My husband & I have been taking a beach anniversary trip for many years now and have always wound up on the Atlantic side of Florida. We are located in NE Florida so either location (Atlantic or Gulf) is good for us. When the children were young, we gravitated to Daytona because of the boardwalk, party atmosphere, etc.
Since we now have Grandkids, they and their parents go to St. Augustine to visit the old fort and various other attractions. Over the last couple of years, we have been to Daytona but were bombarded by the loud music of the hotels and teenagers around us (Yes, I know, our age does matter but that's another point). Many of the former hotels were damaged in our hurricanes some years back and consequently, what is left appears to be pretty run down. The older ones remaining have not kept up with the times nor remodelled well. Restaurants and many businesses have seen quite a decline and many closures on A1A..
We chose this year to try the Gulf side and were fortunate enough to find Hotel Isis. We liked the online pictures and most of the reviews were positive.
We checked in on May 12 and extended our visit another day to the 14th. The entire complex appears to have been an older motel type complex with most of the rooms facing the pool. That was fine since around the pool they had planted a very pleasant oasis type environment. The cold we experienced this past winter had burned some of the foliage it appears but they were reviving. The end of the complex opens directly onto the Gulf beaches and many deck lounges, chairs and picnic tables were available, not to mention the hammocks. Appears the large palm trees holding the hammocks were pruned of the entire top (I hope they were not killed; if they were, they need new mature palms to hold the hammocks and provide shade for them.
The remodelling in each room appears to have been complete, from the retexturing of the walls with added crown molding, attractive, camel colored walls and beautiful granite counter tops. The bathroom facilities were remodelled as well with attractive pedestal sinks. The King room we had included a nicely tiled shower with glass doors instead of vinyl shower curtains. Plumbing appeared to run clear, although toilets did run a little longer than necessary and shower should have a little more water pressure available.
We had visitors on either side of us, one with a small child. We did not experience excessive noise from any of the other visitors including a large family who required many rooms and were celebrating a birthday party and arrived on our last day. Even they were not noisy. Bear in mind, however, it was the middle of the week and Friday night was the only weekend time we experienced. The next time we will also plan an entire weekend stay. It was very peaceful and while there, a young couple was married on the beach in front of the hotel.
The bed was extremely comfortable, good quality bedding was changed every day and cleaning staff did their jobs exceptionally well.
The only draw-back to this hotel as we see it is that even though each room has convection/microwave and small refrigerator, it would have been nice to be able to cook a simple meal at least a couple of times in the room.
It would be very nice when we return the next time to be able to have at a least a room or two to choose from with full cooking facilities. If the hotel does not choose to add cooking facilities in at a least a few of the rooms, at least advertise on the web the possibility for visitors to check out various appliances from the front office to use in any of the present rooms. Examples might be a crock-pot, fry pan, toaster, possibly a small 2 burner hot plate and to have some inexpensive cooking/eating utensils in the room.
It appears the counters presently have room to place one or the other on them, although limited. Each room does offer small wooden stools and the counter top could be utilized as a dining table for 2 in a pinch. Although, if we had our way, we would have cooked our meals in our room then taken our meals outside to the picnic tables or in the garden. It might be a small investment for the hotel owners to make but we believe if advertised as a check out item, it might bring more long-term visitors ultimately. They do offer 3 reasonable barbeque grills on the beach side of the complex.
The next time we go, we will be staying at least a week but if the hotel doesn't offer check out items, we will definately bring our own. It would be nice, however, not to have to pack and deal with it ourselves.
The location of the hotel is nice and Gulf Blvd affords some nice looking homes, businesses and hotels in the drive. We did have to travel a little farther over the Tom Stuart Causeway to find more family restarant choices so cooking in the room would have been even more advantageous to us for a shortenend trip as well.
All in all, our visit was extremely pleasant; all of the clerks of the establishment were extremely amenable and willing to accommodate anything we needed or wanted. The small hotel is located between mega room hotels but we chose the smaller, more personal complex for many of the above listed reasons. Beachside was close to a fishing pier which we will probably check out on our next visit.
We will definately be back and will recommend this hotel to anyone who asks.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Isis
- Isis Hotel Redington Beach
- The Hotel Sol Redington Beach, Florida