We picked the La Quinta based on prior reviews looking for a good place to stay close to the beach. Since I'm a Returns member, staying at a La Quinta was a plus and I didn't mind the extra dollars for the location, at least I'd earn some extra points...
We arrived shortly after noon in the middle of a huge thunderstorm and torrential rain - we almost couldn't see the property. We knew we were early, but obviously spending time at the beach in this weather wasn't really an option so we just decided to try it and went in. The guy at the front desk, from his on-duty times during this and the next day I conclude he may have been the owner, was extremely friendly and made no fuss about checkin in early (unlike other hotels we visited during this trip). He called housekeeping to see if our designated room was already available and since it wasn't immediately moved us to another one. He also issued a parking pass and we were good to go. Parking could indeed be an issue, although there is some designated overflow parking on the other side of the street (4 lanes, good luck walking across).
The entire hotel layout is focused on the beach, looking at it from the parking lot you will only see the back side: outside corridors and the entrance doors. I'm not a fan of outside corridors, but I guess few people would pay for the room facing the highway. We were glad to find an elevator and went to our floor. We unlocked the door and were greeted by one of the best views I have personally had in a hotel room: a large window, behind it our private balcony, all overlooking a small yard on the hotel grounds and then directly onto the beach. We ignored the weather and immediately went onto the balcony, which is equipped with two plastic chairs and a small table - we had found our location for dinner and to watch nightfall. The hotel grounds are really nice and in good shape. Half of the hotel overlooks a patio and some lawn (the 1st-floor rooms can step out directly), the other half is overlooking the pool. There is a stairs down to the beach and even some showers. The view onto the beach is completely unobstructed.
The room itself was very good La Quinta standard. Tile floors (better for the sand from the beaches, and doesn't tend to look as dirty as old carpets), dark wooden furniture, green bed-covers and walls. Everything was clean and tidy, you will rarely find a hotel that isn't worn here or there, it just happens. Sure, at a high nightly rate you might expect better, but it seemed in reasonable shape, not better or worse than other hotels I've been to. The only thing that looked somewhat weird was the lock-mechanism for the sliding door to the balcony: an iron bar that is squeezed into the door so it can't be pushed open. That's it, nothing else. I would have preferred a real lock, luckily we weren't on the ground floor, I wouldn't have felt too comfortable with that in place.
In the morning we made our way to the breakfast area which is kind of small, but that's a phenomenon you seem to encounter at many hotels. The choice was La Quinta-typical, nothing unusual. It's noteworthy that breakfast was served until 10 in the middle of the week, kind of vacation-friendly! What they make up in breakfast hours they loose in checkout time - I don't know how strict they would have been, but I'm not a fan of 11-o'clock checkouts, I highly appreciate the LQ-typical 12.
Despite being next to the main road through Daytona Beach our room was quiet. If you're looking for attractions other than the beach, the pier is a 10min walk on the beach or a quick drive by car.
Overall a very nice experience, staff was very friendly. The rate, well, you pay what you pay when you want to stay at a decent hotel on the beach, although we didn't compare rates to other properties in the area. I'd recommend the hotel and not hesitate to stay again myself.
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