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Old 05-11-2011, 05:43 AM
 
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We will be visiting Melbourne relatives sometime this month or in early June and have decided to spend a couple of nights in a beachfront hotel/motel. There are so many that we are looking for recommendations.

When we've visited in the past, I always get to Canova Beach a time or two to watch the sun rise, so we're looking for something that would allow for that kind of peaceful experience. Ideally, I would like to be able to leave the balcony doors or windows (if there is no balcony) open at night, assuming we get there while the nights are still reasonably cool. (I spent part of my childhood on Fort Myers Beach, left forty years ago, and am suddenly longing to wake to the sound of waves.) The big question: is it safe to do so? Should we look for a high-rise with a balcony, or are there more "old Florida" motor courts in areas where leaving the windows open is a not-totally-crazy idea? (Our relatives haven't opened their windows since they moved to Florida, so they're not the people to ask.)

If anyone has any recommendations for places to stay or areas to avoid, I would appreciate it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:01 AM
 
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We will be visiting Melbourne relatives sometime this month or in early June and have decided to spend a couple of nights in a beachfront hotel/motel. There are so many that we are looking for recommendations.

When we've visited in the past, I always get to Canova Beach a time or two to watch the sun rise, so we're looking for something that would allow for that kind of peaceful experience. Ideally, I would like to be able to leave the balcony doors or windows (if there is no balcony) open at night, assuming we get there while the nights are still reasonably cool. (I spent part of my childhood on Fort Myers Beach, left forty years ago, and am suddenly longing to wake to the sound of waves.) The big question: is it safe to do so? Should we look for a high-rise with a balcony, or are there more "old Florida" motor courts in areas where leaving the windows open is a not-totally-crazy idea? (Our relatives haven't opened their windows since they moved to Florida, so they're not the people to ask.)

If anyone has any recommendations for places to stay or areas to avoid, I would appreciate it.
You really aren't going to find a lot of the old motor court type motels on the beach. Most are the chains. Have you considered a bed and breakfast?

As per hotels my family usualy stays at the Hilton or Doubletree when they come down. Usually get really good rate by using hot wire etc. They got the Doubletree 2 years ago for $59 a night and last year the Hilton for $75 a night. I don't think either have ground floor rooms so would have a balcony. I would not be afraid to leave door open at night in either one.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Palm Bay, FL
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When my company has customers visit, they usually stay in the beachside hotels. The cost is usually about the same as staying on the mainland - cheaper in some instances. The ones everyone usually likes are the Doubletree and the Radisson. Both are 100% oceanfront rooms. The Doubletree is also suites, similar in layout to what you would expect at an Embassy Suites with a living room and a bedroom. Feel free to leave the sliding door to the balcony open at night, it's perfectly safe.

The Crowne Plaza and the Hilton are both supposed to be nice hotels also, but not every room at those properties is oceanfront.
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