Thank you TripAdvisor! I used your site a lot for our trip.
After reading so many wonderful reviews about this hotel, we decided to book our last 3 days (after Orlando) at a nice beach location. Please read all of this, as it gets better. As I do with every hotel, I stop the troops at the door, luggage and all, and check the room and especailly the beds for signs of bedbugs. Even a 5 star luxury hotel can have them. As my husband rolled his eyes, I checked things out, and unfortunately on the first room assignment I found signs of bedbugs, and actually saw a few of them. Eek! Not a lot, but one would be enough to make me ask for a room re-allocation! The hotel maintenance man was up immediately and they were very helpful in giving us a new room right away. He agreed that there were bedbugs and said they would take care of it. (I sure hope they did!). Tip: educate yourself on how to look for them.
ROOM: Our new room was similar; airy and spacious and with nice decor, albeit a bit dated, but nice enough and clean....and no sign of bedbugs! The best part....it faced the ocean and we had a fantastic double balcony (request it if you can). The kids had their own room with two twin beds and their own TV. Our bedroom had a king bed and a TV, and bathroom had a soaker/jet tub which we never even used. The kitchen had all you could need and was clean, and the main room had a plasma TV and was nice! Publix was 2 stop lights away groceries.
RESTAURANT: We looked forward to dinner in the hotel's mexican restaurant, Azteca, and it was mediocre at best. My son's soft tacos were dry and tasteless. Maybe we hit it on a bad night though. They have 2 for 1 margaritas between 4 and 6, but we just missed it. Staff was nice and friendly.
THE POOL- wonderful! nice temperature and clean. Sunday, there was live music by the pool. Loved it! Pool was not on ocean side of hotel, but that turned out better as we had full sun all day. Kids loved the centre waterfall to sit under & pool volleyball. You have to use your room key to borrow a ball for the pool. Lots of loungers available, but I can imagine during a busy time you would have to get there early. It's not an overly huge pool. Good shallow areas for the little tots. The splash pad was broken when we were there, but not a big deal. The day we left, it was working again. The hot tub was up the stairs near pool area, and was a bit small and needed a cleaning. We brought a cooler down to the pool with water/juice etc. and had snacks at a table.
TIKI BAR- was nice to have there, and drinks were yummy. Our kids loved the kids pina coloda's, but at $4 each, they only had a couple. They were more than the beer! The bartender could have been a bit friendlier. Something for mgmt. to attend to. Also, there were signs in several places, on tip jugs and behind the bar, indicating that "bartenders work for below minimum wage and rely on tips, so please remember to tip". I worked in the bar/rest. service area for years, and this would be unacceptable in any establishment I worked at. There are better ways to encourage tipping. Simply having a tip jar with a happy faced note saying "thank you for your tips" rather than a long, drawn out plea would have been sufficient. Not very classy for such a nice hotel.
BASKETBALL/TENNIS: Courts were under construction, getting a new fence, but looked very nice. New surface and paint.
FITNESS ROOM: Very nice, with good equipment. Guests also have access to the local Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness Club if they want (free). Inquire at desk.
STAFF: The front desk staff were great, and very professional. Always very accommodating. We especially liked Tracey and Dave who worked at the Information/Events Desk. Tracey also ran the bingo by the pool, which was fun. Dave gives an introductory meeting on Mondays at 9am to educate you about the resort and events. It truly IS NOT a sales presentation and was informative. Recommended.
However, if you go to get your free welcome gift from another gent. across the hall from the movie theatre (where the meeting was), they DO want to set up a time to discuss a Time Share meeting for the Ron Jon Cape Caribe. They offered free passes to the "waterpark" at Cape Caribe. No thanks, we were happy at our pool and the ocean.
KIDS PLAYROOM: My 7 yr old liked it and had fun doing a Christmas craft with Tracey.
GATOR SHOW: This was awesome and very personal. Offered free at the resort, they had "Jungle Jim" from local Jungle Adventures come to do a show featuring snakes, lizards, baby alligators and a larger (3-4 ft) alligator. It was such a great learning experience for all and we took some great pictures of our kids holding the gator and snake afterwards. Thanks Jim!
MOVIE THEATRE: Never went, and never really saw anyone in there. It was cool though and had about 50 seats. All the kid-appropriate movies were during the day, and weather was nice, so we were outside. Perhaps if there was a family movie after dinner, we would have all gone together.
COCOA BEACH AREA: While waiting for our room to be ready, (we were early) we went to a place called Coconuts on the Beach. What a great place! My husband and I would love to go there again (without the kiddies!). Music on the patio, right on the beach where you can people watch, cool motor bikes, friendly staff and great drinks. Lots of cool places on the beach. Don't forget to visit the Ron Jon surf shop. Hit the clearance/sale racks first!
OTHER STUFF TO DO:One night we drove to Cape Canaveral and went to a restaurant called Grill's, and the food was fantastic, especially the crab legs. It was cool watching the boats and the fishermen bring in their catch and "slice and dice" right there. My kids (and me too) have never seen fish that big. Mahi mahi, redfish, triggerfish, amberjacks...we learned a lot. They kind of liked the whole grossness of the fish carcasses being thrown to the pelicans!
Another night, we drove to the historical Cocoa Village (about 15 min away from hotel). The streets were lit up for Christmas, and it was an adorable little town with nice boutique stores (but most were closed after 6 on a Tues). Suggest to check this before you go. Would have liked to see the magic store and the toy store. We had homemade ice cream at a table outside. There is also a mall and a TJ Maxx on the 520 going to Cocoa Village. Dave at the info desk will tell you what you need to know. There are lots of money saving coupons there too.
Overall, a fantastic 3 nights, 4 days at Cocoa beach. The activity schedule is full of options for anyone. Or, you can just lay on that beautiful white sand and relax all day if you want. We would definitely go back here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on beautiful Cocoa Beach, yet close enough to Orlando and all major theme parks to "truly have the best of both worlds"; The Resort on Cocoa Beach is a premier destination in the Cocoa Beach area. We are located just minutes away from Port Canaveral and all major cruise terminals. We offer deluxe two bedroom, two bath condos with full kitchens. There is an endless array of fun activities both at the Resort or just minutes away. Enjoy surfing, golfing, kayaking, parasailing, deep sea fishing and Kennedy Space Center just to name a few! ... more less
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