Posted Feb 28, 2017
This upscale Old Florida hotel lacks some of the glitz you get at newer properties, but that suited us. The people staying there are not wearing jewels to the pool, and there is a low-key vibe. Our room was spacious and we could have availed ourselves of the little kitchenette to make a few meals had we wished. We had a Keurig and appreciated the daily supply of Fiji water. The private beach is lovely, and we found the young people who work there or poolside unfailingly pleasant and helpful.
The front desk was less charming. Requests to have the room made up were met with a curt "you'll be placed in the queue" and after four days of paying the not unsubstantial rates, we were only grudgingly given a two-hour check-out delay on a Monday that not expected to see an onslaught of arrivals.
There is also a sense that, after paying quite a lot for your suite, you were having your pocket picked for things that should be included. On top of everything there is a daily "resort charge" that lets you sit on a chair on the beach. But if you want a little shade with that chair you need to pay another fee for the umbrella. Pretty chintzy.
One tip: for breakfast, take the short walk to the nearby First Watch on Banyon, just off Gulf Shore. Terrific food, many choices, and great prices.