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TnRobin
12-27-2001, 02:10 PM
Okay, I know you guys are looking for hotels options at Port Canaveral. Some have expressed an interest in hotels other than the Raddisson. Well here is your chance to find out about one of the hotels. We are hoping to cruise again in May. Where do you want me to stay. I have listed my top five choices and the price that I was able to get based on the internet and AAA. If you have another choice, please feel free to post it and the price.

*****UPDATE*******

As of today, the Holiday Inn Express has the most votes. So I have called and made a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express in a Kid Suite. I will let you guys know what I think.

Anyone have anything they want me to look for or ask about. Please post here

Dave_from_Marietta
12-27-2001, 02:47 PM
I'd go with the Holiday Inn. Although it is the oldest of the five properties you listed, it is the best value for the rates you listed. And your kid(s) will LOVE the really cool kid's pool with slides and ladders and all sorts of cool stuff. And their adult pool is one of the largest in Cocoa Beach.

TnRobin
12-27-2001, 02:52 PM
Actually do this on a "Fact-finding" mission. It seems as if you may have stayed at this resort Dave???

I am actually trying to stay at one that we know little about other than its location and outside appearance. Thanks for the recommendation though.

Also one thing I didn't note previously, I am trying to keep within $20 my Raddisson price range of $99. (for consistency)

Dave_from_Marietta
12-27-2001, 03:08 PM
I haven't stayed at any of them, but I took a "fact finding" tour in November when we went out to the Space Coast to meet Shirley!

I got out of the car to inspect the <b>Doubletree</b> and <b>Holiday Inn</b>. Although the Doubletree is newer than the Holiday Inn and the rooms are probably nicer, I liked the recreational facilities at the Holiday Inn much better.

I only drove by the other three hotels on your list. The <b>Hampton Inn</b> and <b>Courtyard by Marriott</b> are on the same piece of property and share a common parking lot. Although they aren't oceanfront, they're on the ocean side of A1A.

With the <b>Holiday Inn Express</b>, you'd have to cross A1A to get to the beach... but it <i>is</i> near the Cocoa Beach Pier (<a href="http://www.cocoabeachpier.com">link</a>).

TnRobin
12-27-2001, 03:15 PM
Thanks for the info. I know there have been many a vacation, I would have liked to know what the hotels looked like before I got there. If they don't maintain the exterior, then I wouldn't expect the interior to be any better.

1karen
12-27-2001, 03:27 PM
Do yourself a favor and avoid the Holiday Inn. We stayed there in February, 2001. It was dirty, unkept, and other than the pool and beach access it was disqusting. We have stayed at the Resort at Cocoa Beach, it was wonderful. The pool has water sprites, a beautiful fountain, clean rooms great beach access, an arcade and a good restaruant.

Dave_from_Marietta
12-27-2001, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by 1karen

Do yourself a favor and avoid the Holiday Inn. We stayed there in February, 2001. It was dirty, unkept, and other than the pool and beach access it was disqusting.Originally posted by TnRobin

If they don't maintain the exterior, then I wouldn't expect the interior to be any better.

I've heard those comments about the Holiday Inn before. Granted, I haven't been inside a room there, but given how beautiful and well-maintained the grounds are, I wonder just how bad the rooms really could be?


Originally posted by 1karen

We have stayed at the Resort at Cocoa Beach, it was wonderful. The pool has water sprites, a beautiful fountain, clean rooms great beach access, an arcade and a good restaruant. Originally posted by TnRobin

I am trying to keep within $20 my Raddisson price range of $99. (for consistency)

I agree. The Resort on Cocoa Beach (<a href="http://www.vrivacations.com/Southeast/RCB/">link</a>) is the most spectacular property on the Space Coast. But it wasn't on Robin's list and their prices are well above the range that Robin's willing to pay.

TnRobin
12-27-2001, 05:37 PM
I did price the "Resort" but for one nights lodging, I really want to keep it below $100. But thank for the input. That is what I am looking for. There may be others who wouldn't mind paying for the accomadations. they do look nice from the internet site.

4nana
12-27-2001, 06:20 PM
TnRobin~
Have you tried http://roomsaver.com/roomsaver/results.asp?state_id=71&city_id=136? They have coupons for several you listed starting at $59.99! We have used them a couple times and been very satisfied. Our recent trip to Calif. we just printed their half price coupon for HI @ Fishermen's Wharf in SF and were most happy! Had no problems - we just let them know we had the coupon when we reserved. Might be worth a try....a penny save is a penny earned :smooth:

TnRobin
12-27-2001, 06:24 PM
thanks for the money saving tips nana, I always like to save $$$. I will probalby use a coupon if they have one for the "winning" hotel.

Remember, what I am looking for is which hotel you guys want me to stay at and review for your future cruising needs.

LOVETHATMOUSE
12-27-2001, 07:06 PM
I heard good things about Roomsavers. Unfortunately we aren't cruising until 3/02, so all the coupons are invalid. Hopefully once the New Years arrives, they will produce more coupons for the next year.

Dave_from_Marietta
12-27-2001, 08:00 PM
Originally posted by TnRobin

Remember, what I am looking for is which hotel you guys want me to stay at and review for your future cruising needs.

Well, I am kinda' curious if the Holiday Inn is as bad as 1karen says it is. But if you're not that courageous, I'd be interested in knowing about the Hampton Inn or the Courtyard.

1karen
12-27-2001, 10:46 PM
I have been very happy with this board helping me to plan and reduce problems. Our experience there was not a good one. Do a search on my responses to the board and you will see I went over some of experience there. I still feel that the hotel was very old, they were trying to upgrade some of the rooms but the food and housekeeping was horrible. Perhaps things have changed for the better. But for you money I would stay somewhere else.

Dave_from_Marietta
12-27-2001, 11:08 PM
Originally posted by 1karen

Do a search on my responses to the board and you will see I went over some of experience there.

Here is a <a href="http://www.disboards.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=37793">link</a> to 1karen's previous comments.

crusin'mama
12-27-2001, 11:48 PM
Dave, here is my review on the Hampton Inn. We stayed there the night before our Sept 19 3-day.It was a nice newer property a nice size pool, with a path down to the beach ( a nice little walk,but certainly not a long one).We did go down to the beach and there was not alot of people out,it looked like there was chairs to rent ,but of course they where all locked up.The room was nicely decorated in a Florida/Tropical theme,the only thing I guess I didn't like was that the property wasn't right on the beach.I think we paid about $89.00+taxes.And it was sooooo exciting to get up that next morning a see that great big Boat!!:D :p :)

TnRobin
12-28-2001, 09:54 AM
Okay, you guys, I may remove the HI. Just talked to the main reservation at HI. Was inquiring about the cost of a Scooby Doo Suite. When she asked which resort in Cocoa Beach, I told her the Express because I had heard a few not so nice things about the HI. SHE AGREED WITH ME. She had heard that many other times before.

Now when the sales agents agree that the resort may not be quiet as nice, I do tend to shy away from them.

Oh a Scooby Doo suite only runs $109.

Dave_from_Marietta
12-28-2001, 10:27 AM
Originally posted by TnRobin

Just talked to the main reservation at HI... When she asked which resort in Cocoa Beach, I told her the Express because I had heard a few not so nice things about the HI. SHE AGREED WITH ME. She had heard that many other times before.

Now when the sales agents agree that the resort may not be quiet as nice, I do tend to shy away from them.

<b>!!!</b>

Thumper1
12-28-2001, 12:48 PM
We stayed at the Hampton Inn prior to our December 7-night cruise. It was really nice. It had a microwave, coffeemaker and refrigerator in the room. The room was spacious and really nice. The hotel offered a really nice continental breakfast with fruit, juice, cereal, danish etc. I used the internet computer in the lobby to send e-mails. The pool really looked nice and the hotel was close to the ocean.

wovenwonder
12-28-2001, 02:36 PM
What is the Scooby Doo suite?? Also to consider is the breakfast included at the HI Express. I would like to hear the quality of the breakfast as well.;)

Tluvs2talk
12-29-2001, 08:38 PM
We have also stayed at the Hampton Inn at Cocoa Beach. We like the room and had an internet special of $89.00 for a King size bed. We have stayed there twice. I would like for you to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott since I haven't heard anyones opinion of this resort yet.

TnRobin
12-30-2001, 09:12 AM
The Scooby Doo Suite is one of HI's Kids suites. In the main room the adults have a King size bed and all the standard amenities. There is a "separate room" which contains bunk beds and a TV with VCR/Nintentdo. It is decorated in a Scooby Doo Theme. In the one I stayed in Lake Buena vista, (A Animal theme) the seperate room was just 9 ft partitions. Not a turely separate room, but it does afford much more privacy than a std room.

http://www.kidsuites.com/images/diagram_noah_lg.gif

MelanieC
12-30-2001, 11:13 AM
Do any of these hotels have cruise parking and transfers?
For me this is important because we are driving down.

I am currently booked at the Radisson for $99.00.

Has anyone heard of Military discounts there?

Thanks, Melanie

DL Sept 1994 - DisneyLand Hotel
WDW Sept 1995 - Best Western Buena Vista Suites
WDW Sept 1996 - Shades of Green Resort
WDW Nov 1999 - All Star Movies
WDW Sept 2000 - All Star Movies
DCL Nov 30, 2002 -Disney Magic
WDW Nov 2003 - All Star Movies (in anticipation of the Mars attraction!)

BWVPam
12-30-2001, 11:27 AM
Robin,

When are you thinking of crusing in May. We are going May 25. Currently have resv. at Radisson night before cruise, but am interested in your Scooby Doo Suite.

Pam

Dave_from_Marietta
12-30-2001, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by MelanieC

Do any of these hotels have cruise parking and transfers?
For me this is important because we are driving down.

No the Radisson is the only hotel to offer cruise parking or transfers. If you're interested in the other options besides those Robin discussed, you can see my summary...

www.dcltribute.com/spacecoast/hotels.htm

slindamood
12-30-2001, 09:48 PM
We are looking for a hotel other than the Radisson for our next cruise in December 02. While the suites at the Radisson were nice, we found them to be rather dark and not pleasant during the day. The Radisson is not within walking distance of anything. The shuttle is not necessary with an Avis rental car.

We have about settled on the Comfort Inn and Suites. Our DD has stayed there for her crew team's winter training and gives it a good review. It is on the A1A side of the highway, an easy walk to the beach, has some newly built rooms including efficiency units with full kitchens, and tower suites with a balcony and ocean view. The government rates for the tower suites are $85 a night for 2 persons. AAA rates are even lower for the lower level rooms.

Big plus - it is across the street from Ron Jon's!!

stephmarty
12-31-2001, 02:20 PM
I always use http://www.hotwire.com to make hotel reservations. You can get great rates in Orlando or Cocoa Beach. The catch is you don't know the hotel until you make your reservation (non-refundable), but they do let you pick the general location and the star-rating. This gives you some idea what to expect. We've gotten great rates at the Hilton in LA and the Grand Hyatt in NYC using this website. If you're willing to take a chance to get a great rate at a nice hotel, try it out. It's for the more adventurous who are willing to gamble, but with the star ratings given, it's not too much of a gamble.

LOVETHATMOUSE
12-31-2001, 07:03 PM
How can you get a general idea of where hotwire will send you? If you put in Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach, are all the hotels on the strip the ones you get or are they miles away?

stephmarty
12-31-2001, 10:23 PM
For Cocoa Beach, it doesn't break it down into the different areas. All you know with regard to location is whether it is beach front, and it is in Cocoa Beach. For larger areas like Orlando, you can specify near Disney, Universal, Int'l Drive, Kissimmee, airport, etc. It's better for some destinations than for others.

MollyX
01-03-2002, 11:22 AM
Another nearby accomodation choice is the Royal Mansions - condominium right in Cape Canaveral close to the Port with 1 br and 2 br choices ranging from $100 to $200+. Their website is www.royalmansions.com. I have never stayed there but often considered it. I live in Minnesota but my Mom lived in Cocoa Beach for many years and is now in a nursing home on Merritt Island.

Sailing with DS 11 and DD 5 on the 4 day Wonder January 20th. FIRST TIME!

4nana
01-03-2002, 01:12 PM
Melanie C...
Don't know if this will help you, but I read on Mousesavers.com that the Radisson Resort Parkway (nr. Kissimmee) and All-Star Resort is participating with Disney in an "Armed Forces Salute" program from Jan.1 to April 30, 2002 for those military members who visit park or cruise thru May 2002. You may want to call Disney or ck it out on the Budget or Resort Brds.

mmouse37
01-07-2002, 09:03 AM
I just booked at the Bestwestern Oceanfront in Cocoa Beach for 1 night before our 2/23/02 cruise. It was $85.00 for two queen size beds by the pool. With tax it came to $93. It is right on the ocean.

We are renting a car from National which is only two miles away. I would like to drop off kids and luggage at Port and then return the car to National and take a taxi back to ship.

We are one mile away from Ron Jon which my kids really want to check out. We were there when they were really young and now that they are 18, 17, 13 their psyched about going.

MJ

I JUST FOUND A BETTER RATE WITH AVIS (USING A CODE FROM MOUSESAVERS) SO I SWITCHED MY HOTEL NIGHT TO THE RADISSON FOR CONVENIENCE REASONS FOR $99.

tzs
01-08-2002, 10:13 PM
Chocolate Chip Cookies

wovenwonder
01-17-2002, 01:58 PM
We have the Hampton Inn booked for 4/19 - used the coupon I found for a rate of $69 - and upgraded to an oversized room that sleeps up to 6 for an extra $10 -- includes free breakfast.

Email me if you are interested in the coupon which is valid from 4/14 to 6/21/02. They have an $89 rate for 2/8-4/13 also.
:)

4nana
01-17-2002, 06:58 PM
During my gallivanting while the boards were down I found this sight on another cruise brd that comes highly recommended for hotel discounts. I have not used them personally, but if you're looking to save a few bucks the prices look very reasonable and it might be worth a try. http://www.quikbook.com/

LOVETHATMOUSE
01-17-2002, 07:37 PM
4nana - I checked out the site, but couldn't find anything for cocoa beach, cape canaveral :(

MollyX
01-18-2002, 02:15 PM
In December I stayed at a B&B that is literally one minute's drive off of the Beeline Expressway 528 (which is the road from the airport direct to Cape Canaveral). It is only 10 minutes from the Port. It is right on the Indian River and is absolutely gorgeous and comfortable with FANTASTIC homemade breakfasts. Around $90/nite per room (not per person). They generally don't allow children under 12 though. The website is www.indianriverhouse.com. I highly recommend it.

TnRobin
01-18-2002, 08:55 PM
thanks Molly for the recommendation, but I do have a child under 12, so that one is out of the running. (although I will have to store it in long term memory if DH and I get a cruise without DS)

Dave_from_Marietta
01-31-2002, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by TnRobin

As of today, the Holiday Inn Express has the most votes. So I have called and made a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express in a Kid Suite. I will let you guys know what I think.

Anyone have anything they want me to look for or ask about. Please post here

Well, we'll want to know if the pool's nice... how long it takes to walk to the beach... what kind of complimentary breakfast they offer... whether there are any decent restaurants around... how far to the grocery store, etc.

- Dave

TnRobin
02-01-2002, 08:39 AM
Sounds like a great start Dave.

slindamood
02-01-2002, 09:51 AM
Dave - -

I would let you choose our hotel! Your list is almost perfect.

Only thing missing is walking time to Ron Jon's. We are divided into quick shoppers (5 minutes) and have to see everything (at least an hour). If we are within walking distance, we will all be happy.

We chose Comfort Inn because it has ocean view, balcony, few minutes walk to beach, across from Ron Jon's, pool is fine, across from Winn-Dixie, and is one bedrrom suite with kitchen area, under $100/night. It does not have comp breakfast, but we will simply buy fresh squeezed juice at Harvey's Grove a block away and a box of cereal and milk at the grocery across the street. We want to be really hungry when we get on board, so comp breakfast gives in to Ron Jon's access.

Suzanne:earsgirl: