Let me start by saying, we love, love, love the Pine Cove complex. We've stayed in 1c many times prior to the current owners, and it was very nice then, sounds even better now.
This year we were in 1a (because 1c is always booked these days), which was our second stay in that particular unit. During those trips,the condo has been up for sale- still was when we left.
On a positive note, there have been some remodeling upgrades, like nice new furniture, paint, vanity & shower changes in the master, and guest bath. Some of the design changes seem not well thought out, but maybe that's me. It wouldn't be a deal breaker, but does make me scratch my head, in a "what were they thinking? kind of way."
The view is wonderful, and the morning sun in winter is a delight when coming from the frigid North.
But more than anything, I would warn anyone who is planning to cook in more than eat out, this unit is not well stocked at all. Not a ladle in site, no real serving spoons/salad servers, no serated knife for bread etc.Luckily I brought a small sharp knife with me, but if we had grilled steak, it would have been a pain, since most of the knives are pretty dull. There were three wine glasses...total, so it was good only 2 of us drank wine. They did have new pots and pans, and dishes, both nice.
It was never the best stocked condo we've been in, but it's like they did an inventory, discarded stuff and never replaced it. If we were there two weeks, I would have had to gone to the Dollar store, or Goodwill for a few items. They did replace the very old lanai furniture with a wickerish set, but know that there is no dining table to eat outside. There is a small end table, and coffee table in the same plastic wicker material, which was fine for breakfast, but a major meal would be a balancing act.
Just saying be prepared if you are staying here, the extras are far and few between. I was surprised to find beach towels, they didn't allow access to them before, or maybe they just forgot to lock that particular cupboard.
No beach chairs, or umbrella provided. There were two air mattresses in the storage locker I assume were left by previous renters, but nothing else besides hardware stuff. We were lucky to pick up 2 used lounge chairs and an umbrella at Goodwill. A little rusty, but a bargain at $12ish total!
It irked me a little to leave them, we were going to bring them back to Goodwill, but knowing there were renters after us we decided to pass them on.
So all in all, the complex is wonderful, great pool and hot tub, pretty grounds, very convienently located as far as biking. The nearby public beach entrance never bothers us.
We will continue to stay somewhere at Pine Cove, and hope a new owner comes along and puts as much love and care as into 1a, as the owners upstairs in 1c.
- Also Known As:
- Pine Cove Of Sanibel Hotel Sanibel Island