When we first arrived we were excited, because we had a beach front room! The view of the beach was so nice - we could see miles and miles of the ocean and sand from our balcony. We had a two bedroom suite which had a kitchen, two bathrooms, washer and dryer, front room, Jacuzzi whirlwind tub in the master bath. We pleased with the cleanliness of our room . The rooms had had a slight beachy (relaxing, calm) undertone. The workers were very friendly and were willing to assist us as we were new to the California scene - they were very helpful. People always talk negatively about the neighborhood, but we walked around the surfer town with no problem. The neighborhood was actually quite nice, It was a very laid-back town. Oceanside is the probably the best place for this Wyndham resort; it totally fit the entire atmosphere. The hotel pool was relatively small (probably because there's a beach right across the street). We didn't spend anytime at the pool, because we were too busy swimming in the ocean. The beach seemed like the popular choice for the locals however it wasn't overcrowded. The locals were very friendly. We definitely recommend staying there -don't let the negative reviews scare you!