I would not recommend using Mariner's Boathouse as an exchange destination if you are accustomed to upgraded or new, modern accommodations. The resort is old...28 years old, and it appears that updates have been few and far between. I used 3500 points to exchange to this resort and was somewhat shocked when we arrived. Let me say the place is fairly clean, most of the staff friendly, the view is the one thing that stands out as does the quiet, peaceful atmosphere. To get to the peaceful, clean and pretty beach, you must wade across a narrow strand of sand to get to the main beach, not a big deal, and worth the effort , if beach combing is something you like to do. Shell collecting is pretty good here. There is a small but nice pool and a hot tub area. Beach chairs and chaises are sufficient, there is a beach bar where non- alcoholic drinks are made. Some days the staff makes tacos, popcorn, ice cream sundaes etc for purchase. You can add your own spirits to the frozen virgin drinks they sell for a dollar. In the area close to the resort, there are restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations...very convenient and useful. They do have high speed Internet with no charges and that is a plus. But that is pretty much all the good stuff. The interior of the unit we had...103, was really shop worn. There is one very dark, gloomy bedroom and a small bath close by. Since the design of the room is as you are on a ship the kitchen is galley like, ours had old appliances, the ice maker did not work but there was an ice machine nearby. The stove was rather old fashioned, the pots and pans well worn, dishes and silverware were ok. Smack in the middle of the kitchen, off to the right are two bunkbeds. I cannot imagine any child older than 7 or 8 sleeping comfortably in these beds, they are quite small with very little space to move about. The living room, that has the spectacular ocean view is next, there is a nice screened lanai for great sunset views, the furniture, in nautical themes is worn as well. A larger bath is off the living room. It is in no way modern. The really annoying thing is that there is no maid service offered even if you would be willing to pay for a towel exchange. You must wash the towels in the laundry room they offer. Bring detergent if you don't want to buy theirs. They provide only six towel sets and if you shower more often you will have to wash your allotment, perhaps more than once. Not my idea of a vacation. There is a book called the Captain's Log and in it one can find "the rules". I have stayed in timeshare exchanges for over 20 years and never have we been threatened with so many fines. There are the usual fines for destroying property, I understand all that but there are fines upon fines if you are late checking out, want photos of any damages they accuse you of making and you are required to put up a $ 100 dollar deposit upon check in. No place we have ever stayed was in this condition and threatened so many fines if the rules were not observed. I was honestly fearful that we would break a glass or cup in our daily routine of making a light breakfast. All in all I do not recommend this place if you have stayed in newer, posh, well cared for locations and 3500 points was way too much of a requirement to exchange here. We will not return.
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