Just returned from our first (and last) trip to Daytona Beach. We stayed at the Shores Resort and secured a great price for the Presidential Suite through a friend who is an employee in the parent company. Here is our review:
What God is responsible for (beach, ocean, weather): absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful beach and beautiful ocean. No complaints. What man is responsible for (Daytona Beach): There is no other way to put it but than to say it is a dump. We had not been before and found it to be a mixture of tacky souvenir shops, condo buildings (some nice, some shoddy), so-called 'resorts' and motels (several of which were closed down and in disrepair) and seedy looking bars. Daytona Beach is not a family friendly place, and I can now see why it is so popular with college kids who don't know or care any better. There really is not much to do there other than drink yourself silly.
As for the Shores: As I mentioned, we secured the Presidential Suite thanks to a friend who works for the parent company. The suite is absolutely gorgeous. It was spacious, clean and located with a tenth-floor ocean view, including two balconies overlooking the ocean. We have no complaints with the room. Our only problem on the first of our two-night stay was the late-night noise made by the four heavily tatooed men staying in the next room. The constant humming noise sounded an awful lot like a tatoo machine, and they were loud and annoying, to say the least. I did meet an interesting lady coming out of the elevator who was clearly agitated and said to me, "this hotel is a piece of ****." Apparently, this was her sixth stay, and she was upset that she had to move her own stuff from the 10th to 7th floor. Oh, well. That didn't bother us.
We booked our stay in order to 'get away from it all' and relax with our children by the ocean. We enjoyed the resort location and easy access to the beach. The staff were friendly, and we had no complaints with them. Here is what you need to know about the Shores, which advertises itself as the area's only 4-Star resort: Unlike any other 4-Star resort I have stayed at (and I have visited a few), the Shores allows locals to come in and use its facilities. Now, I am the most social of guys, but my egalitarian nature balks at having to compete with non-paying locals (the Shores is definitely not cheap) for a seat by the pool (a small pool, FYI), a seat at the tiki bar or space in the pool itself. To make matters worse, the hotel has no way of vetting (nor does it seem to care) who comes in its doors throughout the day or night. Throughout our stay there was a steady stream of locals coming and going. Many of them brought coolers of beer in with them and sat by yhe pool, happy as pigs at a trough, consuming alcohol all day.
Nowhere does the 'resort' make this open access clear in its advertising or anywhere else. You just have to discover it for yourself, as my wife and children did on our last night as they sat by one of the fire pits (a nice feature) roasting marshmallows. Bombarded by a stream of offensive language directed at the bartender by a clearly intoxicated woman, my wife politiely stepped in (I was in our room or the following would have had a much different ending, quite possibly with the drunk in hospital and me in jail) and asked the woman to mind her language (the 'f' bomb was flying liberally) as there were children around the area. She was met with a foul invective as the drunk (it emerged she was a non-paying local) took none too kindly to being called to task for her foul mouth. Worse still was the fact my children had to see their mother treated this way. Security was nowhere to be seen and after my wife made a legitimate stink to the restaurant manager, the rowdy drunk and her two companions were asked to leave. I spoke with the manager about this unacceptable situation. She was kind enough to sympathize and reduced our bill by one night.
However, our experience raised an important concern for would be guests at the Shores. This policy of allowing locals in with no 'quality control' is at best unfair and inconvenient to paying guests. At worst, it represents a major liability for the guests and the hotel. This place does not differentiate (or care) between who the paying guests are and locals. You need to know this before making a reservation. You may be fine with it. Not me, and we will not be back. In fact, had we known this before we made our reservation, we would not have stayed there. It is just not what I want or expect when staying at a supposed 4-Star resort. I told the manager this was disingenuous. Buyer beware! If you don't mind having to compete with non-paying locals, you will probably enjoy the Shores. Next time, we will make sure we ask the question "do you allow non-guests on property?' before we make a reservation. One last observation: We have stayed at several resorts. You should also know they charge a 'resort fee' on top of the room rate. It covers all the stuff (paper, pool towels, wi-fi) that many other places include in the room rate. Our experience at the Shores proves demonstrates there can be a vast difference between two resorts with the same rating. This one is definitely at the 'economy' end of the scale (not necessarily in price, though) of resorts.
- Also Known As:
- Shores Hotel
- Shores Resort Daytona Beach
- Shores Hotel Daytona Beach
- Shores Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shores Resort & Spa is located on the edge of beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida, both close to the action and away from the action. A short five minute drive from Downtown Daytona Beach, The Shores Resort & Spa is the only AAA Four-Diamond luxury beachfront hotel in Central Florida. Our amenities include waterfront views, balconies, spacious sundeck with swimming pool, Tiki Bar, jacuzzi, beachfront cabanas, and much, much more. The only way to experience the luxury is to visit The Shores Resort & Spa today! ... more less
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