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“Family friendly good stay for the money”
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Makai Beach Lodge
Ranked #21 of 28 Hotels in Ormond Beach
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“Family friendly good stay for the money”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is a clean family friendly hotel. The hotel is located on the beach and only a few miles away from Daytona. Since the hotel is in Ormnond Beach it cost less than staying in Daytona Beach. The employees are super nice and helpfull. Will return again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Alexandria, Alabama
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Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

We stayed from the end of august until the day after labor day. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. The building is old but that is not a problem for me. The employees are very polite and helpful. The only complaints I had was partying loud people next door. I figured it was because it was a holiday weekend. We have stayed there before with no problem. There was also a loud barking dog close by. The place allows small pets, but I was seeing large dogs, including a pit bull. Other than that everything was good. There are lots of restaurants close by.

  • Stayed August 2012
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London, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2012

We had a great time at the hotel. Front staff are just real people going above and beyond the normal service protocols. Sure its on a beach (omg) just beyond their great heated pools both for adults and the kids side.The gift of a great breaky in the morning is fabulous, sure we had a coffee maker in our room and a fridge and a stove and a microwave but we loved comming down in the mornings (6am) and having everything already there and ready for us! Hot toasted bagels with cream cheese and jellies to boiled eggs, cereals, fresh coffee and juices. fruits and yourguts ,muffins, pastries and they dont just shut it down at a certain time ,and above all else the happy staff to greet us and ask what we were going to do today and how was our nite! If you wanted anything at all they had it covered and or knew when and how to get it , or us to it in our case. Sure the place is getting a much needed face lift and will look just fabulous when done and okay I will concied the point it could have used a bit of tlc in the outside gardens ( where guests of the Makai have thrown their butts, walked the dog without being responsible about themselves and a few stray pieces of litter) but if you came to any one of the high end motels in London ont ca. you can see the same crap but for a WHOLE LOTTA MORE MONEY!
We found these great maps and coupon books in every state we went trough on our no time limit adventure and we are just so amazed that it was so cheap to rent there at all! With our coupons and the time we arrived there around the middle of Sept we got to stay for 4 nights for under 250US. We recommend visitors use this valuable tool. Our tour of the newer part of the Lodge was so great, since we had William and Steve take time out of their busy day to show us what the stages of updating that were going on, and the very freindly feel of the place , my husband and I have booked one of the newer rooms at the lodge for 4 months! Can,t wait to get back and thats a feeling you never ever will get from a Higher end Hotel chain.
The staff here are outstanding in trying their best or better to make your stay a very enjoyable one and without a doubt or my dollars a great place to come and stay.Have an open mind and enjoy all that can be had at the Makai! Round the world traveler.

Room Tip: all Makai is great , just ask for your prefernce at the front desk and they will bend backwards to a...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paynesville, West Virginia, United States
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

If you are like me you are not sure whether to believe the reviews or not. Well believe this. Stay away from this place. The courtside rooms are tiny and smell musty. The ocean front room we had on the 3rd floor was ok but I itched from the time I walked in to the place. The lady at the desk was nice. She upgraded us from the courtside room for 20.00 more to the oceanfront. Still no help. We were paying more than 80.00 a night and afraid to set our stuff down. Yes there are roaches too. The new owner is working on it, maybe in a year or so it might be better. The 4th floor is supposed to be redone, afraid to wait till next day for it. Stay next door cheaper and cleaner.

Room Tip: Rooms on 4th floor have been remodeled.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Charlottesville
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

As other reviewers have noted, this hotel is under renovation and it's worthwhile to request a renovated room. I did that and was extremely pleased with the comfort and cleanliness of the room and the friendliness and helpfulness of every single staff member that i met. After checking in i was greeted by name by the manager whenever i went into the office, an indication to me that they're bending over backwards to renovate the image of the old hotel as well as the building. The heating/AC system in the room was new, very quiet, and had a remote control. The tile floors were very clean (also a bit slippery). Beds very comfortable with good quality linens (altho towels were the quality that make you not want to steal them :-) Adequate number of electric outlets for the modern vacationer. Mini-fridge and new small microwave.
The pool was very clean and goes rapidly from 3 1/2 foot to 8 foot depth, but has some small surface areas that need repair. The small continental breakfast contained healthy options. Brewed coffee, including decaf, was available in the office all day, as was cold drinking water. Free loaner beach chairs, bikes, water toys are another indication of the thoughtfulness being brought by the new owners.

That said, this is not the Hilton. If you want to stay at a 4 or 5 star hotel where you're not aware that you're at the beach, travel south down the beach a few blocks. And there are some drawbacks and some work yet to be done. In my first floor oceanfront room the sliding glass door was difficult to slide all the way open: it got stuck halfway and needed a vigorous push.
The walls were kind of thin and i could hear the every word when the next door neighbors were speaking loudly. There was no security chain or bar on the room door. The courtyard area hasn't been worked on yet and can use some sprucing up. I didn't have occasion to use the elevator but it seems small.

Overall I was very impressed and will definitely go back again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that's alreay been renovated. And the oceanfront views are magnificent.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto GTA ON
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24 reviews
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Beyond the recently installed fire doors Makai Lodge ??? Resort ?? is a a nightmare and a health and safety hazard. I wonder about the '5 star' comments I wonder about the
health regulators I wonder about zoning enforcement for the town of Ormond Beach.
(Hotels .com and their thruway booklets probably brings in enough transient travelers.)
Shame on Hotels.com shame on the hotel owners shame on the city of Ormond beach.
(Maybe it is too much to expect of a town that permits vehicles to drive along the beach.)

A one late night night stop and one night too many... third world
Astonished one year later this place still operational & with good reviews.... not credible.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed in the newly renovated Lodge-it was VERY NICE! NO ELEVATORS though. (only 2 floors) but having knee problems.....it was a bit rough doing the stairs. Other than that it was AWESOME! Nice and clean, very family oriented! Fun spot has free loan of surf boards, bikes, boogie boards, floats, chairs umbrellas, everything you can think of! They also provide towels for the beach and pool. They have several grills with thatch covered umbrellas near the grills with picnic tables. The staff were fantastic-from Tristan (who booked for me)--to steve at check in and William who ALWAYS seemed to be there and ready to help! We will be going back next year for sure!

Room Tip: No elevator in the "Lodge" if you have climbing/walking issues-steer clear from that area...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Makai Beach Lodge
Address: 707 S Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32176-7815
Location: United States > Florida > Ormond Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Ormond Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Makai Beach Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Makai Beach Lodge is primarily a beach side hotel located at the connection of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, this allows us to offer the fun of Daytona Beach with the pristine white sands of Ormond Beach. The hotel has a private beach entrance and beach side pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, grills, shuttle board and more. All rooms have modern LED Tv's with HBO included, free WIFI and most rooms have a fullsize kitchen with the rest having at a minimum fridge and microwave. Free parking is provided and we offer typical hotel amenities like vending, laundry, free ice and a 24 hour front desk manned with knowledgeable staff. ... more   less 
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