Streamline Hotel - Olivier's Hideaway & Rooftop Bar
140 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
The Streamline Hotel is much more than a hotel; it is a beautiful and historically rich destination with a restaurant bar downstairs and a rooftop bar overlooking Daytona Beach and the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located, the Streamline is a stone's throw from the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier.
Originally opening in 1940, The Streamline was frequented by celebrities, race car drivers, and even gangsters. In 1947, Bill France Sr. gathered with race car drivers, officials, and promoters to hammer out the details of sanctioning stock car racing. That meeting formed what is now known as National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, making the Streamline a significant part of NASCAR history.
When I visited the Streamline, parking was plentiful and close to the hotel. They have valet service, but we didn't use it because the handicap spot was so close. We just parked and headed in.
We met friends in the lobby and went to Oliver's Hideaway, the downstairs restaurant bar adjoining the lobby. There are low tables throughout, and finding a spot to park my chair was effortless. The floor in the restaurant is tiled and easy to get around on, and so was everywhere else I went at the Streamline.
The menu at Oliver's Hideaway includes calamari, tuna ceviche, truffle fries, mac & cheese, ribeye eggrolls, burgers, chicken sandwiches pork sandwiches, steak dinners, grilled salmon, pork porterhouse, soups and salads, and more. My wife and I had the Streamline burger and tuna ceviche, and they both were as delicious and fresh as any we have ever had!
After dinner, we got on the elevator and rode up to the rooftop bar for the outdoor scenery. The elevator was smaller than most modern ones, but I was still able to get on and off pretty easily.
The elevator opens into a hallway wallpapered with larger-than-life photographs of the famous NASCAR meeting from 1947, and they really take you back 70 years! A left turn would've taken me directly outside, but I took a right to see the inside bar. It was nice, cozy, and clean, and I was anxious to see the outside. I saw a ramp leading outside that looked slightly challenging due to a steep grade change. But when the bartender saw me, he quickly laid down a smaller ramp which softened that steep grade and allowed me to roll outside without a problem.
The views on the rooftop bar were incredible, and I felt really good being outside with the ocean breeze in my face. You'll find several sitting areas up there, and plenty of room to navigate the entire floor. If you need something from the bar, there is a convenient window to order from, so you don't have to go back inside every time you get thirsty. Nice touch!
What could have made this evening better? Music, of course! And they did have it. The guitar player sat with his back to the beach so we could switch between watching him play and looking at the ocean. Another nice touch!
The Streamline Hotel is more than a hotel. I toured it because I was interested in the restaurant and rooftop bar, both of which are open to the public.