We were not impressed at first glance. It was the carpet that we noticed first. It was dirty; there is just no other way to describe it. That was a real shame, because the rest of the unit was in good shape. The couch and chair in the living room appeared to be almost brand-new, and the dining room table was new. The fireplace-enclosure door was off the track on one side, but that was the only other item that was not in perfect shape.
There were two bathrooms, both of a good size, and one with a huge Jacuzzi tube in a mirrored alcove. I’m not sure I need to see my naked self from every angle, but it did make the room look even larger. I am not a big fan of tan, and these bathrooms were tan: tan tile, tan tub, and tan towels. I like crisp white better, but that is just me.
There was plenty of storage: the headboard in the bedroom had deep bins, there was a long dresser, the closet was very large, and there were shelves in the bathroom from the floor to the ceiling. There were two remote-control TV’s and good cable TV reception. If you want to rent movies, you can at reception, and there is a week rental card for $15.
The indoor pool on the property has recently been reopened. (It was closed for repairs when we were there.) It has a retractable roof that can be opened during warmer weather. There are two tennis courts for guest’s use and plenty of open space. In season, there is a restaurant at the hotel next door, but in March, it was closed.
For what we wanted, this was a perfect place. We wanted space to scrapbook, and a typical hotel room would have been inadequate. This resort is part of RCI, and since I am not an owner, I’m not sure how this works, but non-owners can stay here for $120 a night for a one-bedroom.
The property is not in downtown Newport, but rather about 2 or 3 miles off of Ocean Drive. This makes it much quieter, but it also means that you must find parking when you drive into town.
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