Back to the living area. The living area had a large couch and two side chairs, and a long ottoman/coffee table. It also has a desk with two chairs. There is a huge TV with an elaborate entertainment system- speakers, DVD, etc. In this particular room, there are windows everywhere, and three full size sliding doors that lead to a huge balcony (lanai). The lanai has a table and four chairs and two lounge chairs. The lanai furniture is plain and not particularly spotless- no cushions or decoration.
The bedroom has a king bed, and is reasonably large. It has a small closet, a set of drawers, two side tables with more small drawers and a large TV. It also has a sliding door to the lanai.
|This is our (lack of) view, if you look straight out.|
The room seems very clean, and did not seem worn. A plug-in attachment on the desk was broken and falling off, but that was the only real sign of wear that I could see. The bedding was very crisp and luxurious and the bed was incredible. The sofa bed was thin but the girls said it was comfortable. The front desk made sure that we would call housekeeping when we wanted the bed made up, and we did the first few nights. The whole room had blackout curtains, and sheers.
The reason that I think this was just a little upgrade was because, although the room is bigger and has the huge, wraparound balcony, the room was on the third floor and directly faced the Polo Beach Club condo building. There really was no view- we looked straight down to a parking lot- the free beach access lot, which was always empty- weird!- and straight onto the condo building. If you looked to the right, there was a sliver of ocean between trees. There was always a lot of landscaping noise- but I suspect that was everywhere, as they are constantly grooming the grounds. I think you would have to be at least two floors higher to get any kind of view. I booked and paid for no view, so I didn't really expect one.
|This is the public parking lot between the Fairmont and the Polo Beach Club. It never seemed busier than this.|
|This was the road our room looked...never very busy.|
So, day one summary and first impressions:
Beautiful, maintained hotel.
Huge. Big, spacious room.
Ridiculously large bathroom.
So far, very warm, genuine and courteous staff.
Since it was late, we only saw the interior of our room on the first day.