This was our first trip to the Sun Viking Lodge in Daytona Beach Florida and it was wonderful! If you are looking for a great, frugal family deal, Sunviking is it. They have all the ammenities traveling families need.
We were a family of 7; two adults and 5 children and ended up getting a 2 bedroom, oceanfront suite w/kitchen and it was the best decision we could have made. There was plenty of room for everyone and the separate rooms worked out perfectly. If we wanted to go to bed or watch tv quietly the teenagers could enjoy playing video games and snacking in the kitchen on the other end of the suite.
There are 2 swimming pools, inside and outside (outside has awesome water slide–though fast for the real small kids) and a kiddie pool and hot tub area. It does not seem crowded here at all and we were surprised considering this is spring break for most. The room was clean and neat and the kitchen came with everything you would need to cook with. They even gave us dishtowels, silverware and dishes/cups/glasses. They have a microwave, toaster, large coffeepot (12 cup) and cookware. Coin operated laundry facilities are on each floor and was a blessing in disguise. Since we stayed for 5 days and 6 nights, we had to do laundry twice.
The suite has two televisions, one in the livingroom and one in the bedroom area and yes, one of the tv’s did have the needed jacks to plug in an XBox or PS3.
The fold out bed in the livingroom is large enough for two adults to sleep in, so if you want to pile a few little ones in there, you could certainly do so.
I would highly recommend bringing your own towels as there is never enough. Also, if you can get your hands on a beach chair and beach umbrella, bring it. They rent them on the beach, but why not have your own. I picked up a beach umbrella for about 10.00 and the local walgreens here sells the beach chairs for 10.00 each.
There are daily activities for everyone here, including coloring and games for the little ones, bingo, shuffleboard, basketball hoop (shatterproof glass enclosed for everyone’s safety–smart idea!)
The beach is endless and is not crowded at all. You can drive your vehicle right onto the beach! If you do bring little ones, please watch them close because they may run into the path of a vehicle, motorcycle or dunebuggy. They go slow, but you just never know.
All in all this place is fantastic and we will definitely come back year after year. We got a great price and used a discount code online for deeper savings.
Try Sun Viking Lodge. You won’t be disapppointed!!
Room Tip: Oceanfront all the way.