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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Canaveral
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Cape Canaveral
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Greenwood, Indiana
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“Great location, fantastic breakfast, good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2011

We stayed at the Country Inn & Suites prior to our departure for a cruise. It was about a 45 minute drive from the Orlando Airport. You take one road all the way and then turn right to the hotel. Extremely easy to get to!

Upon entering, they seem to spray a strong fragrance that I didn't care for. However, once we entered our room, it was fine. The room had all that you needed, hairdryer, coffemaker, frig, microwave. It was tastefully decorated and clean. The beds were comfortable. You are not on the water, but we did have a view of the cruise ships, which was nice.

There were nearby restaurants and some shopping, along with the Ron Jon shop in the general vicinity.

Before departing for our cruise, we ate the complimentary breakfast, which was EXCELLENT. It wasn't your typical free breakfast, as it included eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, waffles, cereal, toast, about anything you could want. We were very pleased.

If you are staying for a cruise, I suggest renting a car for the duration of your cruise. We did all the research, and the transport fees to/from the airport, or renting one day and then upon departure were far more than we paid to rent for an entire week. We paid $22 to leave our rental car at the hotel, and that included our transfers to/from the cruise ship. I certainly felt that was reasonable.

Leaving for the ship was a breeze. Returning from the ship was another story. We were not given very good directions where to meet our driver. When we called to advise, we were told he was too busy to answer questions. I called the hotel to let them know that I needed to know where we were to be, and no one returned my call. We finally were able to find the driver. We were told to walk to the end of the sidewalk and go right, but we did that, and had walked too far. Turn right OUT OF THE TUNNEL.

All in all, it was a nice place to stay that served a great breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2011

We chose this hotel because of the great rate. We paid $106 for one night before our cruise and the rate included free parking while we were on our cruise and round-trip transfers between the hotel and the port. Parking at the port alone would have been $60 while we were on a 4-night cruise. Like I stated, we paid $106 for the hotel so it was like paying the $60 for parking at the port and only paying $46 for the hotel.

This hotel is in excellent condition and the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. They even gave us a complimentary upgrade to a 1-bedroom suite when we checked in. If you are wanting a view of the cruise ships in port, you want a queen room or a queen suite on the 4th floor. I would recommend rooms 400-408 for the best view.

The 1-bedroom suites are large and very comfortable. The living area consisted of a sofa, wing chair, end table, TV, desk, microwave and mini-fridge. The bathroom was a good, large size with full size tub, shower curtain was on a curved rod and a large vanity area. Of course, the bathroom was supplied with a complimentary small bottle of shampoo, conditioner and lotion. The hotel desk could supply you with the little things that you might have forgotten to pack such as comb, sewing kit and lint roller just to name a few but included many more items. The queen suite bedroom had two queen-sized beds, wing chair, TV and closet. The beds were very comfortable and the water pressure in the bathroom was fine. There was another closet just outside the bathroom. There was a door between the living area/bedroom to allow for privacy.

The hotel served a hot breakfast the morning after we arrived. Breakfast choices included hot, fresh baked waffles, eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, fruit, danish, donuts, toast, bagels, cereals, coffee, hot tea, milk and a variety of juices.

If you are cruising out of Port Canaveral and use the hotel's shuttle service, you sign up for the shuttle service upon check-in. We signed up for the earliest shuttle which was at 10:30 AM. They ask you at check-in to park your car in the rear of the hotel if you are leaving your car there during a cruise. They had two shuttle buses running. The driver we had on the shuttle was named Duane. He was nice enough and provided a little information about the area on the way over to the port. I didn't care for the sign in the bus that referred to tips being a big part of the driver's income (I bet it is!) This seemed a little pushy and Duane would drop subtle hints about tips. However, at the hotel and then again at the port, Duane did load and unload our luggage bypassing the porters at the pier who WERE a little pushy about tips although whether they handled our luggage or not.

The return shuttle service from the port to the hotel was better than the previous service. I didn't catch the driver's name but she was very friendly - much more so than Duane. She loaded our luggage and did not wait to fill the bus before leaving the port. It was just my husband and I onboard and she departed immediately for the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2010

We were warmly welcomed and given attentive care with the questions we had about the area. Our room was more than perfect - a suite on the port side. The sofa bed was a little springy, but okay for our young teen. The front desk staff and breakfast room staff were lovely. We were only travelling in the area for the one evening, but would definitely stay again if we ever could!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Tracyton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2010

Was there 30 October to 5 November and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Refrigerator and microwave in room, comfortable indoor temperature (HOT for me outside!), lovely little pool, free breakfast including make-your-own waffles, attractive property, and very pleasant and helpful employees. Unfortunately, the launch of Shuttle Discovery was postponed until late November (SO disappointing) so the purpose of my trip wasn't accomplished, but I certainly enjoyed my hotel stay. Great location too, just at the end of the causeway from the mainland, near the cruise ship facilities and a gas station, with lots of beautiful Florida beach just a few blocks away. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2010

As a travel agent, I stay at and tour many hotels. I found this Country Inn to be an excellent hotel that I would highly recommend. It was clean and spacious. The staff was great. The pool/whirlpool area was well maintained. Breakfast was what you would expect for a complimentary hot breakfast. Shuttle service between the hotel and Port Canaveral was easy to use and friendly drivers (though the begging for tips was a bit much). Lots of room and good value.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Dallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2010

We stayed here to wind down after a cruise and before a flight home from Orlando. The entire experience was great and exceeded our expectations.

We got off our cruise ship and arrived at the hotel at 9am for a 3pm check-in. We were prepared to sit in the lobby until the room was ready. No problem. We got right into our room. The front desk was very accommodating to both our check-in and check-out time adjustments.

The room was just right - a suite with 2 tvs, separate bedroom, microwave and refrigerator. The wired internet worked the first time. There were plenty of towels and tolietries provided in the bathroom. The AC was cold. The beds were very comfortable.

The pool area was very clean and well-maintained. It was a very enjoyable place to relax.

The included breakfast was more than adequate with plenty of options. The staff in the breakfast room were very professional and attentive without being intrusive.

There was plenty of parking, even with the vehicles that were left while the owners were taking a cruise.

The Hertz rental office is just next door. A QuikTrip gas station/convenience store is a 1/2 block away. A Burger King is adjacent to the Hertz office.

The hotel provides transportation to/from the port. But we used Hertz for transportation from the port since we had rented a car there. Hertz dropped us off at the hotel with the bags and I later walked over to pick up the rental car.

The hotel is about an hour's drive from/to Orlando airport requiring only a few turns to make the easy trip. Toll's are $1.50 in each direction.

We found this hotel to be an excellent value.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Miami, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2010

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in order to visit the Kennedy Space Center which is just a short drive away. We are avid cruisers and plan to stay here again when we cruise from Port Canaveral and leave our car at the hotel as others have mentioned. They upgraded us to a suite with a view of the port. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, the room was beautiful and very clean. The large pool was great for swimming and the morning breakfast was large and delicious.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Canaveral
Address: 9009 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-4602
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Location: United States > Florida > Brevard County > Cape Canaveral
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Cape Canaveral
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Canaveral 2.5*
Number of rooms: 151
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in comfort when lodging at the Country Inn & Suites Cape Canaveral, FL with rooms styled in tropical decor for a retreat feel and equipped with microwaves, refrigerators and free Wi-Fi for the ambiance of home. Conveniently located near Port Canaveral, this hotel ensures a pleasant and memorable stay for its guests seeking fun in the sun at Cocoa Beach, adventure at the Kennedy Space Center or easy access to the cruise terminal at Port Canaveral. Hotel guests can cool off in one of two pools, stay in shape at the on-site Fitness Center, connect with friends via free Internet access and take advantage of cruise parking packages with a shuttle service to the port. At the Country Inn & Suites Cape Canaveral, FL, guests enjoy home comforts, convenient services and an ideal location near Port Canaveral, making this hotel a great relaxation destination in Cape Canaveral. ... more   less 
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