Friendly staff welcome guests to Royal Palm, a well-tended 495 space 'age-qualified' park, about 100 of which are RV sites up front. The community is gated, so arrival before the 3pm office closing is recommended. A lone, if lovely, 50 foot tall 50 year old palm marks each spacious (if boring) site. Each includes a 7'x25' concrete patio floating upon a sea of neatly raked gravel. A individual mailbox with your site number stenciled on the lid will be filled by an actual U S Postal carrier each day, if you plan ahead. Trash is picked up twice weekly from below your mailbox; this is a problem unless you travel with an actual garbage can of adequate size. Recycling bins are available but there is no dumpster to be found. Restrooms are available (and clean!) in the clubhouse; showers are strictly door-less/open air adjacent to the pool. The pool is lovely, huge, and heated to a delightful 88 degrees. So is the spa. There is a large game room, card room, and exchange library, too. A clean, bright, laundry with multiple machines is in an adjacent building. Unfortunately, all these facilities are a multi-block walk from the RV area, so self-containment is a must. $32 nightly or $459 monthly. Wifi extra--itengo--and pricey. Fortunately, both Del Taco and McDonalds (one mile south at 19th Ave and Northern) offer free Wi-Fi. Would we stay again? YES--we left our trailer in the storage area ($42 monthly) and will be back in three weeks.
Why, oh why, did I want to ignore the other reviews and trust the White's City website? Because I wanted to believe that there was a leafy, green oasis, gated, with swimming pool and shopping, convenient to the park entrance. THERE IS NOT! KEEP LOOKING! IT'S NOT THAT FAR TO DRIVE TO STAY ELSEWHERE! OK, sorry for the shouting, but really! Grass that has not been watered since 2006. A pool that holds no water. A grocery store without lettuce (or any produce whatsoever). A museum permanently closed. A gas station with no personnel, credit cards only. Restrooms that may never have been mopped, ever. A gate that, clearly, has been missing for years. And weeds with seeds so spiny and sharp that I am still pulling them out of my bare feet days after we left, as they lodged everywhere inside our trailer. And yes, "No Refunds" is the standard policy. Note to the owners: update the (mis)information on your website. Honesty, about more than your proximity to the park, would be nice.
$28 plus $1.25 extra for cable is a bit steep, in this traveler's opinion. The property, a former KOA, retains the A-frame theme clubhouse building. Wi-Fi is at clubhouse only. The "heated pool" in the TL ad is only heated "in season"--July and August (won't it be like 100 degrees then?) Spacious sites and roadways, nice concrete screen block wall at patio with picnic table. Landscaping sparse, with just a few overscaled bushes remaining from the original plantings. Plenty of gravel and few if any weeds. The owners could easily justify the price with a heated pool, additional Wi-Fi repeaters, and a $100 per site investment in renewed and refreshed landscaping. Until then, it's no resort, just a one-night stopover.
Other reviews accurately capture what's great about this park: location, tidiness, friendliness. In addition to a charming downtown, complete with live theater, white-linen restaurants, a brewpub, and greasy spoons, a short walk away, there is a Market Basket practically at the gate. We wish more parks were located so conveniently to the towns they serve. The smallish gravel sites each included a picnic patio and table, a tree or two, and a board fence around three sides. This park would be a ten, if only it had a pool and spa!
We should have read the other reviews BEFORE choosing this park. "Park!" more parking lot with utility pedestals: yes, 30 and 50 amp available, but paired connections (one each) so if your neighbor took the one you need, you will have to make do or move. Therefore: the pick a site, then come back to the office to register policy. On the plus side: cable and Wi-Fi are available, there is a heated pool and Jacuzzi (though this guest had to empty the skimmer baskets and skim the floating trash himself), and it's a short walk to the casino if you play games/eat buffets. On the down side, $20 is a lot of money for a wind-swept parking lot.
A very nice park, tidy, clean. Sketchy area, mostly industrial, but park is gated. Lower rating reflects four negatives: 1. Tight sites that require guests to choose between opening a patio awning and parking 100 yards distant or parking next to their rigs and never sitting outside. 2. Lots of traffic noise, and 3. Inoperable pool heater (to be replaced soon). 4. WiFi provided by a third party, works intermittently and carries additional layer of advertising For an additional $10 per night, you can be located away from the road and near the lake, if sites there become available.
Call first--we failed to recognize the devastation caused by Ike. As at nearby Bolivar RV, this park was literally "swept away" in the 17' storm surge when Ike blew in September 2009. Some utilities have since been restored; the few available sites are all taken by refugees and reconstructors. Perhaps by this summer it will be a traveler's resort again.
Call first--we failed to recognize the devastation caused by Ike. This park was literally "swept away" in the 17' storm surge when Ike blew in September 2009. Some utilities have since been restored; the few available sites are all taken by refugees and reconstructors. Perhaps by this summer it will be a traveler's resort again.
Probably a nice park, but if you want to stay here, you must fudge a bit if your rig is 7 years old. We were turned away, even though (we think) our 1996 Airstream is more attractive than some 7 year-old rigs. I suppose this keeps the elderly, who have been RVing for years, out of the park, too. So Remember, YOUR RIG IS A 2005. Honesty about age will not be rewarded.
This ez-off ez-on is perfect for a quick overnight (but of couse, means lots of freeway noise). The town of Vinton is charming, if a little past it's heyday. The park owners are, however, not so charming. Another post indicates that they don't know how to run a park, and we agree. Gruff style, office open 5p-7p only, a pool last vacuumed just after Rita hit in 2005, unfinished projects everywhere, half the residents living like permanent refugees. But drop in, pick a site, and when the office opens ask for the "one night only off the books rate" and you've got a good, cheap spot with workable wifi and $1.25 laundry for the night.
Friendliest park in Florida. Most residents are long-term/seasonal in park models with rooms added. The heated pool (88*) was wonderful. Lots of "activities" on tap. Spaces are cut into old orange grove; ancient trees bear little more than Spanish moss at this point. Immediately adjacent to the "Frog Creek Park" but more space and more sunshine.
Pros: Heated indoor pool, 37' long for lap swimming, Yeah! Fantastic lake view (because we were one of the overflow spaces) yeah! Friendly people, especially if you're from MICHIGAN (like 2/3s of the park). Cons: wifi impossible. 32 lines coming in, but 500 old folks on the net playing games and uploading photos all day long means if you aren't RIGHT BESIDE a tower, you will be kicked off again and again; hot tub has no jets.
We came for the "heated pool" promised in the ad. Alas, the pool is neither on-site (requires a shuttlebus ride over to the casino/hotel) nor heated. The spots were nice enough, mostly grass, with picnic table and BBQ. Unfortunately, the layout was done by a casino architect who has never RVed. Although the RV will rest on a lovely concrete slab, your door may, if you luck out, open onto a 30" wide sidewalk leading off to the picnic table; if not, it will open into a sandy patch of trampled grass. Good Sam and Casino Player discounts are available. Wifi worked well. If it's not bug season, ask for a Bayou-Front site.
OK, so the neighborhood is "not great" but why are you coming to/through New Orleans anyway? Best go back to Orlando or Anaheim Hills if you require quaint and immaculate landscaping. The restrooms are new and clean, there is coin laundry, wifi works great, and so does the cable. Yes, there is a pool, but not heated. The park is really just a 5 acre lot behind an older home/office, gated, with RV sites lined up along both fences and a gravel drive down the middle. It is clean' the people are nice, and it's 10 minutes by car to the Vieux Carre, and that's what you come here for, no?
If (as at most tribal casino/RV parking lot parks) this was $10 or $15 and convenient to the hotel facilities, it would be OK. However, it's a long walk in a cold wind to the hotel. The hotel pool is available to all, but enjoyable only if your mom is a member of the tribe. White folks are not made welcome. There is gravel landscaping between each site, but, as in a parking lot, it is raised on a 6" curb. If you don't EVER want to sit outside, it won't be a problem. A cold wind blew all night, and it snowed in the morning. This was not a problem. There were no tables and fires weren't allowed. A prior poster thought the landscape might mature nicely, but none of the plant materials selected will ever give shade. This is a good one-night stopover if you plan to visit Sky City Pueblo; otherwise, keep driving.
We camped here in a 32' Vintage Airstream. We were one of just a few "street legal" units. All but the 30 worst sites have been converted to oversize "park models" with multiple bed lofts. Each unit seemed to have three generations: screaming grandparents, unconcerned parents, and wild free-ranging children (oh, and 1 or 3 barking dogs). It was like an inner city housing project, but with ponies. Oh, and the ponies . . . it's so unfortunate that this site does not facilitate the uploading of pictures because these were the shortest, fattest, ponies ever seen. As for the heated pool: well, if you ask on the phone if there is a heated pool, the answer is yes--but if you get your towel and go over, you'll find that it hasn't been heated since Labor Day. Costs were $64 per night! $3 to wash and $2 to dry. The only thing not overpriced is the $1 bag of pony food (see note above). Poor ponies! So: no shade, no slab, basically mud and dirt, surrounded by pandemonium. At $64 nightly, one night was enough!
We camp in a 32' vintage Airstream. This was not exactly camping, more like being parked at a rally or Wal-Mart lot. That said, the location is better than Candlestick RV Park for visiting family in The City. Caltrain stops across the freeway (about 1 mile away). The park is wedged between the 101 freeway frontage road and a wetlands at the edge of the bay. There is a bit of grass up front. Sites (your spot on the asphalt) offer hook-ups and nothing more. Bring your own shade, chair, table, roll of turf, and BBQ. Lots of poor folk make their home here year-round (hard-working, poor folk not making enough to buy a real house anywhere else). They and their children are courteous enough, but don't expect camaraderie. Just north is a new office development jutting out into the bay. About a 5 minute drive, it offers a number of public parking areas and trails with stunning views of the water, mountains, and sunrise/sunsets. This is where we will stay again in the Bay Area.
We camp in a 32' vintage Airstream. We have dry-camped, and we have paid top dollar for ocean-view sites, too. Never have we found poorer value than here! $50 to dry camp in a dirt lot; one that smells of unremoved horse droppings and buzzes with the sound of newly hatched flies! $65 would have bought hookups, but you cannot find out until you arrive if you might upgrade your paid reservation to a full-hookup site. None were available at the time of our stay. And at this government-run facility don't expect a refund, or sympathy, from the apathetic girls from the 'hood the county has "working" here. Unless you want to dish about nail polish or loser boyfriends, they haven't the time of day for you.
Spent two nights here in our 32' Airstream TT. Rustic wooded setting, very shady. Old but clean restrooms, laundry machines almost brand new. Friendly staff (owners) do their own check-in, cleaning and landscape work. Small sites are dirt or gravel, but not very level (challenging with a large rig). Picnic table and fire ring provided. Horseshoe pit and tot lot with equipment. No pool, but less than five miles to brand new YMCA with gym and indoor pool (2800 Kennerly Rd). About half the sites appear to be seasonal/permanent residents. One mile to Food Lion and freeway onramp, but no noise here. Twelve miles to downtown. Excellent value: $20 partial, $24 full hook-up.
Our site, in the across-the-road section was spacious and shady, and much quieter than the family-filled main section. Tidy and beautiful grounds. Disinterested staffers were annoyed that campers were arriving and interrupting their manicure and bull session (four staffers spent most of each day in the office). Poorly laid out dump station requires clever driving and many U-turns to use: from the pay station, make a U-turn, after dumping, make another U-turn to get to site, all across the entrance highway. Beautiful and historic buildings to explore within park. Pool not open.
We camp in a 32' Vintage Airstream. Our site backs to a creek view (sites A1-A9 only). "B" and "C" sites, though pull-through, are much less attractive. Tidy, grassy landscape with Hollywood drive for trailer and concrete slab for table. Short fence conceals neighbor's hook-ups. Site too short to accommodate truck--parked seven spaces away (all sites are only 40' long). There is a train across the creek that may annoy light sleepers. Park has a significant number of permanant WT residents. It is an easy walk to adjacent hiway commercial including restaurants and a new bank.
Stunning views available from lakefront sites (must forego sewer hook-up for front row location). Low density, lots of shade, boat ramp and dock available. City-owned, $10 city residents, $15 non-resident. Very friendly staff (apologized for recent increase from $12!). Firewood delivered to site, trash picked up from each site. Absolutely the best buy of our two-month long trip.
Beautiful, old-fashioned "Campground" where wildlife is right at your doorscreen--bugs, birds, and deer. The access road is steep and winding; interior roads are narrow but well-paved. Most spaces are too small for our 32' Airstream, but arriving early in the afternoon we found a couple that worked. Dry camping and vault toilets, but the elevation is high enough to be comfortable without A/C, even in July. DO NOT take an RV andy further up the mountain, but DO go up the mountain to see Angel Lake--stunning alpine scenery in the middle of the Nevada Desert.
The nightly rate exceeds $99, the limit of the form. So what to expect? The web and TL book promise it all: waterfront (yes), camp store ($$$), heated pool (heater broken), Bayside Cafe (closed for winter), attentive staff (sometimes). Traveling with an extra car? That's another $20/night. Pets? They're extra, too. Friends coming by for sunset cocktails? They will each pay by the hour to park. It would be less shocking if the extra charges and unavailable amenities were disclosed at the time the reservation was made (the night before). Everything was clean and tidy; each site is individually hosed and raked between guests. Two nights rang up over $300. A nice place to stay, but wildly overpriced!