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Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort Lake Buena Vista

Reviewer's Name:

Susan Curry

Reviewer's Email Address:

Suzn30@aol.com

Date(s) of Stay:

Feb 21-28, 2001

Disney Resort:

Walt Disney World (Florida)

Location:

Lake Buena Vista Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Within 10-15 minutes to all parks

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

Park Shuttle was available all day through 8:30 pm. A reservation to use the shuttle was required 24 hours in advance, but we used it without a reservation and without problem!

Address:

14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, FL 32821, website: www.hifamilysuites.com

Phone Number:

1-877-387-5437 or (407) 387-5437

Facility Type:

Resort

Accommodation Used:

Suite

Accommodations Review:

Our family of 3 occupied the 'Kidsuite' which consists of a combined living room/kitchenette supplied with microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, coffee, paper towels, small table w/couple of chairs. Living area has a pull out couch and swivel/rocking chair, 27 in. TV w/VCR. Good size bathroom, lots of towels and plenty of storage space for toiletries, lighted makeup mirror & hairdryer.

Children's bedroom is equipped with 25in. TV, VCR, Nintendo 64, phone, individual speakers for each bed, bunk beds and pull out bed, children's table w/chairs. This room is small but adequate. My daughter loved the way it was decorated in a outer space theme with murals on the walls.

Each Kidsuite has a themed children's room for example, jungle theme, A&W root beer theme. The master bedroom was of good size, king bed, nice mirrored closet, built in drawers, 25 in TV, ceiling fan, desk/vanity w/lighted makeup mirror and hairdryer, ironing board and iron. Suitcases fit under bed. The room's decor was well appointed, draperies were very attractive as well as furniture and carpets.

Our room was spotlessly maintained. I felt as if everything was brand new and this resort is now 2 years old. We felt very comfortable here. The walls were soundproof. They offer adjoining rooms if needed. Do request that you get pool view and that your room is located close to the lobby. This is an extensively large property and you can find yourself located in a far away spot if you are not careful.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$109 - this was with a coupon.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

5

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

This hotel has a lot to offer. There was pizza hut, A&W offering hotdogs, hamburgers, etc., Eddy's Ice Cream parlor, a convenient store open till 12 am with everything from chips and dip to beer and donuts, then there is a big restaurant offering a buffet for dinner which was delicious! It included roast beef, pasta, salad bar, breads, rolls, mac & cheese, BBQ chicken, and more! You can also order ala-carte and room service for any of the above. The Buffet was $15.95 pp and kids eat free! They also have a nice bar. Breakfast is included. This is a full breakfast buffet which is well worth its weight in the price of the room! The food was plentiful and there was a wide range for ex: scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, muffins, cereal, bagel, toast, bacon, sausage, home fries, juices, milk, coffee, etc... They also have a convenient snack bar at poolside offering hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, nachos, drinks, ice cream etc!

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

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

Pool Description/Comments:

This was the best pool I have ever swam in! It is a zero depth pool which means you can sit your toddler down at the edge and wade in! There are sprinklers, animal statues, fountains, sprays, waterfalls, etc. throughout! This pool is mammoth in size and creative in shape! There were a lot of people staying at the hotel and using the pool, but we never felt crowded. The pool patio area is also huge in size, with more than enough furniture, towels, umbrellas etc. They rent cool floats of all different shapes and sizes for kids and adults to use. There was a playroom for the kids to watch TV, movies, and play w/toys, read books, puzzles and Legos all supplied by the hotel and located at poolside.

Also crafts are available, painting coconuts, making picture frames and animal puppets for example. Our daughter made a cute birdhouse out of a coconut! This cost $6.99 and they offered to babysit her while she worked on it which was included in the fee! They sell floats and beach paraphernalia, clothing etc. here too!

Shuffleboard was a big hit, as was miniature golf which was located at poolside and free for everyone. Huge 10 foot animal statues adorned the golf area and were very entertaining to look at and to play. Also in this area, were two ping pong tables, very popular as well! Music was always playing and the staff was very visible! They were always looking for babies not wearing the proper swim diapers - this was strictly enforced!

There are two Jacuzzi's right near by, one was hotter than the other so the kids could enjoy them too. In another part of the pool area, there was a fenced-in little kids pool with a huge umbrella over it to keep the sun away, it had a sprinkler in it and was only 1 or 2 feet deep. Beside that was a large climbing structure with tunnels and slides! The entire pool area is well secured and very clean! We loved it!

Other Comments:

This hotel was a hit with our whole family which totaled 10 of us ranging in age from adults, to teens, to little 5 and 3 year olds! We were all happy with the service and facilities! Did I mention that they also have a pond that is lit w/party lights and has live animals, birds, ducks, turtles, and fish - all of which you can feed for $0.25! Even the fish jump out of the water to eat! There is an alligator statue in the middle that looks real! We enjoyed standing out there after breakfast! There is a train that takes the kids for a ride around the resort and while we were there they offered professional photography with a free 5X7!

Every night they had family karaoke, some nights family bingo and magic shows. We attended them all and thoroughly enjoyed this entertainment after a long day at the park, we had so much to look forward to when we returned to the hotel, that we actually stayed all day, an extra day, cutting out a park that was initially planned for that day! We cannot recommend this resort enough! It was fun, clean, and entertaining - not to mention very comfortable and even delicious! If you are traveling with kids, this is the place!

 

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