I'm writing this from my 2nd floor double queen room in the east building at Adrift where I'm sitting in a chair with my feet propped up on the bed enjoying a glass of wine and a view of the ocean. My family, which consists of my husband, our 9-year old daughter, and our pooch, and I are having a really nice President's Day weekend here.
First, I'd like to start with a few things the owners and management may not realize could make this place amazing.
- Replace sinks with rusty cracks, etc. The faucet is nice and modern but the sink is gross and I've found myself making a conscious effort to try and not look at it.
- Hide the outlets, cords, etc. connected to the television, cable, and DVD player behind something. Perhaps a simple and easily removable box made from the same crate wood as the shelving, etc. It would match and make a big difference in the view from sitting on the bed.
- Get the cleaning staff to attend to floor corners, particularly in the bathroom.
- When a guest books a room for 3 people, be sure there are 3 drinking jars in the room.
- When a guest books a room with a package, leave those goodies in the room for the guest to "discover" rather than giving it to them at the front desk. This way it doesn't have to be schlepped up to room along with all of our luggage.
- When a guest books a room with a pooch, offer them a few doggie poo bags, food & water dishes, and a doggie towel upon check-in
- Have a lidded carafe or pitcher in each room with the filtered water from the lobby.
- Paint the rooms another color. A soft grey or tan perhaps. The interior doors and frames could use a coat as well. Maybe the trademark bright green on the exterior.
- Change out the pipe being used as a curtain rod for an actual curtain rod. It's too hard to open and close the curtain.
- Sell small bags of dog food in your little lobby store for us dolts that forgot ours at home.
- Put a recycle bin in each room so that guests don't have to set those items on the floor next to the trash. (I do hope the housekeeping staff is recycling considering how green Adrift is trying to be.)
I want to make sure and note that none of the items above has made me not want to return. I appreciate the style and the idea of what is trying to be done here. Those are simply things that I suspect owners and managers may not have considered since they don't spend vacation time here.
Now, on to what I think others should know before booking a room here:
- This is an affordable, dog and family friendly establishment. If you don't like dogs and/or kids and/or if you have wild expectations for an affordable hotel, you probably should not book a room here.
- The walls are thin. Do not book a room in the east building if you are planning a romantic trip. I can't speak to the other buildings.
- There are crates on the walls as shelving. Personally, I love this. If you will have a problem with this style, don't book a room here.
- The lobby is wonderful and I recommend taking full advantage of everything offered there which includes:
~ a friendly and helpful staff. I cannot express how much I appreciate this. Kudos to the Adrift staff for being great!
~ beach comber bikes to borrow free of charge
~ board games to borrow free of charge
~ a good selection of movies to borrow free of charge
~ good coffee, tea, and lemon water free of charge
~ little dog treats free of charge
~ comfortable seating, a fireplace, and good music where you can hang out and play a game or read a magazine or just space out to your hearts content
~ a nice little shop where you can purchase beer, wine, soda, kombucha, crackers, chips, salami, cheese, chocolate bars, microwave popcorn, instant oatmeal, body care products, and probably a bunch of other things I didn't even notice
- the beach, boardwalk, and biking path are a stone's throw away...i.e. excellent location!
- the beds are comfortable but I always recommend bringing your own favorite pillow and requesting extra blankets from the hotel staff
- the body care products are of good quality and smell wonderful. They are full size so that Adrift can refill them and produce less waste as typically happens with those travel size types found at most other hotels.
- there is no carpeting in the rooms. Pack your slippers if this will bother you. Personally, I prefer this because of all the crap carpeting traps. Plus, I really like the flooring those chose.
I'm sure there are a bunch of other little things I could prattle on about but I think that gives you a good idea of what to expect.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.