Best Hotel Stays for the Daytona 500: A Local’s Guide

by on December 20th, 2010
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Even race fans have to sleep sometime. On February 26, 2012 thousands of NASCAR fans will crowd the streets of Daytona, Fla. There are hundreds of hotel options in the community. Here are a few hints that can help you make the most out of your stay during race week.

Homewood Suites Daytona Beach Airport/Speedway

There aren’t many closer hotels to the track. The Homewood Suites gets the top nod. Homewood is located about a half-mile from the track, so it’s still walking distance. Not only is this a nice hotel at a good rate, the rooms come equipped with a full kitchen and dishwasher, which can save you quite a bit of money if you plan on staying more than a day or two. The hotel also has a beautiful pool, a restaurant, and bar. It is close to dozens of restaurants and the Volusia Mall. The free breakfast buffet is also a huge hit at this location.

Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Airport (map)

The Hilton is another hotel that is extremely close to the track. The hotel is located at the corner of Midway Ave. and Richard Petty Blvd., just behind turns three and four of the speedway. The hotel boasts (in my opinion) some of the most comfortable beds in Daytona and is well maintained and nicely appointed. Hilton also offers free shuttle service to the airport, so if you plan on flying into town there is no need to rent a car, unless you like to go fast. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, gift shop, and newsstand.

Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center (map)

It would be difficult to talk about hotels in Daytona without mentioning one of the gorgeous beachfront hotels. Daytona Beach Resort is about five miles from the speedway so you won’t be able to walk to the track, but the view from your room should make up for it. The hotel’s rooms include a full kitchen and are stocked with dishes and silverware. Some notable amenities include a full-service spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an indoor lounge, a poolside bar, and a health club. If you decide to stay here consider upgrading to an oceanfront view.

Kristian Eberwein is a freelance journalist from Central Florida who has grown up in the shadows of Daytona International Speedway. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida and has been a published writer of fiction and non-fiction for the past fifteen years.Follow him on Twitter @KrisEberwein

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