We stayed here on a "promotion deal" that we were offered when placing a reservation for a Hampton Inn. It wasn't free, but was a bit less than what we paid at the motel on the beach. This resort/hotel is located up on the hill, away from the beach. It consists of both condos and hotel units. We were given a hotel room. They tell you that you get "3 days and 2 nights", but since you can't check in until 4pm and check out is, I think 11am, it's really more like 2 nights and 1 day. Anyway, the room we were given was very nice. It had a small fridge and microwave, and it had a sliding glass door that opened up onto a small balcony. I loved that we could have some fresh air. Hilton bought this place from another company, so it isn't what you might normally expect from a Hilton. I don't know when it was built, but there were VERY few electrical outlets. They had a coffee maker in the room but when I tried to use it to make some hot chocolate, it didn't have power. It was on the large unit that contained the chest of drawers and had the TV on top. The cord went down behind, but the furniture was so close that you couldn't see if there was even any place to plug it in. The maid service was "over the top". When we entered the room for the first time we noticed that the maid had made a couple of animals out of wash clothes. One was on the bed and one in the bathroom. The bed had SO Many pillows it was hard to find a place to put them all that was out of the way so we could go to bed. The bed had one of those heavy quilt-y blankets that so many motels are using these days - we don't like them, so had removed it and placed it out of the way, too. Our gift for going to the "90 minute presentation", which turned out to be 2 hours, was 2 tickets to SeaWorld which we planned to go to right after the presentation.(We also got a voucher for $100 toward our next stay at a Hampton Inn) We don't mind using towels more than once, and we didn't want to have to undo the bed again, so we left out the "do not disturb" sign. When we got back that night there was a good sized square basket in front of our door filled with towels, a note saying they were sorry they missed us, etc, topped off with a wash cloth animal. Since we had been staying at a motel down on the beach, we were only a few miles away on check in day. My husband called to see if there was any chance of checking in early. They let us check in fairly early in the afternoon, so we were able to look around the resort a bit and spend some time by the pool. They actually have 2 pools - one for families and one "adult" pool. Both pools were basically empty. The whole place felt really empty, although I know it wasn't. I think people book here to go to Legoland, which is probably within walking distance. We sat by the "adult" pool for a few hours because it was sunnier. The pool area felt very cement-y. It was a cool day, but we were a week into our vacation and needed a "rest day" so we sat near the wind guard by the edge of the cement. They had music playing - it wasn't bad music, but if I want to listen to music I can bring my own - I prefer silence. We were near the hot tub. A few people came and went while we were there. Two of them mentioned to us that they were tired of the music, which I thought was funny. There is a Costco just down the hill, so we filled up on gas on our way out of town.
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