We got the opportunity to take a last minute trip and the places we normally stay were booked. We took a chance on this condo because it was through the same company we normally rent from and was open for three days later the same week. Based on the pictures and the price, I had a lower expectation. After all, it was only for three nights and I hoped it would still be better than a hotel. I could not believe how nice the view from the balcony was! You are directly over the pool and you truly get a panoramic view of the ocean and beach with no obstructions. Everything, including the AC, worked and the mattress was more comfortable than the one at my own home. I will definitely make this my first choice next time, but do want to point out that every place we have stayed through Gulf-Sands have been wonderful and have never had a bad experience!