Review: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort — With Breakfast, Divided

The semi-circular driveway in front of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property was crowded with people and clogged with cars; but I managed to find a temporary place to park my rental car so that I may check in at the busy front desk.

Review: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort — With Breakfast, Divided

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

As street parking is at a premium — meaning that virtually no available free parking spaces are available near the resort property — I had no choice but to park in the gated parking lot across the street, which costs $17.00 per day. The attendant was an older woman who was quite gregarious and sweet.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Flavored water infused with pineapple and herbs was available near the elevators; but the taste was rather bland and off-putting.

The following message was printed on the small sign:

Thank you for being our guests. Please feel free to enjoy our infused water by using our provided cups.

Should you need to fill your water bottles, water fountains are located near the Grand Ballroom restroom area.

The Room

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The beds were comfortable enough on which to sleep — each bed had four pillows on it — but they were nothing special or extraordinary…

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but I was upgraded to a room with a view of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean — photographs of the view are shown later in this article — and I enjoyed sleeping at night with the glass door opened while listening to the sounds of the ocean. A very narrow terrace which is barely wide enough on which to stand and overlook the beach is on the other side of the glass door.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The furnishings in the room — including a white dresser with three drawers, a wooden desk with one drawer for stationery, a chair on rollers at the desk, a small nightstand between the beds, and a chair near the glass door — were rather sparse and dated; but they were adequate.

The room was not equipped with a microwave oven or a small refrigerator.

The Bathroom

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The bathroom was also rather dated in terms of appearance; but it was also adequate. Amenities which were offered in the bathroom included two bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner, cotton swabs and body lotion.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Plenty of towels were available in the bathroom, which included a toilet, tub and shower head — again, all of which were adequate and showing their age.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A second sink, mirror, towel and washcloth are located just outside of the bathroom for anyone who needs to wash up, brush his or her teeth or check how he or she looks in case the bathroom is occupied by another person who needs his or her privacy.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Opposite of the second sink just outside of the bathroom and adjacent to the entrance to the room is a standard closet with a sliding folding louvered door; and it contains an iron, ironing board, safe, a portable luggage rack, and wooden hangers.

One Breakfast, Divided

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A breakfast buffet is located in Doc Bales Grill, which is a restaurant located adjacent to the lobby of the resort property…

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…and what I found interesting was that the buffet area was divided into two areas by stanchions with retractable belts: the full breakfast area, which comprised of both sections; and the continental breakfast area, which was only one section.

I have been to hotel and resort properties which simply have one buffet area but either have the continental breakfast on one side and the remainder of the full breakfast on the other side with no divider; or the guest is simply told to which breakfast items he or she is entitled as part of a room rate or elite level status. I had never seen this type of setup before, which is clearly marked by large signs.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The area of the buffet to which only guests who were entitled to a full breakfast included such items as smoked salmon, strips of bacon, and omelets which were prepared fresh at a station; while hot items included in the continental breakfast area included such items as oatmeal and potatoes.

The quality of the food was not the best, in my opinion — so much so that I left the restaurant still somewhat hungry rather than go for additional helpings of food. Even the orange juice did not taste like it was freshly squeezed — and this resort property is located in the state of Florida.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A choice of cold cereals and assorted baked goods were also available. Most — if not all — of the baked goods were packaged instead of fresh and were rather forgettable.

The View

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Part of the view from the room looking towards the southeast is The Daytona Beach Coquina Clock Tower, which was built in 1937. It is located within the Daytona Beach Bandshell and Oceanfront Park Complex historic district; and it was entered into the United States National Register of Historic Places on Thursday, February 25, 1999.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Also known as the Main Street Pier, the Daytona Beach Pier — which is the structure jutting into the Atlantic Ocean in the background — has been around since 1925. At 1,000 feet, it is centrally located along the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The Daytona Beach Pier is open seven days per week, with access from the famous Daytona Beach Boardwalk — as well as from the foot of Main Street itself.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The photograph above shows the view from the room facing east; while the photograph below shows the view from the room facing northeast.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The View at Sunrise

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

I woke up early to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean; and I saw the Daytona Beach Coquina Clock Tower in a whole new light — literally — to me, anyway.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Off in the distance is the famous Daytona Beach Pier.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Capturing all of the vivid colors of the dawning of a new day was impossible.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The Daytona Beach Coquina Clock Tower and the Daytona Beach Pier became silhouetted after their lights were automatically turned off.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The sun peeked over the water and low layer of clouds off in the distance.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

A closer view of Daytona Beach Pier shows that dozens of people were already on the pier — either fishing or just enjoying the sunrise.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The clouds added a nice texture to the sunrise.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Other Views of the Resort Property

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

This is what the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property looks like from the beach…

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…and this is what the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property looks like from the Daytona Beach Pier.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property — which has 746 rooms — was an Adam’s Mark hotel property until July of 2004, when it switched over to Hilton.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Summary

If not for the view of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, my stay at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property would have been nothing more than ordinary. Nothing was bad with my stay — but the service was good; the room was reasonably comfortable; and the food at the breakfast buffet was fair to mediocre for the most part, in my opinion.

This resort property has no executive lounge.

The rate at which I initially booked my reservation was for $115.20 per night before taxes and fees; but when I checked only five days after booking my reservation, the room rate decreased to $98.40 per night — which is a savings of $16.80 per night before taxes and fees. If you have a reservation booked with which changes are not restricted, always periodically check the room rate to see if it had decreased — and if so, change it.

Keep in mind that you will pay $32.00 more per day plus taxes for parking and the daily resort fee. I was able to get the agent behind the front desk to eliminate the resort fee for one night; but he said there was nothing he could do about the parking fee.

Still, I recommend staying at this resort property if you plan on being in Daytona Beach and secure a good rate per night — generally less than $100.00 per night as the threshold, in my opinion — and especially if you are able to upgrade to a room with a view of the Atlantic Ocean without paying more for it.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida, 32118
1-386-254-8200
1-386-253-0275 Fax

Parking fee: $17.00 per night.

Resort fee: $15.00 per night includes the following:

  • Guest Internet access
  • Five dollars in credit for food
  • 15 percent off of facial or massage
  • 15 percent off gift shop on the regular price of clothes
  • One hour rental of board or bicycle
  • One select D-Dawgs arts-crafts
  • Breakfast free for children 12 years of age and younger off of the kid menu with parent
  • Local telephone calls and toll free telephone calls

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.


 

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4 thoughts on “Review: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort — With Breakfast, Divided”

  1. Carol says:

    We stayed here last year, as it’s only an hour away from home and the price was right. I thought the hotel was fine for what it was…a heavily used beachside hotel. I thought it was kept up reasonably well. The view was great… and for the price, it can’t be beat. Ultimately, we just don’t really care for the Daytona area that much… would much prefer to travel the extra 30 min. north to St Augustine. If this hotel at this price were located there…we would be back for sure!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I understand that many hotel and resort properties in the Daytona Beach area in general are past their prime, Carol; and that the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is arguably one of the best properties at which to stay — probably for the very reason you mentioned: people may no longer really care for staying in the Daytona Beach area.

  2. Otlaat says:

    Great location, wonderful staff. I spent 3 nights there and I liked the quality of the in-room wall art most. I also enjoyed sleeping to the sound of the waves. It was Great!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Sleeping to the sound of the waves was one of my favorite parts of my stay, Otlaat.

      So was having an ocean breeze coming into the room during the night.

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