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Sheraton Safari Hotel

Reviewer's Name:

Lori

Reviewer's Email Address:

edslas@earthlink.net

Date(s) of Stay:

9/8/00 to 9/11/00

Disney Resort:

Walt Disney World (Florida)

Location:

Lake Buena Vista Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Very convenient

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

didn't use

Address:

12205 N. Apopka Vineland

Phone Number:

(407) 239-0444

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Suite

Accommodations Review:

This property started out as a nondescript motel but has been substantially renovated, upgraded and extensively themed as a "safari" resort. This hotel now has jungle decor, wonderful tropical landscaping, African music playing in the lobby, and even the trashcans are themed! We reserved a standard hotel room but were able to upgrade (on a complimentary basis) to a junior suite upon arrival. The junior suite includes a good sized living room area with sofa bed, arm chair, table and chairs, small refrigerator, microwave, sink, coffeemaker, and cabinets with a small assortment of plates, cups and silverware. The bathroom is enormous for a hotel, with a large tub and toilet room separate from the vanity area, both of which can be closed off from the living room and the adjoining bedroom. The bedroom was also fairly large with sliding glass doors opening onto a balcony which looks out over the landscaped courtyard and pool area. If noise bothers you, I'd advise requesting one of the rooms on the upper floors away from the pool area because the courtyard does get fairly noisy in the evenings.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$75

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

1

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

We got room service our first night. The food was good although pricey. They guarantee delivery within 30 minutes or your food is free. Another example of the themeing at this hotel--the butter delivered with our dinner rolls had been stamped into the shape of an elephant's head. We also ate breakfast in the restaurant one morning; it was a fairly typical all you can eat American breakfast buffet. There is also a small deli where you can pick up coffee, pastries, sandwiches and the like.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Laundry, In-room Safe, Room Service

Pool Description/Comments:

The pool is large with a nifty slide in the shape of a snake. My daughter loved it. There is also a hot tub and a kiddy pool with a frog spraying water into it. You can rent themed pool floats (alligators, turtles, etc.) as well purchase goggles, sun block, etc. right at the pool area.

Other Comments:

We believed this property to be an excellent value and we'd definitely stay here again. The themeing is delightful and the location is wonderful: right near to the entrance to Disney's "hotel row." There are numerous restaurants nearby (Romano's Macaroni Grill is just across the street), the Crossroads Shopping center, with a Goodings supermarket, is next door, and access to I-4 is about 2 blocks away.
 

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