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You will have a great experience when you stay in this upscale, beautifully furnished and decorated two bedroom, two bath condo where there is wireless internet access throughout the unit. All the floors are tile, and both the master suite and guest bedroom floors have wood-grain porcelain.
The living room has a palm-patterned sofa and side chair, and a beige leather recliner. A cherry console holds a 48 inch flat screen HD TV, and DVD player. As you step from the living room out onto the balcony, you can feel the days drift by as you watch the dolphins playing in the water, and see the beautiful boats travel up and down the gulf. This is also the best spot to view the gorgeous scenery and admire the beautiful sunsets, as well as the sunrise (if you get up that early).
The master bedroom has a cottage style king-size bed with updated top-of-the-line Beautyrest mattress. The bedding is tropical in design with soft colors of sand and sea. There is a lingerie chest plus a media chest with multiple drawers for storage, and a 32 inch flat screen HD TV. You also have balcony access from this bedroom, where, in the evening, you can walk out to see the reflection of the moon on the sparkling gulf water. Both the master and guest bathroom vanities have granite countertops. Tumbled tile backsplash surrounds the mirrors, and upscale faucets, and a shower/tub combination finish these bathrooms.
The guest bedroom also has tropical bedding on the two full-size cottage style beds with comfortable mattresses. A dresser with mirror and matching chest of drawers, with a 32 inch flat-screen HD TV, and night stand complete the furnishings in this bedroom.
The gourmet kitchen gleams with stainless steel appliances, including a flat top range, plus there are granite countertops, and tumbled tile backsplash, a double sink with updated faucets. The kitchen is equipped with all the cookware and various utensils you need to make a meal. A dark wood dining table seats four and there are two bar stools for overflow seating.
There is a full size washer and dryer in this unit.
This was our third trip to Orange Beach and first stay at a Phoenix property. Previously stayed at a friends place at the Admiral's Quarters, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, so take this review with a grain of salt.
Renting was easy, with reasonable cancellation policies. We certainly weren't planning on cancelling, but that was nice.
The unit P5-1015 was great. Plenty of room for a young family of 4, probably a little tight for the 6 that they advertise that it will sleep. It was clean and the kitchen was decently stocked with dishware, cookware and utensils. But when they tell you that you need to bring everything, you need to bring EVERYTHING. Other rentals I've stayed in elsewhere were at least stocked with a few staples (spices, cooking oil, foil, matches, etc.) and sometimes more, but hey, we were warned.
The complex was fine, but it showing its age in places, particularly the elevators. The folks at the front desk were friendly and helpful. The splash pad was a hit with our young kids, and the main pool was kid friendly. The indoor pool/hot tubs were ok and the cool water/AC provided a nice respite from the midday heat. However, the indoor pool could stand a good cleaning as the tile, coping and floors had plenty of mildew. Beach access was great, and the water was somewhat closer than other properties we considered. We used one of several grills and I was surprised how clean it was, the next morning I noticed them being cleaned. Thumbs up for that.
For the most part, the crowd was family oriented, but there were a few rowdies and a couple of alcohol induced vomit incidents that we could have done without. Generally, it was quiet between the quiet hours (10p and 8a) which was nice, because I have read other things about some other properties.
Our biggest complaint are the elevators. 4 are clearly not enough to serve a 270 unit complex. At any time, you could wait 5 minutes for an elevator. Our last morning, I was up early shuttling things to the car and was waiting 10+ minutes. By the time we actually left (9ish), our wait for an elevator with space (either up or down) was nearly 30 minutes (some folks claimed to have waited 45 minutes and an hour). After 20, I was ready to unload the cart and take the stairs, but wasn't wild about hauling my kids and stuff down 10 flights. Combine the wait with the poor condition of the elevators (slow, rattling, guillotine doors), and Phoenix V needs to do something.