We used to think that all timeshares in Branson were created equal. Most are rated Gold Crown, or at least Silver, or they have received “hospitality awards.” Well, apparently we were wrong—not all timeshares in Branson are created equal in our opinion, based on our last visit and stay at The Branson Yacht Club at Table Rock.
Usually we stay at one of the three Wyndhams, but because of scheduling issues we opted for The Yacht Club, using our RCI Points. We thought it would be a nice change of pace because of the opportunity to stay out-a-ways on a lake, away from the congestion of Branson. It was a bit further “out” than we thought, beyond Silver Dollar City, but that was okay—in September, once leaving Hwy. 76 right in town, it was only about another l0-15 minutes.
Check-in was quick, and we were assigned to Unit 501, a one-bedroom on the first floor. The patio held an iron table and 4 chairs—no cushions here. Upon entering, we saw a combination living, dining room, kitchen—everything contained in one small square. The galley kitchen had almost no counter space. However, it did have a normal-sized stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. The wall phone did not work, but the next day a maintenance person replaced it with a new one, which did not work. He left saying that 2 weeks ago they’d had a storm and were having trouble with the switchboard ever since. End of attempt to fix the problem.
A round table and 4 chairs sat in the middle of the room. There was a couch, an end table, (heavily scratched and chipped), and a small TV stand with a very old 19” TV on it. There was barely room for a floor lamp on one side of the couch. There were no comfy chairs, no coffee table. There were 3 different fabrics for the couch, “dining room” chairs, and drapes—and none of them matched or co-ordinated. The carpet had some pretty large stains.
The bedroom was marginally better, except for the king mattress, which was old, horrible, and should have been replaced years ago. The bedspread must have been the original—looked to be 1980 vintage. The room itself was small, but there was a big closet which doubled as a laundry— large stacked washer and dryer. There was a large-screened TV in the cabinet.
The bathroom was large with one sink and a large countertop. The bathtub area has seen better days, and the shower curtain was gross, for lack of a better word. It certainly seems that, if nothing else, this would be a relatively easy and cheap issue to correct.
There were two outdoor pools, but one was closed. There was also a hot tub, a small playground, and shuffleboard, basketball and tennis courts. There was also a marina and boat dock. An onsite restaurant was open 5 days a week, but we didn’t eat there. There were no resort activities, and we didn’t see many other guests.
The wi-fi was terrible, and the staff didn’t seem overly interested in trying to fix it. When we complained they simply said that they’d been having trouble with it and we were told when we checked in that it wasn’t guaranteed to work. (Nothing like, “What room are you in? Have you tried this or that?, We’ll check on it—-just—oh, yeah, it’s been difficult lately.” ) The annoying thing is that when we booked this resort we specifically asked if they had working wi-fi because we needed to follow up on some business and work-related issues. We were assured that they did.
John suggested that they reset it, which they did, and it was better for a day or so—but still not good.
With all that being said, we know why this resort is rated a Silver Crown; the views of Table Rock Lake are gorgeous! RCI gives big points to resorts for things like that—as well as having hairdryers and other things that could matter less to some people. It’s just so sad that with a little effort and money, this could be a really top-notch place with a million-dollar view. Instead, it is dated, shabby and needs a lot of work and repair. I doubt that we would choose to stay here again as we value cleanliness and comfort more than beautiful scenery!