This weekend I found the best hotel in Daytona Beach. It was the Residence Inn by Marriott Oceanfront in Daytona Beach Shores. This is my new "must stay" in the Daytona area. The entire property was immaculate! Let us go step-by-step why I gave it five stars. First, I couldn't give it ten. Second, from the moment you walk into the lobby and are greeted by the front desk staff, you get nothing but smiles from everyone. You really get the feeling they are happy to see you. Third, the room we had was magnificent. It was ocean view, had a large living room with kitchen and high-top dining table. The refrigerator was full size with an ice maker. The bedroom had two queen beds with sliding glass windows that gave you a great view of the ocean. (Tip: Check sunrise time and set your alarm for five minutes prior. Open the blackout curtains and then enjoy the show mother nature has in store.) The pool area is highlighted by three covered lounge areas you can use to get out of the sun. And, you are just a few steps from the beach, as well. Breakfast needs to be mentioned. It's the best I've had in a hotel. They do not cut corners! And those smiles I told you about, they continued with the breakfast staff as well. You could do worse but you won't do better in Daytona Beach!