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“Absolutely Awful!”

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Beach Place Guesthouses
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Absolutely Awful!”
Reviewed October 23, 2008

I cannot begin to describe how truly disappointed my husband and I were with our stay at this property last weekend. We were excitedly anticipating a relaxing, hospitality filled stay. Instead, we both felt very "ripped off". Upon arriving, we were surprised to find the office closed and had to make a phone call and wait for someone to arrive to check us in. Once given our key, we were escorted to a reasonably clean guest house, (I use the term “reasonable” loosely!) but felt very rushed by the proprietor. They were setting up for a wedding the next day, and were probably very busy, but were we not paying guests too? And speaking of the wedding, this is what truly ruined our stay. I was aware ahead of time there would be a wedding, but at no time was I aware there would be 15+ children right outside our front and back doors, yelling, screaming, peering in our windows, throwing a football from the balcony down to the parking lot, and shouting at us when we drove in to the parking lot to park, "you're not supposed to come in here!". And then when we needed to leave on Sat evening, the catering truck had us completely parked in. When I went to ask her to move her truck, before I could even say anything, she looked at me and said, "five minutes!” This entire experience wouldn't be so surprising if we had stayed at a Motel 6...but when you pay $250.00 a night, you expect way more than what we received! Not to mention the fact that there wasn't even a box of tissues in the cottage, and the utensils were filthy! I highly recommend staying very clear of this place!

  • Liked — Didn't like it at all!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Broadway, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2008

We booked a stay a Beach Place Guesthouses because we wanted a break from the larger chain hotels and having to live off restaurant food.
This was an ideal choice. We stayed in a self-catering beach house with views over a small garden directly onto white sandy beaches and the Atlantic.
The accommodation was easily accessible, spotlessly clean and very well appointed with decked areas out side for lazing in the sunshine and enjoying the ocean. Beach equipment was provided free of charge.
The owners were very welcoming and friendly and helpful making for a really relaxed stay. We would most certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 18, 2008

Our trip was sort of last minute and we had never planned a vacation like this before, so we arrived less than prepared. Being that we were trying to schedule for Memorial Day, when we called around, most hotel owners scoffed at us. But in Hernando we found a very kind and acccomadating host. Think more laid back retreat than hotel! Hernando went out of his way to make us feel more like family than temporary guests! They had made a pleasant haven and it was as if they invited us in to their laid back lifestyle. The little guesthouse was so nice and comfortable. It has a quaint authentic little beach house feel. It was exactly the experience we were looking for at the end of a hectic vacation. The garden area was beautiful and that part of the beach was quiet even during that very busy weekend. It was truely like having your own beautiful ocean oasis! It is a vacation we will never forget and we will definitely be back again! Our only regret is that we did not schedule more time to soak up that atmosphere of that great little retreat. It is important to have transportation there, you are kind of out of the hustle and bustle, but the action is just a short drive away. But if you can appreciate not feeling like "a tourist" and being treated with the consideration of a friend then you will absolutely love this place - as we did.

  • Liked — Laid back, private oasis and personal friendly service. Extremely accomadating to needs and beautiful setting
  • Disliked — NOTHING! Wish I had more time there!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Annapolis Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2008

While driving down A1A we spotted this cute place with an old Mexico flare. We made a quick u-turn and It took us two minutes to decide to stay. We haven't found a friendlier more relaxing place anywhere. All the other reviews tell it all.

Stayed January 2008
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
Reviewed August 16, 2007

I was looking for a home away from home and found it at the Beach Place. The rooms were nice and clean for the most part. I was disappointed a little with the bathroom. The tub and sink was clean, but the commode was not as clean as it could have been. The rooms were old, but had a flair of feeling really at home. The grounds were beautiful, flowers in bloom and the view was spectatular. There was are some art features in the yard that were nicely done. I will go back. Keep in mind this isn't the Ritz, but if you are looking for a restful place to stay book a few nights and you will be glad you did.

Elvis and Katherine

  • Liked — The view.
  • Disliked — The bathroom.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2007

I'm not sure if the previous reviewers are relatives of the owners or what, but nothing like the experience we had. We reserved what looked like a nice oceanside room on-line. Upon arriving, first and foremost, we were overcharged for the room. We put a $100 deposit down on the room booking on-line. Hernando charged us full price for the room, not giving us credit for the deposit, which apperantly went to their on-line booking agent. VERY DECEPTIVE!! Even worse than that, this additional amount in dispute, which was initially deducted at check-in from our total due, was subsequently charged back to our credit card without our authorization (come to find out at check-out). I didn't think that was legal?? We only stayed 2 nights and ended up paying $50 per night more than the going rate for the room. We voiced our dispute with this whole mess with rates and charges, but with the unauthorized charge, we ended up paying everything they wanted. This is the only real contact we had with Hernando or Joeseph...taking more money from us. Real nice customer service!! In fact, we were the only people staying in any of the oceanside rooms. The room we had would have just sat empty along with all of the others if we had not stayed. Nice way to accomodate your guests. Would rather risk letting the room sit empty than accomodate us.

The place itself looked more like an old motel that was painted yellow than an up-to-date Inn of any kind. The building seemed old, but looked recently remodeled inside. The room we stayed in was nice in appearance and the view was spectacular, the only bright spots of our stay. We did have trouble with the plumbing on several occassions. One of the tubs did not drain, and one of the toilets was broke. A plumber was called and both were eventually fixed. There was a horrible sulfer/rotten egg smell that came from the hot water in the master bath. We could not use the hot water in that room for our entire stay.

I won't be back, and would not recommend staying here. The view was great, only if you were in one of the upstairs rooms. Facility, hospitality, lack of customer service/accomdating attitude not worth the $300-400 per night, or more which we paid.

  • Liked — The view.
  • Disliked — Overcharged, non-accomodating.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2007

We came down from Chicago to get away from the cold, relax and celebrate New Years at Disney. In the course of one week, I think we left the grounds twice for groceries – that’s it! It was such a wonderful atmosphere and felt like more of a community than a hotel/motel. Joseph and Hernando are the most gracious hosts and simply wonderful people to know. We are not big fans of hotels because we feel the need to stay out of the room and leave the property in order to experience the local culture. Beachplace was a culture in and of itself. The guests were interesting and relaxed. Local artist and business owners popped in for coffee and a chat and the entire property had a personality that reflected wat a vacation spot always strives for but rarely achieves. The rooms are large and colorful apartments with personality and lots of charm (spectacular views if you get one Oceanside). But even outside of the rooms was just this feeling of a friendly community. We were invited to a party that Joseph and Hernando were hosting and can honestly say that this was one of the best New Year’s events we’ve ever been to. I think every guest of the hotel was there as well as some of their friends and it all just mixed up beautifully. We’re committed to taking a week here every year. It’s just too good of a find not to.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank chickeninthecar
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Property: Beach Place Guesthouses
Address: 1445 South Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-2351
Location: United States > Florida > Brevard County > Cocoa Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Cocoa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach Place Guesthouses 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach Place Guesthouses is located on the south end of Cocoa Beach in the middle of a residential neighborhood, providing a peaceful environment for your family. Restaurants, nightlife and art galleries are minutes from our 17 guesthouses. Our guesthouses possess soothing colors; relaxing atmosphere along with all of the amenities of home. All guesthouses are steps from the beach. Three ocean view decks. Hammocks, over-sized lounges and wood burning fireplaces are here to rejuvenate your spirit. Relax and gather with family and friends on one of the beautiful pergolas all year long! BBQ grills are plentiful throughout the grounds for your dining pleasure! For your beach comfort, we have colorful beach chairs, umbrellas and beach towels. Every one of our guesthouses has a unique view of peaceful surroundings. ... more   less 
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