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“Nice location but many things need to change.”

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Fawlty Towers Resort Motel
Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Cocoa Beach
wisconsin
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“Nice location but many things need to change.”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Stayed at FTR for three nights. Arrived on a Saturday to find that the rate quoted earlier over the phone was not accurate. Check-in was pleasant but did not include any information on where to find ice, when the bar was open, or anything about rules, restrictions, pool hours, where to find towels, (no info at all). You pay in full for when you check in. We paid $129 for weekend, and $89 for weekday for an upstairs room with two double beds. The location of FTR is great with many good places to eat nearby. The nearby Sandbar Sports Grill is good and gives a 10% discount to FTR guests. The beach is only a two block walk from the resort. The resort is well secured with coded access. Parking is limited and not secured but plenty of free parking is available next door and security is probably not needed since both areas are well lit. All guests have to provide a driver license that is copied during check-in. Each guest is required to fill out and sign several questions relative the theme and behavior rules. These questions were likely mandated by law enforcement or local ordinance. One question makes it clear that both on and off duty law enforcement officers are not welcome at FTR. It seems obvious that the local authorities are not encouraging innovations like this that might keep a business from being shuttered permanently in a tough economy. We observed no illegal or questionable activities while we were there and the resort operates in adherence to the restrictions stated in the questions. Guests ages varied from 20’s to 70’s with 50ish being the average age.

Resort amenities: The exterior of the resort is beautiful and well kept. The pool is nice, clean, and is heated at times. No hot tub at the resort. There is a Tiki bar that has varying hours and serves beer, wine, and a few drink selections. The bar is staffed by the owner and hours are not posted but appear to be based on demand, day of the week, and resort occupancy. The lounges at the pool are comfortable and can accommodate a full house. The furnishing in the Tiki bar are nice. The layout inside the resort is two levels of rooms on two sides of the pool, bar on the third side, and the office on the fourth side creating a nice garden area surrounding the pool. The garden is lush with mature palm trees and other vegetation. The paver stone walkways could use a good pressure washing but add a nice appearance. The sound system and music selection was absolutely terrific. Not too loud and the music selections appealed to the baby boomer age group.


Room: We arrived on Saturday afternoon when the resort appeared to be at or near capacity. Therefore, I suspect that we got the worst room in the place. The rooms on the first floor appeared to have kitchens and were more modern and updated. There are some restrictions posted with respect to clothing on the upper level on one side but those were not enforced. Our room had two double beds and a 19 inch tube TV which was adequate. The bathroom was small but appeared clean and was adequate. The carpet was disgusting! The bed had a plastic mattress pad that was noisy, hot, and disgustingly dirty. The sheets were stained and didn’t appear to be clean. The A/C unit worked well. The small deck had garbage on it from previous guests when we arrived. Our room was not cleaned the first day and we had to ask for new towels and soap the next day. Got them easily at the front desk - no problem. The second day our room was “cleaned”. We got new towels, but no soap or new cups, and the grubby bedding remained. The garbage was still left on the deck as it was when we arrived. The smoke detector in our room was disabled and there was no egress possible from the deck side (likely due to secured nature of the resort). This needs to be fixed and is a probably a violation of local ordinance in addition to being unsafe.


Things that you should consider before booking and things this guest thinks should change: Single men are allowed both overnight and on days passes based on observation. This practice should end right away. Most all were creepy people leering at the other guests most of the time. There are some nice cloth covered chairs in the bar and many nude guests were sitting on them with no towels under them and the same applied to the chairs poolside (bring some Lysol). Yuck. The check-in process should go through some basic rules not implied in the questions and the resort should provide towels and make sure they are used. Since the owner had his hands full running the bar there was nobody available to enforce good hygiene practices. This resort should be couples only. It isn’t. The single males are probably being allowed since it appears that income is needed in order to improve cleanliness, customer service, and updating the remaining rooms. I suggest an alternate approach since this aspect is a deal breaker for many couples. The big sign out front says “Naturist Only”. This statement seems to exclude people when an expanded customer base is needed in order to make this innovative business model work in a depressed economy. It seems like a sign that said something like “Adult Couples Only” would exclude the creepy single males and attract open minded couples instead. The front desk could then explain the concept and those couples could either accept or decline since it is c/o. It seems that this is a better way to expand the clientele while eliminating the creeps. Cleanliness of the rooms is a problem. Cleanliness practices in the bar and everywhere else is also a problem. The last night there I heard a noise outside our room in a palm tree. I had heard that in previous nights too. I looked closely and saw a nice little rat staring at me. There are open dumpsters at the entrance to the public beach and restaurants nearby so this may not be the result of poor cleanliness at FTR but it sure is something that should be rectified immediately.

This resort has great potential but needs to get some things figured out with respect to who their customer base is going to be. We would try it again next year but only for one night to see if the problems and kinks got worked out. This visitor is hoping for success. My advice is to proceed with caution and visit mid-week when the local crowds are not there. Bring an open mind and a can of Lysol.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Fun resort for weekend getaway! Very nice pool area in tropical setting, tiki bar is a cool place to hangout and have a few beers and nice size room with a mini fridge, Thanks to all, we will be back. Michael & Lil

  • Stayed October 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

This motel runs an extremely sketchy operation. MY boyfriend and I booked the SUITE(the only one in the motel apparently) about a week or so ago after calling the front desk and speaking to the night manager. She initially quoted us 119 per night for 3 nights. We hung up to discuss and plan our trip and called back about half an hour later to confirm with the same lady. She told us that she quoted us wrongly and changed the rate from 119 to 129 which we gladly agreed on because we did not previously confirm.

Today, on our way down, the day manager, Shakita( or something that sounds like that), called my boyfriend and told him we had to pay an additional 10 dollars on top of the price we were quoted because the night manager quoted us wrongly again. My boyfriend told her it sounded sketchy and hung up to talk to me. We decided that this motel was too sketchy, jacking up prices constantly like that was not how a proper, legitimate business would operate. We then called her back and told her that this situation was ridiculous as we had already previously agreed on the price and they had even already charged us for it. She got mad at us and told us that she ' do(es) not have to deal with this" and we should either pay or cancel our reservation, which they would then charge us for cancelling. My boyfriend got really mad (as we were already halfway down) and cussed her out, telling her to cancel the reservation and we would report both her and the business.

She called back 10 minutes later and told us that she would cancel our reservation for free because she "do(es) not deserve to be cussed at and (she) ha(s) had enough of us."

Okay, seriously, it's only 10 bucks and obviously anyone going on trips will be able to spare that amount, but does anyone really want to stay at a motel which keeps jacking up their prices even after you have confirmed and even paid for the rooms? I'm pretty sure they are breaking some kind of law, operating a business like that.


Therefore, the moral of the story is DO NOT BOOK THIS MOTEL AS THEY WILL PROBABLY TRY TO RIP YOU OFF AND THE STAFF ARE EXTREMELY RUDE, ESPECIALLY THE DAY MANAGER.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a newly designated Clothing Optional hotel in the heart of Cocoa Beach. If this is your bag, I say give it a try. It is small enough to be intimate, but large enough to find new friends. It also has quaint "architecture."

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

For a great get away, try Fawlty Towers. The place is quite and relaxing. The tiki bar stays open late and the staff are friendly and accomodating. The ambience of swaying palms and continous music playing (quitely) throughout the property creates a relaxing and fun atmosphere at the same time. On the weekend my wife and I visited, the clientele ranged from older retired couples to groups of 30-40ish couples to single 20 something girls out for a relaxing "girls weekend". With the close proximity to the cruise line ports, it would be a great place to spend a day or two before disembarking.
Of course no place is perfect and the Fawlty Towers is no exception. Once the sun sets, the absence of a hot tub becomes obvious. I was reassured that the hot tub is on the way. That will be a most welcomed addition. I was also told that a continental breakfast is in the works. The only other "gripe" my wife and I had was the quality of the mattress. A little worn and uncomfortable, but not dirty (the staff cleans all day).
This conversion to a clothing optional resort is recent (and well publicized) and my conversation with the owner made me believe he is on a mission to make the Fawlty Towers successful and a top rated resort. We will be back (and hopefully soaking in the hot tub).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville Fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2012

On the advice of some friends, we checked out Fawlty Towers. It is a sleepy little place for a quiet (clothing optional) weekend away, not much going on in the way of excitement, but sometimes that is a good thing. Would we return...yes, BUT hopefully the following could be corrected before our next trip OR it might be our last. Here are our areas of concern. 1.)The parking is VERY limited and not secured. The area of the motel is busy, and there are some questionable business in close proximity. That was a bit of a turn off, however the good news is there is plenty of shopping, dining and other "beach attractions" in walking distance. So once you find a place to park you shouldn't need to leave that spot again until you check out. 2.) The rooms are a bit outdated. It would be nice to see some crispy white linens and comforters, and possibly a change in the carpets and furniture along with the other clearly noticeable updates to the overall property. 3.) This one is our potential deal breaker on future visits. THE EXCESSIVE SMOKING!!!!!!! There are not designated smoking areas at this resort currently. This includes the pool. We experienced a full house Saturday at the pool area and it was at least 60% occupied by smoking guests. We found we could not enjoy ourselves in or around the pool and tiki lounge because we were hacking on the constant billow of smoke. We explained our concerns to the owner in person and hope they will resolve this issue by creating a designated smoking area that is NOT in the pool area. Overall we would have to say that the guests, other than their smoking were polite. The staff accommodating and friendly but not very "professional" They were dressed in regular street clothes and somewhat aloof while associating with the guests. We would go back to see how they may have addressed some of these issues (being under new management since May 2012). However, If after our next visit the smoking issue isn't resolved... for the price per night...which we considered fair to slightly over priced for the accommodations and lack of amenities... we would consider another spot to take our little weekend getaways. As for the overall rating bubbles above, had the smoking not been such a HUGE issue for us, (as other non smokers there agreed) it would have been another half bubble to the positive!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fawlty Towers Resort Motel
Address: 100 E Cocoa Beach Cswy, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-3524
Location: United States > Florida > Brevard County > Cocoa Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Cocoa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Fawlty Towers Resort Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 32-room, two-story property boasts a character all its own. It encloses a lush tropical garden surrounding the pool with its authentic "Tiki Bar". The pool is available year-round (a little warmer in the summer) and the beers are always cold. Relaxing balconies offer partial ocean views or poolside retreats. A tranquil oasis in a resort setting at truly affordable prices. ... more   less 
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