We stayed at Ocean Colony for a wedding over a long weekend. If we had to do it over again, we would choose other accommodations. We were eight people and initially rented two two-bedroom units.
The trouble began when we arrived, well after 5PM because of traffic. All the staff had left by then, and they'd left the keys to our units in a box outside the registration building. Or they were supposed to leave keys to our two units, but they instead gave us one of our keys and a key to a unit with a similar number to ours. Fortunately, the second key was to a unit in which some other relatives were staying, so we didn't barge in on a stranger. We weren't able to fix things until the following morning, but luckily so many family members were also staying at Ocean Colony that we were able to find beds for everyone the first night. I thought it was very unprofessional that there wasn't someone on duty 24 hours a day, and that when we called the emergency number to sort things out, the service gave us a phone number that was not answered when we called.
Once the room situation was sorted, we were left with one loft unit and one two bedroom unit. Both were a little run-down. The decor and appliances were probably really nice about twenty years ago, but you got the feeling that a few thousand people had used them before you got there, hadn't been careful about it, and stole all the frying pans. Despite the advertised free wireless internet, only the loft unit was able to access the network, and the signal was so weak that our computers couldn't maintain it for more than a few minutes at a time. The internet speed was around 512Kbs, for those interested. There weren't any Ethernet outlets. The power outlets upstairs in the loft unit did not function. The beds were soft and short, so tall people and those who prefer firmer mattresses were somewhat uncomfortable.
The loft unit had two bathrooms and the two bedroom unit only had one, which I would not recommend if you need to attend several semi-formal events. There were no full-length mirrors, and the second loft bathroom did not have a hair dryer. The bathroom in the two bedroom unit did not have a fan, only a heater which was ineffectual for clearing the room of humidity. The lighting was extremely poor in all bathrooms. These aren't the sorts of things that matter when you're on a vacation at the beach, but they matter when you've got a wedding to attend.
The weather was rainy and warm, and whenever the sky cleared it was while we were at an event, so we did not get to enjoy the outdoor amenities. The views from both units were beautiful. Because it was so warm and so humid, we chose to rely on the air conditioner rather than opening windows (The mosquitoes seemed to be able to get through the screens). There was not air conditioning in the bedrooms, only in the living areas. This strikes me as backwards, but perhaps it is a strange New York custom. In order to get the upstairs in the loft to 70 degrees, the downstairs living area needed to be freezing. Luckily this did not affect the couple staying in the downstairs bedroom, because with the door shut the air conditioning didn't reach that bedroom. There were heaters in every room except the upstairs areas in the loft, but we didn't need them.
We only saw one ramp for wheelchairs. Most of the units are accessed by going either up or down stairs. The driveway and parking lot weren't paved, but had pebbles instead. Pebbles are not ideal for walking in while wearing heels, and there were also complaints from people who wore sandals and got pebbles trapped beneath their feet as they walked. All in all, Ocean Colony Beach and Tennis Club is not a great place to stay if you're in town for a wedding, need access to the internet, or like to sleep in a cool room. It is not a hotel. It seems far more suited for a week-long summer vacation at the beach.
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