Florida, Daytona Beach: The Shores Resort and Spa

The Shores Resort & Spa

2637 S Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118
(386) 767-7350

Friction Factor = MODERATE FRICTION
Value = MILDLY RECOMMENDED

We stayed at this hotel in January 2016. Our first impression was positive—an attractive beach front property with a high end design and amenities. The off-season cost was attractive but it is a resort. So you should expect significant compulsory fees over and above what is quoted when you make your reservation.

For parking you can choose self-parking across the street for $12/day (a covered walkway bridge brings you across the street to the hotel). Valet parking is $18/day plus tips. We were also not told about the $16/day resort fee. I know this is a common extra revenue source among high-end properties but, to me, it is unethical). This fee was not disclosed even when I asked by phone for the total cost.

We stayed in a king room on the 8th floor. A first for us—there is double entry to the room. The first door opens to another entry for two rooms. Then another door to get into our room, both doors with card key locks.

The attractive four poster bed stood out at first glance for being unusual. The beach-side wall is all glass, large windows. On this glass wall are oversized doors leading to a large balcony with table and comfortable chairs.

Wi-fi is free but does not have even the minimal security-lite access password. No thanks. Turn on your smartphone access point.

The bed and pillows were reasonably comfortable. Surprisingly there was no power outlet on the bed side tables. The outlet on the wall was too far away for convenient use with my smartphone (which I use as a Kindle to read in bed). My solution was to use one of my external USB batteries.

The desk came with a rocking/swiveling club chair and a convenient power outlet on the desk lamp.

A small flat screen TV was on a cabinet that has A/V ports if you prefer to watch Netflix. Unusually there was no note pad and pen in the room. Considering the taste of water in Florida we were pleased to find two complimentary bottles of water.

The bathroom was….interesting. It has a heavy, sound resistant door. The large vanity came with a porcelain bowl sink. A very large walk-in (walk around a corner) closet is accessed from the bathroom. There is a large shower area with heavy glass wall (no bathtub) and doorless entry. Unfortunately, the shower area was very disappointing. Maintenance was poor with damaged walls and floor. Worst of all, the showerhead bracket, designed to articulate to any angle and position, including overhead, was broken. It could not be adjusted and hold its place. So taking a shower was a challenge.

We were only there for one night and that was a cold, windy January night. But that night I did walk out onto the multi-level recreation patio behind the hotel. It comes with a heated sea water pool and a Jacuzzi. There are also several open gas fire pits to sit and converse. S'mores kits are available for $10 for toasting over these fire pits.

Hotel amenities include a spa which we did not use, so I can't comment on it. The hotel has a restaurant, the Azure restaurant, which we also did not visit.

We noticed at high tide that there is very little walking space on the beach. Still, we are beach people and the beach here looks very inviting. Had it not been raining and cold, we would have enjoyed a stroll on the beach.

See all of my reviews and photos at this hotel resort at FrictionFactor.com.