About two weeks ago, we stayed here because it was quite close to those we were visiting. It met our requirements and turned out better than expected. Of the retro-themed rooms, we were in the rat pack room. Pictures of Sinatra and pals festooned the walls, and furniture/fixtures were also aligned to times. Kind of corny, but fun. While clean, there were minor signs of age in the room--two small stains below the toilet tank on the floor from an old leak; a wall lamp which did not work ( but the lack of light on that side was handled by a more than adequate floor lamp. The shower stall, fully functional, with plenty of hot water, was tiny, and shelves for toiletries were sparse, with a small wire floor stand inadequate to the task, as space between wires on the shelf surfaces were wide enough to allow items set down to fall through to the floor--minor, but annoying. Each night, a fire pit was lit to provide a welcome bit of heat and atmosphere. We had drinks in the courtyard and chatted fwith other guests before heading off to bed. It was cold at our visit, but the room heater worked, but cycled on and off frequently and noisely. There was a small refrigerator in the room, and the freezer section looked as if it haden't been looked at by houdekeeping iin a long time--partially melted and refrozen ice cubes covered the freezer area, suggesting that the thing had not been defrosted or cleaned-this is my most significant criticism, the others, being largely minor matters. The rat pack room is close to the street, and I expressed concerns about street noise. I was assured that the walls were thick and noise would not be a problem. Well, noise was not a problem, but not because I could not hear traffic--heard every car. Noise was not a problem because there was not much traffic and that noise was masked by the heater, by and large. Breakfast was included, and was pretty good for free. It was offered in one of the rooms which had been converted into a breakfast area.
The managers were pleasant and helpful. My wife left behind a pair of shoes, which they quickly mailed home to her! Thanks Wes and Cindy.
- 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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- The Palms Retro Hotel Atlantic Beach