Golden strand is a bit odd since it is a time-share hotel, so you get some of the amenities of a hotel (front desk, fresh towels) but not others (desk is only open 7am-11pm, you have to trade your towels in, no toiletries in the bath). It is, however, excellently located, convenient to shopping, beach, a grocery store, and oh right, the beautiful beach.
The rooms are fairly basic and very out of date. The furnishings are fine, but not nearly as nice as the lobby would suggest. The best part of the resort is the pool and beach access, both of which are in great condition. The small size of the resort means that it is possible to get a great spot at the beach, with included umbrella and chairs. The guy who puts up your umbrella and chair mat is pretty surly, tipping makes a big difference.
The biggest complaint we had about the resort is that because it's a timeshare if there is an issue with your room they can't necessarily address it except by trying to fix it (e.g. weird smell, bad a/c, broken appliance/toilet/shower) as the other rooms, even if unoccupied, might be "owned" by someone for that period. Not to mention that if the desk is closed, you are out of luck. This is fine when everything works well, but if anything goes wrong, between the limited desk hours, and few options, it can be pretty terrible.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Strand Ocean Villa Hotel Sunny Isles Beach
- Golden Strand Ocean Hotel
- Golden Strand Ocean Villa Resort Florida/Sunny Isles Beach