BEST WESTERN Aku Tiki Inn
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I guess to start this adventure I need to set up this story for you. We will move back in time from March 1980 to September 1979. It was hot and it was the beginning of my Senior year in high school. For those of you that don't know, my school was a small school in Southern Indiana with a little under 1,000 students enrolled. We were small but …
... etc. But overall, we were pretty fortunate not to have had any major hassles during the return trip, apart from having to pay 70-euros for excess weight in one of our carry-on bags.
My cousin Irene, who tagged along with us for the first three-weeks of the trip, had graciously offered to meet us at the airport, so she was our welcoming committee as we arrived in the terminal. After the short drive to the house, and as soon as we pulled ...
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 ...
... anyway so we only took notice when the first lightning struck and a little later was followed by the thunder. Being the eternal optimist my thoughts where,it will be over soon and the park ranger told us earlier we'd get a little rain......
The first huge drops fell and quickly anything wet sensitive was taken into the van, like cameras,maps and us. Then we sat and waited.The little rain turned into ...
it was such a beautiful morning at TGO that it made it hard to leave... eventually we got on the road late morning... made it all of 76 miles to Flagler Beach ...
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Best Hotel in Daytona Beach
I just returned from my 6th stay at the Aku Tiki and have to say, its the best hotel in Daytona Beach. The Hotel has just been remodeled and the rooms are bright with a great island look. I love having a small fridge and would highly reccommend the ground floor rooms - you can walk right out to the pool. There are lots of trees, plants, flowers and fruit trees - I think they add to the tropical feel of the place. My family loved the oceanfront picnic area and the kids especially loved playing basketball. The prices are reasonable and they even throw a cocktail party each night for the guests. The last review I read sounds like another hotel altogeher. We'll be back for sure!
Not a nice hotel
Sure, this hotel has a decent pool, but that is it. You would have to be a "dirty butt" to think that this hotel has nice rooms. We had two different rooms and they both were dirty, had a smell to them , and looked old and outdated. The way the building sits on the property,only some of the rooms have a direct view of the ocean, the rest of them have a limited view due to a range of problems such as other buildings, and trees that block your view.
We do have a variety of room types at Best Western Aku Tiki available at varying prices. Our most popular rooms are those on the oceanfront and those with a pool and oceanview. We always do our best to accommodate any special request regarding room location.
I do hope you'll give us another try!
I'll definitely go back
Definitely an above average hotel for Daytona Beach. I have stayed here several times in the last two years after regularly changing from one hotel to another in Daytona (overall, Orlando has a much higher standard of hotel accommodation).
I like staying at this hotel as the rooms are clean and bright and I enjoy having a great view of the pool and ocean. Even non-efficiency rooms have a small fridge which is great if like me you like to keep chilled drinks to hand. The pool is a decent size and is heated. There is also a nice grass area with loungers where you can laze about and watch the ocean. One of my favorite things to do is to spend an hour before going to bed laying out on a lounger watching the night sky; there is little light pollution and plenty of stars to look at. Last time I was there I saw a shooting star over the ocean which was great and something I will always remember from my trip. (I should say too that in the daytime you can sometimes see dolphins from this point on the beach which is another kind of nice thing about staying here).
I read a couple of the other reviews and would like to comment on some things that have been said. (A) I have never been charged to use the luggage cart, either when I have used it myself (I have stayed here four times) or when I asked a bell hop to help with a particularly heavy case. (B) The restaurant was recently closed for renovation. I haven't used it since but I think that the menu is pretty much the same standard food; fine if you want to stay in the hotel but there are nicer places to eat within 5-10 minutes walk.
I will definitely stay at this hotel next time I visit Daytona Beach.
We kive this hotel
We have been going to this hotel for several years. We always have a poolside room. We have never had a problem here. Things have always been very clean.
Couldn't wait to leave
In spite of the recent renovations the Aku Tiki was far from what we expected. Getting our luggage to the room was the first issue. There was an extra charge to borrow a luggage cart! When we arrived in our room it had an odor similar to smelly gym socks. We bought a can of Oust and sprayed everything to make sleeping there bearable. The carpet had a lot of stains and the bathroom didn't look like it had even been swept. Thankfully, our reservations were for just one night!
Stayed in this hotel after Christmas(12/29/04). The room was not ready to be occupied. They would not give us another room, and wouldn't even speak to me when I tried to talk to them after vacation. The room smelled of chemicals, where the hotel was being remodeled. They said it was paint, but it was extremely strong, and with asthama-unbearable. They would do NOTHING to solve the problem. When I called the customer service hotline-guess what, at least they said they were sorry. Since they felt they were not responsible, I won't stay at ANY B.W. anymore!!!!!! (no refunds either, even though we were supposed to get a room on the second floor, and paid for it 4 months before we arrived!. They didn't even call me to see if It'd be okay if they put us on the 5th floor.)
Very nice time, highly recommended
Stayed there in mid jan for 4 days with my wife and toddler.
Great location - steps away from the fun beach, then jump in the large pool, very well heated (mmmm!). Has a nice grassy area with tables to play and eat. Even has a little basketball court with a decent ball and rim. shuffle board court in very good condition. Manager's reception which is basically open bar for an hour in the evening. We were disappointed that the restaurant was closed for several weeks while we were there, being with a small child and all, but they gave a free continental breakfast as apology. Also the just recently renovated rooms (because of hurricane damage) included a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. We just went to the supermarket literally right across the street and stocked up. They have coin operated washers and dryers which we ended up needing to use. The staff was very friendly and very accomodating. From the reservation, to everything we needed throughout our stay, it was a pleasureable experience. We would definately stay there again.
The best place in daytona
i love this place, staff was so nice and profesional then many places i been in daytona. They help us out to get room and pay lowest price in june for this kinda hotel. i love it ..rooms are clean , great staff, food execelent, and beach is right there and nice and clean swimming pool. next time see ya in Aku TIki in daytona beach.. guys keep doing what you doing and you will serve me next 20 years. Thanks again
Didnt't like at all
first of all it needs a full face lift from the inside... out..we werent allowed to have people over that wasnt staying there..we had a curfue ?sp? of 10:00 unless you were over the age of 18... the beds ere uncomfortable...the dishes were dirty and there was a $10 charge on anything extra including 1 package of coffee. therefore i didnt like the stay at all and neither did any of my family
Took my wife and two children here in January of 2004. We had a pool side room that had a superb view. All we had to do was open the sliding glass door to our patio that was surrounded by orange and banana trees and we were 5 steps from the olympic sized heated pool. The landscaping was beatiful and well maintained. When we first arrived we were greeted and given a tour of the hotel and the facilities by a nice man named J.
He even took the time to show my kids how to call the fish in the koi pond inside the lobby. They are very strict about visitors becuase during the busy season there are lots of folks who stay at the crappy hotel and come to nice ones like this to use the pool and party, I appreciate their concern and ability to put the people who payed for their room over those who did not. This is a top notch place and we will be back very soon.