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Ocean Front Rooms
Most of the rooms at Lanai at the Cove face the ocean. You'll pay a little extra for these rooms, but it's worth having a private balcony or lanai on which to watch the sunset and crashing waves. All of the rooms are privately owned condos, distinctively decorated by their owners, so they feel more like home than a standard hotel room. Many of the rooms can sleep a family of four on a queen bed and sleeper sofa in a studio-style layout.
Our room featured an antique-style brass bed, comfy leather recliner, sofa bed, and coffee table, with enough space leftover for us to tuck our suitcases away so they weren't underfoot. We were impressed with the size of the bathroom in our room, which is ideal for when family members are all trying to brush their teeth and get ready to go at the same time. As a corner unit, our room featured a huge picture window, in addition to the sliding glass patio doors, so everything was bright and airy. There were two plastic chairs on the patio, but definitely room for a couple more if you can find them.
Every room at the resort comes with cable TV, but not all feature the same TV and DVD player setup. Before you book a particular room, check with the hotel for the exact amenities, as not every room is the same. The hotel does require each unit's owners to maintain certain standards, so there's no fear of a room without certain basic amenities. One particular strength of the Lanai at the Cove is the management's focus on cleanliness. They don't allow things to get dirty or out-of-date.
Pool Side Rooms
For a more economical stay, Lanai at the Cove offers several pool side rooms. You miss out on the oceanfront balcony, but the nearly $40 per day savings can add up during a long vacation.
One huge advantage of staying pool side is the availability of the one-bedroom unit offered here. All other rooms in the hotel are studio-style. For a family, being able to separate from each other at night, with parents in the bedroom and kids out in the living room, can lower vacation stress levels dramatically. This unit also features a larger kitchenette than others, including a full-sized refrigerator/freezer and a full oven/stovetop. Along with a larger dining room table, this is definitely a good choice for families wishing to do more extensive in-room dining.
If you're worried about being right on top of the noise coming from the pool area, be assured that the rooms are well away from the pool. It can be a little noisy in the early evening, but most kids are worn out and in bed long before the pool's 10 p.m. closing time.