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“Quirky Hotel.. Worth a visit!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Palms Retro
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   28 Sherry Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233   |  
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Portrush, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Quirky Hotel.. Worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night at the Palms Retro. Really enjoyed stay. About 2 blocks from beach but this is only a short walk. We stayed in the Divas room. Breakfast is in a 60's style diner. Had a slight problem with wifi when we arrived and Wes had it sorted in a few minutes. Managers so friendly. Would live to return and have no hesitation in recommending if you want something different to a standard hotel room.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you Mr. Millar for taking the time to submit a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and glad we were able to accommodate you! You'll be happy to know we have upgraded our wireless system to include 3 new routers, so the next time you visit there should be no problem picking up a signal anywhere on the property. In fact, you could probably pick up our signal on the beach!! Thanks again for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon. Safe travels~ Wes & Cindy
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My girlfriend and I just got back from a short week at the Palms Retro. The internet doesn't do it justice. It was comfortable and cozy. Definitely not the place for college spring break but perfect for a family or couples get away. We were able to walk to everything we wanted and were able to take advantage of things like a nice walk on the beach at sunset without having to pack up and drive home. The price is a steal for all the effort that the owners put into making you feel welcome. We have already talked about when we will be able to afford time off work to go again. Not a party spot but a place to fall in love again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Awwww....this review made us smile!! It was such a pleasure to meet you Carmrid and are very happy that you guys had an enjoyable visit with us! We appreciate the kind words and hope that you are able to come back and stay real soon! Take care~ Cindy & Wes
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Stayed here a few days after a business meeting in Jacksonville. The managers were very responsive and the place was well kept. It's a few blocks too the beach, but close enough not to be a big hassle. There are plenty of local restaurants within walking distance. Overall, nice experience. It is an older place so don't expect the Ritz. The courtyard was lovely.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
We are very happy that you had a nice experience staying with us and hope that you will consider staying again in the future! Thank you for the positive review! Take care~ Cindy & Wes
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The owners have done an excellent job of refurbishing the hotel. My husband and I stayed in The Dudes room for one night in June 2013, on our way down to Florida. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were spotless and very comfortable. The buffet breakfast was great. We appreciated the little touches like the hot chocolate sachets, mineral water and popcorn in the room. We liked that it was a small hotel and only a short walk from the beach and various restaurants and shops. We can't really fault the hotel and would definitely stay there again if in the area.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you Julia for the review! We are stoked that you enjoyed your stay and hope that the next time you are in Atlantic Beach you will try out a different room and stay a bit longer! Take care and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again! ~Wes & Cindy
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in early June for a night on our way down to south Florida. We loved everything about the hotel, as well as the Atlantic/Neptune Beach area. We liked it so much we canceled our plans in south Florida 2 days early just to come back and spend them at the Palms Retro.

Attention was given to every little detail to give this place maximum charm. It was also one of the cleanest places I've stayed; inside and out. The managing couple were accommodating to every need we had, too. The cozy courtyard was a great place to relax, too.

We were looking for a relaxing, unique experience and definitely got our money's worth. We have already promised each other we're going to make the 11-hour drive again very soon!

Tip: If one is available, get one of the bigger rooms...the extra space is worth the higher rate.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Doss for the awesome review! We were thrilled to see you guys book again so soon and loved that you changed your plans to come back and visit! So cool!! We appreciate the kind words and recognizing the effort our wonderful housekeeper Katie does every day to help maintain the attention to detail. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to accommodating you again real soon! Until then, take care~ Cindy & Wes
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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Wonderful little hotel, enjoyed our stay there. Wife was a little spooked when we arrived (this is an older property), but any fears vanished once we checked into our room. We stayed in "The Beach", room was nice and clean, only complaint from the wife was that there was no place to put her cosmetic bag near the sink. The garden area is a great place to sit and unwind in the evenings while watching the lizards. Breakfast area had good coffee and a nice selection of breakfast snacks. Easy walk to some very good restaurants, shopping, and the beach.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. Although the property is 66 years old, we do what we can to bring all the modern day amenities to our guests and work hard to maintain the grounds to alleviate any worries upon arrival. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will book with us again the next time you and the wife are in Atlantic Beach! Take care and safe travels~ Cindy & Wes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

You can't beat The Palms Retro for value and a unique place to stay. The courtyard was great, lots of lizards for the kids to chase. Great location, our Bad Boys room was pretty awesome, and we had a great time at the beach.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmsRetro, General Manager at The Palms Retro, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you Ryan! We enjoyed having you and the family here and liked watching the boys enjoy the courtyard with its many lizards! We hope that you will give us a shout again the next time you are in Atlantic Beach! Y'all take care~ Cindy & Wes
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Address: 28 Sherry Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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Location: United States > Florida > Atlantic Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Atlantic Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Palms Retro 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kick off your loafers and climb into bed with Marilyn Monroe. Loosen your tie and sip a few with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin in the Rat Pack Room. Get your attitude on with James Dean and Marlon Brando in the Bad Boys Room, or enjoy the vibes of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Charley Parker in The Cool. Two blocks from the beach and within walking distance of 20+ restaurants (seven of which offer live entertainment), travelers can park their car for the night and enjoy the unique attributes of Town Center (or “The Corner” as locals refer to it). We also rent bicycles that guests can use to cruise the beach or one of our charming neighborhoods. A stay at the Palms Retro includes a complimentary continental breakfast, free viewing of fifties era DVDs, free wireless Internet access and, of course, a room with some of the most coveted celebrities of the fifties; Lucille Ball, Barney Fife , John Wayne, James Dean, Elvis, Marilyn, The Rat Pack and others. How cool is that? ... more   less 
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