My husband and I needed a place to stay prior to our cruise out of Port Canaveral the first week of May, 2009. We love the beach so I did extensive research trying to find a place to stay that was on the beach with a balcony, preferrably in the bedroom, so we could open the door and have the sea breezes come in. Needless to say, there are very few hotels or resorts for that matter that have balconies on the bedroom, unless you are an owner and can get a double balcony. I finally selected the Resort on Cocoa Beach because it was a resort, had one of the nicest pools in the area, had ocean front rooms with a balcony and had a washer and dryer to make sure all our clothes were clean prior to our cruise. The resort is also close to the Port , only an hour drive from Orlando and the theme parks and airport . The pier is a short drive up the road and Ron John's Surf Shop is close by as well. The beach in front of the hotel is clean and does not get too crowded since you are not close to a public access to the beach. You will only find people who are staying at the resort or other resorts nearby on your section of the beach.
The staff at the resort were very helpful and friendly. My husband wanted to watch a Boxing match on PPV and the staff went out of their way to find the names of all the sports bars, with phone numbers, for us so we could find someplace to watch it. Unfortunately, if you want to watch something like that, you won't find it in Cocoa Beach.
Merritt Island is just a short drive, maybe 15 minutes, across the causeway and you will find a shopping mall and movie theatres.
The rooms were big and clean and we heard no noise whatsoever from the the Hilton HVAC next door, as one reviewer had mentioned. The pool area was big and very nice and there was always live entertainment during the day, with a Tiki bar for great drinks and hamburgers, hot dogs, or food from the Mexican Restaurant, which is on site.
Make sure you get a room above the 2nd floor, or you won't be able to see the ocean. There are protected dunes right behind the hotel that block the view. These dunes are where the sea turtles live. We had a room on the third floor and our view was perfect. Just a short walk across a boardwalk and you are on the beach. We bought an umbrella and two chairs at the local Publix store to take to the beach, but after a day, rented the lounge chairs and big umbrella (for $20) because they were more comfortable. It's really nice having a full refrigerator and kitchen if you are into cooking or eating in. We ate out all of our meals, but loved having a refrigerator. You can get fresh squeezed orange juice at Harvey's Grove store right on Atlantic Avenue and keep in your refrigerator. Great to have first thing in the morning.
Although the resort does have a Mexican restaurant on the property which is good, it is not open for breakfast and there is no room service, if that is what you are looking for. We decided to try out several of the restaurants reviewed here on Trip Advisor. We went to the Omelette Station the first day, okay, but nothing to write home about. The best place for breakfast was on our last day, Simply Delicious. The name says it all. they have homemade bread, pastries, pies, desserts and jams. They also serve a full breakfast and on Sunday have a breakfast brunch buffet that includes all of the pastries in the price of the breakfast. We just wished we had discovered it sooner. For dinner we tried several places, Grills at Port Canaveral, which is nice to sit outside and watch the big cruise ships come and go. Our favorite restaurant was the Lobster Shanty, which had a whole lobster for only $19. It was the best lobster I had ever eaten!!
We liked this place so much we actually bought a timeshare so we are now owners! The only complaint I have is that checkout time is at 10:00 a.m., way too early, if you ask me. If you stay any longer you get charged $100. Also, they turn off your room key and you can't get back in. We went out to take out the trash and get the cart for our luggage and we couldn't get back in at 9:30 a.m. Apparently their "time" was messed up to turn off the room keys. Very annoying to have to make a trip downstairs to get the room key inactivated. Obviously a computer error, and not the fault of the personnel. Will definitely be staying here again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on beautiful Cocoa Beach, yet close enough to Orlando and all major theme parks to "truly have the best of both worlds"; The Resort on Cocoa Beach is a premier destination in the Cocoa Beach area. We are located just minutes away from Port Canaveral and all major cruise terminals. We offer deluxe two bedroom, two bath condos with full kitchens. There is an endless array of fun activities both at the Resort or just minutes away. Enjoy surfing, golfing, kayaking, parasailing, deep sea fishing and Kennedy Space Center just to name a few! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort On Cocoa Beach Hotel Cocoa Beach
- Hotel On Cocoa Beach
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