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Buena Vista Suites
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8203 World Center Dr, Orlando
Average Reviewer Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 1 ( Displaying Reviews: 1 - 1 )
4.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.0   1-8 December 2008
Reviewer: Silvercat Birmingham, United Kingdom     April 24, 2009
I stayed in this hotel last year as a volunteer with a charity from the UK, accompanying families with terminally ill children, who were staying at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee. Unfortunately, I am unable to give the room rate at the time of our stay as the costs were picked up by the charity!

I found the Buena Vista Suites to be a really nice hotel, the rooms were clean and well furnished, if a little 'tired looking' in places - some redecoration would have been good. The furnishings were very dark in colour, giving rise to a slight feeling of gloominess within the rooms, but the rooms themselves were large enough to partly negate this aspect.

One outstanding aspect was the bedroom, and specifically the bed - I have never slept in a more comfortable and roomy bed! It was amazing! The bed linen was gorgeous, and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was very tiny, but again clean and serviceable.

The only reason this hotel did not get 5 planets from me was two small aspects - I was expecting a small kitchenette, from the description of the rooms on the hotel's website, and all there was was a tiny microwave, a fridge (normal size for UK folks, but small compare to what USA residents are used to!), a coffee machine, and ground coffee etc. This was all placed on or in the same unit that the TV was on in the living room area. Admittedly, the fridge was handy for keeping bottles of water etc in, but the rest was a bit disappointing.

The second issue arose around the restaurant. The food (breakfast & dinner) was hot and plentiful, but rather bland and with very little choice. Breakfast consisted of cereal, fried potato cubes, rather dried waffles & pancakes, scrambled eggs, yoghurt, orange juice, & tea/coffee. Occasionally bacon or sausage would appear, but not often. You could request cooked-to-order omelettes, bagels & toast. This did not vary from day to day at all. Dinner was very nice, but again there was not a huge amount of choice. I had steak, fries or jacket potatoes, no vegetables to speak of - and I had that twice in the two days I actually stayed at the hotel for dinner! Very disappointing.

The staff were, on the whole, lovely, although the concierge guy did seem very keen on trying to sell tours or package deals to us.

The hotel operated a free shuttle bus to all the theme parks, plus Downtown Disney, although that one only ran in the evenings. It was a really good service, on time, and the buses were very clean, with really nice and chatty drivers, who pointed out things to us throughout the journeys. I think this is a really great service to offer, and was very impressed with this. Downtown Disney was about a ten minute journey from the hotel, and the Disney parks, Universal, and Sea World were all easily accessible and didn't feel too far away.

The hotel pool looked lovely, but was a bit cold at this time of the year, but the hot tub was AMAZING!! I loved it, and it was exactly what was needed at the end of a long day trekking around the parks! Again, it was clean and was very welcoming. There were also lots of chairs and loungers around the pool area, which was nice. Plus a big cage of towels to use around the pool, and another cage to drop your wet towels into afterwards.

Another big plus is the CVS Centre directly over the road from the hotel, with a small supermarket, drugstore etc. for purchases of bottled water, iced coffee, snacks etc. That was really useful to have in close proximity, and was used nearly every day by us volunteers!

Overall, I was very happy with this accommodation, and my negative comments were only small niggles. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to friends and family.