on January 13, 2009
The Surf Club Resort, aka Surf Club of Marco, is located right on the beach, which is a great plus since almost all beaches on Marco Island are private. The ocean temperature here is definitely below what one would get in the Florida sout-east - clearly, the Golf Stream cannot reach here :-) Weather was great with temperatures in the low 80s, one cloudy day otherwise sunny.The outdoor pool is heated and thus allows for late swimming after the air temperatures cool off. It is open till 10 PM.The 2-bedroom suite is very spacious with a separate kitchen, dining, and living room area. The kitchen was fully equipped, however, only empty salt and pepper dispensers provided. The $2 set from Wal-Mart fixed that. The units do not have their own washer and dryer. There is a room with those on each floor. Trash goes to trash room's chute, which is also on each floor.Our top-floor corner unit did not have the jacuzzi. One bath was shower only and the other had a regular tub. The corner uits have one tiny balcony facing the ocean and a large one facing sideways (south in our case). There is a Hilton Hotel to the south with a utility building with huge A/C fans on the roof, which were constantly clicking on and off and were very noisy. If you close the balcony doors and have your own A/C on, not a big deal. With us preferring the natural ventilation, it was a little annoying.The resort does not provide cribs / play pens for kids. They put us in touch with a rental place though. Aside for the additional $50 payment, it was worry free - the crib was waiting for us and we left it there.The resort personnel was 50/50. The lady at the front desk was very pleasant to deal with and very helpful. The man on the other hand was not so outgoing. He did what asked for but that was about it.Everything was clean and in working order, even though one could tell not exactly new. The balcony doors could definitely used a bit of lubrication. The decor was nice, we especially liked the Florida-themed paintings on the walls and the animal charts in rooms and public areas. Also, after first being introduced to the outside of the building (for obvious reasons), the interior was a very nice surprise. Not that the exterior is bad, the interior was simply that much better.We did not use the tennis courts but they looked very well maintained. We did use the provided gas grills and those could definitely use some maintenance - it was a bit of a challenge to get them going and only some burners worked.We would definitely return to this resort, even though we would not dwell on it and be also willing to try alternatives.
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