Travel Blogs from Daytona Beach
The day started out later than normal, well for me not Bob. Bob was up at his normal time, but I didn't arise until 8 am (of course that is still 7 am for those of you in Texas). We were supposed to pick up Bob Halpin and go for breakfast, but that didn't happen. We were finally ready to leave "G/G" about 10 so we called Bob and he was Walmart having coffee with Kimbra. So off we went to meet him.
We had a a snack ...
... rehooked the car. So now we have hooked/unhooked the car twice so far. This time it didn't take as long. So we are getting better, but still need to get a little faster.
So off we go following the GPS. Now for some reason, the GPS does not take us to Deland the way we have been before. We basically went cross country on county and state roads, mostly two lanes. At one point, the GPS told us to turn right then in 450 ft turn ...
We spent the weekend in Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 is a 500 mile long (805 km) car race held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. The first Daytona races were held on the beach. In 1959 the first race was held at the Speedway, which also coincided with ...
the last 4 months where really busy , between Upgrading the Hangar in Ormond Beach , starting Building the Boat Seatta among tausend other things.....
beginning march I will take my 2nd Daughter Cecilia to South Africa to show here all the ...
... it. The fountain is at De Leon Springs State Park in Deland, Florida. The waters of the De Leon Springs have stories about these waters being "Healing Waters". It is said that Ponce De Leon discovered his famed fountain of youth here. We saw the Old Spanish Sugar Mill where you can make your own pancakes at the table. We didn't make pancakes, nor did we jump in the "Fountain Of Youth". ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.