A Nice Hotel for parents, grandparents, & their children/grandchildren A review of Holiday Inn Highland Beach-Oceanside
When my husband and I arrived here in June 2004, we were quite relieved. Our room was exactly what we had requested for our 6 night stay. It was a King Bed with a pool view and it actually had a slight ocean view from our patio. We were in room 100, which was right by the stairs and the front desk. So, early in the morning it became quite noisy with people checking out. The pool view rooms were great. Just get one away from the stairs, front desk, or elevators. We noticed that the pool view rooms on the 3rd floor, located in the middle of the 3rd floor, had a great ocean view, for a pool view price! I was especially impressed with the Bath & Body Works products that were replenished every day (soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion). We always had plenty of towels and the maids cleaned thoroughly every day. There is a wicker basket for your wet towels in the bathroom, so they aren't just thrown on the floor. We thought this was a nice touch. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. There was also a small table, chair and couch. We could hear no noise from the pool at night, from our room. They say that the pool and hot tub close at dusk. We found that if you didn't make any noise then nothing was said about using the pool at night. It was always crowded at night and nothing was ever said to any of us who used the pool after hours. My husband and I often had the hot tub to ourselves after 10 pm, when most of the families had turned in for the night. During the day though, stay away from the hot tub, as it becomes a kiddie pool, even though the sign plainly says that small children shouldn't use it. There are many restaurants on Linton. Just turn right out of the hotel parking lot and you will cross Linton, just after Delray Beach city limits. Turn left and go over the intracostal and just keep going straight. We found many fast food and sit down restaurants along this street and just off of it, including KFC, Taco Bell, Arbys, Dennys, Applebees, etc. There are small refrigerators in your rooms and we found that buying our own drinks and snacks saved us money. My husband was on business in Boca Raton, which is very nearby. His drive to work was only 10-15 minutes. This was the closest, reasonably priced hotel to his business location that was on the ocean. We drove up and down the street in front of the hotel many nights to check out the beautiful houses along the beach and intracostal. It is a nice drive and I'd recommend it. There were a few downsides to the Highland Beach experience. Every grocery store and gas station seemed to be closed by 10 p.m., so do your shopping and filling up with fuel early. The pool was packed with young children all day, so relaxing by the pool, without wanting to pull your hair out or medicate yourself, was not an option during daylight hours. But, if you have children yourself, then this may be the place for you. There is nothing wrong with kids just "being kids", but if you are a couple with no children, just wanting to relax stay somewhere else. There are sand fleas and numerous lizards around the beach and pool area, so if this bothers you, I wouldn't recommend this place. The lizards did seem to be more scared of us than we were of them, but I was warned by a beach attendant that they do bite if you pick one up. If you have children who many try this, just a warning. There was a problem a couple nights with smoke coming from the upstairs rooms, through our vents into our bathroom. We kept the door shut to the bathroom and that seemed to keep the smoke out of the rest of our room. If you are a single person or looking for a party scene, don't stay here. Even though it has a bar, this hotel seems to cater to families with small children or to senior citizens. Since we left the partying back in college where it belongs, this was fine for us as we'd rather take screaming kids over rowdy drunks acting like kids any day. I wouldn't recommend it for a honeymoon or romantic trip though, as previously mentioned about the lack of places to relax because of the youngest guests. On a more pleasant note, there was a wedding on Friday night and this seemed to be the perfect place to have one. The couple stood on a patch of grass with the beautiful ocean as their backdrop. So, the bride will have a place to stand with an oceanview and not ruin her dress in the sand! Get married here, then honeymoon somewhere else. The guests of the wedding party seemed to enjoy the hotel pool after the reception though. There are many nice chairs and umbrellas around the pool and pool towels free of charge for guests. However, you must pay to use the umbrellas and chairs at the beach. The sand isn't as nice as other beaches farther south. It is a dark brown color and looks sort of like wet cement. The water was perfectly clear though, even with the dark sand, and we saw many fish and crabs while swimming and there were great shelling opportunities. We will stay here again if business takes us in the area. But, for a much nicer beach, try Sunny Isles Beach, about 30-45 minutes south.