Richard Arms, Unit 20, in Cocoa Beach has spoiled me: Now I never want to book a hotel chain again! The good reviews you’re seeing are spot on. Don’t be fooled by the building’s exterior: It’s all been completely remodeled inside. The first thing that came to mind was the Wayne’s World movie quote, “Whoa! This is definitely the kind of place I’m going to get when I move out of my parents’ house!” It’s that cool.
Location? The neighborhood is safe and quiet, the property is oceanfront and a 15 minute walk/5 minute drive south gets you to Cocoa Beach Pier. If you want a semi-private slice of beach, it’s literally steps from your door; but if you came to Cocoa Beach for surfing, restaurants and activities closer to the pier, it’s a stone’s throw away. The communication before, during and after the stay? Welcoming and helpful in every way—stellar customer service. Lora went above and beyond by immediately dispatching herself on a rainy night just for a simple request. Tastefully and delightfully decorated in a beach décor, you will relish just lazing about in the room after a day’s activities. The beds are clean and sinfully comfortable (and bless you, Richard Arms, for NOT using the typical hotel itchy bedspreads), the bathroom gorgeous and spotless. There are plenty of extra towels, linens, and yes, they even thought to throw in some beach accessories in the second closet—boogie boards, beach towels, buckets and pails for the kids, chairs, etc. Really thoughtful! Oh yes, and the living room furniture: There are two “easy chairs”, if you could even call them that, which are definitely not your grandpa’s easy chair. It’s as if the Jetsons hired an Italian designer to create something with the color of vanilla ice cream and the comfort of a cashmere sweater---and their companion is a luxurious chaise that will instantly transform you into the Queen of Sheba (and that goes for the gents, as well, haha). Simply divine relaxation.
No more dealing with those cramped-and-hardly-working-mini fridges in cheap hotels: Richard Arms features a furnished dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, plenty of counter space with barstools for morning coffee or an afternoon snack and even a dishwasher (dishwasher!) with provided soap pods. Pots and pans, dish sets, utensils, coffee maker, cutting boards, dish towels and soap—you name it, it’s there, just add groceries and save on those touristy restaurant meals. Oh, speaking of which, Publix is less than a mile away; same for Dunkin’ Donuts if you must have your morning fix.
And did I mention the cleanliness of it all? S-P-A-R-K-L-I-N-G. Like, everywhere. This was not a place that was hurried through with some disinfectant wipes; every inch of it was immaculate, so extra super-duper points for having what is obviously a fantastic cleaning crew.
There is a tad of renovation that might still be going on with the building’s exterior, but it looks like they’ll be done soon and they weren’t there over the weekend. Other than that, zero complaints and looking forward to the next trip to Cocoa Beach and being in (forgive me) “Richard’S Arms” again!