I was happily surprised to find that for just $7 more a night, I could stay ON the beach at this resort, rather than 2 miles away in a guest room the retirement community where my 91-year-old mother lives!
I was a bit skeptical when I saw all the comments about the "musty smell" of the rooms. We found that it was not mold in the rooms, but actually the wood inside the furniture that smelled, probably because of the type of wood. If you kept the drawers shut, there was no smell. I was happy to live out of my suitcase for a few days. The room was very clean, and bathroom in nice condition.
We LOVED having TWO SINKS, and a table with 2 chairs with FOUR heavy-duty outlets for our electronics right next to it. Two of us were able to have cell phones and laptops in use simultaneously.
The grounds and pool were beautifully landscaped, and the beach wonderful! (Be prepared to pay $25/day if you want a lovely cabana shade w/ lounge chairs.)
Tho our room #206, had only a view of the parking lot and building next door, we were fine with that to save a little money off the 25 rooms that actually face the beach. All the rooms have a balcony with chairs, so that's not a huge issue anyway.
The Hotel staff was down-home friendly and responsive. Maintenance Man Steve (I think his name was,) knocked at our door within 5 minutes of calling for a malfunctioning light fixture, and Jack at the front desk was most pleasant and helpful when we checked in. While less fancy, we were MUCH more comfortable and cared for at this Ho Jo's than we were later in the week at the Disney Hilton. We'll be back!
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