Travel Blogs from Daytona Beach
This was our first day at the beach. We drove our Car to the beach and parked it right on the beach only a few yards from the sea. We spent almost the whole day in the atlantic ocean and liked it very much. Later in the early evening we drove to Orlando where we stay for two days at the Rosen Inn near Universal ...
After a short stop @ the Welcome Center on I95, where we got a lot of informations about Florida, we drove straight to Daytona Beach, where we found a room @ the Holiday Inn Oceanfront. After visiting our room we went for the beach and had a long walks to the pier and we ate dinner at Johnny ...
... no overt symptoms of withdrawal seem to be plaguing us, but it's only a matter of time before we yearn for a baguette, or reminisce about the people we met and the amazing sights we've seen. In the not-too-distant future, we're hoping to write an "epilogue" for this blog in an effort to capture our thoughts and impressions of the many special moments we shared together, and with friends.
Love to all our friends and family,
Mitch and ...
... swimming in the water. I am in the hotel now updating my blog. They claim that Daytona Beach is the most famous in the world. It may be the most famous, but it has nothing on Australias beaches.
It was nice, however the sand was very hard. The water was very warm, probably as warm as an indoor pool.
I'm about to go to bed. Tomorrow we are going for a swim in the beach in the morning, having short look around and then continuing North To Savannah.
... lovely surprise. We might catch up with them later next week.
We had a lot of driving to do that day as we planned to be by Loretta that evening so our rest and lunch stops were kept to a minimum. We arrived in Madison Virginia just after 20.00 in the last of day light. Loretta met us at a gas station and then we followed her to her log cabin in the woods. It is absolutely magic in the forest of Virginia.
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Historical Traveler Reviews LaPlaya Resort Daytona Beach
It was okay
While the rooms were certainly clean, they were not as nice as they appeared on the internet. Further, the lobby is absolutely beautiful and when you arrive to the room you are somewhat disappointed. Overall the stay was okay but I didn't feel the price was fair in relation to the rooms. For example, we had an efficiency but there were not numbers on any of the stove buttons which making cooking impossible. Upon checking out and notifying the attendant she simply made notes in a book and didn't offer any kind of adjustment to the bill. The view from the oceanfront room was spectacular and in some small way made up for it.
You will regret it
If you are looking for a quiet family getaway, stay away from this place. The rooms are adequate, but marginal. There are family activities, but the Laplaya caters to the party crowd. Between the music at the outdoor bar on one side of us (which goes on as late as midnight) and the music from the laundry across the hallway which never ceased regardless of the hour, it was difficult to have any peace and quiet.. We were in a smoke free suite, but the fold away bed wreaked of smoke all week. The hotel restuarant was only open for breakfast, although delicious lunches could be order from the Tiki bar from 11:00-2:00.
Hotel staff was courteous, but pool rules and hours were never enforced. It was loud, all the time. If you are looking for a quiet family vacation, the La Playa is not what you want.
LaPlaya Resort - Just the Thing for Me and Mr. Black
I got booked in from LastMinuteTravel; I chose LaPlaya for being pet friendly. I am a responsible pet owner and carried a poopy-scoopy bag with me each and every time we went out. I found a pet friendly park at the east end of the bridge at Granada, where I met a group of dog owners who meet there every evening with their canine companions! So I began to take Mr. Black there due to the limited pet walking areas at LaPlaya. But at least I could have my friend along with me there at LaPlaya; we spent so many happy peaceful and enjoyable hours sitting out on the balcony people-watching and soaking up the rays.
There are so many plusses to LaPlaya. First, the kitchen. Totally able to fix myself any meal. Supplies needed were quickly available from the Publix grocery or the Dollar Store or the Discount Liquor Store right across the street. Many people were bringing in groceries for, I could see, a longer stay than my only two days. I'd recommend having your own rolling luggage cart if possible; like myself I have a rolling cooler that was great for getting the groceries up to my efficiency. They do have a limited number of luggage rack carts, but, again, to the extent that you have your own, you don't have to wait for one to be free.
LaPlaya doesn't have the bellman that, say, Las Vegas has, so it's a certain amount of do-it-yourself. If that's a problem, please go somewhere (more expensive) to get those services, so that folks like me who have to watch the dollars and want their best friend along (who happens to have four legs) can enjoy LaPlaya.
I just brought basics from my fridge at home and added some special items from Publix - the precooked "Old Bay Seasoning" shrimp were really good; one little tray lasted me about three different snacks/light meals. I'd brought lunch meat from home so I got a loaf of the Sourdough bread from their bakery, and a coffeecake on sale. I'd brought sugar, eggs, bacon, and margarine, bought some Half-N-Half, and LaPlaya has the little coffee disks for the Mr. Coffee single cup coffeemaker, so I didn't use the coffee I'd brought. Fresh strawberries and some salsa (huevos rancheros!) and my breakfast on the balcony the next morning was just splendid. There was an IHOP just North on the other side of A1A, but hey - from my balcony I got a free sunrise over the ocean to go along with the food, and I had Mr. Black happily at my feet.
If you prefer to be waited on, there are plenty of restaurants close around, seafood, steak, you name it. Coupon calling cards in a display on the Front Desk are helpful for suggestions as well as the ubiquitous lobby flier section.
There's a Starbucks across the street too, I know some of you out there want your Starbucks. And a Bealle's if you forgot some crucial piece of clothing - and two Nail places and other stores. Subway sandwich shop, etc.
The Tiki Bar sounded like tons of fun; I'm kind of a to-myself person, so I just watched from my balcony as the DJ seemed to entertain everyone quite well. The music was great. The pool was clean, the rooms were clean - YES the elevator is slow, hold on very carefully to the handrails when/if you use the stairs instead. The free morning paper was such a nice touch, but I never got around to reading it! Brought it home for a souvenir.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Someone was having a wedding party there - I hope everything went as well for them as they went for Mr. Black and me.
It was great!
Since our reservations were lost at another hotel, we unexpectedly stayed at La Playa and our experience was great. There were activities for my granddaughter throughout the day and a nice clean pool. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We would return in a heartbeat!
Great Hotel...Not what I expected from other reviews
We stayed at the LaPlaya for one week and just returned a few days ago. I had read all of the reviews prior to staying and was expecting a nightmare and having to find new accommodations when we showed up. To our surprise, IT WAS GREAT!!!. We stayed on the third floor (we had our choice of floors) and it overlooked the ocean, pools, tiki bar (yeah!) and jacuzzi. The room was very clean, housekeeping came everyday and did a great job. Had the newspaper delivered (free) to our door everymorning. Yeah, the one elevator was broken and the other one was slow so we walked. It was no big deal and we have a 5 year old and had lots of pool toys too and it really wasn't bad. The were working on the elevator while we were there.
The tiki bar was great and so was the bartender! You could order a relatively inexpensive lunch and have it delivered poolside from the tiki bar. Paid 6.99 for a huge order of deliscious chicken tenders and fries which I think is cheap for a meal at a hotel. They had a DJ most nights that played all sorts of music and had a dance which our five year old loved. We met tons of nice people and the kids all played well together in the kiddy pool. Had activities for the adults and kids almost everyday (bingo, mind teasers, crafts, face painting) and some activities you could win prizes which we thougt was pretty cool.
The staff was awesome and accomodating. Saw them cleaning the pools and decks early in the morning to be out of the way by 9 am, even though they were done a lot earlier than that. Many stores and restaurants around the hotel. There was even two conventions going on throughout the course of our stay and everything still went very smooth. I didn't think it was that noisy. The music did play until around 11 pm but with the balcony door closed you could barely hear it. The kitchenette (stayed w/ two doubles, kitchenette, oceanfront) was older yet worked like a charm and saves a ton of money on eating out 3 meals a day.
We would highly recommend this hotel. I do not know what the nay-sayers are expecting in Daytona.Your are not in the Keys or Boca. It is not the Ritz-Carlton but for the price it is Great!!! If you are expecting super fancy than this is not the place for you. If you want comfort, clean, and easily beach accessible than this is your place. Can't wait to go again next year!!!
Just spent a week at the LaPlaya. Was totally unaware that it was a pet friendly place. There were several dogs there and several were on the ground level. The visitor would let their pet walk out on the ground area and poop right there and not clean it up. Can you imagine looking off your balcony and seeing that while you were looking at the beach. I love animals, but the owners should be more responsible. They barked at all hours of the night, too. Again, like others have complained of, one elevator was out of service while they are remodeling and the wait time was terrible causing my husband and I to take the stairwell one time. He fell on the steps and hurt his back and hip, we went to the front desk to report this and they only said they were sorry and did not fill out a report or seem to care at all. He still has a black and blue butt.
The carpet in the rooms were so dirty, I could hardly stand it. I sprayed Lysol all over the room. Bedspreads were worn and old, seemed nasty too. Needs a lot of cleaning and updating. My vacation was not totally ruined as we stayed at the pool, which was very clean, most of the day instead of staying in the nasty room. I would not stay at this hotel again.
Pretty dern good
My best friend and I stayed here last weekend for our Spring Break. The hotel is considered more 'family' oriented and on the 'quieter' side of the beach, but there were still a fair amount of Spring Breakers when we were there. The lobby is nothing spectacular but the staff was pleasant and knowledgable. Our room had 2 double beds and a pretty nice size kitchen which would have been fantastic if we'd stayed for longer because a grocery store is right across the street. Very economical if you're traveling on a budget. The hotel in general was very inexpensive and the Tiki bar was fun, if a bit pricey, and the drinks were a tad on the watered down side. My only two complaints would be the maid service doesn't really knock before entering (not cool!) and the elevator might be the slowest elevator in the history of all elevators.
We stayed here over the Bike Week weekend and didn't know it was BikeWeek! The staff was helpful to inform us of this and helpful in anwering our "tourist" questions. The beach view of the room was excellent! It was actually pretty quiet considering it was bike week. Our room even had a mini-kitchen complete with sink, large refrigerator, stove, microwave, plates, etc. I will recommend this hotel to all!
Fantastic Beach Resort!
Our stay at the hotel was great. The room was not ready since we arrived early to check in (check in time is 3pm) but the helpful front desk staff (Leah??) called us when it was ready. Housekeeping brought us extra towels when we called the front desk and a burned out light bulb was replaced by maintenance quickly. Melissa the activities director got the people around the pool involved in games and made the stay enjoyable. We would definitely stay there again!
Love the atmosphere
My family and I recently stayed at LaPlaya Resort during Turkey Rod Run. Right in the center of a major event over a holiday and you could not have asked for any more. The Front Desk was excellent and very helpful. Lauri went out of her way to get us the room we wanted even though it wasn't what we originally booked, very helpful. Dan and his Security staff also did a superb job when it came to assisting everyone parking their show cars and finding spots for everyone. We had one issue in the room but Danny and Mike jumped right on it and it was fixed instantly. I just can't say enough about the staff at this hotel. John (the GM) runs a top notch hotel and has a top notch staff.