Torn bet 3 or 4 stars, but went with 3 due to time we needed to spend cleaning unit before we felt comfortable settling in. Units are individually owned so condition & furnishings of each varies, but assume same cleaning service used for all. We rented first floor unit (101), for $320/night in season (incl taxes), and for this price expected unit to be clean. Units are not cleaned during your stay, only before and after.
Unit was in need of top to bottom deep cleaning. When we arrived tub was filthy with grimy ring , fan in bathroom was clogged with dust and grime, and cheap shower curtain (quality of dollar store variety) was moldy and had torn away in 3 different spots from holes for rings. When we asked about shower curtain, we were given a replacement, of the same dollar store quality (really, Walmart would refuse to carry these thin as paper, stick to your legs, rips easily variety).
Floors, although free of any sand, had not been cleaned well. The bottoms of our feet were dirty after walking around barefoot for only 20 minutes. Lamps in bedrm had thick coat of dust.
Worst part was that this experience cast suspicion on everything else in unit - were the dishes & silverware clean enough to use? No dishwasher, so did cleaning person do same slipshod job on silverware & dishes as on tub & floor? Have the sheets & towels been properly laundered?
Sliding glass doors were missing slats on blinds, no big deal if we were on higher level, but crucial for privacy in first floor unit with guests passing within feet of living room on abutting walkway to beach. Again easy, inexpensive fix (one of the missing slats was right in closet).
No blanket on beds & only one in closet (even tho bedrm had 2 beds), & that was ripped, so didn't use. Why would you even keep a torn blanket, esp in a unit that rents for over $300/night?
Microwave oven door was cracked in 2 places. TV in liv room is old box analog model, while one in bedroom is flat screen but tiny 15". But hey feel free to bring your vhs tapes to watch in vcr that's part of box tv! These days a basic flat screen digital tv is very inexpensive.
WiFi is free but we could only connect sporadically, not sure if this relates to wireless in condo, or the isp. Seemed to happen during times when more people would try to connect.
No screens on sliding doors & the bedrm window not operable, so no way to air out unit (bedrm had a musty smell even with sunny dry weather) or get fresh air.
Positives - and there are many, spacious, lots of storage in bedroom (walk in closet) & bathroom, bright liv rm/kit area, beach is steps away and goes on forever, ocean view from every unit in the bldg, tile floors throughout, foot shower near beach to rinse off, good water pressure in shower, kitchen well stocked with dishware, utensils, & mixing bowls, kitchen & liv rm furnishings had beach motif were attractive, comfortable and looked relatively new, walls throughout had been freshly painted, guest laundry with full size washer/dryer, HVAC worked great switching seamlessly bet heat & ac (yep we needed both), office staff nice & helpful.
Place has huge potential, with a thorough cleaning, and repair/replacement of items mentioned, all of which could be done for reasonable price within a day, this could easily become 4 or 5 star.
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- Also Known As:
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