Melbourne is a city most commonly associated with Australia, but there is another Melbourne within the continental US, on the east coast of Florida. Known for its zoo, and its proximity to the Space Coast, this hotel is affordable enough to consider when you are out and about this area.
A foggy setting
The hotel is set within a residential neighborhood and is just off a small state road that connects to the main thoroughfare, I-95. On a dark and particularly humid day, the fog can set in, giving the dark surroundings of the hotel an eerie feel. However, once you get inside, this is not your typical scary movie hotel. In fact, it is inviting enough for you to stay.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a small reception area, where you can lounge on the chairs and watch a bit of TV. If you arrive anytime between the morning and early evening, citrus flavored water is available to the guests. If that isn’t your thing, then the pantry is available 24 hours a day for you to buy the drinks and snacks that you prefer. Unfortunately, the hotel does not offer free buffet breakfasts, so you are left on your own to forage for your food, but luckily, the reasonably priced pantry also caters to your breakfast needs as well. There is no notable view, other than roofs of your neighbor’s houses, and trees. If you want to eat somewhere close or buy groceries to stock up for the kitchen, there is a 7-11 convenience store within a 10 minute walk (or 0.5 miles) away from the hotel. Another option is CVS Pharmacy, also within a 10 minute walk from the hotel, which offers grocery items aside from the pharmacy. Craving for restaurant food? Head on over to the Grecian Garden Cafe, a 5 minute walk from the hotel. They do have limited hours though, and normally offers breakfast and lunch options from Monday to Saturday, and dinner from Thursday to Friday.
A studio of your own
The room at Candlewood Suites Melbourne-Viera is bigger than what you might expect from a typical double occupancy hotel room. It has a mini kitchenette where you can cook meals, and a bigger refrigerator than what other hotels offer you. There are also complimentary popcorn, as well as coffee and tea, and a complete set of utensils, plates, bowls, and other cutlery. A table and chair is included in the room for you to work or just sit down and watch TV. There’s also a comfortable chair and ottoman where you can kick back your shoes and relax. The bathroom is relatively big for the room; you’ll get a shower and a tub of your own. One thing that’s a bit sub par compared to other hotels is the toiletries they provide you. Candlewood Suites Melbourne-Viera only gives out a shampoo and two bars of soap, which you may find lacking when other hotels give out bottles of conditioner, lotion, and even mouthwash!
A shared entertainment center
Aside from the room, the hotel has a few other amenities like free magazines that you can get at the common area during your stay, a small business center, and a big cabinet filled with DVDs, books, and games. If you are traveling with kids, the board games are perfect to keep them entertained in the evening. There is also a gym and a washer and dryer on site. If the weather is great outside, you can also try out the pool, which isn’t very big, but is good enough for a relaxing time.
Value for money, but with limitations
If you are looking for value for money and don’t really mind being away from the beach in terms of accommodation while within the Melbourne/Cocoa Beach area, then this hotel can be considered. However, do expect to drive to attraction sites and establishments if you stay at this hotel. You’re essentially trading value for money over convenience - which can be a deciding factor for this hotel.