The penthouse suite looks far superior to the one bed ocean suite. Has anyone been in both who could attest to, or refute this? We like space and a decent bathroom. We booked an ocean view suite for June this year (third visit to CSS!) but have always found the bathrooms to be small and dated (pretty much the only criticism we have of CSS - if it is a criticism at all as it's obviously not a deal breaker!). The bathrooms are generally clean but but not quite up to the modern feel. We know that there are suites with more modern bathroom facilities and I was wondering if the penthouse suite was worth the upgrade (we are there for 14 nights so its something we would like to consider). Photos would be great if anyone is tech savvy enough to post some up! The 360 degree video is good but it only covers one room.
The penthouse is larger in that the bedroom is seperate from the living area. Of course the view is awesome! The one bedroom ocean suite is one large room (so is smaller). The bathrooms are about equal...just larger (penthouse). Here's a link to photos of our stay in 2010 that included a stay in a penthouse: Csa/Css'10 - a set on Flickr and also of our stay in a one bedroom ocean suite in 2009: CSS'09 - a set on Flickr. Hopefully that'll give you an idea of the difference.
We have stayed in two Penthouse Suites and a Beachfront Jacuzzi Suite, and the Beachfront by FAR had the bigger, more modern bathroom. We will be there in June this year and booked the Beachfront again after having a penthouse for the last two trips. The problem with the penthouse reservations is you don't know your penthouse until you get there and some are better than others and the bathrooms can vary. We were in E Block and I think D Block. Amazing views and fantastic rooms and space....but the bathrooms were disappointing. If you book beachfront jacuzzi suites by golly you know what you are getting...a HUGE jacuzzi tub and a HUGE shower, big counter and sink area....very nice. We have not stayed in the ocean view suites. I have no pictures of the penthouse bathrooms because they were nothing to take a picture of! See you in June.