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Review of Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Cape Canaveral
Certificate of Excellence
Yorktown, Indiana
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76 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great overnight stay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Our two-part Disney trip (Halloween at the Magic Kingdom followed by a seven-night cruise on the Fantasy) included an overnight stay near the port to avoid a rushed embarkation morning. We stumbled on the Cape Caribe Resort, which was offering a really great rate on Expedia - about half what the typical Cocoa Beach hotel asks.

The property is a little off the main drag but not hard to find with GPS. It's less than a mile from the cruise terminals, but this means it's also not far from the more industrial parts - the tank farms and such, but the extensive landscaping and layout of the buildings screens much of this from view.

The property is really a condo complex, but while we were not pressured to attend a presentation on purchasing, we did have to abide by all the rules, including posting a healthy damage deposit. We understand these things and were not bothered; we considered it a reasonable trade to be able to save over $100 on our stay.

Our room was nice - actually the smaller side of a larger unit with connecting door. The studio had a small sitting area, kitchenette with microwave, coffeemaker and minifridge, and a large bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower. The room was well-decorated with bright tropical colors and fabrics, though we did find a decent-sized tear in the wall covering near the door, which my dear spouse was careful to photograph to show the staff was existing on arrival (thinking of that $250 damage deposit!). There was one small window that had no view we were aware of - we didn't even try; we were going to be there one night. For a longer stay, this might have been an issue for some.

The amenities were quite adequate and well-maintained, though the spread-out nature of the place made everything - especially the ice machine (ONE we could find - really?) - a hike. I used it as an exercise opportunity. We enjoyed the mini-golf, even though it seemed to be a bit of an after-thought. We didn't use the pools, but liked watching the children playing in the "lazy river" with its showers and sprays.

The restaurant was nice, though nearly empty for our 7PM Friday dinner with a group of fellow Disney cruisers (it must be tough to compete with all the places along the shore and the canal). The service was nice and attentive, the food good, though nothing fancy or special (local fish - or at least the species are local - was appreciated), the portions were large and everyone was pleased.

The arrival and checkout process seemed a little long considering the relatively few guests we encountered, though the staff was friendly and courteous.

We didn't have a long-enough stay to make a recommendation as a longer-term vacation rental or purchase, but we were quite happy with it for our short stay and can easily recommend it as an alternative to the hotels, especially at the reduced rate we were able to find.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Wow! What a great property! Very well laid out and our unit was spectacular! We had a 2 bedroom villa with 2 baths, full kitchen, balcony, laundry in unit, and jacuzzi. The pool was fantastic, the water slide and lazy river were great! We were here only one night but easily could have stayed a week! The resort is right across from the cruise port and we could see them leaving. It was a real treat for the kids. Service was outstanding. We were not bothered once to listen to a timeshare talk. We received a letter in the mail prior to our arrival but that was the extent of it. No one brought it up when we were here. We will definitely think of Ron Jon when passing the area again!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We just returned from a 6 night stay in a one bedroom condo at Ron Jon. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a full kitchen and made use of that for breakfast, lunches and a few dinners. The pool area and Tiki bar were wonderful. Menu had a good variety. Pool staff and bartenders very friendly and fun. Beach was too far to be bothered with and the one time we did go down it seemed very empty. But with the great pools we did not need to use the beach. Good restaurants were Papa Vito's (delivery available) and the one in house. Do not bother with Rusty's. The food was awful and service slow. I heard good things from others about Kelsey's and Grills. Gina at the front desk was very helpful, Janelle and Brittany at the Tiki bar very friendly. Pool guys were so friendly and enjoyed interacting with the guests. There is a Publix very close with lots of other restaurants nearby. We had so much fun during the day enjoying the resort we were ready to chill at night so do not have any advice for the night life. Very friendly guests. The majority of folks we met at the pool were owners so they seemed to have known each other from before but very willing to include others. All in all we cannot wait to return in four years which is our RCI rule otherwise we would go back next year.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Olmsted, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

You first pay approx.: $350 and then when you arrive the put you in room with no windows and only glass block. You then go to a 90 min. seminar on purchasing a resort room for around 27K and if you commit they will upgrade you to a two bedroom room, if you decline they tell you to go back to your dungeon and like it. The beach is horrible and never maintenance. Beware and stay away !!! You must also clean your own room no services at all !!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Great place to stay with families. The pool/lazy river/water play area was a great addition to this resort. Our room was very spacious and comfortable. The water pressure was awesome! The balcony was huge! Quick walk to the beach, great place to see the ships leave from the port. We only stayed one night so we did not take advantage of the kitchen area. The laundry was very convenient with detergent included which is a plus! During our stay the restaurant was getting renovated so that was a bit disappointing but a nearby pizza place delivered right to the pool! I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hillsboro,OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Booked the Ron Jon specifically for the pool area, as the cruiseship we were on is said to have issues with the size of their pools on board.We wanted to make sure the girls had plenty of pool time. The pool certainly did not dissapoint! Our 6yr old love the lazy river and our 10 yr old loved the slide (excellent vantage point for seeing ships leaving!) The pool itself was huge and never crowded (one advantage of Oct travel).

We were disappointed the resort's main restuarant was closed during our stay, but we only planned lunches their anyway so it wasn't a big deal after all. The kids got to have pizza delivered directly to the pool... pizza,soda and a pool = a kid's dream! They were so content in the pool they never even played mini golf or looked in the indoor kids area.

As for our accomodations,we had a 2 BR unit that just overlooked the street and condos next door.HUGE balcony with plenty if seats,chaise and a table. Perfect for drying towels and suits. Didn't use kitchen facilities or that inviting huge whirlpool tub in the master,but we did use the washer/dryer.Had to turn the temp up a bit,as the room got cold easily. Shower pressure was a bit hard for the kids. Beds were comfortable. Plenty of towels so we never needed to use the towel exchange.Only complaint about room is that because of the tile floor,the people staying above us drove us batty constantly pulling chairs back and forth. Like nails on chalkboard!

Front desk staff very friendly and efficient. Took the tram over to the beach and walked back. Kids had a nice time playing in the ocean for a bit and their jaws dropped as they saw a cruise ship passing right by.
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Wasn't approached about any kind of time share tours at all at the resort,but we were at the Ron Jon store. I was concerned when I heard him offering "15 families" a day pass to use the pool area,as I wondered if it would be packed, but it wasnt. I hate the whole concept of being pestered on my vacation,but I guess I had my "leave me alone" forcefield on :)

My only real beef with the resort ? During our 2 night stay I had to get a room key re-programmed FOUR times! Grrr! Annoying to say the least.Regardless of how we tried to carry them,they kept getting demagnetized.


Overall,I would definitely stay here again. Not sure if or when,as we live in OR, but I could see us content at the Ron Jon for a week..

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

I know there isn't much to choose from in this area so Ron Jon is your best bet. That being said we would only stay here again if we got a balcony room. We got the king suite not realizing it didn't have a balcony. The window is into the hallway so no fresh air and very noisy. The restaurant was closed for our stay. We were not made aware of this until check in. Closest restaurants are a $10 cab ride away. We have two kids so that was a total pain to do a couple times a day.
The only good thing about this property is the pool area. It is great and when you are out there you forget about what a crappy hotel you are staying in. Although the pool towels remind you.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort
Address: 1000 Shorewood Dr, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-2406 (Formerly Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Brevard County > Cape Canaveral
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Cape Canaveral
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Space Coast adventure, beachfront beauty and the excitement of one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, this resort provides maximum fun, entertainment and relaxation all in one place. Before you ever leave the resort, you'll discover a swimming pool, lazy river and hot tub to soak your cares away. Try the onsite mini golf course, elevated tennis and basketball courts and onsite exercise room. For kids, there's a big indoor play area with an attached child care center, a multi-row movie theater and much more. From the spacious game room to plenty of onsite activities, you won't be lost for things to do. And your roomy accommodations are perfect for settling in and staying a while. With direct beach access, an onsite restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a gift shop for souvenirs and incidentals and plenty of activities, you'll never be at a loss for breezy Florida Space Coast fun! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ron Jon Cape Caribe Hotel Cape Canaveral
Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort Cocoa Beach
Ron Jon Resort
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