Historical Traveller Reviews of Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Hotel
6/19/06 Great Hotel
We stayed here for 1 night. Everything was recently renovated and fresh. We had a lovely corner suite with a sort-of wraparound balcony on the 6th (?) floor....2nd to top floor. What a view! I really enjoyed the extra touches they left for amenities...i.e. lavendar pillow spray, eye mask, ear plugs, soothing CD...it really is the little things that matter. Bed was comfortable but the sheets could have been a higher thread count. We did not end up eating at the hotel but went down the street to mexican place which was so-so. (Dos Amigos?). We were going to have breakfast, but by the time we got there it was "buffet only" which did not look that fresh. This was a Monday am...I'm sure on the weekend you can order off the menu later. Did not really like the atmosphere of the restaurant...it was an odd decor...sort of stark. Staff was friendly, place was extremely clean, view was perfect. The area close to the hotel is a bit "dead". Not a lot of dining choices and certainly not much for shopping. Just your typical Florida strip mall stuff. We drove up to Cocoa Beach (appx 20 min) and walked on pier & had lunch there...it was pleasantly tacky and reminiscent of the piers "up north".
All in all, the Crowne Plaza would make for a great family vacation or even a quiet retreat for romance or simple relaxation. There is enough to keep you busy just a short drive away with Cocoa Beach or even a visit to Kennedy Space Center.
Very nice beachfront hotel
We stayed here June 10th, 2006. The room was gorgeous and had an oceanfront view room with a balcony. We paid $199+ tax. The beach had ocean activity rentals (we didn't rent any boogie boards or chairs or anything) but we did enjoy the beach. The beach was right next to the pool but we didn't use the pool. We liked the room - it was very clean but, unfortunately, it was just too crowded for 4 of us (me, my mom, and my 2 teens). The front desk people were VERY friendly at all times. Our room had a small refrigerator and microwave which was nice. The restaurant had great food but was a bit pricey (I think it was over $125.00 for all 4 of our dinners) - I guess that's to be expected since we weren't very close to any restaurants or take-out places nearby. All-in-all, I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling in Florida alone or with their significant other. I would rate this place a 4.5 out of 5.0 just because of the size of the room ... it was way too small.
Great Hotel, Ok beach
My husband and I stayed here the week before Memorial Day. The hotel was excellent, very clean and nicely decorated, and the staff at the front desk was efficient and courteous. We had an oceanfront room with two double beds. The room was very comfortable and clean, with soft mattresses and lots of pillows, as well as a nice lavender pillow spray. The bathroom was a bit small, but very clean and adequate for a hotel. the balcony was spacious enough for a table and two chairs, and was a nice place to relax and watch the ocean. The oceanfront rooms have a great view, the only thing between you and the beach is the deck for the restaurant. Be sure to ask for a room on a higher floor if you want quiet. We were on the sixth floor, and did not hear any noise from the restaurant at all. The pool and jacuzzi area were clean and well kept. There was also a spacious ocean deck for sunbathing. The beach itself was clean, and the sand relatively soft. The only disappointment was the reef rocks. You can only go in to about waist deep before running into the rocks, so swimming could be difficult. There were some nice tide pools at low tide, and some nice shells, so walking on the beach at low tide was nice. We even saw a sea turtle and a manatee.
The one problem we encountered was the restaurant. The food was good, but the service was a bit slow, especially since the place was relatively empty.
Very nice beach hotel!!
This property is very nice for a beach hotel. My family (mom, dad, two girls, 11 &13) stayed for two nights at a hotwire rate of $126.00, or so. Our first night we were given a room facing south (beachview) which had an exterior cooridor entrance. Not bad, but I really wanted a balcony (which allows a bit of get-a-way space from the kids) so the next morning the front desk allowed us to change rooms at no addiitonal charge. We then had basically the same room but with an interior entrance and a balcony facing the pool/front entrance. From our balcony we really saw more of highway AIA but could look around towards the pool area, and I didn't want to complain knowing they'd accommodated us even with our (low) hotwire rate. The lobby and front desk areas were beautiful and the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful, including the bellman who brought us brochures/magazines to help acquaint us with the area. The pool lies between the two sections of the hotel and was very nice and quite breezy. There is a hot tub and very nice beach access, plus tables overlooking the ocean where you can order drinks or food. Really, for the beach and way less than $200/nite, this place is great. There are oceanfront suites that looked very, very nice with wrap-around balconies facing both the ocean and pool. I don't know what they were priced but they were truly exceptional. The few oceanfront rooms they had were in the $260 range, average I'd say. We didn't eat at the hotel but went to a Woody's BBQ place about 1/2 mile south of the hotel and it was very good. We ate breakfast at The Blueberry Muffin about 1 mile away from the hotel and it was excellent, although crowded with locals who also appreciated the good food and delicious muffins! In our room we had a small fridge and microwave which served us well since there is a gourmet food store about a mile away (called The Green Parrot, if I remember correctly) where I bought cheeses, wine, beer, pasteries, etc. and brought them back to the room. I sipped wine and read magazines on the balcony while the sun set and the kids played on the laptop we brought (they never get enough!) So I guess they have internet connections in the room as well. The queen beds were super comfy with lots of soft, down-like pillows, plus a little gift bag with aromatherapy pillow spray, lotion and some other goodies. It seems like the northern section of the hotel is newer, and I'd recommend that side with its interior cooridors and balconies. The south side has the exterior entrances and no balconies, although the rooms are equally pleasant inside.
We had a lovely time and we'd definitely return!
Eat on the Beach
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza (which was a Holiday Inn until last year's hurricane forced a re-opening) for a leisurely weekend with the kids. Overall the hotel was clean and the rooms were adequate. We had a room overlooking the parking lot but you could see the ocean and we weren't in the room all that much anyway. The hotel is right on the beach and the surrounding area is very pretty. There are many good local restaurants in the area which turned out to be a blessing after we had an extremely disappointing dinner in the hotel's restaurant. The dining room was not very busy, even on a Saturday night, but apparently the few tables she had completely overwhelmed our waitress. We never received the soups we'd ordered, she never took a drink order and went the entrees came out the "Atlantic" salmon she'd told us was WILD was actually farmed salmon that was woefully undercooked. It was grilled salmon with a raw center! My pasta came out of the kitchen lukewarm and by the time the requested Parmesan cheese arrived the pasta was stone cold. Truly sad service, a poorly managed dining room, bad food and an overpriced menu - - a picnic on the beach would have been a much better idea!!
The staff at the Crowne Plaza were extremely friendly. Everything at this hotel has been renovated and looks very nice. The pool was
wonderful. Just the right temperature. The only problem we incurred, was with the jacuzzi. It was way too hot the first few nights, then too cold and it had a strange smell to it. The hotel fixed the problem and the jacuzzi worked well from that point on.
Great location, right on the water! Reef rocks are in the ocean right outside the hotel property, so swimming directly in front of the property is not possible without going farther out in the water. I would definitely consider staying here again!
After staying here for 3 nights and 4 days (late 6 pm checkout on 4th day) I wished we could have stayed much longer. The hotel staff is top-notch, from the front desk to the valets to the housekeepers. We had a suite, so took advantage of the kitchen and the fabulous room coffee. The sound of the Atlantic Ocean lulls you to sleep... on mattresses a foot thick, lots of pillows... sheer heaven! Although we did not use the restaurant, we did have room service, which was excellent. We were treated like royalty our entire stay.
I had heard that the hotel had been just been redone, the lobby was nice, but thats where it ends. The rooms looked as if they had been refinished in a hasty manner. Not what you would normally expect from a Crowne Plaza. I felt that it was overpriced for what it was....a dressed up Holiday Inn. I would stay somewhere else next time.
from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is currently (7/2005) closed, under heavy renovation/remodeling/reconstruction. It should re-open by the end of this year (2005).
A true beach hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
If you want a no frills hotel with spectacular views of the ocean, then this is the place to stay. The hotel is a bit older, but the rooms are clean and each has its own mini-fridge and a coffee maker and a private balcony. The rooms with partial or full ocean view are a bit more, but worth the extra money. The main deck area is nestled in between the hotel is large with a pool, hot tub, beach bar and lounge chairs which offer a clear view of the ocean. I didn't try the hotel restaraunt, but found the hotel staff to be very pleasant and laid back. Overall, it is a comfortable place to stay in a beautiful location. Would definetly stay there again!
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