Travel Blogs from Daytona Beach
... looking down the spiral staircase. We went to the Daytona International Speedway, but didn't go in as it looked like major construction work was under way in preparation for the October car racing events. We drove around Tomoka State Park, an intracoastal waterway were the Tomoka and Halifax Rivers meet. An American Indian tribe called the Nocoroco lived here back in the 16th century. Then to Davids absolute delight we did a little bit of retail therapy ...
... for another night here as it a beautiful area so much to see here, tomorrow we will go sight seeing. Went out for dinner another down pour just like last night but this time we waited in the car until it was over,we went to a cool restaurant with cars cut in half for booths, called "Cruisin Cafe" .... very Daytona car racing ...
... to his music, I admired the beautiful clear sky and brilliant galaxy of stars all around me. I got his attention on our new headset system and shared what I was observing. We both agreed that the brilliance would only get better as we traveled west on our journey. We rolled into Daytona at 11:15. We are so blessed that we have a great crew at Martek to take care of everything so we can take this time ...
... you will see what i am talking about once you see the pics. Hence we decided to stay back in Daytona for a few more days.
We spent our evenings at Mai tai bar then dinner around the beach
Sloppy Joes restaurant is one of the places i really liked. I tried sloppy joe for the first time loved it!!! if you ok eating beef you should try it!!
Oh, it is so good to be back in the big comfortable bed again! Slept like a baby.
Poots, that's another story. Since arriving home, she has taken up homesteading behind the sofa in the living room. And she ain't comin' out! Okay she goes to the sun porch to take a dive into the litter box, but that's all. No socializing, none. Well, maybe she'll get used to this new old new life.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Surfside Hotel Daytona Beach
Pretty Run Down
This hotel used to be the Holiday Inn but was changed over to the Surfside. I stayed there for a night during bike week. The hotel is definitly on the old side. Pretty run down. The beds sagged and there was rust in the room. You could tell they had tried to paint over things to make them look newer. Very friendly though. If you are only looking for a cheap place to stay this works..but definitly not good quality.
My family and I drove all the way from Virginia (800 miles) to stay in this hotel. The front desk people were very rude and it took a long time just to get a key. When we finally managed to get a key and went to the room it was dirty and faced the parking lot. (The room was supposed to be oceanfront) When my husband contacted the front desk they told him maybe they could move us one floor up, but we would still be facing the parking lot! The employees are nasty and rude and would not accomodate us. We feel like this was a classic bait and switch. Even after a 12 hour drive I would not stay in that horrific place. We went to the Days Inn Tropical Seas down the street. It was sooo much better. Cheaper too!
This Holiday Inn is not what I would expect from a Holiday Inn. At a rate of $100 per night, I would gladly spend an extra $50-100 a night to get something better. For starters, the outside of the hotel looks shabby but once you reach the lobby its pretty decent. However, once I reached my hotel room, I was uncomfortable, and it wasn't very homely. I wouldn't even walk around the room with no shoes on. For example, I was in a room with a kitchenette which was a plus. However, the fact that the refrigerator was rusted and looked like something out of the 1970s was a negative. They really do need to invest in some new refrigerators. 2nd example: the bed, if you sit on the edge of it, it popped up. 3rd example, which was totally disgusting to me. I dropped something on the bathroom floor so I had to bend under the bathroom countertop to pick it up which meant that I had to see the towels that were hanging out the pipes that were there to stop the water from leaking. This is something that should have been professionally fixed by a plumber
I stayed here for 5 nights and I have no complaints whatsoever. The room was huge, bed was comfy, housekeeping kept it very clean... and the staff was helpful and friendly.. I was there during the race week and it was alot of fun. They had this July 4th BBQ and dj near the pool on Saturday which was a great way to kick off the race day!! Hotel is right on the beach, has 8 floors and I was on the 7th.. the view was amazing.... pool was huge and somewhat clean...It was a fun place to stay if you like to have fun and stay up late... there seemed to always be someone in the pool or on the beach and the $$ is worth it..... also.. if a guy named Matt is reading this and checked in on Thursday or Friday, contact me!! I was the girl in the turqiuose bathing suit and the chick you ran into at Hooters on Friday night..... you seemed to be there with your mom maybe, and that young married couple, you wore a pink t-shirt that said Stud on it.... just wanted to get to know you so e-mail me!!!
I'm from North Carolina and I decided to take my family on a trip to the Daytona Beach area. Since it was so distant from where I live, I had no clue as to quality of the motels in this location. I've stayed at Holiday Inns in other locations and I have been satisfied with them for the most part. So, I was interested in the Holiday Inn located at Daytona Beach Shores.
Shabby but quite acceptable
3 weeks after the worst run of hurricans to run through these parts and unsurprizingly there was some damage done to the hotel - but nothing that really detracted from our stay. A bit of water damage here and there.
The hotel itself was OK, nothing fantastic and no breakfast buffet when we stayed there.
Had a nice view of the beach and ocean - and they're right it is the quiet end of the beach - we hardly saw anyone out and about.
If you don't fancy the hotel restaurant for dinner the Italian restaurant almost opposite is worth running the gauntlet of the road in front for - the meatballs were to die for.
Would we go back? Not sure, probably a little too out of the way for us, but you never know!
Needs a rebuild
We've travelled a lot in the States and often stay at Holiday Inns as they usually provide a predictably good standard that is good value for money, but I suppose there has to be an exception to every rule! This hotel is very tired - the furnishings are worn and shabby and the whole place is non to clean. We stayed on the final night of a wonderful three week tour, on our way back to Miami and a flight home to the UK. We 'treated' ourslves to a seaview and balcony - some treat! The room stank of tobacco, was dirty and very noisy. The lifts were often unavailable. The staff didn't appear to care. Sorry Holiday Inn, but this is one of your worst establishments that urgently needs replacing.
My family and I decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Daytona Beach Shores because it was part of a time-share package. Unfortunately, had we known this was the case, we would have stayed elsewhere -- anywhere. There was not a bailman around at checkout to handle our luggage and the service was extremely poor. I am not quite sure why the Holiday Inn would want to be associated with this resort.
Shouldn't be a Holiday Inn
I felt this aging hotel was not up to the quality that Holiday Inn wants to represent. The blue and white ticking covered mattress felt like it was 30 years old. The entire hotel felt 3rd rate and shabby for the over $100 off-season price for a single. I would not stay here again. I was planning on two nights and checked out early.
Nice & Quiet in Daytona Beach
I went away for a weekend on the beach and decided to try out the Holiday Inn. We chose the Holiday Inn Daytona Beach Shores over the other ones because it advertised how it was on the "quiet end" of the beach. And it actually was! Outstanding service made our stay very enjoyable. I think I've found a nearby getaway location for years to come.