Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas
Palm Beach Shores, Florida
Reviews of Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas
Palm Beach Shores, Florida
We have owned at this resort for over 20 uears and still love our time there. The people are simply super. Lueanne, manager of owner services works wonders and the front desk staff are all friendly and helpful. Room maintenance is great with Mary in charge..... Bring your Florida clothing and have a ball.... see you Monday night for prime rib dinner!
We had a great stay at the Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas. The room was very spacious, comfortable, and clean. The staff was friendly and responsive if I needed anything (e.g., an extra blanket). We had a great view of the pool and ocean from our balcony. The weather was on and off, but we were at the pool and beach every day. The kids had a blast. I used the kitchen a fair amount and shopped at the local Publix (5 minutes away), so we didn't have to eat out for every meal. The only downside was the Wifi, which was pretty poor. I asked them to reset the router once which helped for a little while but probably should have asked them to do that more often.
why do we go to Florida ?? For the beach ! And this resort is beachfront, baby. Great pool area also, and a friendly tiki bar open daily. No it's not the Breakers, but for between 900 - 1200 a week on redweek, it's perfect. It is a short and SAFE walk to restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. What more could you ask for ?? An on site restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, serving 3 meals daily, at affordable prices ?? Yea, that too.
If your looking for a converted hotel to a timeshare with small units where you can hear everything in the next unit and want to be hounded by RCI sales people trying to sell you points, this is the place. Nice beach, but not a great location as you need to drive to almost everything. Just spent a week there and would never go back. Staff is fake friendly as they put on a high pressure sales pitch until you choose not to buy then watch out. What was very disturbing was the fact that the sales people were not even selling time shares at this resort but some mega timeshare trac up near Orlando. The entrance off the main road to the resort is not upscale by any means and do not take a stroll in the adjacent Riveria Beach access in the early morning or late evening as the undesirables are out looking for an easy mark. Also watch out for bill padding, we rented beach chairs for 1 day and got charged for a week. If you ever wondered why timeshares have a bad reputation you don't have to look beyond this place. Find somewhere else to vacation.
Let's get some things straight. An earlier non-owner from the other coast did not get the choice room because those rooms belong to the owners. She is NOT an owner. We go every year and get a wonderful room overlooking the pools and ocean on the top floor. Beach chairs are rented on the beach from a company not owned by the resort and can be expensive, but they are always honest with us--though there is some negotiating to be done to get the best price. Safety is never a question. There is a police car parked in front of the resort all night, and the police station is a half block away. The neighborhood on the island is very high class. It is lovely, quiet and safe. I have gone there over 11 years and never heard of any problems, nor have I ever had any. Unfortunately there are time share salemen about, and frankly they are a plague wherever they are still selling time shares. As for places to eat, there is a nice restaurant on premises, another called Johnny Longboat's a three minute walk to the corner and yet another just down the road near the bridge. It is true in much of Florida that if you want a more varied venue, you will need to drive or take a taxi to enjoy the best restaurants--even in Orlando. Don't worry about having a good time at Palm Beach Shores. Unless you have been sucking lemons on Marco Island you are almost certain to have a great time.
I have stayed here and at the Marriott close by with 6 buildings and a brand new Marriott a short walk away.The area of Palm Beach Shores is quiet and very safe.This resort is well kept and has everything one needs for a wonderful vacation.The rooms are good size and very clean.The pool and outside bar are perfect.The ocean is right there.The criticism of an an unsafe area is crazy.Why would Marriott put 6 buildings practically next door in an unsafe area.I will be back in March again to enjoy this wonderful resort.
We were told before we went that there isn't a bad view from any room - bull - we were put on 5th floor overlooking roof and parking lot. when we found this out I complained to front desk and asked to be moved to ocean view - was told that those rooms were only for owners and renters. Well i have news for you-we are owners of a 5 star on marco island and traded it for THIS? In run down area - wouldn't go far at night . On 5th day went to get our car and found that it was broken into.Nothing of any value taken but where are security cameras etc . At 11pm that night I got a call from the security man who just came onto duty who asked if I had a set of binoculars in our car and was told that he had stopped a guy a couple days before on his way in to work ( said he didnt look to be from the hotel) He found that he was homeless and had his wallet and my binoculars .WOW. And I saw quite a few of that type while looking over our great parking lot view. To top that off, my son's family who went with us found that their new car had been dented severely in the parking lot while we were talking with police about our breakin. We decided that nite to leave early on thurs and get back to our abodes on the west side of Florida. Also , we were bombarded with timeshare sales pitches . Rooms are clean and restaurant waitresses are very nice but thats the best that can be said for this place.
Very nice resort and island!
we just spent a week here (Oct 16-23,2010) in unit 411 and loved it!! From what we can tell there are only a few 2BR units per floor but if 1BR will do, it is great. Large bedroom with very large bathroom attached and towel exchange daily (they even come to you!). Kitchen is small with a apt size fridge and d/w, two burner stovetop but no oven. But...I did learn how to make pizza in the microwave/convection oven!
We also had trouble with the internet...it is ethernet cable not wireless, and had to call outside service tech support. Ultimately it was a bad modem which the resort exchanged in a very pleasant manner and the rest of the time the internet ran just fine.
Our unit faced the north outside viewing of the building. we overlooked a park and could easily see the ocean even from our chairs. not a problem at all.
Only one w/d on the entire floor which is not enough if you are needing to do laundry with kids along, but for the two of us i picked a wed eve and it was no problem.
the onsite restaurant had evening specials. we splurged on the 1.5 lb lobster for $19.95 with salad and baked potato!
We did not rent the full set of beach chairs although the first day we were told we have to. The rate was $30/day or $150/wk which we talked down to $100/wk. we offered to rent an umbrella for $10/day ($50/wk) if we could use our own chairs. then we went to Wings across the street and bought two fold up ones for $15 each. later in the week we saw lots of people of with their own chairs as well. Even if that was true for the private beach, the public one is literally steps away. But, we enjoyed our umbrella daily and I enjoy moving my chair to the waters edge so we had a great compromise.
There are daily activities as well onsite. the pool is adequate and very popular. I was surpised how many people were out using the pool chairs by 10am but I am a beach person so not a problem for me. you would have to get there early to get a chair by the pool even though there seems to be plenty. Nice hot tub and kiddie pool as well.
We hope to return.
We spent 4th of July week at this resort. The resort occupies an outstanding (unguarded) beach location on Singer Island, which also has good public beaches with lifeguards (Riviera Beach Municipal Beach, Ocean Reef Park , and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park). It was turtle nesting season and every day we saw new tracks -- both new nests and "false crawls" (a "false crawl" is when a turtle comes out of the water and returns without nesting -- often scared away by humans looking for them with flashlights -- a no-no for anyone who cares about turtles).
The surf was quite strong the first half of the week we were there, with 2 to 4 foot waves. Warning flags flew from the lifeguard towers on the public beach next door (Riviera Beach Municipal Beach), as riptides are a risk when the waves are large. Small children would have required close supervision and all swimmers should know how to react if caught in a riptide. Ask the lifeguards if you don't know. We swam at the public beach most of the time to take advantage of the lifeguards. By the end of the week, the ocean winds had died down and the surf became much less wild. My family (kids 13 and 11) loved the big surf. The water gets deep pretty quickly, with a drop off just a few feet from shore.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom lockout unit with a direct oceanfront side and an ocean view side. The layout was excellent.
The oceanfront side had a king bedroom, spacious bathroom, decent side kitchenette, living room with sofabed, and balcony. The kitchenette had a small full size refrigerator, two burner cooktop (not a full range), combination microwave and oven, and small dishwasher. We found the appliances adequate, but there was not enough cutlery or dishes (although we had pretty much everything on the unit inventory), so we ran the dishwasher frequently. The no stick fry pan was in rough shape, probably because they only had metal utensils to use with it. There were no BBQ facilities and only two pairs of pay laundry machines per floor (bring lots of quarters and a healthy dose of patience for your laundry).
The ocean view side of the lockout had a king bedroom and a full bath. It had a somewhat smaller kitchenette with a mini (half size) refrigerator, sink, and combination microwave and oven.
The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms quite spacious. The housekeeping staff removed the trash and did a towel exchange every day. The unit had a very spacious safe, for which guests are charged $1 per day. Parking is $6 per day and includes complimentary valet parking, but tips are no doubt expected. I only used valet parking once when no self parking was available and tipped $1 to park and later get my car. About half the parking lot is reserved for the valet parking, so there are times when you might have no choice but to use it (it only happened the one time for us).
In summary, this was an excellent timeshare exchange and we would not hesitate to return or recommend it. There were however, a few concerns.
The unit and furnishings show significant wear. Some tiles were damaged, the windows quite dirty (one oceanfront window was almost opaque with dirt), the patio and patio furnishings dirty, and furniture quite chipped. Neither patio door could be fully secured. The locks would open with a little jiggling, which was a concern as only one had a security bar -- and that would not align with the door. The patio door hardware was significantly corroded, which may have contributed to the faulty locks. I expressed these security concerns at checkout (I took my chances that no one would Spider-man to my third floor balcony during my visit).
During our visit, we called maintenance for a toaster, the refrigerator, and the internet connection. The toaster was replaced quickly with a working model. A puddle continually formed in front of the refrigerator and after two service calls, the problem remained unfixed and we stopped asking. The maintenance guy would not help us with the snail slow internet connection at all, referring us instead to the 1-800 number on the network jack to call the internet provider for technical support ourselves. The internet provider had us run a bandwidth test which revealed that the resort ranked a 0.5 out of 5.0 for connection speed, which he said was typical for that facility. It was the worst hotel internet connection I have ever seen in terms of performance.
We agree with other reviews of the resort that the pool area is too small for such a large resort. It was always crowded. Beware of the mandatory 18% gratuity added by the restaurant and bar. I did not notice this immediately and added 15% on top of my first couple of bills. The waiting staff had a good night on me! I don't like mandatory gratuities as they take away the incentive for good service.
Some reviews said guests were not allowed to set up their own chairs or umbrellas on the beach, but instead had to pay $30/day for one of the beach company's setups. That does not seem to be the case anymore. A lot of people, including us, used their own chairs and umbrellas on the resort beach without any hassle of any kind.
The resort indicated they wanted you to raise any concerns with them that might cause you to rate them at less than 5 out of 5. I'm sorry, but as excellent as the location and unit layout is, the state of the units in terms of wear preclude any such rating. We loved our stay and would return, but have trouble rating them higher than a 3 for cleanliness, unit condition, and service (witness the do-it-yourself internet service that only confirmed the inadequacy of the service) and a 4 for amenities and location -- 3.5 rating overall.
Just back from vacation, February 14, 2010. This place is wonderful, situated on Singer Island, north of Palm Beach. When you arrive you can either park your car or have valet service. I opted for valet service. Why not i'm on vacation. Check in was a breeze, Mr. Rolfe, Manager, greeted us and welcomed us the PBSR. Our room was on the 5th floor overlooking the pool... what a view. In the afternoon, pool side they have live music. We opened our slider door and let the music fill our suite.. how wonderful. Now for the important stuff. The pool is wonderful, plenty of deck chairs, outdoor cafe, waitress's who walk the pool area, to serve your drinking or dinning needs. Pool side tiki hut that sells lotions, shirts, dresses and complementary pool towels. How great not to pack towels, the staff was great, all I did was show my room key. A couple of days we rented chaise lounges on the beach with umbrella's. The staff sets-up your equipment, good for me, not my thing. The "beach guys" were so nice and willing to help. We had a one bedroom suite and it was wonderful, huge... bathroom - shower and bathtub, kingsize bed with wonderful sheets.... how cozy. Somedays we cooked in our suite and others we went out to dinner. Wonderful restaurant across the street... Johnny Longboats...... must go for drinks or dinner. Great ambiance and beach view. Overall 5 stars...... great place.
these are the best beaches in florida, the resteraunt has incredible food at very affordable prices! the employees are all very friendly and very accomadating!
We stayed in a one bedroom unit. It had a partial ocean view if you leaned out the sliding doors to the deck. Unfortunately, the deck was constantly covered with either pigeons or their droppings. We were right at the far back corner of the resort which is kind of in a U shape. We went to the front desk as soon as we got in and asked to be moved and were told it was not possible. (I had asked in advance to be near the front of the building near the beach.) When we could not be moved, we asked for them to come up and clean the patio. They were there in minutes and did a great job. Unfortunately, by the time we got back from the pool, the patio was covered again. We tried this a couple of times and resigned ourselves to the fact that we just were not going to be able to have our usual coffee and devotions on the patio and it was too small for dining anyway.
The building is a beautiful old facility but immaculately kept. In its day, it was probably the top of the line. By timeshare standards today, it was nice, but certainly not outstanding.
The unit was very clean, modest in size and the kitchen was a stove top, small fridge, and microwave/convection oven. More than enough, but nothing fancy. They have a chart listing all the kitchen utensils and the cost for anything that they find missing when you leave (cups, glasses, etc.). Weve seen the lists many times, but not with the $$. We checked our inventory, called the desk and reported missing items and they came and replaced all but one minor item which we once again reported.
The pool is fine, but again, nothing special just a plain old hotel style pool. They did have nice live music pretty much every day by the pool.
The staff was friendly and willing to help in any way possible. We did not partake of any activities, but did eat on the patio outside the restaurant by the pool one day and found it quite nice.
The ocean area was beautiful. Charges for chairs, umbrellas, etc.
The resort is located next to a very run down area that the sales force told us has been the subject of the town trying to get funding to renovate for years and they believe they finally have. For now, it is a mess and made my wife very uneasy to walk off property at all in one direction. Even driving through it coming in and out made you feel like you were in a bad area. There were rundown shops and restaurants that were closed down in this area and just an atmosphere that was not pleasing at all.
Overall, when we talked about this resort, we felt they did a great job of taking care of the facilities and that it was a nice resort. It just did not at all wow us. We would go back if there were no other nicer resorts, but it would not be a place we would specifically look to return to.
Funny, nothing really wrong with it other than the area next to it, but nothing all that special either.
We stayed Presidents week , February 15 to 22, 2009. We rented through Redweek and were given a 6th floor poolside room which was lovely. We loved going out on the balcony and seeing the ocean. We aren't really pool sitters but we did spend one morning on the beach. It was so much fun to roll around in the waves.
We spent two days visiting friends. We had late lunches all over the county in beautiful places. At night my husband was willing to relax in the suite while I went to the Palm Beach Kennel Club and played poker. We loved being close to the City Place area in West Palm beach and the Palm Beach Gardens area north of Singer Island, and of course, Worth Ave was fun too. We have been going to Fort Lauderdale for three years but my husband loved less traffic in this area.
We are going back next February and we have rented a two bedroom unit and our going down with relatives. Being right on the ocean provides a special vacation and the value is fabulous for the price.
It's a great place for families and Older folks. Young singles may want a little more action.
We have stayed at Palm Beach Shores three times and enjoyed our time very much. Rooms are nice. Wouldn't recommend the south side that is over the parking lot but rest is fine. My favorite things are the restaurant, pool bar and beach. We often took the short walk to the other side of the island to the restaurant, also a shop where you can buy clothes and souvenirs. Can rent fishing boats and take the water taxi to Palm Beach from here. Our last visit was in April of '08 and our first was when it was still a Radisson Resort. On the down side, parking was very difficult. Not enough spaces. There is a small store on site and a small games room.
We stayed there from 12/23/07 to 12/29/07 and loved every minute of it. We even bought week 51, but not through the resort itself. Private sale - saved about $20,000.00. Love the restaurants across the street but most of all the beach. Cannot wait to go back this Christmas. We are even buying week 52 so we can be there for 2 weeks every year.
resort is OCEAN FRONT.rooms are clean and up to date. fresh towels daily and room completely cleaned on either wed. or thurs. depending upon the day of check in. "beach buddy" club to keep the kids active.restaurant is under 'NEW OWNERSHIP" and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. great food with fast, professional service at reasonable prices. "pig roast buffet" offered every friday night was GREAT!! pool area is hosed down every morning and kept free of clutter throughout the day.pool side activities are offered but it is your choice to participate or decline. bar and food service is available while relaxing by the pool and listening to live music. resort offers cash bingo on tues night and wed night is free movie night featuring a recently released film. drinks are 1/2 price everyday for happy hour 4-7 pm.. management and staff are professional,friendly, and go out of the way to accommodate your request. IMO.. the best deal on the island!!! ***WILL DEFINITELY GO BACK***
Be very careful when buying timeshares! I insisted on using a title company that I had done business with before and was told that after doing a "quick search" they found no recorded deed for one week that i was looking at, and an improperly recorded deed for the other week. This is no reflection on this resort...it is a problem with the seller.
We're owners here and somewhat biased...but let me say that we have always vowed never to buy a timeshare but we loved so many things about this resort that we took the big plunge. We have traveled all over and this is definitely a great resort. A big plus is that this timeshare is on the beach and the water is actually pretty clean.The location is super because it is close to so many great restaurants in addition to great shops on Worth Avenue and Sawgrass Mills for shopping, etc., etc. Another major plus is that there are food and drink services by the pool and a restaurant on site for those occasions when you don't feel like making a meal or just want to treat yourself to breakfast. This is more like being at a caribbean resort wherer you don't have to pay the huge all-inclusive fees...The resort is not on your typical busy, overcrowded beach strip...It is much more private and therefore more enjoyable...We also loved the fact that the building is only six floors because we didn't want to be in a huge high-rise where you had to wait ten minutes for the elevator. I love a big bathroom and this resort has definitely got great bathrooms where there's room to move. We found the others rooms to be of a good size as well. In our personal experience there are a lot of great things about this resort that we haven't seen at others.
I have stay in this resort June/07 it supprise me that pay parking $600/day safe even you don't want it you have to pay $1.00/day,washer $i.25,dryer $1.00,pay for the beach chair,for water sports, on and on. it is a rip off resort. only good thing is room is nice,and internet avaiable in your unit.
singer island is the best. palm beach shores resort has been the best florida vacation i have had in years. the beach is twice as nice as the marriot a quarter mile away. debbie
It was great for our family vacation. We have a 1 yr & 3yr old. The unit was very inviting, clean and spacious. Pool was very warm. People were friendly.
We really liked the location, short drive to state parks and shopping.
Not 5 star but perfect for a young family with kids.
Just got back to 27" of snow after staying at this resort from 2/11-2/18 and feel better about being home in the snow than being at this resort.
In addition to the parking charge having increased to $6 per day plus the $1 daily safe fee, the resort contacted me by phone or stuffing notices under my door no less than seven times in order to be able to collar me for a pitch (take a survey to rate our resort).
Our hallway was used as a playground for some young kids who in the process created a substantial noise issue. The family directly upstairs allowed their children to constantly bounce hard objects on the floor to the point of it being chinese water torture (we have no Kids, love them, but not while we are on vacation).
Our dishwasher leaked and flooded our kitchen floor in the process. We contacted maintenance and they sent someone who pronounced the issue was solved only to find out the next morning it leaked again (yes, they replaced the dishwasher this time). When our apartment was serviced mid week, neither the table nor the cooktop counter area was cleaned and I had to pay $1.25 for the washer and $1 for the dryer. Not what I would expect from a Gold Crown resort.
The best thing about the resort is the lovely pool and hot tub area and Tiki bar. The food was so so.
Lots of big city crime in Southeast Florida during that week causing these Vermont country bumpkins to prefer being up here in Cold Hicksville, USA.
Would we go back? No.
Would we recommend this resort? Not if you don't have children. Too close proximity of all the apartments for this place to ever serve as a getaway.
Its the same beach as Marriott Ocean Point. Any hurricane damage has been repaired. The south side faces a park with no obstruction to the beach and water views. Our room was superb, with a full kitchen and granite counter tops. The Bath is very large with separate toilet area and sink. It was a great vacation.
Stayed 05/27/06-06/03/06 - It was okay. The rooms have been updated, but the furniture is lacklustre. Everyone agrees the safe charge of $1.00 per day is a rip off. No overhead outside lighting (other than pool lights)in the evening is a safety hazard. Many dead palm trees in the pool area also that need to be removed - guess this is hurricane damage.The restaurant is in major need of renovation. Room itself was small, and there are no in- room laundry facilities.
Overall it was an okay experience, but I;d go to Marriott Ocean Pointe instead.
Outstanding resort for a restive family vacation. My wife, daughter and I stayed here from Dec 24 to January 1, including Christmas and New Year. Being on Singer Island, it was nice to be separated from the Mainland and still enjoy a variety of options for the whole family; we chartered a boat to the Ocean, played golf and was only 5 minutes from shopping and conveniences on the Mainland.
The facilities are clean and up-to-date, while the service is very good. We like the comfort of the resort without pretenousness.
Stayed 3/4-3/11/06 and enjoyed facility and area. Would go back. Staff very friendly, rooms comfortable with great views, right on very good beach. Neighborhood great for walking, boating, fishing and golf. Baseball close by, farmers market and on and on. Building showing it's age a little but will stay here again. Staff works hard to please but then they hit you with that $1/day safe charge even if you don't use the safe! As I checked out everyone's smiles change to anger as they felt they were being ripped off. The $5/day parking fee didn't help either. Their internet access is a joke (quickly cancelled my charges) but plans for wireless are in the works (delayed by hurricane). Overall a good value and I'll go back!
We (a kid-free middle-aged couple) spent a week at this resort January 21-28, 2006. The positives are the proximity of the beach, the nice pool, the bar at the pool (excellent happy hour), and the friendliness of the staff. From this facility's location, you can go anywhere in West Palm very easily. The kitchen was well equipped, even with only a small convection oven. Housekeeping came in every day to replace towels and remove trash. Midweek, we had full housekeeping. We also liked Palm Beach Shores, for the most part a residential neighborhood of small concrete block houses built in the 1950s.
We were neutral on the size of the unit...not too big, but not too small either. It had been painted recently, but the furniture needed refreshing. Roof repair was ongoing, but the staff was good about communicating what was going on and how it would affect our stay. The sales staff was not as pushy as we expected them to be.
Negatives were the compulsory upcharges for the safe ($1/day) and parking ($5/day), even if you didn't use the safe or avail yourself of the "free" valet parking. The lack of Internet access is a pain. Even when we're on vacation, we like to use the Web to research locations of sights to see and the like. No ceiling fans and no screens on the balcony doors, so we had to run the AC all the time just to keep air moving in the unit.
For us the positives outweigh the negatives, and we would definitely visit here again.
We love this resort! It is right on the beach and what a beach, just like the carribean but closer! The rooms are so pretty and cozy. There is valet parking/restaurant and outside grill available w/great food for a resonable price. If your looking to relax on the beach this is the resort for you!
We love this place! So beautiful and relaxing! Close to everything but far enough away for peace and quiet. Simply the BEST!
The best of the best. absolutely FANTASTIC
If you love the beach, this is the resort for you. The beach is at your back door. It's a very nice one at that. I liked the tiki bar next to the pool that served good food. The waiters came around the pool to take orders as well as at the beach and brought it out to you. The indoor restaurant is nice as well. There is a kid's club that is always a nice bonus when the adults want to get away. There's a small gift shop downstairs which comes in handy. Frankly, I don't see how any resort does not have a gift shop as well as at least a snack bar so you don't have to leave for those last minute items or to grab a bite to eat. When I'm on vacation I want to cook as less as possible. We spend alot of time at the pool when we have the kids and it's nice not to have to go back to your unit to eat or actually leave the resort. The units are beutifully decorated. Clean. Very contemporary and upscale decor. Marble counter tops and tile floor. Huge bathroom. We actually put the baby's play yard in there. There's a nice strip of stores and restaurants within walking distance and plenty more you can drive to. We bought a week here in July. It does have good trading power as we were told.
I stayed here in April and was expecting it to be wonderful.......hardly. Our room was very small, the furniture was in need of updating. The bathroom was larger than the living room area....go figure, and there was quite a bit of noise from the inside corridor. Our room faced the pool which was extremely loud from mid morning to late into the afternoon. We had no view as we were stuck in an inside corner unit and couldn't see the beach. The only upside was that the beach and ocean were very beautiful! Would I stay here again.......no way!
don't waste your time stay next door at the Marriott Ocean Pointe - night and day- Marriott was outstanding.
We just returned from here last week and after reading everyone's reviews, I'll base mine on what was of biggest concern to me - how it was for small children. Overall, the resort was very nice. The staff was excellent. We were first put in a 1 bed. (King bed) and when check-in saw we had 2 small children, asked if we'd like a room with 2 double beds. They showed us the room and we took it. The bedroom was slightly bigger because there is no balcony off the bedroom, just off the living room, which was fine. The window in the bedroom (we were on the 4th floor) only opened about 3 inches, so a child couldn't fall out. The units were a little small for 4 people. Would be perfect for 2 adults, but there was plenty of room in the bedroom on the floor for the kids to play with toys (not like some places where you can barely walk around the bed). Bathroom was huge. The furniture isn't nailed down, so you can move beds and nightstands around to accommodate your needs. Kitchen table bench was high enough that my 2 year old could eat without any booster seat.
I wanted a place with a kiddie pool, but the adult pool was fine for the kids. It has a lip / drain all around the inside so the kids have something to hold on to. Our room was facing the pool and it was a little loud during the afternoon. Most days from 1 PM - 4 PM there was live music down by the pool and it just carried up into the room. The kids still napped, but it was so loud, I don't know how - I couldn't!
The boardwalk to the beach isn't that long (you can't really tell that from the pictures) and is easy to take a wagon or stroller down - there is a ramp on both ends. The beach there is beautiful - soft sand with just enough seashells to keep little ones entertained.
The little playground area is one of those plastic tube climb-thru things with 2 slides. One twisty one and one small one that even a small child could get up into and slide down. It's right next to the pool.
My kids weren't old enough to do the kids day camp thing, but there is a fee for it depending on how many hours per day you use it. They did do crafts around the pool - everything from coloring books to making things. Even if your child isn't old enough to do it alone, you are more than welcome to sit down with them and help them with the craft. Some were free, some were $3. They have toucans, parrots, and a few other birds in large outdoor cages around the pool and the kids loved looking at those.
Several days they had a grill going by the pool and for $7.95 you could get a combo meal which was actually huge and very good. The food at the resort was good and not really over-priced at all compared to what many resorts charge. And the tiki bar has a great happy hour from 4 - 8 PM every night, so you can grab a drink and head down to the beach or by the pool if you'd like.
They come by every day and take out trash and give you fresh towels, except on the 2 days that we had the do not disturb sign up until 10:30, then they missed us. Once a week they do a thorough cleaning, bed making, etc. Because it is a timeshare youll have to bring your own coffee, sugar, etc, but they provided just about everything else including soaps, coffee filters, dishwashing and dishwasher soap, a scrubby pad, and a roll of paper towels in addition to all the utensils and cookware.
There is a 7-11 within walking distance of the resort. And a small grocery store also within walking distance. If you need a big grocery run (or don't want to pay the higher prices), you'll have to jump in the car and go to Publix. Overall, we were very happy there. The rooms and resort were clean and you could tell there were working on upgrades the building was older and was converted from another facility to the Palm Beach Shores. I would recommend this place. Only reason I gave it 4 stars is that potentially you could get a not-so-great view if you are on the outside of the hotel. All the inside units appear that they would have a nice view of the ocean and the pool. Outside units face the parking lot and adjoining buildings.
We own here and usually use our unit every year. We love the resort, the view of the upper, end ocean front rooms is awesome. They always make sure we have one of the best units, with the best view. We own unit 502 week 10 with a floating option. The parasailing is great. We only have a 1 bedroom though and with a new baby on the way, our family has out grown this resort. We do like the area though, there are lots and lots of fun things to do and see.
We found this to be a one in a million resort with valet parking, bell hops, doorman, beautiful suites, great pool and tiki bar, wonderful beach, daily maid service, room service, and extremely friendly staff. We loved staying here in January 2004. It had the best of both worlds, part timeshare and part hotel!
This is a newly renovated (formerly Raddison) resort with beautiful rooms and very large bathrooms. You can walk out beyond the pool and activity areas to the beautiful sandy beach.
The staff is friendly, helpful and well informed. The marina nearby (within walking distance) has a wonderful seafood restaurant and lots of cute stores.
All in all, this is a resort that would make your vacation a fun one.
Great Family vacation spot
This is a beautiful resort! The staff is very friendly and helpful. I especially liked the cabanas on the beach! They serve you refreshments from the bar and even adjust your umbrella for you. There are a lot of things to do on Singer Island (which is where the resort is located) and most of it can be arranged right through the resort! You can't go wrong staying here.