Hotel overall rating is 3.5 to 4, good location; room was large with two queen size beds, living area, kitchen,had the necessary pots/pans dishes etc for 4 including large fridge and dishwasher; Washer and Dryer also located in large bathroom a bonus to have for long stays and for a family of 4. Friendly staff everywhere :), always smiling and Happy to help. Good buffet breakfast choices; free wif-fi, two pools to chose from and 1 hot-tub and hotel is beachfront. Towels are offered for free for poolside or Beach, but pick them up early since they go fast. Pets are allowed see Inn for restrictions and the Inn also has a section to walk your pets. Salon/Spa is worth a visit, Melissa was Faboulous!!!
The biggest con I have is the small airplane that would pass over the Residence Inn pool every 5 mins...It would do circles over the Inn area, disturb any conversation you would be having or your naps lol. This would start anywhere after 10am to about 4pm. Obviously some aviation training school. Noisy engine would not allow for guests to get that extra relaxation niche vacationers search for.
Other cons are valet parking, I would prefer to park my own car even if I have to walk to the other lot. Although the valet parkers were very friendly. Housekeeping missed cleaning 3 days out of our 14 day stay, in all 3 instances front desk was informed upon our return and fresh towels or garbage was removed. Again Staff was very friendly and quick to respond...otherwise the room was cleaned and sheets were changed twice a week. I figured just an oversight, no big deal since we always left our beds made before leaving for breakfast.
As for the Beach, chairs and umbrellas can be rented for the week or Target is near by and you can purchase chairs for as low as 8$-10$ each. Also, be careful with young children going into the ocean, since its not a gradual decent, but sometimes a straight drop into the water eg: sometimes water was below our knees to immediately over hips....watch your step!
Lots of activities to do if you have a car around the area and tons of Shopping can be done at Sawgrass.... A nice vacation, and my teenagers enjoyed it!