My husband, myself, his daughter and her cousin (both 12) stayed at GCL from Aug. 13-18 2014 in a 2 bedroom deluxe suite on the third floor. The room was very clean and seemed pretty new. The rustic decor, along with it's knotty pine accents and log cabin style furnishings, was lovely. We did not know that there would be a Murphy bed in the living room, along with a curtain that could, should privacy be necessary, be drawn across the width of the unit, creating an extra bedroom. This provided a sanctuary in which, on more than one occasion, provided quiet refuge from my Husband's snoring.
There was one night where there seemed to be a shortage of hot water, but it proved to be an isolated occurrence.
If you stay in one of these suites, you are provided with a fully equipped kitchen, complete with stove, dishwasher, microwave and full sized fridge. With Walmart only being a short (5-10 min) drive away, we stocked up our fridge and saved a fortune by not eating out every night.
The restaurants on the resort are mostly of 'burger and fries' persuasion. We made the mistake of going to Survivors Bar and Grill on our first night and spending over $100 on a highly unpalatable meal. It was a blessing in disguise really, as it was the main inspiration in our stocking up of the fridge and preparing our own food.
Poolside, some of the bars will allow smoking which was nice for us, but it seems to be on a case by case basis with each bartender. The bar you smoke at one day may be off limits for cigarettes the next. The drinks were very fairly priced, especially considering the resort's rule of no outside food or drink in any of the pool areas could have afforded them to charge what ever they like.
We had fresh towels daily and our garbage cans emptied, but please be aware that your room will not be cleaned nor your beds be made up. This was fine with us; we were essentially renting a fully equipped condo. We don't require a team of service professionals to pick up after us on a daily basis at home so there was no need during our stay either.
The water in all the pools, including the outdoors ones, was very nice and warm. The pool areas including washrooms were kept spotless. Although some days it was more difficult than not, we were always eventually successful in securing a couple of lounge chairs by the pool. We went off the resort to Noah's Ark one day. After being used to the strict cleanliness and sanitary conditions of our resort's pools, even our kids deemed Noah's to be a cesspool in comparison. After about ten minutes of investigation, and without a single one of us being tempted by the ridiculous lines for the slides, nor by the meandering, murky lazy river, we simply turned around and went back to the resort and enjoyed the rest of the day there instead.
As stated in previous reviews, the property is very large. I wouldn't recommend anyone with mobility issues staying here. I love to walk and enjoyed the exercise. My husband does not appreciate physical activity with similar vigour and found the shuttle bus to be his preferred means of traveling around the property. There are endless things for kids to do, mostly at an extra fee however. Be aware that your kids can charge pretty much anything to your room... including copious amounts of frozen yogurt as in our case. The arcades are great, the hum of the machines and buzz of excitement could easily be mistaken for a casino from afar.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Although your suite has a fully equipped kitchen, there are no non stick pots or pans. If you plan on cooking some of your own meals, consider bringing one.
- Bring a cooler, if you have one, even if you arrive with it empty you will most likely have excess food at the end of your stay to bring home with you.
- There are only about 5 hangers in your room. Consider bringing some of your own or buying a pack from Walmart for $1.
- There are several guest laundries on each floor. There is a small coin operated machine that has tide packets in the laundry room but consider throwing in a couple Tide Pods and some drier sheets in with your luggage. Save your quarters to operate the machines. A cheap laundry plastic laundry basket would prove invaluable. There is a lovely big table in the laundry room and actually preferred folding laundry here than in my own home because of it! I never saw another soul but myself in the laundry room so finding one of the three washers or three dryers vacant should never be an issue.
- There are little BBQ areas outside, just past the parking lot; consider grabbing a bag of charcoal and some lighter fluid if you're out and about at Walmart or any gas station.
We will definitely be back!
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