Hotel Review: Country Inn and Suites Port Canaveral

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When I go to a cruise port, I always check out the hotels in the area that may stick out to a potential cruiser.  This journey was destination Port Canaveral, Fla., and this is what I found.

Country Inn and Suites

9009 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral FL 32920,

Reservations: 1-800-596-2375 US/Canada Toll-free

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This hotel is for you if you’re: a cruiser, a business traveler, if you need plenty of room for family activities, enjoy complementary breakfast,  and comfortable beds.

This hotel isn’t for you if:  you prefer an outside hotel room.

This property is located approximately 1 mile from the Port Canaveral and sits right off Astronaut Blvd. (you can see some of the cruise ships from the hotel)

The property offers amenities such as shuttle service to Port Canaveral, 24 hour business center, complimentary hot breakfast, heated jacuzzi, pool, childrens pool, arcade and fitness center.

My Experience:

I arrived at the hotel property at 11 am. There was plenty of parking and a well kept landscape. When I walked in, a friendly and courteous staff greeted me.

This Country Inn and Suites property is slated as the #1 Country Inn & Suites in North America ( includes Canada & Mexico with over 500 Country Inns ).  They were named #1 because of their scores on cleanliness and friendliness by Carlson.

The inside and outside appearance of the hotel was immaculate!  Always paying attention to detail, I noticed a member of the house keeping staff cleaning the base of the stairwell.  Outside of a cruise ship, I have never seen a housekeeping department so kept and together.

My reservation was in the system and was booked through the property so check in was hassle free.  Booking online though offers a low price guarantee.

My room ( 2 doubles)  included:

-Complimentary Wired and Wireless High Speed Internet

-2 Phone Lines

-Desk with Ergonomic Chair

-Side Wing Lounge Chair

-Microwave

-Fridge

-Coffee Maker

-Iron/Board

-Hairdryer

One cool feature that impressed with was the fast internet and recycling receptacles in the room.  Green friendly is good!

Dinner was at Fish Lips, a seafood restaurant that offers a great view of all the ships leaving port.  After watching the three ships in port leave, we headed back to the hotel to do some online work. Talking to the front desk, they  told me on weekends they offer complementary shuttle service to the area restaurants.

The hotel was very quiet and peaceful at night with no distractions.

I got an opportunity to meet the General Manager, Bud Burch.  Mr. Burch was very informative about the property and answered all our questions on how the shuttle system operates from the hotel to the cruise terminal.  The cruise package (park and shuttle) is per room and you can park your car on the hotel property (save the 15/per day at pier) and enjoy the shuttle service to and from the ship.  In three years, the hotel hasn’t had one passenger miss their ship because of error.  Very comforting to know.

This property also participates in the ‘Read It and Return’ program. Kids can rent books from the hotel and return it at their local ‘Country Inn and Suites’ once home.

The next morning we checked out the complimentary hot breakfast buffet, no complaints there.  The buffet offered omelets, bacon, home fries, cereal, waffles, danishes, yogurt, etc.

Check out was a breeze and we were on our way. There is a gas station right next to the hotel too, in case you forget any of the little things.

Closing comments

A GREAT pre-cruise hotel and family friendly!

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  1. Jessica Galle says

    This sounds like a great place to stay when coming into town to leave for a cruise. I think it’s great that the hotel allows guests to leave their cars on property and shuttle them to the port so they can save on parking. I love a continental breakfast that goes above and beyond cereal & bagels and am glad to hear that some hotel owners still take pride in cleanliness in their hotels (some places are just scary). My favorite part of this hotel though is that they participate in a recycling program (which is rare for hotels) – going green is awesome and I’m very impressed by a hotel that takes steps to participating in their local recycling program. I look forward to possibly one day staying at the Country Inn & Suites in Port Canaveral.

  2. Derrick says

    That is a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing. Those port parking charges get crazy sometimes. I will be doing my first cruise out of Canaveral in January.

  3. Tom says

    Went on a cruise back in May. The family enjoyed the hotel. Breakfast was good. Hotel was VERY clean. Internet worked great. Highly recommend this hotel for families who cruise out of Port Canaveral because of the free parking!

    Plan on staying there again next year.

  4. Carol says

    Great review and video! Thanks for the information. My sister had just asked me about Country Inn and Suites. She was wanting to stay there, but didn’t have any reviews or information on them. I will certainly share with her. Thanks.

  5. chris says

    Folks, you notice that these entries are all posted on the 6th of Dec. 2009 and they are all only with in a total of 9 minutes? It couldn’t be more clear to me that they are from the hotel or at the very least the same person. I would not trust these comments if I were you. Be aware of things like this.
    Besides, the most common way of most people, is to fly in to Orlando the night before the cruise and stay at on of the airport hotels. There are shuttle services that pick you up right at the lobby of your hotel to bring you to the ship, at cheap rates.

  6. says

    I assure you that these are not posted by the hotel. Same person…not sure. The most common way of most people? Is not to stay 50 minutes away with 2 lanes of frequent blockage due to accidents. Why would you not want to stay less than a mile from the terminal and have a view of your cruise ship from your room? I agree with the posts being similar in posting time, but to point out YOUR error they were not all posted on the 6th.

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