Hotels & Inns in Daytona Beach

by Cicely A. Richard

Daytona Beach calls itself “The World’s Most Famous Beach” and provides guests with 23 miles of sandy, white beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. The city provides numerous hotels and inns within walking distance of the coast. Daytona’s inns stand as monuments of the late 19th and early 20th century, featuring antique furniture and palatial properties. The city also hosts NASCAR’s Daytona 500, and several hotels are within walking distance of the racetrack.

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Oceanfront Hotels

Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village is right on the beach with rooms offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean Walk Village serves as the dining, shopping and entertainment center. The D-Dawg’s Kidszone provides supervised activities, including video games, arts and crafts, contests and storytelling. The Hilton also has two heated swimming pools, seven restaurants and lounges, and a concierge desk. All guest rooms have blackout curtains. Best Western Aku Tiki Inn sits on the beach and features Polynesian-style accents, including tiki carvings. The property is six miles from the Daytona International Speedway. On-site recreation includes an outdoor heated pool, a kids pool, table tennis and shuffleboard. Select rooms at Best Western have kitchens with stoves, ovens and refrigerators.

Airport Hotels

Homewood Suites by Hilton Daytona Beach Speedway-Airport is located at the Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR World Headquarters and across the street from the Daytona Beach International Airport. The 480-acre motorsports complex hosts the Daytona 500 every February and local racing activities. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour convenience store, area transportation and children’s movie rentals. Suites have kitchens with full-size refrigerators, two-burner stoves, dishwashers, and cooking and dining utensils. Hampton Inn Daytona Speedway-Airport is within walking distance of the speedway and the airport. The hotel provides airport shuttle and local transportation service. Guest rooms at Hampton Inn have blackout curtains and complimentary Internet.

Close to the Beach

The Villa Bed & Breakfast, built in the 1920s, is within walking distance of the beach. The pink Spanish mansion welcomes guests through its iron gates, where they see almost two landscaped acres of tropical gardens and a walled rose garden. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the interior features antique and handcrafted wood furniture, tapestries and 1920s light fixtures. All rooms have televisions with DVD players and Internet. The King Juan Carlos room has a fireplace, refrigerator and private terrace with a hot tub. The August Seven Inn is an 1896 Queen Anne Victorian mansion within walking distance of the beach. The inn serves breakfast in its dining room or on the veranda. The innkeepers help guests set appointments at Salon Above Spa 230. The rooms at August Seven Inn have whirlpool tubs and antique furniture.

Select Small Inns of Daytona Beach Members

The Coquina Inn, one of Daytona Beach’s oldest homes, is in the Old Daytona National Historic District, a neighborhood featuring turn-of-the-20th-century Queen Ann homes. This 1912 inn showcases artwork by Florida artists and Spanish tile and antique furniture, and the parlor has a baby grand piano. The innkeepers serve fresh-baked cookies, cakes and beverages all day. The inn accepts pets up to 45 lbs. and prepares homemade pet treats. Select rooms have private porches, soaking tubs and fireplaces. The River Lily Inn Bed & Breakfast overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. The 1888 home features a half-acre of oak and palm trees, and a heart-shaped pool. On-site amenities include a guest refrigerator, games in the living room and a library of books and DVDs. Each room has a private bath, flat-screen televisions and Internet.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .