Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

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Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby texascouple1208 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:39 pm

This is probably another example of lies and/or exaggerations by the member sales people, but a recent trip advisor review mentions that they were told Original Resorts is planning to tear down one of the ocean view room buildings at RM and construct another set of Desire Suites or something similar. Has anyone heard anything like this? We would hate to see them reduce the number of relatively affordable rooms.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Explorer79 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:26 pm

I heard the same thing but was just rumors mill. How many ocean view buildings are actually available to tear down, 2?
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby NaughtyKittenandB » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:16 am

We've heard exactly the same rumor - Desire Suites have been successful and they plan to build more. We head to DRM on Jan 19th, so we will see what we can find out about their plans.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Explorer79 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:26 am

Granted this is a small sample size of only 4 trips, and could certainly be a coincidence, but every time we've been since the suites were built we've only seen 2 being occupied at any given time. Not sure what the normal occupancy is. At 4-5 times the price I know we won't be partaking any time soon :D

I wonder how much of this is real and how much is just marketing speak. It makes sense those guys would like to give the appearance that they are always expanding and adding new stuff, etc, ie add perceived value to sell more memberships, same thing with the mansion as someone was told "better to get in on the ground floor now before the process go up..."
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby dcnewbies703 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:29 pm

Explorer79, your small sample of 4 trips (lucky you to have 4 trips since the Desire Suites were built) must not have been representative. We got some free nights in Desire Suites at RM as part of a membership package, and it's been very difficult to use them because the Desire Suites have been all book for many months in advance. I don't know if that's all folks like us who are using their free nights, but we've been amazed when checking their availability.

So while we don't have any information about plans to tear down another building to build more Desire Suites (which we agree would be unfortunate -- even though it would make it easier for us to use our remaining free nights), it wouldn't be surprising given their occupancy rate.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby wedesire1 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:50 pm

At breakfast yesterday (we're at DRM now), we overheard one of the sales staff say that they are going to (among other things):
Buy the property next to Pearl and double the size of that resort (that's a new one).
Build a new resort in the Dominican Republic (really old rumor).
Build a new resort north of Cancun for members only (old rumor with a slightly new members only twist).
AND (drum roll please)
Build a new resort for all of their California friends in Cabo!!!!!

In other words, "I'll tell you anything to make the sale."

As Cokeman says, until there is an official announcement from Original Resorts, it's just someone selling snake oil.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Justskin » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:11 pm

wedesire1 wrote:At breakfast yesterday (we're at DRM now), we overheard one of the sales staff say that they are going to (among other things):
Buy the property next to Pearl and double the size of that resort (that's a new one).
Build a new resort in the Dominican Republic (really old rumor).
Build a new resort north of Cancun for members only (old rumor with a slightly new members only twist).
AND (drum roll please)
Build a new resort for all of their California friends in Cabo!!!!!

In other words, "I'll tell you anything to make the sale."

As Cokeman says, until there is an official announcement from Original Resorts, it's just someone selling snake oil.

Comedy gold right there!!

We'd certainly welcome the Cabo rumor, if only it were true. Those of us that utilized that amazing facility still yearn for it's replacement! Six years gone this coming June, hard to believe....
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Explorer79 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:12 pm

dcnewbies703 wrote:Explorer79, your small sample of 4 trips (lucky you to have 4 trips since the Desire Suites were built) must not have been representative.


Yeah, that doesn't surprise me. We had the same kinda thing with the sin room, was always empty, at most a couple or two in there. Then we talked about it on here and next trip went in there and it was packed.

What I need to really improve my accuracy is something like 300 more nights at Desire, and soon :D
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Lkncouple » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:30 am

I am almost to the point where I hope they do something stupid like lower the capacity to build stupid high end suites. Hopefully then someone will figure out what a gold mine it is to have an all inclusive resort with mediocre food and dated rooms that they can charge 50% more than a comparable resort and build something competitive. The reason they can get away with the stuff they do now is they have no competition. Someone will figure out the guest really make Desire special.

That being said, I can't wait to be there in 22 days.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Skulls » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:23 pm

We purchased our Desire Suites membership package back in Aug 2016 before they were built. I think they had just finished leveling the building that was there during that trip. Until just recently we have had no problems getting a Villa sometimes even for a last minute weekend getaway. They told us that there would be more Villas being built at some point since they have been so popular.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Skulls » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:06 am

Skulls wrote:We purchased our Desire Suites membership package back in Aug 2016 before they were built. I think they had just finished leveling the building that was there during that trip. Until just recently we have had no problems getting a Villa sometimes even for a last minute weekend getaway. They told us that there would be more Villas being built at some point since they have been so popular.


Apparently my post was edited because it had several comments about our membership.... I'll cut to the point. We have recently had problems with the Villas being available and we were told that they are very popular and there would be more built to try to fix this problem.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby NaughtyKittenandB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:59 pm

We are heading to DRM in January for 12 nights. We booked our trip back in August. The villas were only available for 7 of the 12 nights we will be there - the other 5 nights, all were sold out 5 months in advance. So no surprise that they would move to build more of something that is priced at a premium and popular as well.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby desireaddict » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:58 am

We've been in the villas and do not see what the attraction is.
Why would I want to climb a set of steps everytime I go to the bedroom or need something from my luggage?
Why would I want a room that is "more private/exclusive" at Desire when (IMO) Desire is all about the socialization?
Finally, when I fell asleep in the villa, it looked exactly like the lower cost rooms.
I assume there could be a "snob factor" that makes them attractive.
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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Skulls » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:12 pm

desireaddict wrote:We've been in the villas and do not see what the attraction is.
Why would I want to climb a set of steps everytime I go to the bedroom or need something from my luggage?
Why would I want a room that is "more private/exclusive" at Desire when (IMO) Desire is all about the socialization?
Finally, when I fell asleep in the villa, it looked exactly like the lower cost rooms.
I assume there could be a "snob factor" that makes them attractive.



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Re: Tearing down ocean view rooms? (rumor mill fodder)

Postby Explorer79 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:50 pm

desireaddict wrote:We've been in the villas and do not see what the attraction is.
Why would I want to climb a set of steps everytime I go to the bedroom or need something from my luggage?
Why would I want a room that is "more private/exclusive" at Desire when (IMO) Desire is all about the socialization?
Finally, when I fell asleep in the villa, it looked exactly like the lower cost rooms.
I assume there could be a "snob factor" that makes them attractive.


I could see it if you liked to throw parties, seems good for that. Otherwise, like you said, it's all about the socialization for us. There's just nowhere else we have been where you can have those kinds of interactions with lots of different people. In fact, if it weren't for that I don't see why we would even go to Desire, especially for the price, horrible waste of $$$ that would be, for us anyway.
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