My brother and I have driven around 47 of the lower 48 states in the last three years -- 30,000 miles so far (we're still on our latest trip) and about 150 hotels from well under a $100 to about $400 per night. We've also eaten at restaurants where breakfast or lunch typically costs about $30 and dinner might average $75 (tops being maybe $250). So that's our background for judging places.
We were forced by driving rain and hail to make it an early night at this Holiday Inn (after having a great time at Kennedy Space Center). It looks a bit above average from the outside. It's even better inside. The room was clean, bigger than we expected, and cost about $70 after either the AAA or AARP discount. Since we travel after Labor Day, I don't know what the rate for a room with two queen beds (like ours) would be, but that's what we paid.
The pool was small but clean. The hot tub next to it was the same. The staff was very pleasant. The whole place just had a comfortable feel to it, despite being booked up due to a nearby tennis tournament.
An even bigger surprise was the restaurant just off their lobby. My brother had salmon. I had a steak and crab cake combination. I'm not an expert food reviewer, but he liked his salmon, the salads were fresh, the carrots and aspargus crisp and hot, the steak was marinated in something that added nicely to the flavor ... and it was cooked the way I asked for it -- juicy light pink on the inside, seared on the outside.
The crab cake was very good. Not the best I've ever had, having eaten many crab cakes in Maryland and having had some sensational ones on St. Pete's beach not long ago. But again, this crab cake was perfectly acceptable.
The server was new, but was learning fast and trying very hard. She'll have it down by the time anyone reads this.
Since there were few people at this nice restaurant, I asked the hotel staff about it. They said the chef was quite new and had changed much about it. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone in the area or passing through. (The chef did come out twice to check on how we were doing. Perhaps he did so because he knew of the server's inexperience, but he seemed genuinely interested in what we thought.)
So that's it. My first review. My brother and I feel we should have written others because we've come across some other gems scattered about our amazing country. Thanks for reading it. Hope it was helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether in town for business, pleasure or both, the Holiday Inn(R) Daytona Beach LPGA Blvd is convenient to all Daytona Beach has to offer. This Daytona Beach hotel is just 10 minutes from the Daytona International Speedway, home of NASCAR's Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 and the AMA's Daytona 200. If golf is your game, we are just 5 minutes from LPGA International, which features two championship 18-hole golf courses, the Champions and the Legends. If the beach is calling your name, we are just 15 minutes from the World's Most Famous Beach. Our location is business-friendly and corporate guests can easily get to meetings held anywhere in Ou hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour Business Center that has copy, fax, and print services. We also have 2,200 square feet of flexible meeting space for your corporate or social gatherings. ... more less
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