Terrible. Where do I start? Paint is peeling,sinks and tubs drain so slowly,slats missing from vertical blinds,tv in bedroom doesn't work, exhaust fan not working in bathroom, wallpaper peeling in bathroom. Whole condo needs updated!!!! Your ad stated updated and it definitely is not!! We'll never stay here again
Unable to book our annual week at the beach in a beach house, we ended up taking a last-minute long weekend and decided to rent a condo instead. After looking for a few days online, we came across unit 501 at Horizon East in Garden City, our favorite place to vacation at the beach. The pictures showed a very nice looking unit, and even though the reviews were less than flattering, they were from a few years ago,and by all accounts the unit had been updated since they were written.
Our arrival was met rudely by a vicious thunderstorm, and made getting into the unit an adventure in itself. The wind tunnel was SO strong that it took three of us to open the door. Obviously this has nothing to do with the rental itself; just a bit of bad luck in terms of our timing on arrival.
The unit was spacious and airy; very unusual for an oceanfront condo. In the past, when we've rented these types of units, the living rooms are usually tiny, not well furnished, and the bedrooms are simply that - rooms with a bed. But this unit is an end unit, and it was very large and inviting. There was ample seating in the living room for our party of six. There were king beds in both master bedrooms, and most of all, each bedroom had it's own bath, which was very pleasing.
The kitchen had been redone, with new counter tops, plenty of dishes and other items for cooking, and a nice seating area. Had we decided to cook during our stay, there was ample pots, pans, etc. for us to use, as well as all of the necessary utensils.
The water pressure was outstanding in all three showers, and because we rented directly through the owner, there were plenty of towels, toiletries, and even complimentary coffee and laundry detergent for us.
The best thing - again - about this unit was simply how large it was. I can't overstate how nice it was to be able to spread out and get comfortable. I've stayed in many, many hotel/condo units where the sofa is hard and uncomfortable, and you spend the majority of your time sitting in a straight-back chair that's just not relaxing. We had all the comforts of home when it was down-time, and we took full advantage.
I will say that the homeowners are very particular about their security. You won't get it this place without either a code or a key fob. I guess if I lived there full-time, I'd fee the same way about visitors. The pool deck was large and inviting, and the pool - although not huge - was refreshing and not crowded at all. Access to the beach was very simple off of the pool deck. Parking was never a problem, even with an abundance of homeowners staying this particular week.
In summary, while we always prefer renting a house for our vacation, we will most definitely consider unit 501 at Horizon East for any future short visits. The homeowner was pleasant to deal with, and quick to respond.
I agree with the last person this home needs to be updated and repaired. The ceilings are patched and some are moldy, the new laminate floor is buckling, the wallpaper is coming off the wall and the kitchen is completely outdated the bathroom fans don't work well, pots and pans need replacing as well. And the mattresses need replacing. This is the reason for the three stars, otherwise I would have given it four.
With that being said the location you can't beat. Right on the ocean, two kings beds, and two twin beds and a pull out couch if needed. The sliders in living room, and both master bedrooms, three bathrooms. If you don't mind a place that is not quite updated and the price is fairly low compared to other areas, then this home is great. Lots if closet space, bring your own beach towels, there is a Walmart close by where you can buy all of the essentials, they provide some essentials but not enough. The laundry is also outdated but works. However check it first last renters left gum in the dryer which got on my pants and I had to scrap it off the dryer. There is lots to do here we literally didn't sit still here until the day before we left. Eggs up grill is a great breakfast and lunch spot and there are plenty of dinner places to eat. We did call maintenance once and they were quick and friendly. Hope this was helpful.