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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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... I have been upgraded. Ok, better be good. The hotel looks dated but seems situated on the beach. And it definitely was an upgrade. Though I have no idea what my room was suppose to be, I had a 6th story room with a full beach view, the room was large with a kitchen. I walked out onto the balcony, it was too dark to see, but I could clearly hear the ocean. I prodded the spring loaded door open with a chair and settled in for bed. Sleeping to the sound of the ocean is always ...
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Great Location, Large clean rooms
Large rooms with complete Kitchen. Giant swimming pool on the beach. It doesn't get much better than this!
I stayed during 2003 Biketoberfest. My room was roadside so I expected a lot of Harley noise but that was what I went to Daytona for at that special event time. Location is fabulous - within walking distance to all activities. Our room was clean and presentable. When all the ice was gone from the ice machine, the management referred me to McCormick's pub. They obliged my ice request without delay nor complaint. I understood that I was in Daytona during an extremely high activity time. I will go back soon.
Loved the location and view from my room
I had a great time at the Fountain Beach Resort. The location couldn't have been more perfect. We were walking distance to the Pier and Boardwalk with it's nice shops, restaurants and movie complex. We didn't need to drive our car. Just filled up our fridge with breakfast and lunch food, and basked in the sun during the day, and walked to the boardwalk in the evening for a dinner and show. What a nice relaxing week we had. The Fountain Beach is great for people watching. You can sit and watch the cars and people going by. We had friends that stayed at the Ocean Walk which is the same distance to the board walk from the North side. They paid three times the rate we paid, so I feel like we really did get a good deal. It's like they say, Location, location, location. The fountain beach is in the center of everything and at an affordable rate. I will surely be coming back in the near future, and have been telling all my friends about our wonderful stay at the Fountain Beach. :o)
"No Parking"-Renters will be towed.
We stayed here in July, 2003 for the Pepsi 400 race. We accepted that you have to pay an outrageous price for the room. But, with that price you should atleast be guaranteed a parking space. The hotel staff allowed "partygoers" to the Tiki Bar to have hotel guests parking spots and we were told to go about a couple of blocks over to park and walk back to the room. That's outrageous! We lost parking spaces to a bunch of drunks!! We do not recommend this place at all.
Not a Safe Place
This place is a mess. We thought that for 30 bucks a night how could we go wrong for an ocean front room. Where do I start? My family and I were greeted by a hotel worker on the way to our room who "welcomed us to the armpit of Daytona", and warned " it is not a good idea to leave things laying around" this is his words exactly. We went to our room to find out they gave us they key to a room already occupied by someone else. When we went back down I was given a list of 5 rooms to go look at to see if they were okay. After a half hour of finding rooms and seeing which ones were decent, we picked one and moved in. It was okay at first but then our front door opened a bit. I just though that my daughter forgot to shut it tight, but I found out that the door did not shut properly. Then we saw that the patio door had no lock at all, and the balconies were very close. So we had to pack our stuff up and move again. If this isnt bad enough ther is more, To get to the beach you have to walk by the loud and obnoxious tiki bar, which if you have kids is a bad thing to do. We went to the beach to try to forget about the room, on our way back we were asked by every employee that we saw what room we were in and how long we were staying. This was our last straw, my wife felt unsafe and so did I leaving her and my kids alone. I went to the manager and requested my money back, the manager Greg was very understanding and promised me that he was working to rebuild this hotel. He said that if I wanted to call back next year he would tell me how things were going and maybe we could work something out with the rates to try to fix what happened this time. My money was refunded, and we found a wonderful hotel down t he road called the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn.
The Garbage Dump
Talk about location, right next to the traffic light. Getting in & out of the parking lot was a nightmare. The place was a garbage dump. Dimly lit so you couldn't see just how bad it was. Smelled awful. The rooms were below standard and our room was located above an actual large garbage can. The balcony was a mess, the only thing there was an old childs beach chair. We ask for another room, none available. We ask to speak to a manager or someone with some authority, none available, you get the direction this is going. When you got to the pool or as we called it the beer pond because of all the drunks in it pouring there beer and drinks into and around it. Even though we paid an outrageous amount of money to stay there, we couldn't even get to the pool or lounge around the area because of all the people that weren't staying there taking up the space. And let's talk about parking. They give a parking permit and tell you only hotel guest are allowed to park, and anyone without a parking permit will be towed. 'WRONG.' What they fail to tell you is that anyone visiting the 'Tiki bar' can park in the lot, free of charge and when people staying at the hotel and have paid all that money return there are no parking places, you are then told they have reserved parking areas a couple of blocks down and you have to park and walk back to where you have paid to stay and the freeloaders have your parking space and there's nothing they can do about it. Well, I know this has run on and on but I could write a book about the reasons you shouldn't stay at this dump. I don't want anyone to get duped like we did. Stay anywhere else but not here.
"The Flea Shack"
We stayed at this lovely (NOT) establishment for the Daytona 500 race last year. As we pulled up to the building, it didn't look that bad.
Once we got inside the lobby, my God, what a dump! The room itself, which was a privately owned condo, was at least tolerable. The rest of the facility was filthy, smelly, and in need of immediate attention by a demolition crew. We quickly realized we had been had, but unfortunately at that point we were stuck. The internet is a wonderful tool, however, the photos displayed on the website certainly did not illustrate the full picture. We jokingly call this place, "The Flea Shack". Never again!
Believe the rating. My wife and I stayed here and the room itself was fairly clean, but the path to the room was unsettling. In the poorly lit hallway, the carpet had awful soiled spots, doors needed repair, the elevator was dirty and at any moment you thought you might see a chalk line drawn on the floor. Definitely not a place to have your wife or daughter navigating without an escort.
I have stayed here a couple of times, the location is great, within walking distance of pier and boardwalk activities. The kids liked the small arcade in the lobby, and the tiki bar was nice and teens are welcome to participate in their dance and kareokee time. the room was average.
My husband booked this hotell based on their website. We asked for a room with an ocean front view and a king size bed. - We got a side view of the ocean from the balcony and right above McCormicks Tiki Bar - the music was so loud that-wehad to scream to each other - the balcony was uncomfortable as you had drunks looking up at you from below. We asked for another room - the room was smelly - moldy and the towels were sparse. If we left any trash behind or anything in the kitchen - we would be charged an extra $50 - there were no blanket on the bed and the balcony needed some clean-up - the hall wall was a terrible smell and the carpet very dirty - locals came to party all night at the tiki bar - never again would I stay here - next time I will stay at Adam's Mark or Treasure Island........