This was our first stay at the Brighton after many years, and we had a most wonderful time!
We were here the week before Labor Day Weekend. Check-in was a breeze - we were helped by a very friendly young lady at the Embassy Suites. We arrived a couple of hours before check-in time, but they had a room ready.
Unloading and taking our stuff up to our condo was easy. They have bell carts, and our stuff fit in one trip (but that depends on what you bring - we heard another guest comment that he was on his fourth and final trip up with the cart).
The condo was fantastic! It was very clean, and very spacious. The kitchen was great! And the two bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with two queen beds, were spacious with comfortable beds. The bathrooms were again clean and a pleasure to use.
We had an ocean view room, and could see the water park from the room. I know others have said they prefer to not overlook the water park, but the resort was quiet and we didn't get a lot of noise from the water park on the 21st floor. Our son enjoyed being able to look out over the water park.
The balcony extended from the living room to one of the bedrooms, and we could see and hear the ocean from our place. Closing the big heavy doors blocked all noises.
The kitchen was well outfitted. We cooked, and ate breakfast and lunch at the condo each day.
My wife used the gym, and liked it very much. My son really enjoyed the water park, and they both enjoyed the pool at the Brighton. The beach at Kingston Plantation was always well maintained, and a pleasure to be at.
I love staying in a beach house when we go to the beach, but I am happy staying at Kingston Plantation - I look forward to my next visit there!
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Our immediate reaction when walking into the condo was 'wow--this place is huge'! We were only a family of 4 so this was great to not feel totally on top of one another all week. We have stayed at beach condos several times and for the cost this was spacious compared to others. There was no DVD player in the Living Room and since we got some rain we were looking for one. No one plays VCR movies anymore :). We did find one in the bedroom but not the family area.
The only issue with the condo was a broken ice maker on the door and the cleaning crew took a lot longer than we expected to have the keys ready that first day. When we arrived to the room the linens were in bags on the bed for us to make our own beds. We wondered what took them so long. We also are used to most condos providing a stater roll of toilet paper and other start up items until you get to the store. That was not the case.
We looked up Kingston Plantation and we booked there because of the listed activity schedule of family events. Each time we went to these, they were canceled. That was a little disappointing. The music and activity at the Embassy Pool was good. We also were expecting wrist bands to access other pools and other renters seemed to have these but we did not. No one seemed to check for wrist bands so we went whereever we chose to.
The beach was busy but not overally crowded. The life guards on the beach seemed to be exceptionally attentive which was great too.
Apache Pier nearby is great-- you can sit on your condo patio and listen to the music every night or take a short walk to the band, arcade and restaurant.
Very good experience overall!
The condo itself was very clean and roomy but a bit outdated (had too many trinkets and knick knacks). The location was great with convenient access to a grocery store, the beach, and a pier within walking distance that had live music every night (and was kid friendly). The only downside was we were not able to use any other pool except for the one that was located at our particular condo. We had 10 people (6 adults and 4 kids) and there was plenty of room for us. Would recommend this condo.