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#272642 - 03/16/08 08:04 PM questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar
plum Offline
I have a few questions for anybody who has stayed at either of these hotels. Caribbean villas has a one bedroom suite on the ground floor that is "ocean view." I have been in some condos on the beach, and they build the building at an angle so that everybody has an ocean view, even though the unit is far back. But to see the ocean, you have to go out on the balcony. Is this the way Caribbean Villas is? Or are the ocean view rooms right on the water? On their website, I see a big white building that looks like there are two ground floor units on the beach. But I can't find any other photos of the place. Any information would be very helpful.

About Corona del Mar. Has anybody been in one of their standard ocean front hotel rooms on the 3rd floor? The penthouse rooms are not available for the time I'm looking to go. They said the standard room is just smaller than the penthouse and it is $10 less. It says queen size bed with mini-fridge. So I'm guessing no kitchen facilities. Is there a couch, a table and chairs, a dresser, or what? Says it is on the 3rd floor with a fabulous view, which sounds very appealing. But I'm trying to get an idea of how large the room actually is.

I've always enjoyed being on upper floors in a hotel on the beach because of the view. So I'm wondering if you stay on the ground floor in Caribbean Villas, do you see the water much? Or do you mostly see the trees and a bunch of a people outside?

Thanks for any help!!

#272657 - 03/16/08 10:32 PM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: plum]
deadserious Offline
Can't answer your specific questions, but I usually prefer an upper floor room as they are less of a target for theft. I will sometimes leave my laptop out while down at the pool or something and on the first floor, it would be in plain view.
Now back to your regularly scheduled drivel...

#272659 - 03/16/08 10:36 PM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: deadserious]
JeanH Offline
Caribbean Villas has a security person 24 hours. I spent one night in a first floor unit, closest to the front of the property. It did feel a bit 'exposed'. I do like having a separate bedroom though.

#272681 - 03/17/08 12:41 AM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: plum]
Sean&Kathy Offline
We stay at Corona Del Mar every year. The standard rooms are a nice size. They have a table with a couple of chairs and a dresser. They also have a place to hang your clothes. The rooms are not fancy just simple and clean. The view from the third floor rooms is great. The rooms have doors that open up to a small balcony that faces the ocean.

#272688 - 03/17/08 01:13 AM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: Sean&Kathy]
plum Offline
Does anybody know if the Corona del Mar's business office is closed on the weekends? I emailed Friday about a reservation and they haven't gotten back with me. They had emailed Friday and told me what rooms were available, but when I replied on Friday, I haven't heard back. Thanks.

#272690 - 03/17/08 01:56 AM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: plum]
Sean&Kathy Offline
They are usually there on Saturday but not Sunday.

#272724 - 03/17/08 06:34 AM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: JeanH]
plum Offline
Jean, you mentioned your room was a first floor unit closest to the front of the property. I'm not familiar with the property; was yours considered an ocean view room? If so, what exactly could you see from your room?

#272734 - 03/17/08 02:37 PM Re: questions: caribbean villas and corona del mar [Re: plum]
JeanH Offline
Yes,it was considered ocean view. The views were great. No complaints.


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