My family used to stay at the Vanderbilt Beach Motel every year in the 50's thru 70's when it was a typical 1950's motel on the beach. Spent many years there enjoying the quiet, beautiful beach. Decided to try the remodeled location now called a "resort". Not sure why they name it a resort.
The older part that we stayed in was still a motel style with outside hallways and no amenities other than a small outdoor pool. The motel room had been converted into a one bedroom mini apartment with a partial kitchen, living room and the bedroom. Across the street they have a condo style building that is newer. I equate the word resort to a place that has more facilities such as spa, work out facilities, shops, restaurants, bars, etc.
In the motel style rooms you are just steps away from the beach. They do offer the use of free beach chairs, umbrellas and beach towels as well as a small pool.
Bottom line . . . location, location, location. You are paying for the beach. There are two other places to stay on the beach and both are considerably more expensive but also considerably nicer. If your main interest is the beach and you don't mind an older room in desperate need of a good facelift, then this is fine.
The carpet is old and worn and stained. The bathroom had moldy grout and stains on the walls. But the location is great.
I understand the restaurant (Turtle Club) is not really part of the "resort". It was worth the price. Watching the sunset while enjoying an excellent meal was worth their price. Dinner with a cocktail ran about $50 per person.
As far as the motel, you might want to consider their condo style rooms across the street if you don't mind the walk to the beach. At least it's newer and has an elevator. They have no bell hops, but if you tip the valet parking attendants that are there for the restaurant, they will gladly carry your luggage for you. When I discovered no pillows for the day bed in the living room, I was told to come to the office to get them myself since housekeeping was gone for the day at 3:00 in the afternoon.
If it was not for the great location, I would never consider paying $150 a night for a one bedroom in this condition. But we closed our eyes to the lack of amenities and the old dingy room just to enjoy the beach.
Parking is free but across the street. No vending machines, no service of any sort other than room cleaning service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vanderbilt Beach Resort has been welcoming guests and their families for over 50 years. Our pristine beachfront location provides a tranquil escape from modern worries. Wake up to the gentle sounds of the Gulf of Mexico in our beachside one-room efficiencies, one bedroom apartments or waterfront condominiums that overlook the Vanderbilt Lagoon. End the day with dinner at our award-winning Turtle Club Restaurant or watch the sun set over the Gulf without ever leaving the Resort. ... more less
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