I had the pleasure of attending Cocoa Beach Uncorked with my sister-in-law Heather this past weekend to cover the food and wine festival for The Daily Meal. (Read my article here!) I’ll tell you more about the food and wine festival later, but for now here’s a look at Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is ready to welcome you for a stay on charming Cocoa Beach in one of its 295 guest rooms. The hotel is modern in style and situated right on the ocean with beach access and many nearby attractions. Cocoa Beach is about 50 minutes east of Orlando on Florida’s Space Coast, a term to describe 70+ miles of Atlantic coastline. I had never spent any time on Florida’s east coast before and was pleasantly surprised! Just look at this beach.
We stayed in a standard two-bed guest room. We didn’t have a noteworthy view but the hotel certainly offers them with their premiere rooms. Kudos to Hilton for providing Peter Thomas Roth products in the bathroom! I’m a PTR fan and was thrilled to see them. The room is an excellent value for the price. Between the black out curtains and thick comforter, I slept in embarrassingly late!
The hotel is right on Cocoa Beach. You’re just steps away from dipping a toe into the Atlantic Ocean. For a day at the beach, you can rent all sorts of water toys, boogie boards, chaise lounges, bicycles, and even schedule a surf lesson. There’s a heated outdoor pool if you’d rather not swim in the ocean and a splash pad for kids. My favorite amenity besides the proximity to the beach is the fire pits on the enormous pool deck. My regular readers know how much I adore curling up next to a fire pit after a long day!
Another important amenity is the hotel’s convenient location. When you’re at Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, you are minutes away from premiere dining, putt putt (we loved our time at Golf-N-Gator!), Port Canaveral, Ron Jon Surf Shop, the Kennedy Space Center, and more. There’s tons to do on Cocoa Beach and you’re right in the middle of it.
Oh and because I’m a Game of Thrones fanatic, I have to note that the hotel offers complimentary HBO. Score!
Since I was in town for a food and wine festival, I didn’t dine too much at the hotel but there are a few things I want to feature. First of all, you need to know about the gelato at Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. There’s a gelato bar in the lobby right next to the elevators. The gelato blew my expectations out of the ocean. Be sure to save room for an afternoon scoop during your stay! You won’t be sorry.
Cool Beans serves Starbucks coffee (hooray!), pastries, fruit, sandwiches, wraps, cookies, and more 24 hours a day. It’s great for a quick pastry breakfast or midday snack.
Salt is Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront’s fine dining restaurant with fresh seafood in a tropical atmosphere. We only ate at Salt for breakfast our last day (I had an omelet and toast) but Salt was also part of the food and wine festival. Salt’s entry for the Chef’s Competition (which I got to judge along with a panel) was a diver scallop with red and yellow bell pepper coulis, polenta cake, and bacon foam.
Hilton’s casual lunch and dinner option is Longboards Tiki Beach Grill. It’s outdoors on the Hilton’s huge deck. There was live music on Saturday night by a musician with a Jack Johnson vibe, exactly what I want to hear when I’m looking at the ocean. My pina colada hit the spot and my tuna stack was a delicious, fresh way to end the day.
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is sleek and modern on the inside, relaxed on the outside. Longboards is clearly the place to be on Saturday night. It was packed and for good reason: live music and fire pits! What’s not to love there?
If you’re looking for value, convenience, and a great hang out on beautiful Cocoa Beach, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t forget your afternoon gelato!
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a general resource. Any recommendations are based on personal opinion. Travel accommodation provided by Florida’s Space Coast. Opinions are my own, always. I’m not a fan of negativity so if I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. I’m here to tell you about the best of the best!