Professional and even visitor photos can be deceptive. The hotel gardens are bounded on two sides (the ones you can see from your balcony) by the backs of surrounding apartment and restaurant backs.
Having said that, it all depends on what your expectations of a place might be, whether you've stayed in other self-catering places that were better or worse and whether you feel you have got value for money
I'd say Ondamar is ALRIGHT. (That may be damning it with faint praise!)
It is adequate but our kitchen (Room 116) was poorly equipped, especially if you really had 6 people sleeping in it - there was only my wife and I. There is no coffee machine or even a cafetiere if you want to make "real" coffee from fresh filter coffee.There is not enough crockery to be able to make good use of the dish washer. The furniture and doors are beginning to fall apart. Only one arm chair and a sofa bed in the living area. The sofa-bed is more bed than sofa.
The TV In the apartment doesn't work very well. The only English channels were BBC World News and supposedly Sky News, but Sky didn't seem available and the BBC channel reception was either extremely poor or non-existent. It still didn't work after the technician tried to fix it.
There is no in-room safe.
We had to get our dishwasher changed and even then it was a 20 year old machine that you had to discover a special knack for making it work.
If you are on the wrong side of the hotel (as we were in this respect) you pick up noise from the larger neighbouring hotel. There is a continuous extractor fan operating which makes for a non-stop background noise which you can hear in your bedroom. Not too bad if it is cool enough to sleep with your windows shut, but in hot weather I can imagine it is a real pain. Also down by the pool if the wind blows in the right direction the entertainment loudspeakers from the neighbouring hotel seem very loud.
Round the pool the loungers are showing signs of age. The non-saving your lounger policy is not enforced (at least it wasn't being when we were there late October 2012). The cushions are thin and showing signs of age, soggy and old.
The indoor jacuzzi worked once when we were there. another time apparently it had been switched off because we heard some other guests had put bubble bath into it or something. The indoor pool is very warm (very nice if you like it that way.) But there is no way to get directly from the outdoor pool to the jacuzzi. (The outdoor pool is unheated.)
- the beds are firm and comfortable (twin, not double)
- there is daily room maid service (cleaning, bed making and change of towels etc)
- reception is friendly, responsive and they speak good English
- no deposit is required at check-in (at least not for us - CLC/RCI members)
- the hotel is reasonably centrally located if you want to be able to walk either to the Strip or the old town
Overall we would probably not go back there again. In fact, we are reluctant to try any RCI place through our Club la Costa connections. We have tried to get into better quality accommodation before and it is always the same story : no availability. We've then gone for alternatives on offer which do have availability and we always seem to end up in slightly down-at-heals places. We suspect it is because CLC cannot afford to secure enough availability in the better quality hotels which is a pity because CLC's own standards are high.
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