We had gotten a last minute deal for a "non-view" room, but when we checked in, the room we were given DID have an ocean view if you were on your balcony or looking out the window (but not from the bed). However, we found that room to be too noisy due to the air conditioner machinery outside the back of that area, so we switched rooms to a "partial view" room (for a $30/night upgrade charge) on the other side of the hotel, which was nice and quiet. In the partial view room, you could see the ocean from anywhere in the room (except the bathroom).
I think that all of the rooms have some sort of view or something good about them (and if there is something you don't like, they seem happy to switch you into something that you like).
I really liked the decor. The windows had wooden shutters, and there were floral bedspreads and an overhead ceiling fan that gave the room a tropical feel to it. It was relaxing, and having a balcony was lovely, with the ocean waves rolling in and the surfers in view. There is a patio set, so you could eat out on the balcony.
The breakfast restaurant is on the main floor in the centre, and through it, you can get to the outdoor seating area and the pool (although there are also other entrances to the outside area -- you don't have to go through the restaurant in your beach wear). The restaurant does not serve lunch or dinner, but they do have some free drinks during the day for you to help yourself to (such as iced tea, lemonade, and chilled water), and in the afternoon between 5 and 6pm, they have free cookies both there and by the front reception desk. The front desk also provides free newspapers and loaner umbrellas if the weather looks inclement. Also, when we had leftovers from eating out, the restaurant staff reheated our food in their microwave, which was very nice of them.
I read a tip on trip advisor about parking which I found helpful and so am stating it again. Even though you could pay the hotel $22 a day for parking, it is really unnecessary, since there is a lot of free street parking very nearby. The street parking is well signed about which days and what times you cannot park there (eg. "No parking between 3am and 6am Thursdays for street cleaning"), and if the curb side is painted red, do not park there, but we never had to walk more than a block or two to get from our car to the hotel.
Our room had a mini-fridge and mini snack bar, both inside the bathroom (unusual, but probably makes the bedroom a little quieter). The bathroom was spacious and had a close-up mirror.
The one thing I didn't like was that the room designers didn't think about people stubbing their toes on the large bed frames or on the things stored under the counters in the bathroom. Use caution. We did find a cute little bed step ladder. (Unexpected.)
The gift shop on the main floor has long hours and some nice stuff for sale. Also, I can't finish the review without mentioning the excellent front desk staff, such as Angela Hansen (friendly and helpful) and McGarrity (professional and very helpful when we were switching rooms - she took us around herself to make sure we liked the new room, and offered us a choice). I do think that the management should consider hiring someone for the small jobs that crop up at a hotel, like the door to the ice room that won't stay shut, and other little things other reviewers mentioned in recent reviews, but nothing spoiled our enjoyment of our stay.
Oh, and by the way, the mattresses are very comfortable, the bedding is soft and pillows are plentiful. Get the turndown service for the yummy chocolates.
Room 227 had the hum of the A/C equipment in the background (nice ocean view from balcony). Room 125...
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