It was just fine for our needs. We had two huge bedrooms, two huge bathrooms, a great kitchen, and a washer and dryer. We were there for a week with our two kids (both 10). We swapped an RCI for a great exchange rate. We could have stayed on the beach in a one bedroom, but we wanted the extra room. We are happy with that decision.
The resort was about 10 minutes from the beach. It was an easy drive. We drove and parked at the Royal Vista, the sister resort, almost every day. There was always parking, even though the resort offered a free shuttle. We also swam in the Royal Vista pool. It looks like a nicer resort, but we liked the pool at Palm Aire better and there were NO kids at Royal Vista. The Palm Aire is definitely suited better for families- more room for your money, water slide, fun activities, etc.
The first room we checked into smelled like smoke. It was bad. So even though it was really late, we insisted they switch us. They moved us next door and brought the keys right to us. It was just fine and I appreciate how they remedied the situation. This is a non-smoking place. Don't smoke!!!
The resort is in an odd location. It's next door to a golf course, across the street from the horse racing track, and close to the interstate. However, it was actually really quiet. The only outside noise we heard (with the doors closed) were the ambulances and fire trucks. There must be a fire station around the corner. It wasn't bad though. We never heard noise from the hallway. Ever. It could be that most of the guests are elderly. :)
The room was clean, like any hotel room. The bed was uncomfortable and the mattress needs to be replaced, or at least flipped, but the sheets and duvet were fine. It felt like a Wyndham or Hampton hotel as far as cleanliness. It was just fine. Not anything great, but totally acceptable.
There is a Winn Dixie, McDonalds, a Greek place, an Italian place (with good pizza- Rotellis i think), a CVS, and. WalMart all within walking distance (a block). We ended up buying laundry detergent, water (the water here is awful, we are used to well water), coffee, and shampoo and conditioner, in addition to food. They supplied enough of the other essentials, like dish washing soap.
The activities are mediocre, but provide something to do when you are too tired to go out. Most of them cost money. The best free night was when they had the hula dancers. Nothing grand, but it was entertaining. The pool is great and it's nice that is is between the buildings because it is in the shade for much of the day. We were fried after being at the beach.
For a good, local sandwich when you are near the beach, eat at Under the Sun Subs near the corner of Atlantic and Ocean. If you venture west on Atlantic, La Granja is GREAT. It doesn't look great, but it is. It's Peruvian food. We got a whole chicken and three sides (including their delicious arepas) for $18. Seriously. It fed four of us. They have ceviche on the weekends.
All in all, it was a good stay.
The ONLY truly obnoxious part was the sales staff. We realize this is a timeshare and we know the drill. We were not interested in "earning" anything on this trip. We were busy visiting friends. My husband made that very clear to the woman when he got our "welcome packet." So the next day the phone rings, at dinner time no less, and it's the same woman trying to talk us into coming AGAIN to a sales pitch. She was really pushy this time. It was very disappointing and unprofessional. Other than that, the staff was extremely friendly, especially the check in staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Palm-Aire Hotel Pompano Beach
- Wyndham Pompano Beach
- Palm Aire Resort
- Pompano Beach Wyndham