I will be posting a review shortly, but promised those that asked that I would follow up with a "renovation report" on this resort. Here's my Reno update:
Pool has been fully painted and repaired. Biggest visual difference is the huge Princess logo painted on the bottom centre of the pool. One thing to watch for is at the "beach" walk in sections....they put sand in the paint to provide some foot grip at the waters edge for about a foot in. This is a bit hard on the feet. Just beyond that section, the bottom is VERY slippery. I can't tell you how many people wiped out! Thank goodness the water softened the fall for them or they could of been hurt badly. For those of you going, be careful.
As of yesterday, buildings, 5, 4, and half of 3 have been renovated. This includes the exterior building painting. You could hear saws and hammers during the day (until about 8:00pm) at the buffet area, but it was not annoying. They curtained off the building front so you really couldn't see anything. We also were pretty impressed that the workers were not really seen. They came and went through back entrances. New palm trees were also being planted around the resort. As far as the interior of the rooms (yes....we did get a new Reno room - 5208), we had a few suggestions for them. Currently, there is no shelf in the shower to hold soap or any personal things like shampoo etc. You had to put everything on the floor of the shower. We suggested a shelf to be placed below the towel rack. Excellent water flow pressure from the "rain shower" head. They also have a hand held shower head to reach your "bits and pieces" that are normally hard to reach....lol. Take one of those wall units with suction cups if this is an issue. Walmart sells them for less than $10.00. Before we go back, if they don't put in a shelf, that's what we will do.
The cupboard that held the safe is now your dresser area. There are 4 large shelves (including the safe shelf) to place your fold up clothes. NO dresser with drawers in the room. The closet section is right beside the shelves. One weird thing.....the safe was NOT bolted down. This freaked us out because someone could of picked it up, put it in a suitcase, and rolled away with it. We talked to at least 5 other guests, and they were also concerned about this too. I brought this up to the resort as a concern, so hopefully, they will secure this to the shelving shortly.
The room has better lighting than the original layout. Wall sconces in three places...each side of the bed for reading, one over the day bed, and one by the TV. No lamps! All lights operated by wall switches. All rooms have brand new digital thermostat controls. Air con was very good.
My husband tried out the new jacuzzi and really liked it. There was about 20 air jets on the bottom of the large tub. Big enough for three people! The toilet is in its own water closet which has frosted glass for visual privacy. The glass wall does not go to the roof, therefore you do NOT have "sound" privacy. NOTE: there is NO door on the bathroom. The shower also has a frosted glass wall for privacy. The positioning of the toilet paper roll unit is in a very difficult place to reach if you are right or left handed. It is located right beside your leg if you are sitting down. This is a fairly tight room.....not to offend anyone here, but if you are a large person (over 250 lbs), the location of the holder may be an issue. We have discussed this with the management team to have them either repositioned, or else place the ones in the rooms they are currently renovating in a different spot.
The steps going down to the lower level now have stair lights. These were installed because folks kept rally down them in the dark. We found the light very bright in the dark. I had to put a shoe over it so I was not kept awake during the night.
We liked the room, and happy with the overall workmanship. We were pretty much the first guest, and the room still held building dust. A more thorough cleaning is still required. Discussed with management. Overall, they were very interested on our comment/suggestions, and had one of the contractors meet with my husband.....they wrote down a full page of notes!
I have probably missed some things....so feel free to ask away!