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Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, Daytona Beach, FL (hotel)
crataegus
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Joined: Mar 30, 2004
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From: Columbia, SC
Posted: 2004-10-23 12:07 am   Permalink

Name:Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, Daytona Beach, FL
Type:hotel
Street: 2225 South Atlantic Avenue
City:Daytona Beach
State:FL
Zip:32118
country:USA
Phone: (386) 252-9631
Status:operational

Description:
Stolen from their website:

Directly on the ocean, overlooking the miles of
soft-white sand on the "World's Most Famous Beach", the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn is the affordable, ideally located beach resort you have been looking for. The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn provides great attention to fine details and exceptional service to our guests. You will be conveniently located to the Daytona International Speedway and Florida's many attractions. It is within walking distance to supermarket and shopping.



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crataegus
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Posted: 2004-10-23 12:16 am   Permalink



This is a poolside view of my room at the Aku Tiki over my nine AM bloody mary prior to checking out. I'll post more images later. (I left all my photos in Tampa.)

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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-10-24 01:38 am   Permalink

Their famous, spectacular moai sign was toppled (kinda like the real moai) during the 2004 hurricane season. I went in there on my way to Hukilau, and the management told me that the sign is being restored. Good news.

 
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Kailuageoff
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2004-10-24 7:56 pm   Permalink

Here's the original post on the Aku Tiki maoi coming down during Hurricane Charley.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=10647&forum=1&12#fresh

I rode my motorcycle past the hotel last Friday. The original base has been removed and there are three huge steel poles sticking out of the spot where the Maoi used to sit (stand?) Unfortunately, the poles look they are for a sign, not a tiki. I'll keep checking on it.




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Loki
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2005-12-26 06:25 am   Permalink

I was in Daytona for the Christmas weekend and the Moai has been put back in place. It looks great, but i forgot my camera. Sorry.
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-09-05 6:06 pm   Permalink

The Aku Tiki Inn was just given the Director's Award, for being one of the highest-scored Best Westerns:

Polynesian-themed Best Western Aku Tiki Inn captures Director's Award

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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (September 5, 2006) ? The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, an oceanfront Polynesian-themed property, recently received the prestigious Director's Award from Best Western International. The award is only bestowed upon Best Western properties that surpass the organization's stringent standards for cleanliness and maintenance. To qualify for the Director's Award, hotels must also achieve high customer service ratings and meet specific design standards. Of 395 Best Western hotels in the district, only 11 received the Director's Award, with the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn receiving the high score of 958 (out of a possible 1,000) on its inspection.

"Providing the best possible environment and atmosphere for our guests requires a tremendous amount of hard work and resources," said Blaine Lansberry, VP of Sales and Marketing. "We are excited to receive this award, and are very proud of our staff for making it possible."

The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn is known for its outstanding amenities, such as daily cocktail reception, newspaper, fresh baked cookies, and free high-speed Internet access. Guests enjoy the tropical ambiance created by bamboo, palms, colorful hibiscus and an indoor/outdoor pond. Situated directly on the World's Most Famous Beach, the hotel allows guests easy access to exciting beach play. Its sister property, the Caribbean-style Bahama House, is a boutique hotel located just blocks away. Both beachfront properties are owned by Staed Hotels.

Staed Hotels maintains hotels which cater to families, golfers, corporate travel executives, and meeting planners in search of the best of Daytona's beach experience. Daytona Beach residents since 1960, the Staed family has been active in the hotel industry for nearly 60 years. At the peak of their ventures, they ran 11 hotels, accounting for 1,500 rooms and 9,000 square feet of meeting space in the Daytona Beach area.

For reservations, call the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn at (800) 258-8454 or (386) 252-9631, and the Bahama House at 800-571-2001 or 386-248-2001. For additional information on the properties, visit www.BWAkuTiki.com, www.DaytonaBahamaHouse.com or www.StaedHotels.com.



It's really just a press release, but it's nice to know that the Aku Inn is one of the better Best Westerns (one of the best Bests?). What really caught my eye was the daily cocktail reception, fresh baked cookies, and free high-speed Internet access. Sounds like my future retirement home. In a good way. It's nice also to see them playing up the Polynesian angle.

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Kenike
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Posted: 2006-10-11 5:31 pm   Permalink

I drove by when I was heading down to the Hukilau from Orlando. What a great sign...too bad there's power lines all over the place.








The Witco tikis at the entrance:





 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-02-01 12:10 pm   Permalink

According to Tiki Talk, you should go see it while you can...
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-02-01 6:18 pm   Permalink

That shows us how the fact that they JUST spend the money for building that completely new Moai sign is just a drop in the bucket compared to the money that's being exchanged in these mega-developments.

God save Julian's, please!


 
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insanetikiers
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From: Virginia,U.S.
Posted: 2007-07-30 08:15 am   Permalink

Thought you might also enjoy these I took a couple months back...while visiting the Aku



Also had the pleasure of dining at Julian's;though I didn't
take my camera along.Drats!..It was awesome too!Though maybe
more Loungish than Tiki-bar.


 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2007-11-11 3:49 pm   Permalink

Here's some more pictures of the Aku Tiki Inn, along with the attached Traders Restaurant, I took a while back. If you're like me, you just can't get enough pictures, so enjoy...











And the Traders Restaurant...



















And we can't leave out the Hawaii Motel down the street, whose only redeeming feature is her neon sign:



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-11-11 10:12 pm   Permalink

Nice coverage! Reminds me of that "door handle e-bay scandal" a while back. So these are the returned ones?

Next challenge for Daytona Beach Tiki archeologists: Extensive photos of Julian's, including interior shots of the grand mural and the shield lamps!


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2007-11-12 09:21 am   Permalink

Yes, I remembered the thread from a couple of years ago about the missing door pulls when I took that picture. I just went back and re-read it though because I couldn't remember who bought them off ebay (Sabu). So, did he ever return them to the owners? That part of the story was left off. The door pulls in my picture were on the inside doors leading from the hotel lobby to the restaurant. I think the ones that Sabu had (has?) originally came from the outside door to the restaurant, which as you can see in my photos, is just a plain black door now.

Julian's - Yes, I plan to go over some time soon and photograph the inside. I'll post 'em here when I do.


 
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tikijoeusaf
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From: Iapetus, Saturn
Posted: 2008-06-12 9:16 pm   Permalink

Going to be heading down there in a couple of weeks.

Just wondering if anybody knows of any other "Tiki" places (past or present) in Daytona Beach other than the Aku Tiki Inn, Hawaiian Inn, or Julian's?

Going to get a lot of pics of the Aku Tiki, Hawaiian, and possibly Julian's. I also might make a trek down to the Mai Kai. But I'd also like to seek out any others if possible!


 
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tikijoeusaf
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From: Iapetus, Saturn
Posted: 2008-07-24 4:50 pm   Permalink

Just got back from Daytona.

Stayed at the Aku Tiki for five nights and I must say that I was impressed with the hotel. My family and I have been staying there for over 30 years and I think that the hotel looks better (even more tiki) than ever before.

I talked with the night manager about the future of the hotel. He said that as of right now there is an ordinance of some sort that has to do with beach erosion that is preventing the developers from tearing down the hotel. He said that, that ordinance will remain in place for another five years. After that the hotel is probably history.

So, I would recommend that if anyone gets the chance to visit the hotel. It's in a nice quiet spot on the beach, the staff is friendly and the food and drinks at Traders is excellent!


 
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