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“Best family hotel in Daytona” 5 of 5 stars
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Sun Viking Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2411 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118   |  
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Ranked #15 of 110 hotels in Daytona Beach
Orlando, Florida
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“Best family hotel in Daytona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My family has been going to this hotel for the last 4 summers for our annual get together. We have kids from toddlers to teens and there is something for all of them to do. Plus the adults love the daily Bingo games. We went there for the slide the first year but honestly the kids love all the other activities even more especially the water balloon toss. The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly. They even send you discounts to return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
It is always a pleasure to get a review by a repeat guest. Reading that this family stayed with us last August and the past 4 summers warms our hearts. Family time is so important, especially in this hectic world; the kids will always remember the good times they spent together as a family during their beachside vacations. These memories are precious and are more meaningful than anything money can buy.

We would like to thank this family for their loyalty and kind words and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where they are always welcome!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We arrived and walked in too the lobby for a friendly welcome.. Check in was fast, even though their was a problem with our room, but it was handled quickly and professionally... We ended up had to wait about 20 minutes to go up.. Upon entering our clean room, it had enough space to accommodate a party of five. Our bathroom was spotless and had plenty of towels. The kitchen and living room was spacious and clean. I open the door to the patio and had a wonderful view of the Ocean and pool area. After the mishap with the room,a kind gentleman from the front desk( I forgot his name) came by and handed me 5 free breakfast slips... Amazing! Breakfast was good. Kids loved the indoor pool!! This hotel is well equipped to entertain families.. My sons and nephews had a blast. My family will be returning!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
As a motel owner, we always hope that everything is perfect for our guests as they arrive and during their stay with us. Unfortunately, as Murphy’s Law would have it, occasionally things pop up unexpectedly. As you might have guessed by reading this review, this guest was very gracious in waiting the additional 20 minutes while we addressed a minor issue.

How nice to read that once in their room, they enjoyed their accommodation overlooking the ocean. The housekeeping staff was happy to read that this guest found their room clean and well equipped. As most of our guests with children would agree with the comment that the kids love the waterslide! It is certainly nice to read they had a blast and plan to return as a family.

Thank you for your kind words and your most gracious remarks.
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Winter Haven, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We took an impromptu visit to Daytona Beach and parked and walked the beach. We spotted Sun Viking Lodge which was still busy and going strong. We stayed there with our kids some 27 and 25 years ago and loved it. We decided to see if they had a room. We got a lovely room beside the indoor pool looking out at the beautiful ocean. Tried out the outdoor waterslide for old time sake. This hotel has been run by the same owners for 43 years. They know how to run a good quality hotel at a reasonable price. We loved it 25 years ago and still do!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Imagine our surprise to read that this couple’s last visit with us was 27 years ago – wow, I think that might be a record! Yes, it’s true, we’ve just started our 43rd year of owning the Sun Viking Lodge, resulting in a large number of repeat guests that are now 3rd and 4th generations!

I certainly hope that this couple will return more often; if they wait as long for their next visit, I am not sure we will still be here 27 years from now! I was also glad to read that they enjoyed their time at our beautiful beach, their stay with us, their room, our indoor pool and their “slide” down our waterslide!

We are so happy that this couple decided to stay with us again and I want to thank them for taking the time to share such nice comments. We all look forward to your return!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

When we arrived, the door to our room couldn't be opened, due a new door that was installed previously, the lock was messed up.
That room was a lesser priced room, they gave us a very nice, larger room with full kitchen, no extra charge.
Thank goodness there was another room available, it was spring break.
They were very accommodating, nice and helpful.
The rooms are very clean. Beds are OK, just not like home, but where is??
Thank you for a great visit. We will be back and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
This is a perfect example of how wonderful our guests are; they completely understood our dismay when finding out, that the newly installed door and lock in the room that was reserved for them, did not work. Of course, this happened when we were almost 100% sold out; a perfect example of Murphy’s Law! Luckily we did have another room to offer these very gracious guests.

We all experience challenges at times, but it is always so much easier when our guests are so gracious and understanding. We are happy to hear that they enjoyed the rest of their stay and we all look forward to welcoming them back to the Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where they are always welcome!
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed for one night on Satruday, March 16th with my husband and two kids(ages 9 and 4). Room was nice and spacious(#502) Loved the indoor pool. Wish we stayed longer so the kids could have tried the slide at the outdoor pool, unfortunately it was too late in the afternoon when we checked in so the weather was a little too cool. We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
I would like to thank this guest for taking the time to send in such a nice review. We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and plan to return. The waterslide is always a hit with “kids of all ages” and the weather is now warming up, so poolside fun awaits you!

Our oceanfront rooms are very popular, like the one you occupied, offering a spectacular view of the ocean and beach. Most of our rooms also have fully equipped kitchens, helping to stretch your vacation dollars!

We look forward to your return and thank you again for your review.
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6 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed at the Sun Viking Lodge for a long weekend in February. We stayed in the large story building. The suite was great for our family. The balcony facing the beach was private and great. The place had a nice little kitchen and living room and two great beds in the bedroom. The staff was awesome and we all loved the heated indoor and outdoor pools. The water slide was also a great surprise. We loved the fresh coffee in the office every morning too. The only complaint for us would be they really need new pillows. The pillows they have a about an inch thick and old. Otherwise, we will defiantly stay there again. The location is wonderful too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
First I would like to thank this family for their review and for the nice ratings in the different categories. We are glad you liked our location and are happy to read you will return.

Everyone loves the private balconies that face the ocean . . . nothing is more soothing than watching the ocean, seabirds and a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic! We are glad your family found the kitchen, living room and bedroom nice and comfortable.

We agree with you, our employees are awesome! We hear this compliment all the time and we are very blessed to have such wonderful employees.

It was also nice to read that you enjoyed our heated indoor and outdoor pools and found the waterslide a great surprise; everyone loves the waterslide!

We are sorry to read that you did not like the pillows in your suite. I can say that ALL pillows are 3-6 months old. With 91 rooms, it is possible we skipped the room you were in, so we will go back in every suite to make sure they all have our newest pillows. For an owner, pillows and beds have always been quite the challenge. The reason is that everyone enjoys different comfort standards. The various likes are for soft, firm, thick, thin, curved, foam, feathers, non-feathers and the list goes on. We end up buying the “most popular” pillow that our hospitality vendor sells to most mid-range properties. I will share something we do personally when we travel; whether we drive or fly, we bring our own pillows, this way we always get a good night’s sleep!

Thank you again for your review!
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Neshanic Station, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

So my mom, husband and I needed a place to stay for one night while visiting my aunt; we didn't want to spend a fortune for one night. I read MANY reviews online and settled on Sun Viking. I am glad we did. I will be honest- my family tends to be "snobbish" when it comes to places we stay. I guess there is a stigma in our minds that we don't like to stay places where the "doors to our rooms are on the outside" as opposed to entering from an enclosed hallway. Sun Viking crushed that with our stay, the rooms are dated, but very well kept and clean. Fridge, Microwave, etc. were all included in the room (just missing a coffee pot!). We didn't utilize the pool(s) but saw many kids/adults doing so. They were spotless and I did dip my toe in the indoor pool and wish I had my suit as it was nice and warm. We ended up having a very nice breakfast at the cafe in the morning; everything was cooked to order and was a great value. There was super easy access to the beach which is wonderful; it was really nice to be able to sit outside, have breakfast and watch the waves. Overall, we were very happy for our one night stay and will be sure to stay here again on our next visit to see my aunt.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
We are very thankful that this family needed a room for one night this past February and selected the Sun Viking Lodge for the first time. It is nice to see that they ranked us so high in all categories and found their room, our property and pools clean.

We are also glad to read that they enjoyed themselves at our poolside Viking Kafe, finding their meals were cooked to order and also a great value. Many of our guests have also made the same comments; enjoying their meals in a casual oceanfront atmosphere while watching the ocean.

I don’t get the impression that these guests (in their words), are “snobbish” at all! Although we are not a luxury resort with upscale services, we offer clean, comfortable accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere. Our rooms, which can be viewed on our website, allow the viewer to see in advance, the cozy atmosphere of the room interiors. Our room photos are less than 1 year old, so they are an accurate representation. More importantly, we feel our guests will long remember their time together at the beach and remember little of our room décor.

Hopefully this family will bring their swimsuits on their next visit as both pools are heated including our oceanfront hot tub! Maybe they will even get a quick slide on our 60-foot waterslide . . . fun for “kids” of all ages!

We certainly look forward to their return visit to the Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where they are always welcome!
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Also Known As:
Sun Viking Hotel Daytona Beach
Address: 2411 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
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Location: United States > Florida > Daytona Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Daytona Beach
#10 Family Hotel in Daytona Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sun Viking Lodge 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sun Viking Lodge, located oceanfront in Daytona Beach and Florida's only winner of the 2012 Trip Advisor "Family Travel Award" for Small Hotels - offers spacious guest rooms, kitchenettes, suites and private cottages. Expect casual accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere with a beachy flip-flop ambiance! Kids love this "Unique Family Resort" featuring a 60-foot waterslide, kiddie pool, beach volleyball, basketball goal, game rooms, playground, poolside bingo and free recreation program providing beachside fun for all ages! Work out in a complimentary fitness room or jog on 23 miles of scenic beach, then relax in a sauna or an oceanfront hut tub. Enjoy indoor and outdoor heated pools, spacious oceanfront sundecks. The Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where you are always welcome! ... more   less 
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