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Arlington Heights, Illinois
May 10, 2008
The Villages, Florida
October 19, 2005
We were worried about the mixed reviews. There is no need to be. Now, this isn't a Gold Crown resort, but for what we paid ($229 for the week), it was worth it. We wouldn't exchange for it, but as an extra vacation or last call, it is definitely worth it.
The unit was decorated okay, if somewhat dated, but was clean and had no bugs. They provided plenty of housekeeping supplies. When we checked in, the air-conditioning wasn't cold but maintenance came up right away and fixed it.
We live in Florida and went during the gas crunch, right after Hurricane Katrina. We didn't want our usual 12-hour drive on vacation. We didn't really go to the beach, except for walking, and we have a larger pool at home, but we did all the tourist things: water taxis, sightseeing, boating, the museums, a 1-day cruise from Palm Beach, the Bonnet House, eating out (dinners), the Jungle Queen, Seminole Paradise, and the MaiKai.
The water view was great from our tenth-floor unit. We saw ships going back and forth to the port of Ft. Lauderdale. The block between the resort and the beach is a little tacky but nothing to be afraid of, with a couple of restaurants, bars, T-shirt shops, and a tattoo parlor. The pizza on the corner was good. The resort has a free laundry room with plenty of washers and dryers.
One word of caution: you can sign you up for a timeshare presentation and get breakfast or lunch and tickets to the MaiKai, but the people doing the presentation are not from this resort, they just rent space in the penthouse and are very high-pressure, trying to sell points. This takes about 3 hours of your time. The MaiKai costs about $80 and the food isn't too good, so if you really want to go to this tourist destination, it is worth it to go to the presentation. Otherwise, skip it.
During the off-season, two-for-one tickets are available to many attractions through the Chamber of Commerce. Also, any of the early-bird dinners (and they are getting few and far between) have gotten expensive and are available only in the off-season. There is a lot to do in Miami, but since I used to live there, all we did was to go to South Beach to see how it has changed.
Here's a time-saver: get the water taxi across the bridge and walk through the Doubletree. You can park for free at the Galleria Mall. Everywhere else you go be prepared to pay for parking--that's why we liked the water taxis. Also, although the Bonnet House is next door, you will want to drive, as it is a long walk. The have free parking.
From journal Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
by Ira Kincaid
Henrico, North Carolina
November 25, 2004
From journal Ft Lauderdale is not just for spring breakers
by Eric Burman
October 10, 2004
There are so many quaint eating (and drinking) places within a short walk. The beach is one block away about, 3 minutes on foot to the water. That distance is just enough to keep it quiet and safe for the kids. We own here and we love it. They staff is friendly and nice and always has discounted trips to interesting events and tours.
From journal Floida Intercostal
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
June 29, 2004
From journal Fort Lauderdale, FL - Cousin's Wedding
Palm Coast, Florida
February 27, 2004
The lighting in the living room was inadequate. I rearranged the furniture and one lamp to provide better lighting. There was a ceiling fan with lights, but it was in an awkward place. It should have been over the table and chairs, but there was no lighting over or around the table. The couch in the living room was also a sofa bed.
The kitchen was small but very clean and adequate. Coffeemaker, microwave, blender, etc.
Everything you needed was supplied, including dish detergent, paper towels, a broom, dishpan, and a mop. There was also a small pass-through to the living room.
There was a second bathroom so the master bath did not have to be used if you had guests.
From journal Where the boys were
February 24, 2004
From journal Resort on the Beach
7911 Winter Song Drive , Florida
From journal Miami Carnival
January 30, 2004
After checking into our unit on the fifteenth floor, which was a one-bedroom corner unit, we were pleased with the view of the intercoastal waterway and the beach view from the balcony. The furnishings are very tasteful in old Florida-style decor. The ocean view master bedroom has a 20” TV, king size bed, two end tables, a bureau, and a good size closet. A safe is located in the closet and has a mandatory charge of $10 a week. The full kitchen is nice, pink, and well equipped with full-size appliances. The combination living room/dining room is nice, airy, and bright with colors that are definitely classic Florida. The dining room has a good-size glass-topped table with four sturdy chairs. The living room has a sleep sofa, glass-topped coffee table, and two glass-topped end tables, all in Florida décor with wrought-iron palm tree designs. The artwork on the walls is very nice. The living room also has a cleverly hidden Murphy bed. The bathroom has a large shower (no tub) with adequate drawers and a large mirror. The corridor next to the bathroom has a counter with large mirror and a very handy cabinet with drawers, but no sink.
They do charge you $.55 for any connected call on the phone system, even local calls and 800 numbers -- this can add up very quickly. We used our cell phone -- Verizon coverage was good in the area. I use a laptop with my cell phone as a modem and use it after 9pm and before 6am; with Verizon, it is free with my plan.
The laundry area is located on the ground level and is free of charge; they supply detergent at the front desk free of charge, too.
From journal Ft. Lauderdale Resort with old charm
by Mary Dickinson
December 21, 2003
A converted hotel, it doesn't have as fancy an architectural plan as a new gold crown condo, but the renovations are pleasing and expensive. New sliding glass doors lead to a covered balcony with a great view of the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. On the seventh floor we were just above the treetops. The living/dining room is spacious and the sliding glass doors allow an ocean view from anywhere in the room.
A Murphy bed and pull out couch allow sleeping arrangements for six people; however, the one bathroom might be uncomfortable for that many. For two people it’s a wonderful tropical island paradise and it's in the city with so many interesting attractions. The thick glass top dining table has a base that looks like a section of a designed stone architectural column. The chairs around it are dark bamboo as is the couch and side chairs. A white louver paneled armoire holds the big television. All the furnishings are in new condition as is the sea green carpeting. The bedroom has a white triple dresser and king size bed in new condition.
The kitchen has shrimp colored modern cabinets and new 8"ceramic tile on the floor. The dishwasher is new but the stove and refrigerator are dated. The bathroom is small and has a glassed-in shower and wall to wall vanity sink. There is ample storage space throughout.
On the bottom floor is a free laundry and well equipped exercise room. There is a gift shop and community room on the main floor. The maid cleans midweek and the activity center leaves a phone message every day concerning resort activities. We went to the Polynesian Show on Tuesday, learned through an expert how to hula and won the free raffle for a dinner show at the Mai-Kai Restaurant (worth $39). I wanted to catch the free Scuba diving lessons but no time. Maybe next time.
From journal Sea Forever