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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fawlty Towers Hotel Cocoa Beach
- Fawlty Hotel Cocoa Beach
- Fawlty Motel Cocoa Beach