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by Mary Dickinson
October 30, 2005
We found a unit whose number coincided with the one on our papers from RCI, and before signing in, we peeked in the window to get some hint at what we were getting into. It looked okay, and we didn’t have an alternate plan anyway, so we registered. Once we were actually inside the unit, we were at ease with the situation and a little amused. Artwork had been painted on our entry door, and it was very attractive. The floors were all 12'x12' handmade Mexican clay tile, rough-looking but smooth to the touch. The two large rooms were attractively furnished with good Southern pine reproductions, and the kitchen counter was finished in very expensive imported antique ceramic tiles.
The living room had new, expensive, stylish upholstered furniture and a large television. In the bedroom was a, sectioned off, king-size Jacuzzi, sink, and separate closet for the toilet. The high queen-size bed was attractively dressed in a thick comforter and plush pillows, and the window was covered with white shutters with oversized louvers. A panel of stained-glass artwork hung in front of it. There was a television on the high chest of drawers. The walls were nicely finished in sheet rock but had nooks and crannies everywhere from former but altered construction.
Our unit was one of 16 that had recently been renovated and reopened after the September 2004 hurricanes. Vero Beach had been hit hard by the horrendous winds and high waves, and the extensive roofs covering most of the units were under repair. The crystal-clear pool near our unit (there are two pools at the resort) was next to the outdoor eating area, near Waldo’s, overlooking the ocean. We spent the week discovering all of Waldo’s various collections, located here and there at the resort and elsewhere in town.
From journal Exploring Vero Beach
West Palm Beach, Florida
April 13, 2005
Our unit had a large deck out the front door with rocking chairs. It was great for relaxing in the evenings and discussing all that we had done that day. The unit was large and well equipped. Overall, it is a very nice place to stay while visiting the area.
From journal Spring Break 2005
December 22, 2004
From journal Vero Beach
August 15, 2004
We went to Kennedy Space Center for a day and didn't get to see everything. We went to Cocoa Beach which was a typical beach town with all the surf shops which Vero Beach lacked. We went to Blizzard Beach in Disney World and that was a lot of fun. We also checked out the Disney Vero Beach Resort which I thought was nice, but I wasn't overly impressed for a Disney Property.
Overall, we really did like the Driftwood. Our living rooms was small, but we managed with no problem. No stove in our unit but they provided an electric grill and that worked well and we cooked out on the gas grills outside. We will probably go back one day.
From journal Driftwood Inn - Vero Beach
June 1, 2004
From journal The Other Florida
May 3, 2004
From journal April in Vero Beach
October 7, 2003
While the room was very small, it was plenty big enough for a romantic get away. The mini-kitchen was fine for making dinner and the huge picture window perfect for watching the sun rise over the ocean.
We were even more pleasantly surprised that although we were told we did not have an ocean view, there it was right outside our door. Because we were in the A building, which has several floors, we were able to be high enough up to look out our window or go out on our balcolny and have an incredible view!
The rooms were definitely a little older. We did have some ants in the kitchen, the air conditioner was incredibly loud, and the bed incredibly uncomfortable. Those hotel sheets never quite fit right and always come off! So if those things bother you this may not be the best place. But if you can live with a few hours in a noisy yet comfortable room and with many hours of beautiful views and ocean sunshine, then this place was great!
The resort is also known for all its antiquities and little nooks and crannies of things to see. You can walk through and see new objects all the time, so it was visually very interesting.
The pool that we used was not next to the restaurant and we found it very nice and not crowded at all. And of course they provided the "tar-off" stations to shower after coming up from the beach for the pool which was really nice.
Over all the resort was a pleasant surprise and we loved being able to walk to the ocean within one minute.
A few other pluses: check-in and out was very quick and easy, and they were very helpful with requests such as a plunger! And of course since we purchased a vacation escape and didn't use a week we really got a great bargain, less than half of what the regular room prices were per night.
From journal Beachfront Relaxation!
Palm Harbor, Florida
June 23, 2003
The description of place really had us looking forward to staying there, but that vanished as soon as we opened the door to our unit that was located in the newer "Breakers" section of the resort. It was not clean or was it maintained to the level that we are accustomed to with RCI places.
It was dingy everything appeared old and worn out. Many of the items that were assigned to the condo were missing. The kitchen bowls were dirty. One evening, I made the mistake of trying to recline the recliner and the handle came off in my hand.
The "full kitchen" was a joke, and it had cockroaches. But the staff was nice enough to provide a can of Raid under the kitchen sink. Gee thanks . . .
The unit was on the ocean, which was nice, but the balcony was not very pleasant. It was dirty and the top skin coating of concrete patch was coming off.
The staff was none too helpful in answering questions about restaurants and attractions, we had to find out everything on our own.
Again, disappointing resort. It reminded me of some places we used to stay in when I was a teenager going to Ocean City Maryland for the week. I think that I'm too old for that kind of stuff now and have paid too much for an RCI membership to have to put up with a place like this.
From journal Vero Beach: should be "Zero Beach"
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
June 18, 2003
It has a fantastic location right on the lovely white sandy beach with surf that was wonderful for children ranging from toddler to teen.
Unit was clean with queen bed in bedroom, pull-out double bed in living room, two full bathrooms and lots of closet space. There was a full kitchen with basic serving/dining ware, and the showers were equipped with shampoo and body wash. A VCR and tapes could be checked out from the front desk.
There were no beach chairs or umbrellas on site, so we bought them at Walmart for less than what a week's rental would cost, but it’s hard to buy them and leave them behind.
There are two pools onsite - one is in the dining area, so the kids could swim while we had a drink and took in the ocean view. Our unit had a patio at ground level, with a great children's park right next door.
From journal Driftwood Resort
December 8, 2002
From journal Rustic Florida - Atlantic Side