To sum it up, yes, I would go again, but I would plan ahead. If you want to go for the indoor water park experience with children or teens then listen to my advice. If you want to go for romance.. forget it! There is nothing at all romantic about this resort.
We stayed in room 12039 & 12041 (side by side, opens into one large suite.) The fact you can close off sides of the suite might be handy for 2 couples traveling together, privacy wise. We were about midway down the hall on the second floor. The hallways are LONG, very very LONG, so plan to do some walking. I will pop up some photos to show you.
Pros: The room was nice and clean, they had just finished cleaning it when we got up to the room. Nice fireplace, 3 independent flatscreens, dual temperature controls, full kitchen with a small dining table. My 8 yr old adored the bunk bed. The living room had a bed that you pull down very easily and it was very comfortable to sleep in.
Cons: There is no screen on the balcony door, this could allow bugs in if you leave it open for a breeze. The rooms are not huge, they are not tiny, but also not very large, about 800 sq ft. There are two bathrooms but they are both on the small side. There was a nice vanity space outside the bathroom I found useful. The carpet looked a little ratty on the edges.
The resturaunt looked really nice. We decided to eat there before going to the pool on our first night to save time. SKIP IT! It was far to expensive and it did not taste good.. the wait staff kept staring at us when our 2 yr old and 14 month old would fuss (as little ones can do after a long car ride) as if we were a pain bringing in small children. My 8 yr old who inhales every pizza known to man, said thier pizza was gross and he would rather eat school pizza. Indeed he took 2 bites and did not touch it. To top it off the manager.. Bill I believe someone called him, was complaining about the consistency of the soups and sauces loud enough for us to hear at our table, at a very attentive young man staffing the buffet. Which just further dampened my appetite since I can not stand snobbish managers. The food did need improvement, but the customers did not need to hear him complaining about it, and he doing nothing to help the matter. Our bill was over $40 for 2 adult and one childs buffet that we barely touched. They did not bother to ask us if we enjoyed our meal. If you must eat there, go to the snack bar, its expensive but not nearly as terrible as the resturaunt.
The arcade was lots of fun. They have a handy card system that you pre-load credit to. They even gave us $5 free to use towards the games. My 8 yr old had a ton of fun and got a few nice little prizes from it. The games range from 1 to 4 quarters or credits per game. Interesting and fun games.
The big deal was the water park and it was a lot of fun. They have plenty of towels there, no need to bring your own. They furnish floats for the wave pool, and life jackets for the little ones were plentiful. The kids loved the wave pool, the kids playground area, and my 8 yr old had a blast on the slides and in the indoor/outdoor hot tub. The slides are all a blast, the water fun is definatly 5 stars. BE prepared for a crowd, and kids.. lots and lots of kids.. I hope you adore children, there are a lot of them there. Mornings before 11 am and late evenings after 8pm were the least crowded times. Hours were 8 am to 10pm when we went on March 22 and 23rd, 2009.
I advise you bring your own food or order in pizza, or visit the Ryans down the street for decent meals with a family. There are also plenty of other good resturaunts if you need something more than a buffet and pizza and you do not want to cook. I miss those sit down resturaunt days.. It's hard with little ones.. Enjoy your trip!
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