We had high hopes for the Royal Beach Inn, but they fell short of our expectations. We read many of the other reviews, and felt that while there were issues in the past, it sounded as if the Royal had addressed many of them. Maybe. But the ones that were left made it difficult for us to justify the price of the room vs the value received.
The property itself is nice enough: a large patio out front, with tables, chairs, loungers, and a grill. There is a pool around the side, but no hot tub, and the pool was closed at 7pm. The lobby is quite small (not a problem, just a fact) and has fridge loaded with some sodas and snack available for purchase. The breakfast room is comprised of two small adjacent rooms, one of which has the food items, and the other seating. The continental breakfast was very limited. Bagels, cereal, milk, coffee (which was completely empty at 8am on our first morning), packaged juice cups, individual oatmeal packs, and Ensure (Don't ask, because I don't know...). There was also a waffle maker. In the rear of the hotel, there is a quest laundry room.
Here is a direct quote from their website:
"The hotel offers ocean view and sunset view guestrooms, all with private balconies, with either a king or two double beds. The Royal Inn‘s room amenities include Keurig coffee makers, USB bedside ports, wood tiling flooring throughout, stainless steel refrigerators and microwaves, 32-inch flat HDTVs with 5 channels of HBO and free wireless high speed internet. Continental breakfast is offered daily. The hotel also has a business center, gift shop and 24-hour guest laundry.
The hotel also offers 700 square foot 2 bedroom apartment suites featuring Sealy Posturepedic Pillowtop double beds, a living area with dining table and sofa sleeper and a full-size kitchen with all cookware, dishware and utensils for those considering longer stays."
Although we did not have an ocean view or sunset view quest room, we did expect that the amenities would be comparable, but they were not. Our bed was a full, and so soft that it was almost impossible to sleep on. No bedside USB ports, we had to use our phone for internet, as we had a low connection, and no stainless anything in our room. And while this may be petty, our Keurig came with one regular coffee k-cup, one decaf, and two teas....we both drink coffee, so we had to share the one regular. Yes, we could have asked for more, but once you have to leave the room to get it, it sort defeats the purpose.
It was obvious that some updating had been done in our room, but there was plenty more to do. Neither the shower or sink had a plug, so a bath was impossible, and shaving required constant running water, which made me cringe...all that water wasted :(
Despite all this, we may have stuck it out until the end of our scheduled stay, except for the noise. Our room was on the first floor, in the rear of the hotel, practically in the parking lot. Both mornings of our stay, people leaving the hotel early (think 6 to 6:30 am) tended to stand around in the parking lot, warming up their vehicles (in this case, one was a large diesel truck) and talking loudly. I am guessing some of these folks were temporary workers, and as such are not always present at the hotel, but it was still a problem for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Inn Beach Hutchinson Island recently completed a full renovation in December 2015, which included a full gut renovation of the guestrooms and public area space, new guestroom, public area, pool and patio furniture throughout, a complete exterior refresh and the addition of a resort pool and sundeck featuring beach exit shower facilities and pool chaises. The hotel offers ocean view and sunset view guestrooms, all with private balconies except, with either a king or two double beds. The Royal Inn's room amenities include custom made handwoven rope rattan furniture, Keurig coffee makers, USB bedside ports, wood tile flooring throughout, stainless steel refrigerators and microwaves (full kitchens in suites), 32-inch flat HDTVs with 5 channels of HBO and free wireless high speed internet. Continental breakfast is offered daily. The hotel also has a business center and 24-hour guest laundry. The hotel also offers 700 square foot 2 bedroom apartment suites featuring new handwoven rope rattan furniure, Sealy Posturepedic pillow top double beds, a living area with dining table and sofa sleeper and a full-size kitchen with all cookware, dishware and utensils for those considering longer stays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Beach