The rooms are less "beachy" but we prefer them due to the location. Right above Patios restaurant and in the same building as the night club,casino,internet cafe and gift shop. The swim up pool bar and beach grill is right there too. Noise has never been a problem for us either.
Let me know how they are when you get back. We're staying in a GHVS beginning April 3rd. I've read a lot about them on these message boards (just do a search by "GHVS" or "Great House") and the consensus seems to be that they are nice rooms with a really good location but some people don't necessarily like the "hotel feel" since they have hallways like a hotel to get to your door versus an open air entrance. I don't think that will bother me much but I can't wait to see what the other options are so I can decide for myself for our next trip.
Hope for a room on the left side of the building if you are looking at the greathouse from the beach. Whatever room you do end up getting is really no big deal because the rest of the resort is paradise! Have fun everyone!