Stayed for 4N/5D in the middle of November, as a "layover" before our honeymoon trip to St Lucia the following week. We didn't know what to expect really. Pictures can be so deceiving. The buildings were old, really old (We were told they were built in the 1930's), but very well kept. So they had the feel of history, and the ownership group here understands their place in the hotel community...extend the "feel" that was once a strip flagship. The furnishings and "feel" of the place is definately old school. They believe in and are proud of the hotel's heritage.
The staff was attentive, well trained and polite, if sparse. We ordered room service breakfast a couple mornings. It arrived very quickly and the food was tasty for the price; not spectacular, but you're not paying $22.00 for an omelette either. Just good food, well priced, delivered quickly, with a smile.
They have 2 large pools, 1 heated and 1 not. Again, well kept, clean with alot of chaise lounges, some with "half-moon" covers on them when you want to block the sun...nice touch you usually don't find anywhere.
The facility has direct access to the beach...2 minute walk to the shore. They hire a 3rd party company to "police" their cabanas and chaise lounges on the beach. Full day rental on the "half-moon" cabana was $20.00 bucks...cheap!!
They also have drink and food service to the beach from the hotel. Well executed and drink/food quality was good.
The room was spacious and cleaned well. If you're looking for new, shiny and technologically advanced, this is not your place. The interiors and decorations, although nice and clean, were not granite, travertine or the like. They were tiled floors with older fixtures, older but clean carpet and mimimalist wall hangings. They bathroom was clean, with a traditional style bathtub with sliding glass doors. Old school!!
Note that the elevators are older also...a little noisy, which can be unnerving, but we never experienced an issue with them (we were on the 3rd floor over-looking the pools and the ocean). The view from the room was beautiful and we actually had 3 separate sitting decks off of our room to choose from. No doubt, many upgrades and updates have been executed, but no multi-million dollars renovations have taken place.
Overall, this stay was pleasant. I have nothing bad to say, no criticisms. You just have to know what you're getting. For the price (4 nights plus the daily charge for internet, 2 large room-service breakfasts, 2 separate meals and 10-12 drinks/beers in the beach cabana, etc) of $1100.00, I was pleased. I didn't want to pay $600.00+ per night for The Betsy or Angler's, because our big money was going to be spent over the next week in St. Lucia.
NOTE: Virtually everything you order (room service, pool service food and drinks, beach service food and drinks) all has a gratuity built in...not good or bad, just important to know. Because of the quality of the service, I was okay with this and typically added a couple dollars on top of it.
The hotel was walking distance from all the main "action" on the beach strip and right across the street was a great deli that makes sandwiches/soups etc and has breakfast as well.
I would stay here again and would encourage to do the same, knowing full well what you're getting on the luxury scale (2 out of 5), but feasibility and adequacy scale (5 out of 5).