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Review 2036: Islander Properties, Colony Don Pedro Unit #19
2bed/2.5bath condo, Port Charlotte, Florida
April 2006, 8 days
We rented a Condo through this company on Palm Island Unit#19. From the moment we walked in the door, there was one poor quality issue after another for the full week. A hotel would have moved us if unsatisfied. We spent over $2000 on this unit, there were limited things in the kitchen for use, rusted teapot, broken toaster, broken oven, broken dryer, stained sheets, torn sheets & comforters, no access to the electrical outlets outside to plug in a golf cart that was rented for $225. We lost one day of service until the rental company would come an unlock the shed for an outlet, there was no hose outside and the shower head outside popped off when turned on and hit my son in the head and the satellite dish was broken/rusted, the basic network stations weren't available. There is a list of 15 items that I provided to them, and they pretty much told me... to bad, we have your money and they think it was acceptable. I went to three other units and all were very nice and well equipped.
No, you had to rent a golf cart for $225 for the week to get around the island. It cost $50 to get on the island via a ferry that went 10 yards. And it cost $50 every time you went back and forth to the mainland.
The unit was not historical. It was a condo on the Gulf of Mexico. The other 22 units were very nice and very well kept.
The patio furniture was rusted, we used our neighbors, there was no hose to wash down the deck and no electrical outlets to plug in the golf cart. The grill was all rusted out.
The couch was new. The bedding was old, stained and torn. Pillows were stained an matted down. You had to use pliers to turn on the clothes dryer. The toaster only toasted one side at a time, one burner on the oven didn't work, the teapot was rusted. There was insufficient furnishings in the kitchen compared to the other units I viewed.
The beds were worn, the window didn't close in the small bedroom. The dresser drawers were all broken and unclean. The comforters were torn and old (80's) old. There were enough bathrooms, but you have to bring your own toilet paper. I'm not sure what the $2000 paid for??
Not enough pots & pans, utensils, unmatching sets of dishes. Not one glass matched another. A full meal could be cooked, but I had to be resourceful with the use of the pans. I had to use a spaghetti pot strainer to strain everything.
Problems or Bonuses
Every bad surprise wasn't a surprise after awhile until I turned on the shower outside to wash of my son and the head popped off and hit my son in the head.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency Anne Merry (owner) was the worst customer service representative I have ever talked to. She is only in it for the money. $2025.00 for one week. I could have stayed at the Ritz Carlton for a week on the beach.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
NEVER. Not worth the money.
Things to do in this area
Absolutely nothing, just lay at the beach. There was only one restaurant on the island, one little store.
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