We stayed in Sunny Isles at the Golden Strand Ocean Villas. The last time we were in the area was over 20 years ago. The resort itself is just like I remembered with a great location, a beautiful beach and very good on-site amenities. However, now most of the small older resorts/hotels/motels are gone and have been replaced by beautiful new high rises buildings. The architecture is beautiful. Golden Strand sets directly next door to one of the Trump Towers.
My husband and I stayed here for one week and this was a timeshare exchange. Though we had hoped for a unit with a view of the ocean, we instead received a view of the back of the building in front of us, along with the roof over the lobby area, it did not impact our stay one bit. Unfortunately, the first three days of our vacation were non-stop wind and rain. Though we would have wished for sunshine in order to use the nice outdoor pool and the complimentary beach chairs on this great beach, as well as the nice large balcony; we did not get discouraged. Instead we enjoyed a "forced relaxation" period at the beginning of our vacation.
We stayed in Unit #201. This was located on the second floor. This part of the building backs up to the main road (A1A I believe). However, we were never bothered by traffic noise during our stay. The unit was very large (almost 1100 sf). You entered the unit and there was a kitchen area with full-size appliances and fully stocked with everything one would need. There was a dining table for four and an eat-at bar with two stools. The living area was large with an armoire with a flat screen TV, sleep sofa, two chairs, two end tables, a coffee table and a large piece of furniture with drawers. Off this room was a full-size bathroom with tub/shower combination and a large closet outside the bathroom. A balcony with table and chairs ran the full length of the unit and could be accessed through the living area and bedroom. There was WIFI available in the unit.
The bedroom and other full bathroom could be completely closed off by a door for privacy. You entered the area into a room with two large closets. Off this area, you could enter the bathroom or you could go into the bedroom. The bedroom was very large with plenty of furniture for clothes and a flat screen TV. There was also another closet that was mirrored. There was a king bed with lots of pillows and nice linens. The condo is tiled throughout.
Everything appeared clean throughout and there were no bugs found. Whenever I walked on the tile without shoes, though, my feet were black. It was yucky looking at my feet, but the floors looked clean, but I guess they weren't if my feet kept getting black.
All staff that we encountered were friendly and nice. We always had parking right outside our building. We never got a chance to use the pool, but it always looked clean with lots of chairs surrounding it. The beach area was clean and there were always plenty of loungers with pads and umbrellas. I never made it to the gym nor visited the spa. I did go up to their computer/library area to print some documents. It was a very nice area and probably a great place to enjoy on a rainy day. They had two computers with printers and they did not charge a fee for printing. They do have a daily fee for amenities and parking though, but to me it was a reasonable fee.
One evening, after enjoying a walk on the beach, we decided to stop by the bar area for a couple of drinks. There were two other couples at the bar. The bartender had been working there for two weeks. I wasn't impressed with the bartender nor his lack of knowledge about making drinks. The bar food that we ordered wasn't very good either. The only thing that made our time at the bar enjoyable were the two other couples that we chatted with while eating our food. We didn't go back and I would skip it in the future most likely. Although a good bartender could possibly change the atmosphere.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Golden Strand and the Sunny Isles/Miami area. I don't plan to wait another 20 years to return.
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- Golden Strand Ocean Villa Hotel
- Golden Strand Ocean Villa Hotel Sunny Isles Beach
- Golden Strand Ocean Hotel
- Golden Strand Ocean Villa Resort Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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