"We stayed in this unit from January 5th through February 28th, 2015. Its location is excellent. The block includes a Publix grocery store, Catholic church, and place to rent bikes. The ocean beach and an excellent bike trail are a couple blocks away. The unit has everything two people need – living room, kitchen with counter for meals, bedroom, bathroom with tub/shower, and lots of storage space. It has hot water when you need it (once you realize that the kitchen sink faucet has to be turned to the right rather than the left to get hot water). The kitchen is well supplied with dishware, silverware, microwave oven, stovetop burner, toaster, and coffeemaker; it could use a toaster oven, blender, crockpot, and set of mixing bowls. The refrigerator needs defrosting monthly. The beach chairs and beach blanket are great. The building wi-fi worked well most of the time. There is a storage area for bikes outside. The laundry in the building is okay but cost us $25 a month. The outside area is nice, with a pool in the shade, but the best part in January-February is the strip near the street where the sun shines. We met other guests in passing in the elevator and the lobby. It would be nice for the hotel condominium to have a weekly reception for guests to meet each other.
We had a few small problems. Street parking can be found a few blocks away, but having your car that far away is inconvenient even if the walking is healthy. The hotel condominium is in an old building built in the 1920s; use of the air conditioner and dehumidifier is required to keep the unit’s humidity at the right level; the air conditioner is set at 70-75 degrees; and their noise interferes with using the television or phone in that room. When we arrived, the unit had a very musty odor; we finally solved the problem, except for a whiff of odor as we entered the room, by replacing four ineffective air fresheners with a container of DampRid activated charcoal that we bought at Lowe’s. We did not use the dead bolt on the entry door; it can only be opened and closed from the inside and it resisted being opened, even after the maintenance guy worked on it. The weather strip at the bottom of the entry door is old and needs to be replaced. The bed’s wobbly headboard needs to be stabilized.
We brought our recumbent tandem along to bike, and that was our main activity -- on Palm Beach and around southern Florida. Shark Valley Trail is the best for seeing alligators on the side of the road."
Guest: Larry and Sue
Date of Stay: January 2015
Review Submitted: February 28, 2015