Back to work at the Cape. The hotels around the Cape Canaveral Cruise Port are almost always sold out. Spring Break didn’t improve the situation. As I was able to get a reservation during the week at my usual spot in Cape Canaveral, I had to stay the night before somewhere else. All the hotels I checked in Cape Canaveral were sold out but I found the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, which is just a 10-minute drive south. Prices were kinda high and I booked the lowest available rate which was for a “CITY VIEW 2 QUEEN ROOM”. The Hilton app allowed me to buy an upgrade for an ocean view room for $19 per night. My stay was for one night anyway and I tried to gamble and see if I could get eventually a free upgrade. I have Hilton Gold Status which I receive through my credit card. After a long drive from Miami, I finally arrived at the hotel around 4:30 p.m.
After parking in front of the main entrance of the hotel, I got greeted by the valet and asked him if it would be ok to leave the car here for check-in. He acknowledged and I went inside to check-in. No wait time to get my check-in process started. I got greeted by the receptionist and I asked if they have an ocean-view room available. He said he is sold out on these types of rooms but he wanted to check something. I got lucky and he had a “special” room available. Chuck, the receptionist explained that it is a room on the top floor with an ocean view but the room doesn’t have a bed. My first thought was: A room without a bed, this is a hotel or not? He explained that the room only has a sleeper sofa or they could bring over a roll-away bed. I was confused and he offered to show me the room. We took the elevator upstairs to the 7th floor and all the way down the hallway to the room with the double door. Housekeeping was still working on cleaning the room as we arrived.
The room itself is usually not a guest room, it’s more the living room portion of one or two connecting rooms. However, for this night, nobody booked this “living room” with their regular adjoining rooms. The view from the room is amazing, the only downside no real bed. I decided to take it anyway and see how it plays out. I have been in worse places, like camping in the passenger seat of a Mustang. That’s way worse than this room. I agreed to take the room and we walked back downstairs to the front desk. There I received a parking placard for my car and a drink-voucher because of my Gold-status with Hilton. I parked my car in the huge parking lot out front and went out to the Castaway Beach Bar, which is located halfway down the beach walkway. I enjoyed an ice-cold beer while sitting there and watching the beach and the ocean. The receptionist told me that I will receive a call or message once my room is ready. So after finishing my beer, I walked around the property to get an idea of what’s available. About an hour later, I received the awaited text message that I can move into my room now. I grabbed my bags out of my car and went back to the front desk to pick up my keys.
Living Room for the rooms 710 and/or 713 (Room 712)
As mentioned earlier, this is basically a living room if you upgrade either room 710 or 713 to an Oceanfront Suite. You can also book both rooms and have the living room joining both bedrooms together.
Overall it’s a very spacious room with two windows facing directly the beach and ocean. This room offers a great view of the sunrise in the morning. The room has a little kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, and a sink. However no dishes. One half of the room has a dining table for 5 in front of the kitchenette and a long seat-bench along with the window. The other half has a sleeper sofa with a cocktail table facing the flatscreen TV and has a seating area with two chairs and a desk in front of the window. Next to the TV is a closet with a safe, iron and ironing board, and pillows, and blankets for the sleeper sofa.
I asked them to put a roll-away bed in the room even while it came already with a sleeper sofa. And I didn’t regret my choice. The roll-away bed doesn’t look very comfortable but one night sleep proved me different. I had a great rest and didn’t feel like I was sleeping in a roll-away bed. So this worked out pretty well for me.
The only downside is the bathroom. It’s very small and tiny but has everything you need including a shower/bathtub combination. Getting the door to close, you have to almost squeeze in. I don’t blame the hotel for this as it is supposed to be only a half-bath because of the location in the living room. Overall a great room and I enjoyed my night here. It was great having an ocean-view with the small compromise of not having a Queen or King bed. By the way, the only other thing missing was a work desk, to set up a laptop for work. I used the big dining table for this and luckily there was a wall outlet not too far from the table to charge my laptop.
The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront has a lot to offer. The first thing you will notice is the huge and beautiful lobby. Plenty of seating to hang out and relax and there is also a business center across from the front desk. The business center has multiple workstations, some of them are Apple PCs other once are regular Windows workstations and there are some iPads mounted to the table with a chair in front of them. So plenty of choices. At the end of the business center are two flatscreen TVs and a small seating area.
The rest of the ground floor is pretty much taken up by the restaurant, coffee shop, and meeting rooms. The fitness center is located to the left on your way to the Longobards Tiki Bar and Grille outside on the pool deck.
The pool deck is amazing. It has plenty of seats and loungers outside of the actual pool area. Great to sit down and soak up the sun. The pool area itself has some loungers as well and a little fenced off play area for small kids.
On the pool deck near the boardwalk leading to the beach is the rental store for beach equipment. You can rent whatever you need for the beach. Starting from umbrellas and beach chairs all the way to surfboards, kayaks, volleyball, and even private or group surf lessons. They definitely offer a lot of fun activities. The beach is just a short walk down the boardwalk. There is one volleyball net set up and plenty of beach area to spread out and hang out. The beach never really got crowded here. There was enough space to just move a little further up or down the beach area to find a wide-open spot.
And if you want to do something else and special. I highly recommend you to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. A one of a kind attraction, you won’t find anywhere else.
After settling into my room and getting some work done, I was hungry. I had two choices the Longboards Tiki Beach Grille or the Salt Restaurant which I chose for dinner. After taking the elevator down to the 1st floor I was greeted by a waiter who took me over to my table. My waitress showed up shortly after to take my order. It’s weird that it is so hard in the US to order soft-drinks without ice. She brought me my beverage again with a lot of ice but I didn’t want to complain and just stuck with it. She also brought some bread in the meantime while waiting for my entree. After a short wait, my food showed up – pan-seared salmon. My entree was good but service this night was at most mediocre as I had to wait forever to get a refill on my coke.
Breakfast was a different story. I showed up right in the morning shortly after they opened the breakfast buffet at 6:30 a.m. and got a small table for myself. The buffet is served in a small separate room of the restaurant, which is closed during dinner. Service during breakfast was fast and quick. My server came over and over to ask me if I wanted refills on my orange juice or coffee. My plates got cleaned off the table quickly. That’s how service should be. The buffet was amazing. They have a very huge selection of breakfast articles and also an omelet station, where a chef will prepare your eggs to your choice. Thanks to my Gold status with Hilton HHonors I received a complimentary breakfast which would be otherwise $17.
For more dining options the hotel has the Tiki Beach Grille right outside the restaurant on the pool deck. They are open until midnight and it’s a great place to hang out and relax. There is another but smaller tiki bar on your along the boardwalk to the beach. It’s called the Castaway Beach Bar. It’s a nice little tiki bar with plenty of seating and great ocean views. They have a few tables and even more seats to sit down and enjoy a drink while watching the beach and the ocean.
Inside is a small coffee shop called “Cool Beans”. It’s kinda like a Starbucks with coffee and small snacks. Right next to it, is a counter where you can get ice cream. This is awesome for the hot summer months or to make your kids happy.
Overall the hotel gives you enough options so you never actually have to leave the premises to get food. You can, as you are located in Downtown Cocoa Beach with many restaurants nearby. Some of them within walking distance.
This is a great hotel for a weekend beach getaway. You can basically arrive at the hotel and relax at the beach for a weekend. The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront offers everything you need for a relaxed stay. The staff is super friendly and helpful. I felt welcome during my whole stay. My check-in took a bit longer than expected but that was partially my fault, as I wanted to have an ocean-view room. They had regular rooms facing the city available right away. I am not even top-tier with Hilton HHonors and still felt treated like a loyal customer and friend of the brand.
The pool can get crowded at times but hey the ocean is just a short walk away. Unfortunately no beach rentals are included with regular room rates but on the other hand, the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront doesn’t charge this stupid resort fees other hotels use to lure you in a “rate-trap”.
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