We just stayed at Windrift for three nights, and couldn't have been more pleased. We didn't have a reservation - when we got to town we looked around, saw this hotel right on the beach, inquired about vacancies and got a room for $100 per night (mid-week).
The rooms are nothing to write home about, but are clean and spacious. Other reviews are right, the bathrooms are very small, but that's not my biggest concern in a hotel room. Ours had a seperate sitting room and small kitchenette - which was nice for storing beverages that we would bring to the beach each day, or having a cocktail on our patio in the evening.
Contrary to what someone else wrote, the beach is not expensive - you give them a $25 deposit per beach badge, and they give you your money back at the end of your stay. Don't lose your badge and it won't cost a thing.
The main restaurant on-site was decent, we ate there one night, and the snack-bar had good lunches. There are 3 bars at this hotel, and there was a different special going on each night. There were some big crowds depending on the drink special or the live music selection. If you are looking for somewhere to stay where you can go to sleep at 10:00 and not be bothered by noise, this might not be the place for you - I can particularly understand if you have a family with small children. The nightlife is not necessarily overly rowdy, but I would call it lively.
The proximity to the beach is the best part - 30 yds to a great wide beach. And I thought the pool was nice too - you can get drinks/food service there, which is a bonus. And the location is between Avalon and Stone Harbor - with all the restaurants and shops the two towns have to offer within a 5-10 min drive.
We thought it was great, and would definitely stay there again, though it might not be everyones' cup of tea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your dream oceanfront resort in Avalon. Located on the beach at 80th Street. Hotel Accommodations include 72 standard hotel rooms, 6 oceanfront suites, and 10 condominiums. Featuring a zero entry pool with hot tub Dine with your family in one of our 3 restaurants. Our Level 2 restaurant and tiki bar feature the only oceanfront dining on the island. Enjoy our Brick Oven Pizza kitchen, Sushi and Oyster Bar. Our 5 lounges allow for all your entertainment needs, whether that be at our piano bar or by the stage with a live band. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Windrift Hotel Avalon
- Windrift Resort Avalon