- Reviews: 526
Villas in Central Florida: Vacation Villas...
These are homes, mostly with full kitchens and kitchen equiptment. Homes typically have pools. Also, TVs in some if not all rooms. Range from 2 bedroom condos with communal / community pool to 3 bedroom private homes to, believe it or not, 7 bedroom homes. Some of the villas aren't near "anything" in particular, but the nice trade-off is having your own home!!! For about the same price of a hotel...
Typically not far from grocery stores, and most subdivisions have sport outlets such as volleyball and/or basketball. BBQ setups... tennis, some even have small workout rooms with gym equipment.
The villas can run anywhere from $90 a night for 3 bedroom to up to $175 per night for the larger homes.
- Reviews: 1089
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: Saratoga Springs ~ My New Favorite Disney Resort
Being a member of the Disney Vacation Club has been a wonderful investment for us because we love Disney World and are able to use our DVC points for stays around the world. During this visit (October, 2006) we used our DVC points to stay at the newest Disney resort hotel, "Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa." Located where the the Villas of the Disney Institute used to be, the Saratoga Springs is a brand new resort complex with new a new theme, new buildings, new landscape and geographical features, new restaurants, etc. The complex is similar to "Port Orleans," & "Old Key West" resorts in that there are many lodging buildings spread out over several acres, but the building containing the registration desk, lobby, & restaurants requires walking or driving to reach it.
This new resort is based on the theme of Saratoga Springs, New York, and includes art and references throughout to the Saratoga Springs horseracing course there. The beautifully new Victorian buildings generally are 4 stories each, with elevator and are painted in pastel hues with gorgeous architectural details. There is a large central lake with fountains, landscaping and walkways, and lighting. Our building was called the "Paddock" and our room looked directly over the lake -- we had a beautiful balcony on which to enjoy all the sights.
Disney bus service to all the parks is available at Saratoga Springs!
We were staying only one night at Saratoga Springs but I would have been happy to spend more nights there! We had a "Studio" room which included one queen size bed and a double pull-out sofa bed. (I can attest to the fact that the pull-out bed was extremely comfortable because I tried it!) When the sofa was not pulled out, it made a very nice sitting area with coffee table, TV, lounge chair, etc.
The room also had a well-thought out small "kitchenette" with granite countertop, sink, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee pot, and cabinet stocked with paper plates, plasticware, and extra coffee. This was perfect for fixing morning coffee and small breakfast to sit out on the balcony with!! We didn't need anymore than this because we purchased the meal plan during this trip.
There was also a vanity & dressing area, and a nice large bathroom. Everything was extremely new, comfortable, and attractive. I really loved the balcony at night because it was a great place to watch the fireworks!
- Reviews: 359
this place has monorail running through it and that impressed me no end.
Turned out to be useful too. Say you fall off the sidewalk at Disneyworld, no problem! the monorail bring you right back to your room and they've got ice on each floor so you can put an ice-pack on your knees while your friends go for a nice, fun dinner. Don't cry! tomorrow's another day. :-)
if you lose you Vanity case, just call the Front Desk. They'll deliver a Mickey Mouse Tooth Brush and a Minnie Mouse (or Goofy? ) toothpaste tube before you can say "Mirror Mirro on the Wall"
- Reviews: 4
Hawthorn Suites Orlando Airport: Flawless! Great Value and Customer Service
After 7+ hours of flying I was tired and needed a place to get freshened up before my meeting. I was 5 hours early for my meeting and 6 hours too early to check in. I decided to find my hotel and see if I was in the right place. I was. Shyly I asked if there was any way I could check in early and they said sure, and sent me off to have free breakfast while they processed my paperwork. I came back and was handed my key without delay. Customer service is a high priority.
Summary: If I return to Orlando, I will definitely return to the Airport Hawthorn Suites. Great job guys!
Access through all outside doors from the parking lot was available by use of your room's card key. This worked well because if you come and go, you can use the door closest to where you parked & get out of the heat / rain etc.
I noticed no roaches or other bugs at all. Everything was clean. I had everything I needed plus a lot that I never touched (see the link below for a list of complete features). Free local Orlando paper & USA Today near the lobby.
A real concern to me as I booked this room was that I thought the airport noise would be a problem being only 1-2 miles from the runways. As it turned out, I only heard two jets - barely - and then only because I was actively listening for them. The rest of the time I heard none at all. The in-room air conditioner worked well and was the quietest of any hotel I've visited.
Airport access was wonderful - either by car or by free shuttle.
I saw the small exercise room ... not a gym, but sufficient if you want to do a stair climb, treadmill, stationary bike etc. I think I saw a TV in there.
Very clean small kitchen with 2-burner electric stove, microwave, refrigerator / freezer, sink, coffee maker, dishes, etc.
2-TVs, radio, VCR player.
Single bedroom unit - Rooms:
*Medium size main living room with dining area and kitchen added at one end.
*Generous sized bedroom with closet and lockable safe, mine had a King sized bed.
*Separate vanity and toilet/shower rooms.
Wonderful complimentary breakfast (until 9 or 10AM) - buffet style - not cooked to order, included scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, bagels, toast, coffee, OJ, apple juice, cold cereals with milk, hot cereal, biscuits and gravy, muffins, danish, I am sure I missed something. Lots of room in the dining area, with lots of windows and light.
There is a bar for happy hour 5:30PM to 7:30PM that seemed well attended.
Computer and internet access right in the room. Local weather, entertainment and etc access was free. Beyond that there was a charge.
My cost staying alone was $84 on 6/14/04
- Reviews: 1089
Old Key West Resort: Old Key West ~ One of My Favorites!
We have stayed at Old Key West twice with the first time being in a standard, 2 double-bed room. Even in the "standard" room, you will have a "kitchenette" of sorts with a sink, apartment-size refrigerator, a microwave, and table with 2 chairs. We also had a small terrace/balcony with the standard room. The room was clean, comfortable and decorated nicely, but with 4 people it was a little small.
Flash Forward!! Our second stay at Old Key West was in a one-bedroom suite that could be described as "gigantic." With two teenage children, the size made a world of difference. Old Key West probably has some of the largest rooms in Disney World.
This "apartment" had a greatroom with large living area with cozy seating and a queen-size sofa pull out bed, a large screen TV, a full kitchen completely equipped, dining area with credenza and cabinets, a laundryroom (YES!!), very large bathroom and separate garden-tub room.
The master bedroom contained a king-size bed, its own TV and also had a door to the balcony. We had a second-floor "apartment" and the living area opened onto a very large covered balcony overlooking one of the many lakes. The decor truly brought out the easy-living, Key West atmosphere. The pastel blues and greens were cool and soothing after a sunny, hot day in the Disney World parks.
While the resort's main pool is away from the building our "apartment" was located, it is within walking distance. It also has a nice beachy section, ice-cream shop, restaurant and gift shop nearby.
We thought it was fabulous and one of the nicest accommodations we have ever been in!
The view from our second-floor 1-bedroom suite/apartment couldn't have been nicer. It overlooked a quiet lake and we enjoyed feeding the ducks from our balcony.
As with anything that Disney is involved in, the Imagineers go to great lengths to think of every detail which enhances the atmosphere, whether it is inside the parks, or restaurants, or their very special resorts and hotel accommodations. At Old Key West, every detail of the property is designed to make you feel that you really are in Key West---the design of buildings, the decor, the landscape, the artwork, absolutely everything. It's got to be seen to be believed.
- Reviews: 153
Movies All Star Resort: Disneys ALL Star Resorts/ Movie Theme
The ALL Star Resorts are a good basic hotel. They are ll built around themes,Movie,sports, music etc....
The rooms are not to large with double beds and the basics..But if your spending your time in the room why did you come here...
The hotel offers a cafateria style place to eat and the food is very good. You must pay for your food, but you can bye a all you can drink cup for your week..
The hotel also has a gift shop where you can bye your trading pins and many other things.
The game room is large and can keep you busy for a while.
the pool is large and is very nice,great swiming later in the day...
different designs and themes..
Pool is great...
- Reviews: 1089
Wilderness Lodge Villas: Western Lodge Feeling Though Not So Rustic
We consider The Wilderness Lodge to be one of the best resort lodges in Disney World and our favorite "in-park" place to stay. Be sure to pick up one of the fact sheets about the lodge. You will definitely be amazed to learn that the lodge which was completed in May, 1994, is constructed of 85 loads of lodge pole pine from Oregon and Montana. The soaring 7-story atrium features two 55-ft. totem poles!!
There are a wide variety of rooms available which should suit most families and the kids will love it!! Some rooms have views overlooking the green areas, pools and geyser, others overlook the beautiful lake at the rear of the property. As you might guess, the decor is reminescent of the the old national park lodges but with all the creature comforts. Don't forget the pool!!
There are also two very good restaurants here. Artist's Point" is one of the Disney Signature restaurants which means that the restaurant and the food served is on a level with any of the best restaurants in the country. It also means that the menu prices will reflect that. The Whispering Canyon Cafe is alot of fun and serves some very good food too! Waiters & waitresses are dressed in Western duds and make you laugh, but worse, may make others laugh at you! The Whispering Canyon serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a rustic but tasteful decor---you will think you are "out West" and certainly not in Florida thanks to those Disney Imagineers!
Beyond the hotel, the fast-running brook and large pool, a geyser erupts every half hour -- you might imagine you were at Yellowstone Park but without the bears. Every evening about 9pm there is an "electric light" parade on the lake which neither you nor the kids will want to miss.
The Lodge has a nice gift shop too with items that relate to the Lodge itself, clothing,souvenirs, jewelry, toys and stuffed animals, picture frames, Disney pins, etc. Here you will also find a small grocery store section with an amazing variety of items which will come in handy if you are staying at the Wilderness Lodge Villas, connected by a covered pathway to the Main Lodge. A game room is located just next to the gift shop, but entrance is through an outside door.
You'll love the piped music which will put you right in the mood for where you feel you are -- the western Rockies!
Since there are four of us and we sometimes like to economize by fixing our own meals or late night snacks, we usually reserve a one-bedroom suite in the Wilderness Lodge Villas because we are Disney Vacation Club members. (See previous tip for more details.) But rooms at the Main Lodge have the added advantage of sometimes facing on a wild variety of scenery and many of the room doors face into the spectacle of soaring lodge atrium inside. You have to see it to appreciate the scene!
- Reviews: 1089
Old Key West Resort: Bigger Than Most New York City Apartments
From the accompanying picture you can see some of the one-bedroom "apartment" we stayed in in October, 2003. What you see in the first picture is the dining area with the balcony in the background. You will also notice the quality of the furnishings which is excellent. In the other picture I have added to this tip, you can see the main part of the kitchen which is very spacious and has all modern appliances, conveniences, dishes and silverware for guests. It has everything you could possibly need to prepare meals here which helps to stretch your budget, but is also a matter of comfort for families.
I have also added pictures of the master bedroom and even the balcony. The Master bedroom had a king-size bed, an armoire with a large screen TV, a comfy chair, night tables and its own door to the balcony! The master bedroom also has a garden tub, and separate vanity cabinet and mirror and a super walk-in closet. The large windows in the bedroom in this particular "apartment" looks out over the winding river which runs through the property.
Finally, there is a nice set of tables and chairs on this second floor balcony. The picture I have added doesn't do a very good job of showing just how nice it was. This very large, covered balcony was fabulous for having your morning coffee while overlooking the daily activity on the river, and so great for having meals and conversation here. Disney thinks of everything!
- Reviews: 639
Vista Del Lago: Home Sweet Home
After days of searching through the internet for an accomodation in Orlando an email from Mr. Michael (owner) that his vacation house in Kissimee is available for occupancy gave us a relief!
A vacation house in Vista Del Lago was available for a 3 weeks stay. Arrangements was made through his team in Florida while payments and other concerns was directed to him.
We were able to get a discount from him coz of our long stay.
The house is really nice, clean and well maintained. A very homey atmosphere amidst the touristic location.
Drop me a mail if you need Mr. Michael's contact details
1. 3 bedroom vacation housewith livign room, dining room , 2 bathrooms and a porch
2. Centralized air conditioning unit
3. Kitchen ~ cutleries,kitchenware, glassware and other kitchen utensilsare available
4. Laundromat, Refrigerator and Gas range
5. Dial Up internet connection
6. The club house is just 2 blocks away from the house
7. 2 Big swimming pools and a jacuzzi
8. Billiard room, tennis court and exercise room
9. 24 hrs security service
10. Peaceful and quiet environment
11. Few minutes away from Disneyworld and other attractions
12. A minute or two from Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut and other restaurants.
13. Supermarkets, souvenir shops are just within reach.
- Reviews: 665
Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort: NOW THAT'S A CABIN
Rich and I had one heck of a time finding a Disney resort to stay at that could accommodate all 6 of us without having to split up into 2 rooms. We were relieved when we found the cabin option at the Fort Wilderness Campground. We were even more relieved when we arrived and found how large and pretty the cabins are. Our cabin was basically a bedroom with a set of bunk beds and a full size bed, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room/2nd bedroom with a pull down full size bed. Patrick, Sebastian and Thaddeus didn't take long to decide that they wanted to sleep in the living room on the pull down bed and the sofa, so Rich and I got the full size bed in the bedroom and Gryphon got the bottom bunk. All the beds were ultra comfortable and roomy. The bathroom had enough towels, wash clothes and hand towels for our little army and they were nice towels, not the usual hotel crap one gets at a hotel. The kitchen had a cute table with bench seating for all and was completely stocked with dishes, cups, pots, pans, coffee pot, brooms, mops and even a vacuum. I have to admit that we didn't take advantage of the cooking facilities. Fort Wilderness has 3 different bus lines to help visitors navigate around the camp ground. The kids new by the end of the trip which bus we needed to ride whether it was Settlement Purple, Outpost Purple, Outpost Orange or Settlement Yellow. They were experts by the end. From the campgrounds you can catch buses to all the Dinsey Parks (Hollywood Studios, The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach). The campground also has its own set of restaurants and activities for the little ones. Each night there is a campfire sing along and a movie. Guests also can take a horse and carriage ride or visit the campgrounds petting zoo. The trail rides are located here as well as the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review.
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Trails End Restaurant
Babysitting and child services
Select Wi-Fi accessible locations
Convenient Bus Service
Bay Lake Beach
Tri-Circle-D Ranch & Farm
Chip'n Dale's Campfire Sing-a-long
- Reviews: 6
Best Western Plaza International: In the Middle of Everything!
We enjoyed a stay at this motel very much last summer. The staff was friendly and they provide shuttle service to the theme parks.
The I-Drive trolley is a great way to visit the surrounding area without wearing yourself out even more and it's a good value.
Lots of pizza/subshops will put coupons under your door. After a day of walking the theme parks, this is a great relief! Spend the evening relaxing by the pool without having to fight the crowded restaurants on International Drive. It's a good thing.
We got a one bedroom suite with a king size bed and TV in the bedroom and a double bed, TV, table, microwave, fridge, and sink in the main room. We were right off the pool and cafe. The pool was great and the food at the cafe was good and reasonably priced considering the area. Next door is a Friendly's restaurant which, if you've never been to one, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner but began as a ice cream parlor so it has some wonderful gooey treats. Across the street is Mercado (shopping and restaurants).
- Reviews: 4293
Seralago Hotel and Suites: Hotel in nearby Kissimmee
Kat booked us into the Seralago Hotel & Suites as part of a United vacation package. The Seralago is a huge 614 room hotel with a variety of rooms located in Kissimmee just a few miles from the Orlando attractions and where you will find most of the budget oriented hotels. We were originally in a deluxe room but Kat said that room was unacceptable so she upgraded us to a two room suite which was huge for just the two of us, a bedroom with two double beds, a living room, small kitchen and a bathroom. The suite could sleep up to 8 people as a murphy bed pulled out from the wall and the sofa also doubled as a bed.
I don't know that I would stay here again but it certainly was an acceptable hotel and very economical in comparison to the Disney Resorts and higher end properties.
The bedroom had reasonably comfortable beds, a TV, and a VCR plus a phone with a light that we never did get to stop flashing.
The kitchen had a microwave, coffee maker and small refrigerator but no dishes, glasses or utensils. The hotel had a small snack shop where you could get some food plus a couple of onsite places to eat.
The bathroom had a hair dryer, adequate towels, minimal toiletries (soap, shampoo).
The living room had another TV and VCR in case two parts of the family want to watch different things, a sofabed and a chair.
The grounds had two outdoor swimming pools, an onsite restaurant and a snack shop. Our upgrade included a breakfast buffet each morning, the first morning it was pretty bad but the next three mornings it was good with lots of hot items including pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon and sausage.
The hotel runs a shuttle to Disney World several times a day but it took a very long time to get to the park as it stops at other hotels and only goes to one of the parks at a time, it took us at least 1 1/4 hours to get to the Magic Kingdom using the shuttle.
There was quite a bit of noise at night since all of the rooms were exterior rooms. Kids playing shuffle board at midnight, older teens literally throwing dog sh*t at each other on another night, someone pounding the metal banisters at 3 am. This is a definite drawback to this kind of hotel.
- Reviews: 153
Disneys All-Star Sports Theme: Sports Anyone
Since this hotel is next to the movie hotel and all the all-star resorts are near each other we took a walk to see them...
Built along the same lines as our movie hotel they offer basic accomodations at a good price..
Again the room are not very large,two double beds, table,t.v bath, but will due if your out and about most of the day/night..
Unique about this one is the football field and other sports sections,
Pick up a game or join either way havve some fun...
- Reviews: 470
Seralago Hotel and Suites: Low Budget Hotel
I found this resort through a package I booked with United Airlines. It boasted being close to the Magic Kingdom Gate. They also had a shuttle to and from the various parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom) which we thought would be great, the only problem was it went to other resorts and took about a hour and a half to get to the park and the times were quite limited: departures to the various parks offering 2 departures and 2 pick up times only.
The Seralago Hotel was dated and sorely in need of a face lift. The majority of the hotel rooms were awful, I heard several unhappy people at check in complaining about stopped up toilets, no air conditioning, bad smells in the rooms. Yuck! I had read that the 2 room units had been remodeled so I decided then and there that I was upgrading the room. Whew, I am so glad I did so because we had a clean, fairly comfortable oom in the back of the complex. There was a bit of noise from some people who werer partying but one call to security quieted them down quickly.
A large property, the Seralago Hotel offers regular hotel rooms, 2 room suites as well as their "kid suites" geared towards families with whatelse...kids. When I upgraded the room to a 2 room suite, it came with a daily breakfast buffet. The buffet had a lot to be desired for on the first day but it got progressively better on the subsequent days. There is also a small market and deli bar that is open until 10 pm. The prices are quite reasonable and I was able to buy sodas, water and other various snack items for very little cost.
The hotel has 2 pools and a play ground, a movie theatre and a video game room . They also offer movie rentals 3 movies for $12.
- Reviews: 5828
Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa: Good Location and Great Stay
Saratoga Springs is one of our favorite Disney Resorts. It is also part of Disney's Vacation Club Time Share program. The resort is located right across from the Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island. You can walk, take a shuttle bus or ride a ferry to either attraction. We have stayed at this resort together four times; most recently for a special celebration.
The resort itself has a main building that houses the spa, dining area, gift shop and main pool. The rest of the resort is grouped into sections with it's own pool area in the center. Since this is a vacation club property there are kitchens in the rooms (the studios just have a toaster, microwave, sink and ridge). There are studios, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom suites available. The latest additions to the property are the Tree House Villas; which are perfect for large families. The three bedrom suite is a two level townhouse style suite complete with full dining room vaulted ceilings and laundry facilities in the suite. All suites have washer and dryer in the closet; which is great for getting laundry done before going home.
We always request rooms was in the Congress Park section of the resort (it is closer to the walkway and has nicer views) and had a nice balcony with views of Pleasure Island and the Marketplace. It also provided nice views of the fireworks at night. The theme of the resort is Saratoga Springs New York and horse racing. The furnishings are a light cherry wood with a Victorian flair. Shuttle buses have stops throughout the resort to pick up guests and take them to the various Disney Parks.
We have stayed in both studio and suites. The studios are spacious but I prefer the suite with its full kitchen and large jacuzzi tub. I also love that the suites have a washer and dryer; great for getting some laundry done before heading home.
We have spent time at the spa which was incredible and at the pool in our resort section. The main pool was is just a bit too crowded with kids. It's a favorite resort of ours and if you aren't travelling with kids that want a character themed room; this is a great option.
The spa is a main attraction. There is nothing better than a spa treatment when on vacation.
I like that the resort has a walkway to Downtown Disney as well as shuttle busses and a water shuttle. Taking an evening stroll to the Marketplace is always a nice way to unwind before grabbing a meal, shopping or heading off to Pleasure Island. The walkway does close after dusk; so you have to take the shuttle bus back to the resort after night sets in.
The suites have full kitchens which is a nice touch. The main building has plenty of drinks, food and snacks available for purchase if you would like to stock up your fridge and cabinets. We like having a bottle of wine and our favorite beverages in the fridge and well as some snacks.
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