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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wyndham Ocean Walk

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Wyndham Ocean Walk
Ranked #31 of 103 Hotels in Daytona Beach
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Pittsburgh, PA
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“Would Stay Again”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2008

Our daughter had a beach wedding in Daytona Beach in September. We had friends who were generous enough to let us buy a week of time, points, or whatever you call it in a time share system. We were very impressed with the place.

CONS:

Everywhere you turn you are propositioned to attend tiimeshare sales pitches. Depending on your position you may want to consider it. We were offered $80 in dinner funds. We weren't buying, shopped at the local Publix grocery store (excellent!), and didn't want to spend the time, so we declined.

Our room, though v ery nice, was in an interior hallway which was really weird because the only two windows (living area and bedroom) in the place overlooked an interior hallway, which meant anyone walking past could look at you like a zoo exhibit. The draw shades were light-proof, and we kept them down the entirety of our stay. We had no natural light when we were in the room. The view from the hallway was of the Halifax river and what we though may be downtown Daytona. Nice view, but it was a weird environment, as such. If you can do so, book an oceanfront room.

The couch bed in our room was really filthy from food stains. We covered it with the extra blanket and sheets in the room in order to sit on it.. We reported this to the hotel.

The sign on the outside hot tub says something like "children under 12 are permitted with supervision." Supervision for some parents is if you are within one-quarter mile. We thought there should be a ban on children in the hot tub altogether. We left twice because of the little rugrats (we raised ours, and don't care to have to watch those of strangers).

The resort apparently does not recycle. We're not tree huggers, but we have recycled for years, and I cringed every time I had to put glass and plastics with the rest of the trash into the trash chute. But hey, that's just me

The weekend we were there, there was a large adolescent youth group staying there. They held the elevators open, which were usually not a problem as far as waiting, were shreiking in only the pitch that adolescent girls can achieve, took over the pool/hot tub area in the evening, and pretty much stole one night of relaxation from us. This was a disappointment that the resort would rent to such a gaggle of hormonal youth, but they did. We didn't see an adult with these kids. We were glad to hear so many other guests express their dismay with this group, as we thought we may be the only ones. Even the lobby/bar area wasn't exempt from the noise of this group. It took an evening from us. We were not happy.

PROS:

**THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT**

One of the high points I found, was that I was willing to look foolish enough to walk through the interior hall with my laptop computer on and found a wireless internet access about 20 yards from our room, which was a **MAJOR BONUS* * iff you were willing to stand at a window with your computer. I was. Internet access is available in the lobby, but if you want to search for it, you may find it closer to your room.

We had a few problems with our room: The TV in the living/sitting area didn't work. Two lamps in sitting area didn't work. We called, and within 90 minutes this was taken care of. Problems may be considered a "con," but the time it took to fix them put them in the "pro" category.

One evening at 12:30 a.m. we realized our air conditioning quit working. A call to the front desk (they asked if we wanted it now or if we were willing to wait until the morning.... it was Florida, we weren't!) brought a maintenance staffer to our room in less than an hour, and the problem was fixed. We were quite impressed.

The fact that the resort issues beach towels is a plus for guests who are flying to this destination, as they are heavy in a suitcase.

There is an inside lobby with a bar that offers different theme evenings for those that imbibe, or just like a good time. There was a wine and cheese evening, a martini evening, and a karaoke evening for all you singers. If you enjoying socializing, this is a great venue.

There was never a search for beach chairs. There were always unused beach chairs, and tables and chairs.

If you're willing to pay the price, there is a restaurant/store in the lobby area that has *great* pizza, and good food, beer and wine available to purchase, along with just about anything else you might need, such as suntan lotions and a smattering of souveniers and clothing.

I can't speak for all the beds in all the units, but we had a king size pillow top mattress that compared to our home mattress, which was so very comfortable.

Not that we're willing to buy into timeshare, but if we were we wouldn't think twice about this one.

Thinking about staying here? Go for it!

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — Interior hall room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2008

I enjoyed the resort along with my mother and 10 year old niece. It was a straight shot from the airport to the resort. I booked through Wyndham since I'm an owner and was very pleased. There were computer rooms for adults and kids as well as indoor miniture golf, indoor pool and activity center. The resort has a place where they sell breakfast, lunch & dinner; however it's not a restaurant. We found a grocery store nearby since we cooked to save money. We only had two days of sun since we arrived the week of hurricane faye. I must say the elevators were slow even though there are four on the north and south tower. We had a three bedroom which was plenty of room. Our flight was cancelled because of the storm so wyndham accomadated us to a one bedroom in the south tower for one more night.

  • Liked — spacious rooms
  • Disliked — slow elevator
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2008

We stayed at this resort from 09/05/08-09/11/08. We booked a condo rental through RCI for about $300 (through the military vacation packages). We arrived near midnight (left home late) and their front desk was open and very helpful. We were told to go by the customer service desk after 9am to pick up our wristbands for the pool and our "welcome gift". Of course we knew we would be hit up for buying a timeshare after reading the other reviews but we needed the wristbands, so we went. The staff was deceptive in trying to get us into their timeshare presentations, saying it was a "survey" to get our feedback. My husband told them he might or might not be available but they signed him up anyway. We got a free totebag and frisbee but never went to their presentation. Staff seemed overly pushy to sell timeshares and we even heard one griping to another about someone not buying one when we passed him in the hall, but after check-in we didn't have any issues with being pressed to buy a timeshare. Other than that, this place is top notch! Parking was great - there is a parking garage with easy access to the elevators. Luggage carts are few and far between but we carried our own luggage anyway. The room was impeccable - we had room 1915 which is a condo on the top floor corner. It had a master bed, 2 guest beds and a couch with a pull out bed. We had a few minor inconveniences (like the accordion door coming off on the pantry, and the light in the guest bedroom was out but we didn't use that room anyway). Other than those few minor things, it was great. It had a huge jacuzzi tub, 2 TVs, balcony with a beach view (which was not locked by the way - it looks like their outside renovations are complete). We had everything we needed - paper towels, dish soaps, pots and pans, dishes, vacuum - everything was provided.

Downstairs they have a fitness center that looked nice, but I was disappointed to find all the treadmills occupied in the morning so I ran on the beach instead. There is an indoor pool which I saw only about 2 people in the entire time. There's a computer area with WIFI (no interenet connections in the rooms - BOO!!!). There was a nice looking childrens area where they can do crafts. They have activities which we didn't try, but heard someone complaining on the elevator that Bingo was only for timeshare owners, so be aware of that. We didn't swim in the outdoor pools but they looked very nice (if only a little dirty on the bottom at times, as seen from our balcony). We floated in the lazy river almost daily and it was nice. There is security everywhere (in front of the hotel and in the pool area) so we felt safe at all times. Be aware that there is a large entertainment area with stage right outside near the beach on what appears to be separate property. They had a loud concert on Saturday night until about 10 pm - it would be a problem for early sleepers on a lower floor (we could hear it all the way up on the 19th floor). There is a small "shopping" area attached that has a Quizno's and Coldstone Creamery but it's not good for much else. You can walk right out to it from the 4th floor. There's also a spa but we didn't try it. Overall we had a great time and I would definitely visit this hotel again.

  • Liked — Cleanliness of the room and pool area
  • Disliked — Pushy salespeople hawking timeshares
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2008

Originally was hesitant to book this place by the reviews but someone from this site recommended it and we're glad we listened. We were a family of 5 and the rooms at Ocean walk had plenty of room for all of us. We have three daughters ages 15, 13 and 9 who all want to go back.

First of all, the staff was very friendly and helpful from the moment we drove up to the front door. The room had a bedroom, living room, full kitchen and bathroom and washer/dryer. We had an oceanfront balcony and were even able to watch the fireworks from there. The rooms were very clean and modern, although the carpet was ripping between the bedroom and bathroom.

The hotel was in a perfect location on the quiet part of the beach near the shopping, restaurants and movie theater. The lobby was nice as was the pools, although the lazy river was not open when we were there. However, we had no problem getting five lounge chairs and we were not up at the crack of dawn to get them.

I would not hesitate to stay here again if we go back to Daytona, and I am pretty picky about where we stay on vacation.

  • Liked — roomy, clean and nice
  • Disliked — lazy river not opened
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

Just returned from our 4th stay at Ocean Walk Resort and have to say that, much to our disappointment, the resort seems to be going downhill. We live in Oregon but we have made this our summer destination usually adding on a few days in Orlando and then going to Daytona to simply relax and enjoy the pools and beach. We booked the resort through our club membership at Worldmark by Wyndham. They "own" the rooms on the 11th & 14th floor of this resort. While our trip was again enjoyable, there were some definate disappointments. First, the positive:

Resort has the potential of being the best on Daytona Beach. The amazing view from the room, if you have booked ocean front is spectacular. Waking up in time to see the sunrise is breathtaking. We saw dolphins swimming on numerous occasions while we were there. The Hilton puts on a fireworks display every Saturday night which is impressive. Easy access to the beach is a plus not to mention that the section of the beach in front of OW is one of the only stretches of beach in Daytona where cars ar not allowed to drive.

The convenience of the Ocean Walk shops within walking distance is great. Nice shops and several good restaurants to choose from.

Our kids love to swim and the 5 pools and lazy river are always enjoyable - (will discuss cleanliness of pools later). There are 2 indoor pools which we actually used this time as the weather was not always the best. Two outdoor pools and a small kiddy pool with water falls and a slide. The large slide at the south pool is fun and there is often a fun game of water volleyball going on at the north pool. They also do dive in movies twice a week at dusk.

Activities staff are great. Although the activities are reduced from last year, there is still a wonderful schedule of arts and crafts that my two younger children enjoyed. The staff inside in the activities area should also be complimented. They are very friendly and make it a point to get to know the kids by name and make them feel welcome and comfortable. Two days into our stay my 9 year old was greeted by a "Hi Katie" "How are you today Katie?" whenever she entered the area. While small, the arcade area was a fun spot for my 12 year old to hang out, meet new friends and play pool etc. He also enjoyed the putt-putt gold course on the 4th floor of the North tower.

The staff in the inside restaurant as well as the Turtle's Nest bar/grill outside are generally friendly, (has not been the case in years past--esp the indoor cafe) the food selection works for our family--and while a bit expensive, it is nice to have the option of just staying at the pool a few times during your stay and having a quick bite. Indoor cafe offers a variety of items for breakfast, and for lunch pizza, burgers, sandwiches. They now have bags of chips,snacks, ice cream, bottled water and bottled pop available for purchase as well boxed salads and sliced fruit. They have also turned this area into a mini market with detergent, and basic sundries and toiletries. While much more expensive than if you were to go north to the local Publix, it works in a pinch. The outdoor bar also offers food--chicken sandwiches, french fries, burgers, onion rings, my favorite the mahi wrap and also hot dogs.

Now for the negative:

Resort in general seemed run down and dirty. Carpets especially around elevator areas were very dirty. Carpet just outside our room was filthy with debris and sand--finally just vacuumed it myself.

ROOM: Unit 1425 - 3 bedroom Ocean Front
The room while clean, was showing definate signs of wear and tear. Huge burn mark on counter where someone had set a hot pan, carpets ripped in corner, furniture stained, screen door leading out to patio broken, windows were filthy. Resort is being re-painted and ours had not been done yet, so maintenance and cleaning was perhaps not a priority, however, the deck was really dirty. Huge stains on the deck floor as well as the walls. Pigeon poop everywhere. Deck furniture was dirty as well. No bedspread on bed in master when we arrived--brought up within 1/2 hour of arrival. Bottom sheet on master bed did not fit--at least 8 inches too short. Had to add another sheet to bottom of bed so that your feet did not rub on the mattress pad or in some areas, the bare mattress. Pillows flat and in desperate need of being replaced.


Kitchen not very well stocked. Only 1 very small non-stick frying pan, 1 very small pot and another the size you'd need to feed an army. The oven was not clean and the smoke from it actually set off our smoke detector when we first used it.

POOL AREA

Although the pool is cleaned every morning from 6:00-8:00 it seems inconsistent as to what they clean and don't clean. Pools are vacuumed, but there is still a good amount of dirt and sand in the bottom when done. I did witness chemicals being checked in all pools. Deck is power washed, but instead of picking up the garbage in their path, some of it gets washed into the pool or surrounding planters. Not all of the deck gets power washed and it seems dirty and smelly in some areas. Garbage in general is a problem. Cigarette butts on stairs leading to elevators and activities area. Garbage and beer cans around the planters at the lazy river. I was shocked at how many people just don't pick up after themselves. Leaving ketchup packets and napkins all around the bar and table areas. There appeared to be one staff member responsible for cleaning these areas during the day and it was too much for her to keep up with. All of the hotubs, but especially the one closest to the North tower seemed really dirty and surrounded by debris. Bathrooms are not the cleanest around pool area and activities area.

In years past they would have a DJ playing great music and announcing pool games or announcing when the Turtle's Nest was firing up the grill.etc Helped add to the festivity of a resort atmosphere. They no longer do this and cut it from their budget at the beginning of the year. Really changed the general "atmosphere" of the pool area itself, also effected the level of involvement of the pool games as the lifeguards were yelling across the pool deck to get these started instead of a simple announcement by the DJ. The DJ had also previously called out winners of contests and kept the flow of these games going more smoothly.

Lifeguards, same ones seem to be there from year to year, do a good job of maintaining order in the lazy river and pool areas, but security, which appears to be outsourced, are inconsistent in what they enforce. Never saw wristbands checked at gate going to and from beach, (the gate was broken - used to require room key to come and go) Security seemed to just wander around pool deck, stepping over trash and not to enforcing much. However, he did come over and reprimand me when my deck chair was 3 inches (literally) over the no deck chairs sign that had been chalked on the pool deck--ok, rules are rules.

We were there the week of August 8th. On sunny days the deck chairs are all occupied by 8:30 or 9:00. We have also been in July when I have experienced the "race" to get a chair when the pool opens at 8:15. It has become something I just expect--did see belongings being removed on a few occasions when chairs were left unoccupied for over 1/2 hour.

Policy on pool towels is disappointing, but necessary. Prior to them enforcing the towel check out policy, towels were left all over the pool deck and in the morning there would be as many as 20-25 that had been left all over the beach. So, typical case of a few irresponsible people ruining it for the rest of us. It would be nice to be able to turn them back in for clean ones. You are allowed to do this once during your stay (if you are staying a week). With three kids I am constantly doing laundry anyway, but the convenience of it would be nice while on vacation. I doubt that the $15.00 per towel is ever enforced---I handed in my armload of 10 towels at the end of our stay without as much as a glance to confirm numbers, she just gave me back my receipt and told me to put them in the bin outside.

Yes, the elevators are an issue. Waiting up to 5 minutes was not uncommon. We tried to make the most of it by playing the which one will it be game and at times we took the stairs (which are in desperate need of cleaning!!) Elevators are even more insane when there is a need to close the pool due to weather. Everyone leaves at once and you could wait for 6-8 elevators before finding one with room. TIP: IF you are on the lobby level and have a chance to go down instead of up--take it. It is only one floor down and when it returns back--it will be too full to board. You learn to become comforable getting close to your fellow travelers and SQEEZE in if there is the smallest amount of space. But, it is what it is. Perhaps not the best planning, but we're on vacation RIGHT??

In general the good did still outweigh the bad during this trip. (only slightly) We may have a soft spot for this resort since we have been coming here so long and our kids absolutely love it. However, the problems are a definate concern and have led me to start at least looking for an alternate spot for next summer.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2008

Rooms were clean, staff nice, but pool area was very disappointing. Main reason for choosing this hotel was for the slide and lazy river (kids), however the slide was only operational for about 1 hour during our 4 day stay. When we asked the front desk about the slide being repaired we were told that it was on the schedule, but they were unsure of the completion date. The Lazy River was operational during stay, but we as well as others noticed that there was alot of debri/trash (not just a little bit) at the entrance of river. We never noticed anyone trying to keep area clean with pool skimmer.
Another thing that was disappointing around the pool area was the weeds growing among the landscape. In the pots that lined the lazy river there were weeds that were almost as tall as the bannanna trees....don't mean to be picky, but we were expecting more from this resort. Not impressed at all.

  • Liked — Room and easy access to parking garage
  • Disliked — Unclean pool area. Slide not operational during stay
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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5 Thank lovemy2kids
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2008

The best thing about this place was the inside of the condo - I have to admit that. It was a nice 2 bedroom overlooking the ocean with a balcony. Nice and clean. We rented it directly from an owner - DO NOT rent through the "front desk" - believe me. It's a time-share related booking and you'll be hassled.
First - the worst problem. THE ELEVATORS! This condo has 25 floors and NOT ENOUGH elevators. You will wind up waiting through 3 and 4 sets of elevators just to get to your room and doing this day in and day out will drive you crazy. When you finally catch an elevator, be prepared to squeeze in with wet, smelly beach-goers and LOTS of kids.
Next problem. The pool. The pool area is an absolute mad house - crowded, not enough chairs, not that clean, noisy - total chaos all the time. Next problem - the neighborhood. I knew Daytona was a little sketchy, but I did not expect this level of sleaze. You'll share restaurants and walks with bums and faux-bikers and roving gangs of teenagers. Be aware. Lastly - I have no way to put this delicately - the guests at this condo were.....let's say that all of them looked like they drove a beat-up pickup truck, chain smoked, drank warm beer from a can and have never had to make reservations at a restaurant. It's a very rough crowd to say the least. So....if it's sun and sand you are looking for, you can find more peaceful, cultured places to go very easily. Skip this place - it was not worth the money.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Wyndham Ocean Walk
Address: 300 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118-3902 (Formerly Ocean Walk Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Daytona Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Daytona Beach
#8 Green Hotel in Daytona Beach
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Daytona Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wyndham Ocean Walk 3.5*
Number of rooms: 710
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach front resort located next to Ocean Walk shops and movie theater. Units are spacious and comfortable with home conveniences including washer/dryer. Daily maid service is not provided. On site parking is limited to one (1) spot per unit regardless of unit ocupancy. Additional public parking located accross street for a fee. Studio/suites are interior/city view and do not have a balcony. Check in begins at 4pm. Please note: Some units at Ocean Walk are privately owned condominiums and are not managed, serviced or rented through Wyndham. For rental information of Wyndham managed units see Extra Holidays. ... more   less 
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