If you want to be “close to the action” along Cocoa Beach, the La Quinta Oceanfront is for you. This hotel has nice, no-nonsense rooms, is located directly adjacent to the local pier, and is about as close and convenient to the beach as possible.
The main mission of this La Quinta is to accommodate budget-minded tourists who want to go the beach … and it does a good job with this task. Unlike the sprawling Best Western across the street, every room at the La Quinta has a private balcony that has either a full or partial view of the Atlantic Ocean. The balconies are not huge, but they are furnished with a couple of plastic chairs and a small table for your drinks. The beach itself and the pier are just several hundred yards away from the hotel.
If you do NOT like crowds of vacationers and the all of activity & sounds that come with them, however, you might want to look elsewhere. The portion of the beach this hotel is situated along what seems to be a relatively busy and popular stretch of sand. It's anything but serene.
Rooms are accessed by exterior doors that face the un-gated but well-lit parking lot. The walk between the parking lot and the two elevators is not too far. Inside, the rooms are generally what you’d expect from a La Quinta – well-maintained, reasonably spacious, and minimalist in décor/amenities. The rooms have wood flooring to prevent the accumulation of sand in carpets. As you might expect, room rates can really vary depending on which day of the week you’re visiting … and whether or not you choose a room with a full or partial ocean view. I got a full ocean view room on the 5th floor and, given the panoramic and entertaining view it provided, it was worth the premium in my opinion.
The La Quinta Oceanfront is in a fairly unpretentious neighborhood dominated by similar middle-class motels, time-shares condos, apartments, and tourist-oriented establishments. It’s about two blocks from the main thoroughfare that runs through Cocoa Beach.
My only complaint involves the noise and light from a next door room. The adjoining doors between my room and another room seemed unusually thin. The doors also had large gaps between the bottom of the doors and the surface of the hardwood floor. Consequently, both sound and light from the next door room could be heard and seen all too well in my room.
If you really want a genuinely good view of the beach and ocean, pay extra for a full oceanfront vie...
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