Caravelle was okay
The Caravelle was okay. The rooms were nicely furnished except for the kitchen that was too small to do much of anything! The cleaning staff did not do much cleaning at all on a daily basis. I thought the pools looked dirty. Nice beach access, friendly staff.
We had a great time, with a great view
I was impressed with the layout of our hotel room which accomodated our family of 6. The view from the balcony served as a perfect spot for relaxation any time of the day. If I had to make any suggestions for improvements, it would be for better parking at the St. Clements hotel. It was a bit cramped for an SUV or a van. Overall, our experience was very pleasant. We've already discussed that our future hotel reservations will be made through The Caravelle Resort and will be specifically requesting accomodations at the St. Clements Hotel.
Great Time in MB!
Returned from the Caravelle in MB last week and had a great time. We love to stay there during Bike Week because it is close enough to all of the attractions and events in MB but isnt in the middle of all of the chaos.
We stayed for four nights and everyone on staff was SO helpful, particularly with the parking since we had a trailer and two motorcycles to go with our pickup truck. I can't really understand why other people complain about parking here since we had space for all of our vehicles, but I guess for some people it's hard to make that long 50 foot walk across the street from the overflow deck!
Just another mediocre hotel on Ocean Blvd
We checked into the Caravelle at the end of April for a long weekend stay. Initally, we chose the Caravelle because we were looking for a place with a decent amount of amenities in case the weather wasn't great, but wasn't that expensive. On the positive side, the room was clean and the staff was pleasant. The hotel was also nicely landscapped with mature palm trees all around. We also enjoyed the hotel's location - convenient to highways but far enough away from the town's exhausting carnival atmosphere. On the negative side, the parking was terrible and the elevators were even worse. It wasn't unusual to wait ten minutes for an elevator (an eternity for someone holding onto a wiggly toddler). The other bad thing for us was the room layout and size. The four of us were constently tripping over each other and the crib (borrowed from the hotel) was constently in the way. We found ourselves climbing over beds just to get out of the front door - not exactly a safe situation. Anyway, we probably won't stay here again mainly because of parking and the size of the rooms. It's unfortunate though because I wouldn't classify it as a bad deal - it just didn't work out for a family of four. Next time, I think we might check out the Ocean Sands, which is located close by. It's the location we love, but the hotel appears to be move convenient and have more ammenities than the Caravelle.
Stay somewhere else !!
Just got back from 9 days in MB. As this was our first trip to MB, we were referred to the Caravelle by some friends who had stayed there several times. However, they stayed in the condos, never the hotel. Since we booked late, all we could get was the hotel, an oceanfront "suite", which was far from sweet !!! Agree with alot of the prior reviews, the check-in was less than smooth, and we had to change rooms twice because the rooms were gross !! (and forget even trying to get a cart or help with luggage at the 3 PM check-in) We finally ended up in a half decent room, but the elevator situation is ridiculous. We were on the 14th floor, so we would end up stopping on almost every floor on the way up or down and it was extremely hot and sticky in the elevators, no ventilation. The housekeeping was less than adequate, I think all they did was come in and make the beds, and drop off towels. In fact, we were only given TWO towels and had to request more each day. We had sand all over our floors for days & the sink and tub looked like it was never even wiped.
We used the pool next door because the hotel pool was WAY overcrowded, too small, dirty, and loud !! The lazy river is a joke, and the jacuzzi and lazy river were yellow-ish in color. YUK!
Overall, MB itself is nice, lots to do and nice eating establishments - we had some great food. I highly recommend Cagneys (on kings hwy) and Margaritaville at Broadway at the Beach.... Hated the Pavilion area, in fact, we decided not to even do the amusement park, rather just ate and left the area.
During our time down there we heard of some other places to stay including the new Marriott property, and also Litchfield. Would go back to MB, just not the Caravelle, and even then not for a few years !!