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Islander Beach Resort
1601 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169   |  
Hotel amenities
Smyrna, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We were in the third city, and 4th hotel in five days. We arrived with not much idea where to stay and looked at a few places before settling on this one. We went to check in and were given two rooms, one with an ocean view had a queen and a pull out couch for our other family, and our room. When we entered we saw the bathroom, dinning area, kitchen and couch. We notice two closets but no bed. To our surprise it was a Murphy bed. My fiancee asked if we could get a room with a real bed but was told that is all they had. 79.00 for a murphy in off season. Over the two night stay we ended up putting the pull out mattress on the Murphy and were still sore. You are responsible for taking out your trash and cleaning the dishes, somewhat like a weekly rental. We had a family member in hospice and we not sure if we would stay a third day. After checking out and thinking about it, we decided to stay in town one more evening. we looked online for other hotels and found that this one had two rooms with ocean views available. We were told however that we didn't need to book online if we wanted to stay again, so we went back in person, and were told that the only rooms they had were the exact same two we just left. We were told that there was nothing else. Later that night I looked online again in case we needed another night and saw again, that they had two ocean view rooms again. Take a ways: Slow elevators, which are posted inside elevators with an ode, oyster bar with no oysters which i got at another restaurant, nice pool and hot tub, but they close early. Beach access from hotel during hours that they open the pool area, but you can walk around from front of hotel. Overall I wouldn't stay again, but if they have real beds available, it might work for other people.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Excellent Family resort, Great location, quiet, family friendly activities, great service, nice to relax and take it easy.Friendly service, lots of activities for kids, Game room, pool, hot tub, beach, very nice.

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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Vashon, Washington
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I really liked the character of this place-unpretentious and friendly. The front desk staff was very attentive and greeted me every time I went by. They offered me a choice of floors and were very helpful about local attractions. For a Monday in September, the place was very busy. Lots of fishermen, travelers, and families with kids. The pool, with direct access to the Atlantic beach, was clean and attractive, with plenty of lounges and towels, and the room ( a time share rental) had a bedroom with views of the pool and ocean.
This was a great place to land at the end of a long trip. I didn't visit the spa during my visit, but it looked like a nice place.

Room Tip: Ocean front rooms above the first floor have balconies overlooking the Atlantic.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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saint augustine
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This resort is what it is --- a large, fun, friendly, clean, happy place to visit. We were guests for just one night for an event. We arrived on Saturday, so were met with the mandatory 4PM check in. The desk ladies are not accommodating, but polite. They are a weekly resort, and probably need more crews of cleaning to shorten that window. The resort is definitely old, and shows it, but it is clean. I was envious of the families who were happy to see the same families year after year. I talked to many people who had been coming there since the 1980s, and I can see why. It is almost like a family camp, with loads of activities for adults and kids alike
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What it is NOT - pristeen, state of the art, new, upscale, service-oriented, spacious, luxurious.

It is a place for a family to stay in relative comfort while enjoying not only the Atlantic Ocean and the huge pool, but also familiarity, friendship, activities and summertime. But not before 4PM on a Saturday.

Room Tip: We were in a very dark room overlooking parking lot. SMALL. But, for our purposes, a place to stay...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

We stayed July 20-24. We don't have a timeshare here. It is a great place for all. Lots of families. Rooms are clean. Staff are friendly and always working hard. Right on the beach. Games and fun all day by the pool (some cost a little $). We had a 1 bedroom, pull out couch and Murphy bed, full kitchen. The one and only thing that could improve was check in time is 4p, no earlier. But we made it work. Right on the beach. My kids had a blast!! See ya next year.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winter Park, Florida
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I was appauled that there was a manditory 4p check in with no earlier release of rooms even though we were there at 10am. 2pm is a normal check in time. I work more a major hotel chain and we try to accomidate our guests as early as the room is ready. They also make you sign a release that you have a manditory check out of 10am. That gives the guests a total of 13hrs a total of $10.22 an hour to rent this room. I was able to get a day pass and parking tag which was good since we lived out of the trunk for the day. After we got our room, there were notes on things that if we used them (like paper towels) we would have to replace or pay for them. We also had to do all our dishes or would be charged for that as well. There was no shampoo or conditioner supplied in our room. I was told by the front desk that I would have to go to Publix down the street after waiting all day to check in because their 1 an only ice machine was down. I was very unhappy especially having to get up so early to clean in order to check out so they could have 6 hrs to clean for the next guests. Also, they do not make balcony rooms available to paying guests that are not part of a timeshare. I heard guests in the lobby who felt as we did about the 4pm check in. As they released the rooms, there was a lot of people in the lobby waiting around for their turn.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Boone, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Long ago we bought a timeshare at the Islander. As our boys got older we decided we would travel to different destinations each year, so we sold our timeshare. After one year at Myrtle Beach, SC the boys begged to go back to the Islander! So, now year after year we are "renters" rather than owners at this wonderful resort.

Every year we go, there is something in the lobby, units and/or property that has been updated. The staff is fabulous and the place is very clean. There are activities for all ages that you can get involved with or pass on.

What do the kids love the best about this place? The fabulous ocean just a few steps away and the huge, deep pool is outstanding!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Islander Beach Hotel New Smyrna Beach
Islander Beach Hotel
Islander Beach New Smyrna
Address: 1601 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Location: United States > Florida > New Smyrna Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in New Smyrna Beach
#5 Family Hotel in New Smyrna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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