The Marriott TPC Sawgrass is one of our favorite destinations. We visited the property twice in the span of 3 months last year. I love playing TPC Sawgrass. He are heading back to the property at the end of this month for a few days. I have us booked into a Villa Suite. We have always stayed in the main hotel on previous stays. I am a little concerned that we may not like the villas as much as being in the hotel. This is my first trip to the hotel since becoming Platinum. Any advice or comments are appreciated.
We stayed at this hotel back in Sept 2011. I commented shortly thereafter on hotel vs villas on Tripadvisor. We stayed in the hotel but had originally booked the villas. After reading some of the concerns on TripAdvisor, I contacted the front office manager to discuss. We looked at both when we arrived and decided on the hotel as we like the newer and higher quality accommodations. The villas were described by someone as a place for the golfers to crash each day, luxury not important. In general, they are not Marriott hotel quality accommodations,but if space and abilty to share a villa with buds or having a kitchen are important, then villas may be way to go. I would compare the villas to a Residence Inn that ready for renovation. I will note that some of the villas are in better shape than others and I believe some are newer. What we saw was equipped with a full kitchen plus you have a living room. We were there for a wedding and the younger crowd using the villas was quite happy to have the space to hang out and party.
By the way, we were quite happy with the hotel accommodations for the 2 of us. That was actually cheaper than the villa plus we had a clean, modern, comfortable room. Our Platinum status got us bottled water every day - the local water -> not so good! Our room overlooked the lake - very nice.