The Villa looks very nice from the outside however that warm fuzzy feeling disappears once you have the chance to actually look at the place up close. Jim and his cat Smokey greeted us when we arrived and as he showed us around it became apparent that the cat (which was not mentioned in the advertisement) had free roam of the house which seems odd considering that many people are allergic to cats. Once Jim showed us the house, the kitchen area which had crumbs all over the counter and dishes piled in the sink he then pointed out the tea pot which he offered us to use however it looked as though it came from a yard sale. He continued the tour and finally led us to the separate rooms that my sister and I were going to be staying in and then left us to settle in. My sister had the Queen Isabella room and I had the Marco Polo room. As soon as I started looking around the room both my sister and I noticed that the dust around the headboards and the night stands was very thick. I'm not sure if it was the cat or the dust but it caused my sister to become congested almost immediately. We left the property to get some dinner and decided that this was not a place either of us wanted to stay at so we called Jim and explained to him that my sister might be allergic to the cat. When we returned to give him back the keys and the gate opener we offered to pay for the one night thinking he would not accept it due to the cat causing my sister's reaction but he insisted on $100.00 saying he waited for us to arrive even though he lives in the house. Our decision not to stay was the best choice we made. We lost a $100.00 but checked in at a Hyatt right on the beach for a cheaper rate. I am not usually one to complain but for the price he was charging this shouldn't be considered a "bed and breakfast" as all he was offering us to eat in the morning was a fruit cup or some yogurt and toast. I would not recommend this to anyone I know or anyone who is expecting something extravagant. The pictures make this place look a lot brighter than it really is.
On a positive note: The house has plenty of history and Jim is great at sharing his stories of the family portraits that adorn the walls in the hallway. There are a lot of antiques throughout the home as well. The best feature about the place was the gated property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic Spanish mansion, built in 1929, is located on the beachside and is just four blocks from miles of sparkling beaches. Surrounded by majestic palm trees and flowering hibiscus The Villa Inn Bed & Breakfast offers many unique surprises. Choose from four uniquely themed guest rooms including the King Juan Carlos room with private balcony and whirlpool tub on the veranda. Our guests enjoy an array of sightseeing and attraction options nearby including the revitalized boardwalk area teeming with fun-filled amusement rides and arcade games, the historic Band shell which hosts free concerts and firework shows every Saturday night during the summer months and the Main Street Pier, home to Joe's Crab Shack and The Roof, an island-style, relaxing rooftop bar with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. The Villa Bed & Breakfast is also walking distance to Seabreeze Blvd. where you'll find shops, cafes and trendy nightlife. The Villa Inn Bed & Breakfast is the perfect respite for business travelers, race fans, romantic getaways, weddings and more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Villa b&b
- The Villa Hotel Daytona Beach