I will start this review by making a disclosure. I have never really rented a condo for vacation so I have nothing to compare this to; however, the family members that I went with have done so on many occasions so some of my comments are based off of their observations.
Condo unit 801
The condo itself was very tastefully decorated. Had 2 balconies with nice views, 3 bedrooms and a fourth smaller bedroom with 4 bunk beds – perfect for the four kids we had in tow. Check-in was a breeze and they had carts for us to haul all our stuff in.
The complaint with the unit was that it was not completely outfitted as some other units have been. The unit is clearly set up to assume that 10 people would occupy it. However, there wasn’t enough seating for 10 people in the living room or kitchen. There were also minimal utensils and towels (we had to wash in the first few days). One window (my room – lucky me) did not have blackout shades, while all the others in the unit did. We inquired upon check out if the unit was owned by an owner or the development. Coming to find out it’s owned by the development company so that’s why it’s not outfitted as good as other units. The staff at checkout did seem concerned and they asked for a list of items that would help to round out the unit.
Oasis Water Area
We spent a lot of time at the pool area. You go outside of the ground level of the condos and take a shuttle to the pool. We never had a problem with the shuttle not appearing as others have complained about. It was always there within a minute or two. Pool area was very nice and had a great area for the kids. Unfortunately, the wave pool was broken the entire time and staff said it had been broken for a couple of weeks while they were waiting for parts. One day they didn’t have any towels as their cleaning service was late. That was kind of a pain. You aren’t supposed to bring food / drinks into the pool area, but we did. Just put your snacks in a small cooler and put that cooler in a beach bag. No one ever questioned us. We did get a couple of frozen drinks from the snack shop and they were ok – nothing great.
Shops and Entertainment
Looks like a lot of things have closed lately – I’m sure a result of the economy and the oil spill in the gulf. The girls did browse around the shops. A couple of cute places and we did pick up a couple of things. We did go the movies one day so it’s nice having that there. The kids also did laser tag – not my thing, but the boys had fun. Some of the group also went on the Ferris Wheel. Did go to the Rum Runners piano bar on our last night. That was a lot of fun. Would definitely recommend a visit there.
All in all, it was a nice place. Would I stay there again, maybe, only if that’s where we family was going. I am curious to see if this development gets any larger. There are supposed to be additional condo buildings, etc., but I don’t really see that happening anytime soon.
- Also Known As:
- Levins Bend Hotel Orange Beach