I've never been in the Ocean Club. But IMO all Marriott timeshare resorts have just about the same furnishings and normally when they need to be replaced they do it. I've been in many of them and have never been disappointed.
The Surf Club is very nice inside. I will be returning there in August.
They are both very nice- we've stayed in both several times. I might have pictures in reviews for TA- I'll check.
Ocean Club for a couple of years ago.
I guess I've never done a review for the Surf club- Whoops! I have a few pictures of a 1BD unit from Surf Club from last summer if you want them I can email them to you. Send me a message if you're interested.
I have been looking at both properties. From what I have gathered Surf Club is a little newer, much larger (and therefore higher density/crowded) and has a large, lazy river pool. It attracts many families. Ocean Club is smaller and not quite as high density, but they do not have washer/dryers in each 1 bedroom unit like Surf Club does. At OC laundry rooms are located in the hallways of each floor, maybe? From my understanding, rooms at both properties are in good, Marriott quality shape.
We are also looking at these two properties as well as the Radisson for a family trip in Feb.
Jess- You're right about both properties! :) The laundry for the Ocean Club is located on each floor (or at least every other floor- seems we've always been on a floor that has laundry). The laundry has always been free to wash and dry, just bring your own detergent and fabric softener. The may leave a packet or 2 in your unit to start, but I usually just buy some at the grocery store the day we arrive so I have it. Also if you're renting at the Surf Club in a studio you'll have to use the laundry room I think on the 1st floor- also free.
These 2 resorts used to allow you to use ALL ammenities no matter where your unit was, but they are pretty strict about keeping you at your resort now. If you have kids I would suggest the Surf Club as the pool area is more kid friendly. BUT adults don't fear they have a nice adults only pool that they policed very well to keep kids out and NO floats allowed in that pool no matter how old you are!
The only thing that irritates me with the Marriott is the Wi-Fi. You get spotty service in the pool area and lobby and NOTHING in your room. I wish they would get this updated. You can usually get WiFi at Moombas next door if you're at the beach....drinks are cheaper too :)
Radisson is also very nice, but if you like the timeshare vacation style you'll probably feel a little cramped in the Radisson rooms.
I own at theSurf Club and have stayed at the Ocean Club. If you are going with children then you should stay at the Surf Club. If you are going without children the Ocean Club would be more relaxed. But if you want to use the lazy river then you will have to stay at the Surf Club.
One additional note...Surf Club is now wireless throughout...beach, pool rooms and lobby...I'm typing this on my iPad in my room now. ;-)
That's awesome! One more plus for staying at Surf Club- have you heard if the Ocean Club has followed suit?
Sorry, I don't know whether Ocean Club is now wireless, too. I'll be sure to update you if I hear anything. ;-)