by Terry Ward
Part of the luxurious Opal Collection of hotels, this hideaway on Florida’s Atlantic Coast is a favorite family escape. Located in the quiet town of Jensen Beach, between Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa has 178 rooms fronting a lovely stretch of sand. Marble countertops and roomy walk-in showers are standard throughout all of the rooms, and all rooms have private balconies for maximizing views of the pools or ocean.
The Dune Beach bar is a sweet little spot to sip a cocktail at day’s end, and there’s family dining at Drift Kitchen + Bar and the Reflections Pool Bar, too.
When you’re not enjoying the sand and ocean, there are two onsite pools, both heated in winter, where you can cool off and relax.
Our Editor Loves
- Two onsite pools
- Onsite family dining
- Intimate location
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
I appreciated the attractive hotel, friendly staff, great beds and beautiful pools. The food just limped along.
Yes, the menu has interesting options full of potential but the food that I chose was disappointing.
Friends recommended this hotel to us. It is so pretty and boutique-like. We were very impressed with the decor and were excited to spend the night here. Dinner at the hotel restaurant Drift went well. Food was fine. Restaurant was very cold so be sure to bring something warm to put on. Service was correct. Suggest reserving in advance in order to secure a good table as this is a popular place to eat. Our problem was the room. We were in room 238 which has an adjoining door to room 236. The guests in 236 had their tv and light on all night long. They didn’t even have the tv on loud and they were perfectly in their right to spend the whole night watching tv. We, however, should not have had to share their night and lighting with them through the cracks in the adjoining door and the extremely poorly insulated wall. At about 4 am I got up and gave the door a push. It actually moved a bit! The other room residents must have realized that they were inconveniencing us because they turned their light off and seemed to silence their tv for a bit, but when I woke up from a fitful sleep at about 6 am, their tv was back on. I went to inform the front desk of our poorly spent night but all the lady said was “I do apologize”. She was checking in another lady at the time (8 am) and was telling her about a pantry on each floor with complimentary water. We were not informed of this when we checked in. In fact, we were told when we checked in at 2 pm that check in doesn’t start until 4 pm (fair enough), that we were number 4 in line to be issued a room. Our credit card info was taken, we were given a blue wristband, our bags were stored for us and were told we would get a phone call when the room was ready. We never got the call.
So all in all, pretty decor, correct restaurant but cold, spotty service and lousy, lousy sleep due to terrible phonic insulation between rooms. Can only recommend the hotel if you be sure to get a room that is not an adjoining one.