My wife and I rented a timeshare from an owner at this resort. We had never stayed at a resort before, but had toured one in Branson so we kind of had an idea. This is an older resort and that was not kept a secret but it is claimed to be well maintained. Although there were some areas where attention was necessary, I would have to agree that it was well maintained for a resort of 30 plus years of age. Upon arrival, we found the front desk clerk very courteous and helpful. Our room was exactly as pictured on the internet. The carpeting was an obviously dated shag which made it difficult to open some of the bi-fold closet doors, however everything about our unit was clean. The unit we were in (301-B) had a very nice balcony with access from both the living room and master bedroom via sliding glass doors. The kitchen was good size and fairly well stocked with most things necessary for cooking. We brought a few specialty cooking items and were glad we did so, but all the basics were there. This place was extremely quiet even though we were staying at the height of tourism season (7/4 thru 7/11). They have a laundry room, recreation room, and fitness room. The indoor pool was nice however it is rough textured and if you have young ones who do more jumping around as opposed to actual swimming, I would recommend bringing or purchasing swimming socks. Our younger ones ended up with some raw spots on their toes. Having never stayed in a resort, we were highly pleased. The amount of space you have is about 4 times what you would expect in a typical hotel suite, perhaps six times the space of a typical hotel room. It was so nice to have a full sized kitchen as well. We saved a great deal of money eating breakfast in as well as some lunches and dinners. To give you an idea, some of our meals included french toast on one day, fried potatoes, sausage, and scrambled eggs on another, baked barbequed pork steaks one night, and grilled steak on another. (there are charcoal grills and one gas grill available outside the pool area) Obviously, meals of this magnitude cannot be accomplished in a simple hotel suite, especially for a family of six. I just can't say enough for the positive experience we had. We are seriously considering buying a timeshare because staying in a hotel just isn't the same anymore. As far as any real concerns we had, the mattresses were extremely firm. Also, driving up and down the mountain daily is kind of hard on your vehicle. The entrance to the resort is right at the crest of a hill, on a blind curve. Those truly are the only complaints I have. I would highly recommend anyone to not hesitate to stay here especially if your only experience is with hotels. If you have stayed at newer, top notch resorts, this one may be lacking for you. However, as stated, this was our first experience and we stayed here for a lot less money than what a hotel would have cost. The only drawback with a resort is that there is no maid service.
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