Ok if you prefer older grand hotels... Posted Sep 28, 2008
We chose this property for a one-night stay on the beach before we left the Southern Florida area after a week in the Florida Keys. It didn't quite live up to expectations. The older decor, including cliche coral pink and seafoam green tropical furnishings, made us feel like we were in a grandparent's home. That might be great for some people, but it is not what we would consider a 4 or 5 star place. Some other negatives included - the website indicated that a standard room might have queen sized beds but they couldn't be guaranteed. Fine, but when we got there we were informed all of the standard rooms just had double beds. The room also had that stale, old smell. Luckily the wonderful manager on duty upgraded us (the staff were the best part of this experience as they were extremely friendly). Also, the antiquated furnishings extended beyond the room. The soda shop was just old and didn't have the classic ""soda shop"" feel one would have expected. The hallways, elevators - just everything was unappealing (though the entry foyer was beautiful). The bed and even the linens and sofa in the suite felt cheap and old. It was very disappointing. Other than the incredible staff, the other positives were the beach, pool and activities. The beach was wide and expansive, the pool seemed very nice and there seemed to be lots of activiites for kids. It seems that this property could be so much better with a substantial renovation and upgrade.