We are the average family (mom, dad and 2 boys(12 and 10) that needs to save for every vacation, plans carefully and sets our expectations at a reasonable level. When we planned our visit to Cedar Point, where to stay and how much each park resort costs was evaulated carefully. Sure, we read the prior reviews and thought that some of the complaints (ie..bugs and birds OUTSIDE being a nuisance...REALLY?) were just plain funny. Here is our experience...without the drama.
Arrival...flawless. You should show your reservation confirmation to the parking lot attendant and they just waive you thru without paying the $10 fee. We arrived at 1030am, our room wasn't ready (we knew to EXPECT that) but the desk gladly checked us in, gave us our park tickets and said that they would have our room ready by 4pm. Off we went to the park. The hotels proximity to the park is great. You can drive to the parking lot in about 60 seconds or you can walk it in about 5 minutes. It is not unreasonable as some prior reviews have stated. We did drive due to a foot injury and managed to be in the 1st or 2nd row each time. The entrance is right at Magnum XL, close to Top Thrill Dragster and also used to enter Soak City, the go-kart track and miniature golf. After about 4 hours in the park on the first day we went back and got our keys to the room without issue.
The room...located on the 1st floor of the Raptor wing overlooking the lake was clean (except for 2 spiders and 2 flys...oh well). Having the beds separate from the living area is nice to be able to escape, particularly if you need to have someone nap. The beds are comfortable (bring extra pillows). The AC worked so well that we had to turn it off at night becasue it got too cold. It has 2 queen beds, a small fridge, couch, 2 TVs and small table. We brought cold cuts, rolls, drinks, milk and cereal with us to limit how much we spent on food in the park. Breakfast alone saved us at leat $50 for the 3 days. The shower/bathroom was clean and functional. The balcony is screened in and not very big. It was sufficient for the 2 lawn chairs they provide. The breeze is nice and gives you a good place to put wet items overnight to dry.
The lobby...has coffee and hot water available 24/7. There is a small store that sells convenience items, drinks and necessities. It's a bit pricey but we EXPECTED that. It was nice to not have to travel off site to buy milk or soda. There are some couches, tables and chairs if you want to sit tnd have coffee, read or access the wi-fi.
The grounds...parking lot adequate, flowers and shrubs nice, grass cut and the walkways safe. The pool was open and has a lot of chairs surrounding it with some tables and umbrellas if you want to sit in the shade. It's open until 11pm for after park swims (if you're able to stay awake). There was quite a bit of sediment, dead bugs and stuff in the pool that needed to be cleaned but nothing terrible. Also, the bugs at night weren't too bad and left us alone while sitting around the poolside. There is also a small snack bar at the pool to buy drinks but EXPECT to pay a lot for it. The beach is accesible from the resort but does not have swimming available. You have to go up a little ways (walk) toward Breakers hotel for swimming.
Overall...It was not the cheapest or most expensive place and we got exactly what we EXPECTED. We had no complaints. We would definitely stay there again and recommend it. It's a resort at the amusement park with kids not the Four Seasons.
Extras...Early entry is a perk you get with staying at the resort. You do need to get to the park before 9 to get in line but it's a little less crowded to get on one or two rides before the regular folks arrive. Three days is sufficient to do the park COMPLETELY (we did 9 coasters, 3 rides, lunch, dinner and late night pool all on the day we arrived), visit Soak City, go off site for a little while and get a bit of relaxation time in. Avoid eating at the park if possible, it's very expensive as EXPECTED. We went to the TGIFriday's at Castaway Bay for dinner which was nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close enough to the fun, yet secluded and relaxing, Sandcastle Suites has something for every member of your family. This all-suite hotel offers rooms with the features families want: flat-panel TVs, remodeled bathrooms, and screened in balconies. Situated at the tip of the Cedar Point Peninsula, Sandcastle Suites brings you dramatic views of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay. Its 187 suites are equipped with conveniences like microwave ovens, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, and refrigerators. Three of the suites are Grand Vista Suites, with Jacuzzis and wraparound decks or patios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandcastle Hotel Sandusky
- Sandcastle Resort Sandusky
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