Introduction to the Residence Inn
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One of the closest hotels to Port Canaveral and with limited views of the ships. Within walking distance (0.9 miles) of The Cove Restaurants at the Port and cruise terminal 1, but walking after dark is discouraged. Perfectly safe during the day and wheel-chair/stroller friendly. Some cruisers walk to the Port in the late afternoon then take a taxi back. The path is marked in green below.
Five very good restaurants are about 0.5 miles from the hotel – safe and easy walking. Preacher Bar is an interesting concept – classy yet eccentric with a different kind of menu! Kelsey’s serves popular Italian food. Zachary’s is Greek with a home-style menu. Thai Thai (you have to cross busy A1A) has the best Thai food in the area. Zarrella’s Pizza offers both Brick Oven and Wood Fire pizza as well as other Italian food. There are also McDonalds (MD), Burger King (BK) and Subway (SW) nearby. The Florida Beer Company is THE brewery in the area with tours and a wide selection of beer on tap. Racetrac sells affordable gas/diesel as well as wine, beer and fast food.
You can also rent a car from Hertz next door or take the local bus ($1.50) down to Cocoa Beach Pier and beyond – wait at the SCAT stop.
The mini golf is the cheapest of the three courses in the area but not the most exciting!
Port Shuttles – Yes
Hotel offers shared shuttles to/from the cruise port terminals at 11:15am. $5 pp. This is included for up to the number of persons (max 4) booked on a Park & Cruise Package. The current shuttle partner is Park’NCruise as shown in the picture below.
Airport transportation is not offered – guests can contact Smart-Two for quotes.
ON-Site Cruise Parking – Yes
Hotel parking included in Park & Cruise packages otherwise is $8 per night (you must buy a package in order to park during your cruise).
Cruise parking is at the back of the property away from the rooms. There are no fences or gates, meaning people can walk in off the street to access your vehicle but the area has no history of vehicle vandalism.
Restaurants & Bars – Yes, but…
There is a breakfast area (see images below).
The small outside patio bar offers basic drinks. Ask the bartender for takeout menus from nearby restaurants.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays the hotel offers a Residence Inn Mix with free wine and beer.
Rooms and Interior
While not the most exciting hotel, the Residence Inn is popular with families because of its room configurations! All rooms offer a fridge, microwave and coffee maker.
The Two-bedroom Suite rooms (max 6 people) are particularly nice because you get a living area separating two bedrooms each with a king bed as well as 2 bathrooms. The living room has a sofa bed. You can add one rollaway bed for $15 extra per night. There is a TV in each of the 3 rooms.
You can also opt for a One-Bedroom Suite (max 6 people) – a king or two queens in the bedroom and a pull-out queen sofa in the living room. You can add one rollaway bed for $15 extra per night. There is a TV in each of the 2 rooms.
Studio Rooms (max 4 people) feature a king bed and a sofa bed. You can add one rollaway bed for $15 extra per night.
How about Cruise Ship views?
You have very limited views of terminal 1 from the top floors at the front of the building.
The pool is large and inviting but designed for adults and not for children – no waterfalls or slides, etc. Lack of privacy because the pool is surrounded by rooms.
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