Ocean Landings Resort
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... month of pregnancy, looks gorgeous, and the baby is waiting for the perfect time to make his/her entrance into the world. I have settled into my wonderful space in their home (complete with big bouquets of sunflowers and alstromeria) and I'm ready to be Tutu Nanny!
I went to school with Makana yesterday and spent the day among the wiggly five year olds. They are absolutely adorable ...
... lovers, not really it was crazy hot and i was sweating a lot. We did see a couple of washed up jelly fish. On the way back to our apartment we stopped off at a beach bar for a couple of cocktails.
Back at our room Les cooked us up a dinner of spaghetti bolognese which was very tasty and we both watched the A's lose game one against Detroit.
Pretty chilled out day really, Cocoa Beach seems pretty much the same as all the other beach towns we have been to.
... I wanted to try the Space Shuttle Launch ride now and we rushed to try and beat the crowds of others getting off the bus wanting to do the same. Leaving all phones, bags and anything else that could be thrown about the cabin in a locker we set off to get our mission briefing from another real astronaut. It was starting to freak Hayley out as the astronaut explained how loud and hard the force of the launch would be...she was almost out of the auditorium, but we pushed her through with us ...
... to Highway 1. The drive from Miami thru the Keys is a long one and one you don't want to do at dark. We want to take our time and enjoy the views! This stop will be a true adventure...dry camping, meaning no electric, no water so we will have to use our generator. We hope to eventually transfer to full hookups but it could take a few days hopefully before Christmas.
More blogs to come....from the Keys Florida.
... was total Disney with the singing, dancing and of course the characters. Nathan was a little shy about dancing in the beginning, but I put him on my shoulders and after 5 minutes he was dancing like crazy. Then we toured the ship. We stopped in the kid's areas and Nathan loved the computer games. At the second place, he was having a good time, but I wanted to see more of the ship. He was going to be spending each ...
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Friendly and helpful staff, but...
I really have to agree with some of the other user reviews.
This is not a resort, but more like a motel. Our room in building A was OK for the price, had a fridge, micro-wave and a coffee-maker (all in the bathroom / restroom...) but also a nice DVD-player.
We do not demand very much from house-keeping and Yes they made our beds, but we soon found out just how dirty the dark green carpet was. Our bare feet turned black! Of course I have had the same experience in other motels (however they seldom have been labeled Resort...).
Location is great, so is the beach and, as i mentioned, we also liked the staff in the main lobby.
Know the building you are in - then you will be fine
It is very important to know which building type you are in, to know what to expect from this place. Buildings 'C' and 'D' are ocean front condos (Caribbean and Dream Buildings). The remaining buildings are basically converted motel units in the middle of the complex - without a view of the ocean. This review will be based on our experience in the condo unit.
I wouldn't say that this place is a resort, despite the name. I would describe it as a comfortable, oceanfront apartment. On the surface, the condo was pleasant. It had somewhat dated and worn decor, but wasn't offensive. It is about what you'd expect from a decades old condo right on the beach. If you are a clean-freak, this isn't the place for you. Over the week, we'd find various things that remained in the condo as a result of careless housekeeping (such as food stains on the wallpaper). The walls are very thin - we could frequently hear the TV in adjacent rooms.
There is a small kitchen, but furnished with necessary appliances. There really isn't a dining room - the table sits in what feels like a hallway between the entryway and the living room. With 4 seated at the table, it is definitely "in the way." There are bar stools to sit at the kitchen counter, which was nice.
That said, the place was comfortable and we WOULD return.
There are several activites on site including 2 heated swimming pools, one with snack bar; children's playground equipment; a cabana with many gas grills for guest use; a exercise room; an indoor raquet ball court; and outdoor tennis courts. There is a restaurant, bar and nightclub on site.
The location is great, about 2 miles south of Ron Jon's Surf Shop on A1A. The beach was clean and never felt crowded (spring break week).
Hmm...we must have stayed in the neglected rooms
The man in the main lobby was very nice, we also appriciated the security guards on site. Friendly pool staff as well.
The two swimming pools aren't anything spectacular...they are just average pools. I did like that there was a "snack bar" at one of the pools. That gave it a resort feel. The whole feel of this resort was more of a MOTEL feel. I'm sure that's the whole "Beach experience" though. --we had a good time anyway.
Did housekeeping even exist in this place? They NEVER cleaned our room...NEVER. We were only there for 2 days but you would think they would refesh our towels or make our beds...vaccum? We are ON the beach for heavens sake, can you image the sand on the dark green carpet? My roomate called for more pillows and fresh towels and they told us we had to talk to housekeeping in another building for that. We had to sign out more towels and return them before we left. Housekeeping (if that's what you want to call them, more like women who do the laundry) left the property at 3pm!
We had to make our own beds-- don't get me wrong, I love to clean but I expected at least that service at a "resort". I don't want to come across as picky because we made the best out of our vaction! :) Anyway, the beds were very hard, like you were sleeping on the bedframe alone. One bed was lower than the other one as well. I almost forgot, the door locks are not that secure AND there was a big opening around our door, like the door should have been bigger to fit in the frame.
Anyway, the crowd is plesant, the beach is beautiful! The sunrise is a must see! (kids loved the running crabs in the mornings) Staff is nice. I just don't get were the good reviews on the rooms are coming from. *shrugs*-- maybe we just go the neglected room? Our housekeeper was on vaction?
Next time we're in Cocoa, we're probably going to stay at the Hampton Inn or a "named" Hotel/Resort. It wasn't horrible, but not a resort feel...go with Motel in mind.
Depends on what you're used to...
Went to FL for Disney and then a beach break. Initial reservations in Cocoa Beach were for Holiday Inn but the reviews scarred me. Ended up choosing Ocean Landings. Hard to find pics of the "resort" because they'd probably scare you off if you're a 4 or 5 star resort person. Pulled up to the front entrance and saw the 1 story rooms behind it with the air conditioners sticking out of the windows so we drove around back and parked to take a walk. The one story buildings appear very old and run down. I really hate to say it, because it's not, but the single story units really looked to us like a roach motel. There are 2 five story buildings way in the back. We walked to check out the beach. Those 5 story buildings are not attractive either but I read that they were all renovated in 2000. Also spoke with a guest who said they they're nice.
Didn't want to spend any more time looking for another place to stay so we checked in. Room was great!! - ocean view, clean, nicely furnished, comfortable bed couch, full kitchen, kitchen table, nice bar stools etc. Paid $135 - secured that rate over the phone from Disney directly with OL. Walked down to the beach for some afternoon sun/swimming and enjoyed the time with my wife and 3 kids.
If you want 5 star - the rooms in the 5 story buildings are nice. (Not 5 star, but clean and spacious.) But the "resort" appearance is closer to a 2 star. So if you can get past the low-income ambiance, you can have a nice time.
On the ambiance - to be fair, if you're not used to "spring-break alley" along the coast, most of it is pretty old and beat up anyway.
Ocean Landings probably used to be classifiable as a resort. I'd hesitate to call it that now because it's definitely not what I'm used to. It's more like a bunch of condos with 2 small swimming pools, a large patio area with grills (which looked great if we were staying longer). and a racquet-ball court.
Couldn't find my room key at check out time so they charged me $15. Went down the road to get gas and found it. Came back within 10 minutes and couldn't get a refund. That was unprofessional -- period.
I travel a lot and have not checked out at the front desk in years. They did not tell me this at check in time - but if you're not at the front desk to check out at 11:00 a.m. they charge you an additional 1/2 day. They gave me a "break" and only charged me $25. Even though the cleaning people had come in while I was leaving and said they'd have no trouble cleaning since it was obvious that everything was out of the room. I went back to hang at the beach with my family and returned the key around 1:00. (They sent the chair police guy after me.) Read on...
They charge you $6 per 2 hours for 2 items. So if you get 2 chairs for 4 hours its $12. (Extra if you want a beach umbrella - that's 3 items.) We found this out in an interesting way. Went to the beach and nestled in to 2 hard plastic not-so-comfortable-but-better-than-the-sand chairs. They were sitting down by the beach, empty. So gee wiz, we sat in them and got as comfortable as possible. The chair patrol let us sit in them for about 45 min to 1 hr then came up and wanted to take them unless we paid. Another felling of being a tourist and being taken advantage of. Kind of like a sneaky care sales trick called "the puppy dog close" where they have you take the car home for a couple of days to let the family try it out. We had him charge it to our room.
Their beachfront is nice - but then as you get out on the beach you can see hotels/resorts lined up in either direction for miles. So it's definitely not a rare commodity. If you're not familiar with Cocoa, it can be difficult to zero in on the internet but there are a zillion places to stay along North Atlantic Ave. Most are older properties but there are some very nice looking places to stay.
So my $135 room became $135 + beach chair fees + nonrefundable lost key fee + late check out fee for a lot more than $135 - plus tax, came over $200. Really felt like highway robbery / take advantage of the tourists stuff. Not a nice way to end a vacation but that's life right?
The natives told me that Ron Jon has a hot new resort in Cocoa Beach and it's the place to stay right now.
Had dinner at Bernard Surf, which is not too far from Ocean Landings. Awesome Sea Bass dinner for me. It's a more expensive restaurant, but we all loved our meals and felt it was appropriately priced.
Just returned from Spring Break 2004, had no reservations and walked in to check on availability and they were able to get us in. This place is better than the HILTON. Truly is an Oceanfront Location. Room was incredible. Everyting was beautiful and clean. I wouldn't stay anywhere else again in Orlando!!!
We spent week 52 in 2003 at this resort and loved it. The Ocean View room was wonderful. It is located close to everything you need. We are going again this year.
Great resort, beautiful beach.
This is a very convenient resort with many amenities offered. There are many great restaurants nearby and the beach is very safe and nice. I own 2 weeks of timesharing there, one in the spring and one in October. Less crowds then, but still the weather is nice.
Wonderfull, 2nd year now & ready for year 3 ! Highly recommended.
Great place, location & service. Priced just right. Will go back at any opportunity !
My 1st time there
Just spent my first week at Ocean Landings and I was very pleased.
Activities are offered everyday for both adults and kids, including arts & crafts, live animals and more. The beach is HUGE and uncrowded, at least when I was there (Aug 17-23). The staff is the nicest I've seen and I used to travel for a living. Comedy club on site offers a great show. Gregory's restaurant is excelent. This isn't the fanciest or newest timeshare around, but it also isn't as expensive as others.
Cocoa Beach offered some great seafood all week long. Plus, the deli accross the street delivers to your room. Can't wait to go back next year.
We have owned a time share at Ocean Landings for 15 years. We love it. And, it is centerally located to all the attractions in centeral FL. We can sit on our balcony and watch the "shoots" from Cape C. We sit on our balcony and watch the ocean and really enjoy that, too. Lots of nice golf courses close by. Well kept property.