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Stayed December 2-December 15, 2018
PROS: Unit rooms are bright, sunny, and clean
Large rooms nicely decorated
Unit well stocked with linens and towels
Kitchen pantry had basic essentials: dishes, glasses, can opener, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, oven
Quiet Unit; no noise from neighbors in building
Excellent location of condo, close to shopping and to Publix Market
Owners were responsive to our complaint upon our arrival that terrace to unit would not open and fell off its track and that lock was broken. Owners arranged for repair service to fix terrace door and replace broken lock within 2 days of arrival.
1. Unit on floor 5 has a terrace with side view of ocean. The terrace overlooks several smaller buildings with very unappealing looking roofs. Although one can see the ocean from a far distance, you will also be visually impacted by ugly view of the adjacent roofs to this unit. Owners misrepresented the photo of the terrace to the condo we occupied;the photo represented on VRBO is actually the photo of another condo unit owned by same owners.Owner represented to us that both units are exactly identical to each other. However, they failed to disclose that while the terrace to the unit photographed on VRBO is one unit away from back of building(closest to ocean view), the unit we rented was much further away from the ocean and closer to Collins Avenue, a heavy traffic street which is noisy from terrace.
If terrace is unimportant to you, this is a very nice apartment. If you think about enjoying breakfast & coffee on your terrace on a beautiful day, you will be disappointed, as we were.
2. Building is undergoing major exterior renovations to terraces and to building exterior for extended period of time. Pool was closed during our stay due to exterior renovations. Renters should be aware of loud noise from renovations which begin shortly after 8:00am. It is unfortunate that owners were unaware that pool was closed in Dec 2018 due to renovations.
3. If planning to rent in the Carlyle, you must determine whether exterior renovations will affect the unit you are renting.
4. We were informed that Four Season Hotel nearby has purchased all the buildings between it and the Carlyle and will be expanding the hotel shortly. You should inquire how this major hotel expansion will affect your stay at the Carlyle for the next several seasons. We anticipate that there will be extensive noise of new construction over the next several years.