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Sheraton's Vistana Villages

Reviewer's Name:

Karen Brown

Reviewer's Email Address:

karenell@ezy.net

Date(s) of Stay:

10/27-10/31/2000

Disney Resort:

Walt Disney World (Florida)

Location:

International Drive Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

About a five minute drive

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

Shuttle available with VERY limited scheduled times. We wouldn't have done this without a rental car.

Address:

12401 International Drive Orlando FL 32821

Phone Number:

(407) 238-5000

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Two Bedroom Vacation Home / Condo

Accommodations Review:

http://vistanainc.com/resorts/VistanaVillages/ VillaAmenities.htm

This resort is BRAND new, the decor is absolutely gorgeous. Amazingly, the pictures on their site are pretty accurate. The two bedrooms are separated by the bathrooms, maximizing privacy. Three TV's kept everyone happy. A happy surprise was the CD/Stereo system. The fully equipped kitchen (complete with toaster and microwave and washer and dryer) came in very handy, as was the Publix grocery store less than a mile away.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$115

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

0

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

This was a disappointment for us--the lobby area was still under construction while we were there. Check in was being done from a "model" room, and there were no on property restaurants---nor were there any within walking distance. In the long run, it didn't matter as we planned our "major event" meals at WDW and fixed our in between meals in the kitchens.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Sauna / Steamroom, Hair Dryer, Laundry, In-room Safe, Babysitting/Kid's Programs, Cooking Facilities, Handicapped Accessible Rooms Available, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

The Pool was open every night until 1 am, and we made the most of it--we were there every night until closing playing water volleyball with the equipment provided and just plain relaxing by in the very large hot tub. (There was a group of 30 of us in five different Villas.) The pool features a waterfall with a walkway that goes underneath it--many of the group enjoyed diving through the waterfall or just plainly posing for pictures beneath it.

Other Comments:

We LOVED this place--and the rates were incredible. (These are not the posted rates on the Vistana website. We got these rates from http://www.hotelkingdom.com) Essentially, we got two full size hotel rooms, complete with two full size bathrooms--for much less than the cost of two hotel rooms anywhere else. An added bonus were a full kitchen (including washer and dryer), dining room and living room with sleeper sofa and a screened in porch accessible from both the living room and the master bath. Did I mention the two person whirlpool tub in the master bathroom?
 

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