In this hotel review, we are going to share our experience from a stay at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is a relatively recent remodeled location offering convenient lodging for Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, and Cocoa Beach area on Florida’s Space Coast. Plus, there is a cruise shuttle service offered.
The Country Inn & Suites Port Canaveral, Florida is located approximately 5 minutes from Disney Cruise Line cruise terminal 8 at Port Canaveral, the drive is cut in half if you are sailing with a cruise line at the terminals on the other side of the port such as Royal Caribbean or the Carnival Mardi Gras. Arguably, it is one, if not, the closest accommodation on A1A to the cruise terminals.
There are seating areas in the lobby along with around the clock coffee and hot tea.
There are a number of room types available such as standard king or queen, suites, 1-bedroom, among others which can accommodate up to 6 guests in a single room; for our stay, we booked a standard room with 2 queen beds.
A QR code sticker was added to the dresser under the TV. Primarily, the linked website offered quick access to the TV channel guide as well as some other hotel information.
Between the two queen beds above the shared night stand, there were two outlets and one USB port for each bed.
The bathroom facilities are typical with an included hair dryer mounted on the wall.
The room offered a min-fridge, microwave, and a coffee maker. The coffee maker uses those pre-packaged circular packets. I felt it was easier to just go down to the lobby and grab a cup of coffee.
During check-in, we were asked if we had a floor preference. We didn’t, but we did ask for a room with a view. Just so happens we were assigned a 4th floor room facing Port Canaveral with views of Exploration Tower, and the cruise ships – including the Disney Fantasy. Not a bad view to wake up on embarkation morning and see your ship waiting for you to arrive.
The pool area includes a hot tub, a ping pong table, and a large Connect Four game. Additionally, on the far end opposite the hot tub, there is a fire pit and a gas grill. Emily & I enjoyed some relaxing time in the hot tub and it was indeed nice.
Each morning, there is a hot breakfast buffet (which I was told is back to normal) with a nice selection which should tide you over until you get to Cabanas for an embarkation day lunch. We just stayed one night, so I am not sure if the offerings vary from day to day, but we had a selection of hot foods including a pre-made omelet and bacon. There is a selection of bread, bagels, and English muffins for toasting and the every popular make your own Belgian waffle stations. Cold cereal, yogurt, mini muffins and fruit rounded out the offerings. Juice, coffee, tea, and milk were available.
Adjacent to the front desk, there was a small sundries shop with some snacks and laundry detergent.
There was a full size washer and dryer on each floor. Both machines took quarters. As with most hotels, the iron and ironing board were in the room.
The hotel’s free WiFi was more than adequate for our stay. It does require guests to accept terms and conditions before connecting.
Port Canaveral Cruise Shuttle Service
Country Inn & Suites offers a cruise shuttle service to and from the various terminals at Port Canaveral. There are two options, including one that includes parking for those with a personal vehicle. Please keep in mind, this is subject to change and could be based on availability.
- Park & Cruise package – includes parking for up to 8 days and complimentary shuttle for everyone registered in the room. This package $65.00 +tax.
- Shuttle Service Only – shuttles to and from the port. Shuttle cost is $7 per person.
All Shuttles to the port can be schedule at the earliest 7-days prior to your cruise departure by calling the front desk at 321-784-8500. You will be asked to provide the name of the full name of the ship, port arrival time defined by the cruise line noted on their arrival documents, the number of adults and children in the party, and if they will be needing a return shuttle to the hotel.
Please note, we did not experience the shuttle service. I am simply relaying information provided to me about the service. As a result, the shuttle service should not be considered as part of our overall review of the property other than it is a service that is offered.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is located at 69009 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920. You can learn more about the hotel by visiting the Country Inn & Suites website specific to this location. The following is the summary of the hotel as advertised on their website.
Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Canaveral, FL, located about a mile from the port, where you can board a cruise with Carnival, Norwegian, Disney, Royal Caribbean, or MSC. From our rooms, you can see docked cruise ships waiting to sail, enjoy stunning views of the Intercoastal Waterway, or even glimpse a Falcon 9 rocket being towed back to port. Just 15 minutes away, Cocoa Beach offers plenty of entertainment, and we’re also one of the closest hotels to Kennedy Space Center. Here for business? Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is nearby along with top employers like NASA, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and SpaceX.
On arrival, you can recharge with complimentary cookies and coffee in our lobby while you use free Wi-Fi to check in with loved ones. Our fitness center and outdoor pool offer a place to stretch your legs or simply relax. In the mornings, drop by our dining room to start your day with a free, hot breakfast featuring our signature waffles.
Our hotel is just off Highway A1A/Astronaut Boulevard and is less than five minutes from Port Canaveral, making it the ideal place to stay before embarking on a cruise. We’re also about 15 minutes from attractions like Cocoa Beach and only 25 minutes from Kennedy Space Center. If you’re flying in from Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB), the hotel is just a 45-minute drive away.Country Inn & Suites by Radisson website summary as of April 2022
We really enjoyed the hotel for the room, hot breakfast, and most of all, the proximity to the port and other areas. We checked in after spending the day at Jetty Park Beach which is located at Port Canaveral & stayed one night. The location was perfect for our brief stay. The hotel was close to the beach allowing us to clean up before heading back to the port to watch the Disney Fantasy sail away then onto a nearby restaurant for dinner. The location provided a modest drive into Cocoa Beach to the golf course where the Ron Jon Cocoa Beach Triathlon – Shuttleversary 5K was held the morning we checked out – the primary reason we spent the night in the area.
Overall, I’d highly recommend Country Inn & Suites in Cape Canaveral if you are looking for a place to stay the night before or after your cruise. The cruise shuttle service and the proximity factor to the port are key factors to consider for a pre-/post-cruise stay.