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“Our summer 2013 beach vacation” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sun Viking Lodge
Ranked #7 of 103 Hotels in Daytona Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Kissimmee, Florida
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5 reviews
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“Our summer 2013 beach vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our family enjoys 3-7 days at a Florida beach location each summer (whenever my older daughter and her family visit from Minnesota). We chose Sun Viking Lodge due to the close proximity to our home in central Florida, their 'family-friendly' activities, and being right on the beach with great indoor and outdoor pools. The lodge is also located within a few miles of the Daytona Beach Boardwalk. My five grandkids (ages 2-18) LOVED the 60' waterslide! Our room had a wonderful view of the pool and oceanfront....and great weather! Although it's an older hotel, the location was perfect for our needs.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GGrace916
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
How nice to read that this family enjoyed their vacation with 3 generations; the time they spent together just relaxing at the beach and playing poolside games will live in your grandkid’s memories forever. It was nice to read that our free family-friendly activities and waterslide were big hits with your family.

We have many families that return year after year and as their children become adults, they return telling us about the times when they were kids and they played on the beach and waterslide; now they return with their own kids and family. It does a heart good to hear of what’s needed most these days . . . time together!

Thank you for the time in writing this review and we hope to welcome you back!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We loved it! Had a great time on the slide with my kids. Rooms equipped with a full small size kitchen. Saved a lot of money. Felt like home! Easy access to the beach from the pool/tanning area. We received a complimentary beach at check in.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. So happy to hear that you also enjoyed our popular waterslide – smiles for all ages! Many of our guests would agree with you and they too love the convenience of having a fully equipped kitchen; it does save a lot of money and the time needed to run to a restaurant for every meal. As you know the kitchens are fully equipped so even if you don’t want to cook a full dinner, breakfast and lunch are a breeze!

Thank you again and think of Daytona Beach when you use that beach towel; we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

My family and I stayed here in the month of June for 1 week. We love the clown "Diamond Jim" as part of the kids activities, he was great. We love to see many of the same faces there too both employees and return guests. The slide and the other wonderful activities Sun Viking has to offer as Barbara (Owner) will reiterate to everyone when responding to my comments were great too. I'm sorry to be a bit picky on this one but the smokers are everywhere. They're on the breezeways outside of the rooms, they're by the undercover patio area by the snack bar, they're even on they're balconies inside the indoor pool on the 2nd floor. It just seems to us that in the years past it hasn't been like it was this year with smokers everywhere and ashtray cans were everywhere as well. You know those little #10 empty coffee cans filled with sand? Kind of gross for a non smoker..... Still was a nice experience just gross to see cigarette cans and cigarette butts in those cans everywhere.........

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sclayton1813
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
It is always a pleasure to receive a review by a repeat guest and to read that this family enjoyed their return visit; it is truly appreciated. Although we are not an upscale property we are fortunate to enjoy a great reputation for family accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere.

As a non-smoker myself, I was very concerned and certainly understood this guest’s comfort regarding the other guests that were smoking outdoors. Several years ago we decided to make all our accommodations non-smoking. At that time, although many our repeat guests who were smokers were upset, they were very gracious and did make adjustments to their new smoking outdoor locations. Outdoor balconies were included in areas they could smoke. However, our second floor rooms overlooking our indoor pool do not allow smokers to smoke on these balconies; we will certainly look into enforcing this policy right away.

We do provide many ash containers for smokers to use for disposal of their cigarette butts. These ash cans, filled with sand, help prevent cigarette butts from ending up in the grass, pool decks or sidewalks. Most times, we only have a small number of smokers; unfortunately, there is no way to know how many smokers will show up at the same time. We can go for weeks with no smokers at all or then, like in this example, several may all come at once.

We would like to thank this family for their loyalty and kind words and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where they are always welcome!
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Stockbridge, Georgia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

This 3 bedrm cottage was nice and clean and enough room for all 6 of us, and had 2 pull out sofas. It is a house across the street from the actual hotel, very private. Nice big back yard and 2 car parking.
The only con was only 2 TV's in the house. It rained a little 2 days so with 3 adults 2 older teens and 1 child waiting the rain out, 1 TV was for the youngest and the other for the oldest.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MsB063
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
We are happy to read that this guest found our 3-Bedroom vacation cottage clean and large enough for their family of 6. Many of our guests appreciate how close these cottages are from our oceanfront hotel and also enjoy the privacy these cottages offer. We were also glad to read you enjoyed the large back yard.

I certainly understand the need for a 3rd TV – we will take this into consideration as we do renovations during the slow season.

Thank you for your review and we hope to welcome you back in the future!
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed in one of the cottages across the street from the main hotel. The staff was very nice and helpful the entire time.

The cottages are a great deal if you are traveling with others - in our case, teens - and want some privacy as they always want to stay up way later than we do.

My first thought when we arrived at the cottage was that it was very nice to have a private drive, and that the yard was nicely kept. There was a small patio off the master bedroom, and a grill and some rather worn lounge chairs out back. The door needs a coat of paint, as does the interior, but it was all clean and neat, if a bit dated, and the small front room and kitchen area in the 1-bedroom were bright and tidy.

The 1 bedroom had a large and comfortable king bed (which would benefit from some newer linens and a softer comforter of some kind) and the bathroom is surprisingly large and bright (it has skylights), although the ceiling is very low - watch out if you're extra-tall! There was a small room in the back where we could put our suitcases that also had extra linens.

The kitchen is nicely equipped; a roll of paper towels and salt and pepper shakers would be a nice addition, as would some kind of a scrubbie for the dishes - it's hard to clean a stuck-on pan with a dishcloth! Some dish soap was available; that was great. The icemaker did not seem to work; there is ice available across the street and an ice bucket in the kitchen. I appreciated that the oven pans had clean foil on them.

On the downside was the pull-out in the living room. It was horribly uncomfortable; I resorted to placing two blankets under the sheet to try to make it livable for our teens. Teens can usually sleep anywhere, but the mattress on this was very thin and you could easily feel the springs. I felt bad making the girls sleep on it for several days.

The other major knock on the cottages is the lack of WiFi. It just does not make it across the street. With the common use of smartphones, laptops, electronic readers, etc. dependent on WiFi, this is a problem that needs to be rectified by placing a router in each cottage (or maybe just one that reaches the three cottages.) I run a business, and not having easy access to answer e-mails, plus using up large amounts of our data on our various devices as we had no WiFi access - remember we had two teens! - was a real issue for us.

As it rained most of the time we were in Daytona, we had little chance to try any of the other facilities. The grounds were nicely kept and it seemed like a very family-friendly place. It's really aimed at families with younger kids; our teens were farther than they would have liked (about 2-1/2 miles) from the popular beach area, and they were not really into the various kid-friendly options on-site. They checked out the fitness center and said there were a couple of treadmill or elliptical devices, but no weight machines, and that it was hot. I wish more places would invest in weights for visitor use, but no big deal.

We did use the on-site laundry. It's reasonably priced and they have soap available in the front office, which was great. I ran the dryer twice, and the clothes were almost as wet as when I took them out of the washer, so that was kind of a problem as we had to then pack very damp clothes.

Overall, I think this is a decent place for families; they have a number of on-site activities and everyone we saw seemed happy. Just don't select a cottage if WiFi and a comfortable pull-out matter to you!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank robreb
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thank you for your review and your recent stay in one of our vacation cottages. Most guests agree with you and feel the cottages are reasonably priced and offer a lot of room.

I was glad to read that you found the cottage location convenient to our hotel property, where you have full use all amenities including our pools, waterslide, hot tub, and beach access. Thank you for complimenting our staff, in saying they were helpful and very nice – we agree!

Our cottages are very popular and are offer vintage Florida charm. The ceilings are average for the traditional Florida homes built in years past, unlike newer homes built with much taller ceilings. Our guests would agree; skylights allow some of our beautiful sunshine to brighten up your day! As we approach our fall season, we schedule maintenance projects such as painting and renovations, so we will certainly review your recommendations.

We are happy to read you found the kitchen nicely equipped. I am not sure if you reported to the office that the icemaker was not working properly – we will check it to see if we need to replace it. Salt & Pepper shakers are not provided, since we cannot leave unused product in them; they would have to be washed each time and would remain “damp” inside, making them not practical.

We agree that most all sofa beds are not as comfortable as normal beds – generally the mattresses must be thin to fold back into the frame to provide seating. We do offer larger 2 and 3 bedroom vacation cottages which provide extra traditional bedding in the bedrooms in addition to the sofa beds in the living rooms.

Free Wi-Fi is offered in our hotel property rooms, all outdoor public areas and on our pool deck; we will look into offering this at our vacation cottages; hopefully, we may have this solved by your next visit.

We agree, there is much for adults and children to do on our property. Many teens that stay with us like to surf, boogie board, play free Wii games and compete in some of our free poolside activities however, we certainly understand your teen’s interest in the extra entertainment offered near the Boardwalk area of our city. It was nice to read that your teens used our free Fitness room; actually, we do offer weight equipment in our Fitness room, it is a Nautilus 5-station weights machine with “attached” weights. Unfortunately, because of possible abuse and for safety reasons, free weights are not possible to offer in an unsupervised Fitness room; for this reason, free weights are not usually offered in most hotels.

Thank you for notifying our front desk about the issue with the dryer, the repair was addressed quickly; with 3 guest laundry rooms, unless a guest brings an issue to our attention, it would go unnoticed.

I would like to thank this guest for their suggestions and want them to know we look forward to their return to Daytona Beach and hopefully, the Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where they are always welcome!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Yet another fantastic stay! If u want a nice, clean, family place....Sun Viking is it! My teenagers are in heaven here and so am I! The staff is so friendly, the rooms are perfect and the amenities rock! Just wish we didn't have to leave!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank binski
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
First let me say that it is so nice to read of a review from a returning guest – that certainly makes our day!

Our guests are the best; many of them have met other retuning guests who, overtime, become friends for life as they watch their kids grow up together, year after year!

Thank you for rating us so high in each category. We are happy to read that your teens loved it here and found our amenities “rock”! We too wish you didn’t have to leave but you can always “dream” about being back at the beach on your next visit!

Thank you again and we all look forward to welcoming you back!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Our family just got back from the most enjoyable vacation. Daytona was never my first choices of places to go. We went to to see Daytona and to see family. Wow! We were pleasantly surprised by the Sun Viking Lodge. My daughter and son ages 9 and 12 took advantage of the family activities such bingo and adveteasements. My father also took in a game or two of bingo. My husband and I enjoyed the morning coffee club. Everyone loved both pools. We watched the ocean at sunset from the pool patio. The location was perfect for morning walks on the beach. Our room was perfect size for our family. The staff was frienly and helpful. Our rooms were always cleaned. We will go back to Datona! We look forward to visiting the Sun Viking Lodge. Thank you for a great vacation
The Fiscjer and Brooks Family

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank FischerBROOKSfamily
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BarbaraBrown-1, Owner at Sun Viking Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
First let me thank this guest for taking the time to write such a nice review with high ratings in all categories. It is always encouraging to read that we had a small part in making a family vacation a great experience.

As most of our guest’s would agree, their kids love our waterslide and of course, it’s designed for “kids of all ages!” Our complimentary guest recreation program is also designed for all ages; encouraging families, in a fun way, to reconnect as they compete in different game competitions including poolside Bingo.

Thank you again for you kind words. We all look forward to their return visit to Daytona Beach and the Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where they are always welcome!
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Property: Sun Viking Lodge
Address: 2411 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118-5400
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Location: United States > Florida > Daytona Beach
Amenities:
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 Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Daytona Beach
#5 Best Value Hotel in Daytona Beach
#7 Romantic Hotel in Daytona Beach
#11 Family Hotel in Daytona Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sun Viking Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sun Viking Lodge, located oceanfront in Daytona Beach and Florida's only winner of the 2012 Trip Advisor "Family Travel Award" for Small Hotels - offers spacious guest rooms, kitchenettes, suites and private cottages. Expect casual accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere with a beachy flip-flop ambiance! Kids love this "Unique Family Resort" featuring a 60-foot waterslide, kiddie pool, beach volleyball, basketball goal, game rooms, playground, poolside bingo and free recreation program providing beachside fun for all ages! Work out in a complimentary fitness room or jog on 23 miles of scenic beach, then relax in a sauna or an oceanfront hut tub. Enjoy indoor and outdoor heated pools, spacious oceanfront sundecks. The Sun Viking Lodge . . . a place where you are always welcome! ... more   less 
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