By no means are we Marriott rookies ( we are timeshare owners). Have stayed at both of the other Marriott properties on Singer Island (plus many more of their properties) and after a week's visit here at Oceana Palms, let's just say this locale disappointed, on several levels.
If you are accustomed to a property where you can wander/spread out/meander and get away from it all, this is not it. One bank of elevators, small claustrophobic lobby and dark walkways out to the pool area. Dank feeling, really. A very compact setting, we were there in the deadest season and the pool chairs were often all taken. Awkwardly placed, the sunny section (there was shade from the bldg. most of the day) even had chairs crammed in facing each other. Weird to look up at someone else when sitting at the pool and hard to maneuver. There just isn't enough room for everyone, as though Marriott didn't think this through when they built. I cannot imagine what it will be like when the second building is built. Where will they put everybody??
And the pool lounges themselves? Obviously nobody ever sat in them for more than a minute when choosing them; they had a bar across our backs at a terrible position and we ALL moaned all week about how uncomfy they were. That being said, this property provides FREE (key word FREE) banded/slatted chairs on the beach which was the best part of the vacation! We hate being charged $35 a day for 2 chairs and often go to the local beach stores to pick up cheap ones for the week's visit). Didn't have to do this at Oceana Palms tho there is a chair/umbrella service for those that want it. Beach towels were plentiful but at the end of each day you have to take the wet dirty ones up to your room with you and then call down for replacements. There is no kiosk where you can leave them and exchange. Odd.
No complaints about the oceanfront area -- wide and inviting. You can walk a ways up to the public beach area where there are some rocks to snorkel around. We do like Ocean Pointe better for this activity, especially down by the Kingfish bldg where the channel is sliced out. Our beach week had junk from Tropical Storm Isaac on the shore and the water was brown from the storm for the first half of the trip, but this is not Marriott's fault!).
There is one big pool split by a walkway, two hot tubs, shuffleboard, a kiddy swim area. If I had brought along any really active young ones, it would have been awful. NO room to run...this is not a place to stay for active kids (unless they are tiny and hand-held!).
We enjoyed having the Reflections bar/restaurant on property and the specials/happy hours and bartenders were terrific. Glad we were there in the slow season as again, it is a tiny area with just a handful of tables so it must be a zoo during "The Season." Also enjoyed the music (particularly the band "PINK SLIP") and participated in several activities at the pool - the staff was fun and helpful. Won a few free drinks and a movie to watch in the room. Yay!
Now for the noise. UGH. The construction going on keep us from enjoying a single meal out on our balcony without shouting at each other (we were on the 11th floor facing north). The rumble would not have been so bad, but the beeping from trucks backing up literally began at 8:15 on the nose and did not stop until after 5 -- they even worked on Labor Day. Do any of the construction trucks EVER go forward??? All we heard was the beeping and could not sleep in past 8:15 every morning except Sunday. REALLY ANNOYING. Buyer (traveler) beware! If you are at all noise-sensitive, don't stay here til the construction is done.
As I said, we have stayed at many Marriott 2-BR's before and I would rate this one as the least comfy. Sitting area in LR tiny with a couch and two very stiff side chairs. (see my photos). Had issues with the hot water all week long -- had them come and check it and were told it was fine (?!) Had to turn the gigantor shower on 5 full minutes before we would feel any hottish water. About that shower...unless you have a family of 6 that all showers together, this is a huge waste of space and even made me feel very "exposed" in the bathroom. Absolutely no privacy. The toilet was in a separate room and the door closed behind itself each time which also got annoying. (I know, I know, we are picky). The smaller bath was a dark hole. The lights in both baths (new bulbs that take 5 minutes to totally lite up) were inadequate and all primping/make-up'ing was challenging. Really weird. The second bedroom was also very tight with nowhere to store large suitcases and a tiny closet. Two Q beds were barely a foot apart. Was glad we didn't have more bodies with us as it would have been a logistical nightmare to put more of us in that setting. Ostensibly a suite for up to 8 people, we would have been tripping over each other. Master was large and included a desk, tv, dresser. Floor to ceiling window provided stunning view.
Kitchen was very nice (hot water an issue again). We like to cook and enjoy the new Publix over the bridge for easy supply purchases. Used the grill on property, too. Staff kept everything clean and operational.
The "underground" free parking here takes up the first few levels of the hotel. Nice to get into cool cars in that heat! Unlike the Resort property up the street which is valet parking only (cha-ching), this was definitely a good set-up. Security even called our room once as we had left a lite on in the car. Very thankful for their help!!!!
For those into evenings out, this Singer Island area is still pretty dull. Hotel encourages a drive to Palm Beach Gardens which is like going to any mall-area back in any of our hometowns. Make sure to go to Sailfish Marina on Thursday nites for the music/craft show ( you have to pay to park there but it's too far to walk). Longboat Johnny's has been reincarnated since we began going to the area and is a lot of fun now. Food was good, too.
Bottom line... glad our kids are grown as this small property would not have worked for little ones. The other property, Ocean Pointe, has a buncha pools to choose from and putt putt, a Pizza Hut, ice cream, pool table, etc. Glad we got to swap for Oceana Palms as we were curious, but I am pretty sure we won't chose it again. Would have liked being able to wander, use hammocks, sleep in a cabana by the pool, etc., as we have at other Marriotts. This one lacks many of those Marriott property perks.
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