Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Stylish new look with nautical-themed accents
Updates completed in 2014 have given the hotel a sophisticated feel. A soft blue and white color scheme extends from the lobby into the hallways. The artsy color photographs and other small beach-y and nautical-themed elements (such as porthole-style mirrors hanging by thick rope), along with chic, outdoor lounge areas, make the Beach House Resort feel much less like the chain hotel that it is. This extends to the trendy new restaurant and renovated tiki bar, though not the rooms, which can do with some new carpeting.
Right by the beach and within walking distance of shops and dining
The hotel is just off a traffic circle and right by Coligny Beach Park, which is a public beach that can get somewhat crowded. The property is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants, including the nearby Coligny Plaza Shopping Center, and is about a 15- to 20-minute drive from the local airport, depending on traffic.
Basic rooms with some stylish elements
The 202 rooms are pretty basic, and some guests say they could use a refresh as well, or at least new carpeting and bathroom floors. Aside from the dull grey carpeting, the rooms are pretty nice looking, with a soft blue color scheme and sleek, dark wood furniture. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, safes, Keurig coffee machines, irons, and ironing boards. The bunk beds in the Family Suites are a fun touch. The oceanfront rooms have small balconies, but trees and the pool area block much of the sea views.
Outdoor tiki bar and popular restaurant
The popular Tiki Hut outdoor pool and beach bar hosts live music, and renovations completed in 2014 have made the space with the thatched hut able to be used year-round. The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar gets high marks for the food and stylishly rustic atmosphere. The pool deck features some gathering spots, including a fire pit area. The hotel also has a small gym and offers bike rentals. The beach has plenty of lounge chairs, and a beach volleyball court. Events can be held on the beach, and there are also a few meeting rooms.
Though it is part of the Holiday Inn chain, the Beach House Resort feels more like a boutique hotel. In early 2014, the hotel completed renovations to the lobby, opened a new restaurant, and redid some of the common areas. This upper-middle-range property is a good value compared to other nearby resorts, though the rooms could use a bit of freshening up. Guests who want a good look at the sea should note that rooms facing the ocean only offer a partial view obscured by trees and the pool area.
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