Nautilus Inn (Daytona Beach, Florida)


In Greek the word ‘nautilus’ means sailor but here I am talking about a fine place to stay on the shores of Atlantic Ocean; in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Daytona Beach at one time was a happening place on the shores of Atlantic but some devastating tornado had brought down quite a few good hotels and the place never got back its old shine and charm. But to me, it’s still the best place from where one can admire the ocean from dawn to dusk.
While planning for our trip to Florida, I insisted on staying in Daytona and drive down to Orlando for the theme parks and even a day trip to Miami. While I poured on to the various hotel sites I realized that there was one North Atlantic Avenue and a south and the best bet that I found was Nautilus Inn in the South Atlantic Avenue.
The pictures of the hotel looked nice and the ocean front rooms were just too good. After talking to one of their customer service agents on the phone and getting an assurance of an oceanfront room on a higher floor, we were all set.
The day we arrived, the lobby was packed with a tour group of senior citizens and till the last day of our stay there we saw and met different groups of senior citizens. Later when we checked with the reception we learnt that the hotel is owned by a senior citizen travel company and was hence done up to cater to them.





The hotel serves hot continental breakfast every morning. Homemade muffins, hard boiled eggs, breads, bagels, doughnuts, condiments, cereals, milk, tea & coffee; quite enough for anyone who would like a light or a heavy breakfast.
The pool is nice and clean and it leads to the white sandy beach. The hotel is well protected as it has its own private gate that can be operated only by the guests with their respective room cards.
The rooms are spacious and airy. The balcony is pretty good and has two chairs and a small table in case one wants to sit and relax. Rooms either have a king size bed and sofa bed for a family of three or more or two queen beds and a sofa bed. There are sofa chairs and coffee tables too. The oceanfront room is equipped with a small dining table and a fully furnished kitchen that has a microwave, a fridge, stove top and all kinds of crockery, cutlery and utensils that one might need during the stay. The coffee maker is also there but unfortunately the coffee packs did not get re-filled. The bathroom is not very spacious but it is loaded with spotlessly white clean towels and other necessary things. The hair dryer was kept somewhere deep inside one shelf and I couldn't locate it one day one. The only thing missing in the room was an iron and an ironing board and on Christmas day, the housekeeping lady left our beds undone and just cleared out the garbage...phew!!
The staff is friendly and helpful. On a deserted Christmas day we drove for miles to look for a eating place and found everything closed. We called the hotel reception and they suggested a Thai restaurant that would be opened and the food was just out of the world.

Overall, a very peaceful place to come and stay if one is not looking for the hustle-bustle associated with the city life.