Returning for a two night stay, a year later, we noticed some changes since the affiliation with Benchmark Hospitality, especially members of the new management team. The property continues to improve the overall guest experience.
As was the case last year, we requested and received an oceanfront cabana suite (#112).....our choice, since we prefer direct access to a ground level covered patio as opposed to the terraces offered on the upper floors. In our opinion, the outdoor private lounge furniture for the patio is unusual, unadjustable and for the most part, simply uncomfortable to use....maybe these will be replaced with more functional pieces in the near future.
Executive Chef Antonio Estremera, and his accomplished kitchen staff, represent a quantum leap upward in food quality. Not unusual in the world of emerging culinary artists, Chef Antonio is bringing fusion magic, to The Wave Kitchen. Vero Beach restaurants in general are infamous for offering uninspired dining opportunities. Chef Antonio boldly inspires adventure with spices and flavors from his native Peru and beyond and as a result, attracts both locals and travelers to experience dining explorations.
The sleeping accommodations remain restfully calm and minimalistic rather than opulent and uncomfortable Generous use of wood for interior wall accents and contrasting stone floors create a pleasing palette of natural colors. The plush bedding and organic cotton sheets are both inviting and soothing....all but insuring a comfortable and relaxing night of sleep (the soothing melodic sound of the Atlantic is sure to please).
Other reviews have complained about the size and layout of the ensure bathrooms. We, on the other hand, find the bath setup to be efficient and functional as we prefer full shower stalls instead of tubs or shower/tub combos. The single vanity and counter space seems more than adequate for the use or one or two travelers.
For whatever the reasons, in room coffee service has replaced the complementary lobby service previously offered. Our own choice, at a small resort such as Costa d'Este, would be to offer both options.....the open layout of the common areas invite early more wanderings and a second or even third cup of coffee can be a warm companion when an onshore breeze is blowing.
Costa d'Este Beach Resort is compact, uncomplicated and a pleasant choice to relax and recharge directly on Vero Beach.
Our staff encounters, throughout our brief stay proved to be warm, helpful and anticipatory, at most times, of our every needs and interests. We especially appreciate the attentiveness demonstrated by Pam and Amanda at the front desk. Lewis, in the dining room, was especially considerate in providing extra attention to a 'senior' member of our luncheon experience on the day of our arrival.
b.t.w.....general cleanliness (floor in room and carpets in hallways) has substantially improved since our last visit - A Big Plus!
We'll return next year around the same time in hopes of even a higher level of service and progress in all areas.
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