a traveler from Travelocity.com
on June 9, 2008
It's tough to decide about beach hotels on the web, but we were very pleased with this hotel. We booked three rooms on different sites, with one reservation requesting placement near each other. The front desk had all three rooms together, and said we had received an upgrade too. We ended up with queen suites with a master bedroom and bath, a second bath, sitting area & dinette, small but full-size kitchen and balcony. The rooms had a washer & dryer, full-size fridge, stove and dishwasher. And free wi-fi! Registration has a small stock of snacks and other supplies too. Note: this hotel has exterior doors.
As the other reviews suggest, decor is quite dated but it all goes together (it is not a hodge-podge), and the rooms are very clean and smell fresh. It was nice to have the second bath for when family gathered in our room. Our south-facing rooms had views of the pool directly below, and the beach and Gulf beyond from our balconies. Beach access was easy, just a few steps past the pool. The pool was nice, and warm enough in the hot afternoon sun. On Thursday of our stay, we had the pool pretty much to ourselves, but by Saturday it was busy. Still plenty of lounge chairs for us, but lots more activity. I recommend a frozen drink from the pool bar!
I was disappointed in the resort fee of $22 per day, for which I don't think we got much - it included things that should just be a part of the normal rate (like housekeeping). I thought I read somewhere that cabanas and chairs on the beach were included, but found they were an additional fee. It's not a luxury hotel, but it's great for families or extended stays.
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