are 65 and sometimes 70 on the interstate roads and most have three lanes becoming 5-6 when passing city's. Our next stop over night was the ...
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... of an era. You can't help but feel overly impressed with the accomplishments of the shuttle program, and while beaming with this pride in the human race the screen in front of you parts and right in front of you is the shuttle Atlantis in a flying in space pose. Very impressive. I looked around, paying a lot of attention to the shuttle. I had a big love for the shuttle when I was a kid, and I'm still a kid at heart and to have an actual space shuttle in front of me left ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Desert Inn Resort Daytona Beach
For four days no one ever brought us clean towels, fresh linens, emptied the trash or anything, although we requested these things on numerous occasions. The shower cutain kept falling down, the refrigerator did not keep things cold. We had to empty our own trash daily and then they would just leave it outside our door where we had placed it for pick up. One night we came back to the room and there was a bat, yes a bat, in our room. We spent over an hour with 2 small children sitting in the hall way before the maintenance people finally showed up to get rid of it. When we went to checkout and leave on our last day, my car was GONE. Yes, gone! Even though the hotel failed to provide us with a parking sticker, although we requested on several times, they found it ok to have my car towed away. They wanted $125 to get my car out of impound and also told us we would have to get our own ride to the impound lot to retreive my car. Customer service SUCKED and I will NEVER go there again, nor recommend it to any one else.
We had reservations for 7/12/03-7/18/03. Let me just begin by saying this was the dirtiest motel I had ever been to. We got in from traveling at 1pm and our room wasn't ready so we walked around the motel to check it out. We have a two year old and the first thing you see from the check in desk is the indoor pool, which didn't seem bad.
This hotel is a horrible place for vactation. The lobby, halls and elevators are disgraceful. The rugs are filthy and badly need to be replaced. There are no amenities and the information in their dated brochure is very misleading. The computers did not work in their Internet Cafe, the work out room was not air conditioned and the machines were mostly broken.The security was lax. Ten year old kids were running up and down the hallways at 3 AM. A sign clearly posted stated no swimming in the pool after 9pm and many nights people were in it ALL night. There were no mangers at night, the desk was manned by very young kids. This place is definetly NOT a family hotel. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
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The view from the balcony was great. That's all the positive things I can say about this place. Don't stay there...I repeat DON'T. The lobby and hallways were filthy, as was the elevators. The pool was too warm. The 24 hour Internet cafe didnt work at all. The manager had an attitude when we complained. I'm sure there are other things I've forgotten but just take my advice and D'ONT STAY AT THE DESERT INN
I am not sure where to begin. The only positive feature of this hotel was the maid service. They were efficient and very friendly. The rooms were clean. NOW, for the rest. While we were checking in, we immediately noticed the deplorable condition of the lobby. Their policy of full payment at check-in should have alerted us right away. The desk clerks were very young and unable to handle the problems that arose.
First, there weren't 200 teens there. Second, it was the Pepsi 400 Race Weekend, so there were tons of loud people everywhere from Ormond Beach to Daytona Shores. I had no complaints about the cleanliness. The maids knocked on our door EVERY morning between 10:30 and 11:00am asking if we needed anything, and they even left new shampoo, soap, and towels in a bag outside of your room if you were not there or still asleep. The rooms weren't the BEST I've ever been in, but were not terrible. The bathroom was fine, although the TV fuzzed in and out sometimes. Fridge and microwave was fine. As for the noise and teens and such, you should review the hotels before you decide to stay at them. We asked several different businesses and other hotels about the Desert Inn and they said it was not typically a family hotel. The waitresses at Hooters said that it was THE place to be during Spring Break, so that should explain some things for you. Pool was nice, and easy access to the beach. If you want to stay somewhere and expect luxurious services with a box of chocolates waiting on your pillow, then don't stay there. But if you're going to Daytona for fun (which is what Daytona is all about,anyway), then I recommend you staying there for an inexpensive oceanfront hotel. If you want to complain about details like that, then stay in South Daytona, where everyone has to be 25 or older, or with someone who is of that age.
When we got to our room on a monday the air condition was'nt working.
Well they have spent lots of money on revamping the place, but there comes a time when it is best to scrap it and start all over. From the outset we were mislead. The Jacuzzi Suites were said to have private sun decks. Well if an area with wrought iron railing is private I guess that's true. (no privacy here) All the Jacuzzi Suites are on the 4th floor.... that allows the 5th, 6th & 7th floor balconies to just sit and look down on your PRIVATE Sun Deck. The air conditioning sucked to say the least.... and all the maintance people could do was explain why it wasn't working. The only thing we found nice was the Pool..... but due to a large group of teens (aprox. 300) there on a summer church camp outing it made it almost impossible to use it. Aside from the new drapes and fresh paint the general condition of the place leaves much to be desired. If you check their web site please note that as of this date (06/29/2003) the pictures are not updated and much of the information is not correct. We will never stay here again and recommend that others steer clear of this place.
We stayed at the Desert Inn, April 9-16, 2003. When we arrived it was about 12:30 we were tired from our trip. We had gotten up at 3:30am so by the time we arrived in Florida we were dead on our feet. (we flew)We had to wait a couple hours because the room was not cleaned. So we sat on the steps in the lobby. Also I had called about a meal deal they had told me about for students. On three dif. occassions I called and they told me yes the meal was $50/ea student for 5 days. This was told to me by one of the managers. We would get breakfast and dinner. I called a few days before we left to make sure that this was what we were told, since it was too good to be true. And when we got there, yes it was. When we asked about the meal deal we were told it was done with at the end of March. WOWWe had limited money for food because of this.Also rooms werent clean till later afternoon or never, and we were constantly getting our own tissue paper and towels. An elevator smelled of vomit when we got there and smelled the same when we left.The place needs a good clean up job to say the least.