- Reviews: 199
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is a great value. The location is excellent to get to different Disney parks. Its a great family place. I highly recommend this hotel. I would go back again.
We visited the resort in May 2000, just two adults and a few months after our honeymoon. We were looking for a fun, romantic place close enough to Disney's parks. They say in the travel books that it doesn't matter if you stay in or out of the parks, it depends on budget but you can find a place in Disney for a reasonable cost, (All Star Resort, Dixie Landings, Carribean Resort). The time you save alone is totally worth it. Plus Disney makes it easier on those staying at their hotels by providing transportation and coupons etc..
The Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort doesn't compare to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or the Swan and the Dolphin because those are different types of resorts. I would say that those are the most romantic. We didn't stay at those resorts for various reasons.
The Grand Floridian is the most expensive, it has a wonderful Spa that we visited and had massages, but well over our price point. If I had no budget I would probably stay here. They have a fancy restaurant called Narcoossee's. Very delicious food! Jackets required!
After having just gotten back from our wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii, we didn't think the Polynesian would measure up. But I heard go things about it from friends.
The Swan and Dolphin are very nice sister structures. We spent some time on the grounds walking around after a game of mini golf in the area and it was very nice. Seemed stuffy for families/children. I'm sure its very nice but there are more family friendly locales in Disney than here.
Okay now for my review on Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, I was skeptical before I left for Florida. I worried what this resort would be like; I kept imaging log cabin structures and outhouses! :) Well I was half right! As you walk into the Fort Wilderness you find yourself in an indoor log cabin structure. As an Architect, I appreciate the grandeur and the detailing of the eight story lodge with cozy corners, a huge fireplace, overhead log balconys, impressive totem poles, the amount of light shining through the windows, the stone work and the high beamed ceilings. The feeling of openess even though you are on the inside overwhelms you. You are in the right resort! It has so much character and yet appeals to the smallest eyes of a child.
The restaurant is available right off the lobby, while we were checking in I heard the sound of a triangle (ding ding) signaling the opening of LUNCH. It drew a faint smile on my face.
The rest of our trip was fabulous, we had the best maid service, she was a riot left all these 'towel people' in our room daily. Of course, since we are good humored we would fix up our towel person from the night before reading a magazine, looking out the window or relaxing on the chair. I think the maid got a kick out of this! Needless to say she got a huge tip at end of the stay! :)
Our staff was awesome at The Fort Wilderness Resort. I highly recommend this porperty if you are a couple looking for some fun and/or a family of five! Fun for all ages!
- Reviews: 95
any florida home: online accomodation
I would recommend people to get a holiday home online from the many on offer. you have plenty to choose from and they are very very reasonably priced, we got a house for 12 with pool and air con for £500 for 2 weeks, between us 3 families it was a bargain!
Florida homes are all of a high standard. Most that I saw had pool, air con and are all very plush
- Reviews: 238
Self Catering House in Kissimmee
We wanted the freedom to be able to come and go as we please, as well as to have our own space, so we booked into a 4 bed house with a pool in a gated community in Kissimmee. It wasn't overly expensive, in fact, it was really great value we thought.
The kids could play in the pool, while we chilled out on sun loungers. When we weren't going out for the day, it was the perfect place to go back to or relax in. It gave us the chance to go shopping and fill the fridge with stuff from the supermarkets that we couldn't get in the UK, like cheese filled hot dog sausages that my daughter just loved, and doughnuts in a thousand and more varieties :)
- Reviews: 1
Lake Berkley Townhomes - Hapimag Hotel Orlando: Kissimmee Resort near Disney World
We stayed at the Hapimag Resort in Kissimmee, very close to the entrance to Disney World. It is run by a Swiss-based time-share company, but they operate like a regular resort in the US. Very clean, nice pool area, but you do need a car in that area. The rates were very reasonable for a 2BR,2B unit with kitchen. There are tons of other hotels/resorts in the area; do a bit of on-line research.
Good location for sightseeing in the area. Units are townhome style with 2/3 BR and 2B plus full kitchen. Good option for families, open space, nice but small pool, pleasant and helpful staff. Much better option than a hotel or motel for the price.
- Reviews: 2
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort: Disney's BEST Resort Pool!!
We were VERY Pleased with our Room here at Coronado Springs! The Room was quiet and the beds were SO comfortable! We also enjoyed a nice Mother's Day Dinner at the resorts restaurant, The Mayan Grill. The pool was the best part!Especially for the Kids. They have a HUGE Jaguar Water Slide and a Hot Tub! The play area was great too filled with lots of sand, swings and a slide. I really appreciated how thoughtful this resort is of smokers! usually i have to hunt for a place to smoke, but there were smoking sections EVERYWHERE! and the staff cleans the ashtrays every time you turn around! We will definitely be returning!
Water Slide at Pool and Numerous Smoking Sections for Smokers.
- Reviews: 1
vacation village: rip off
made reservations with expedia.we got to the resort and were told it would cost 20.00 dollars more then we were told when we booked it.as we were deciding what to do the clerk said if you don't want it you wont be charged anything so we decided not to take it as it was the principle of charging more.we found a cheaper place to stay down the road.when I got my bank statement the next month i saw the resort took 75.00 out.i called to get it cleared up assuming they made a mistake.they said it was a no show fee.i told her we did show up.was told it would cost more and told there would be no charge if we didn't take it.she said they charge a no show fee like what I said meant nothing to bad that's the way it is.I emailed the reort and expedia with no result or anything back.what a surprise
never saw more then the lobby
- Reviews: 1
Wynfield Inn Orlando Convention Center: Resorts
My Fiance and I are planning our honeymoon and have decided to stay at http://www.swandolphin.com This is by far the most amazing Disney World resort yet. There 17 restaurants on the resort along with access to transportation to all of the parks every 15 minutes. I think this is going to be the best place for our honeymoon because it looks so romantic and elegant.
- Reviews: 1
Cypress Palms Resort Hotel Orlando: Great for kids.. horrible for couples
I just returned from my stay at Cypress Palms in orlando. Although not an owner at this facility, I did exchange my week to at this location. While there I had a great experience with the concierge! She was extremely helpful not just for this trip, but also for an upcoming trip back to Orlando. Also the kids activities were great!
But in addition to that, I need to comment that after many years of timeshare ownership, this was my worst experience! The rooms were sub-par at best. Very old and not updated. My understanding was that the reoom was a non smoking unit. Understandably the resort was booked due to the holiday season, but there were no accomodations made for my sister in law (who is allergic to cigarette smoke) to have a filtration unit. I was not informed untill I called that I would not have a mid week clean up service. In all the years of making exchanges, I have never NOT had a mid week clean up service (unless I was there less than 4 days). Then the phone calls! The phone rang every morning about 7-730! That was really over the top! To make the experience even worse, I went to the update presentation and was belittled and rudely treated by the "Discovery" employee at the end. I was sadly disappointed and want to let the corporate office know that there are some significant issues with the Cypress Palms location.
- Reviews: 3
Dolphin Hotel: Fantastic Location
We had a great stay in the Dolphin side of the Swan and Dolphin hotel. The room easily accomodated our family of 5 and through obtaining a 40 per cent discount (check their website for offers), this accomodation was more affordable than staying in a Disney property. This is a truly luxurious hotel and I never thought that I would be able to afford to stay here. It is in a fantastic location on the boardwalk. You can walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios and enjoy leisurely evenings on the Boardwalk watching the street entertainers. This gives you a little more freedom as you are not tied to waiting for Disney transportation even though this is available to guests of this hotel. Taxis are available on demand at the hotel lobby. Hotel residents also qualify for Disney's Extra Magic Hours which is a big benefit. The hotel has a good pool area and beach. You can lay on the beach and see the Epcot ball! This also means that you can watch the Epcot Fireworks from this area. The buffet breakfast was excellent as were the milkshakes at the ice cream bar. They were a little expensive but good for a holiday treat!
We had the most amazing view from our room which looked out in the direction of Hollywood Studios. We could see the Tower of Terror and the cliff that Mickey Mouse stands on in the Fantasmic show. So if we were in our room at 10pm we would draw back the curtains and watch the Fantasmic fireworks and look out for Mickey at the end of the show.
- Reviews: 1
Holiday Inn Main Gate East: Great accommodations and fantastic staff!
I used to stay at this hotel with my family when it was a Travelodge. Wow have they made improvements! My new husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and couldn't have been more pleased. The hotel was clean and had a very pleasant atmosphere with bright colors and fun decorations.
Upon check-in, we were upgraded to a suite when the staff member found out we were honeymooning with them. We didn't even know it until we got to the room and opened our door. The rest of our stay was filled with hello's and smiles from all the employees.
We really enjoyed the pool area and the hot tub. It was great to have a place to relax after a long day in the theme parks! They have showers available in a building by the pool for anyone that would like to use them.
We also loved the drink bottles they had for $3.99. They were good for free refills on pop for your entire stay! What a money-saver!
The breakfast buffet is probably the only thing I would advise against. Not very many options and a steepish price made us regret getting it one morning.
The view of Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. and Old Town across the street were very pretty at night. The pool was nice and was only slightly chilly for it being October. Also, they are a Disney's Good Neighbors hotel so you can purchase tickets there at a discounted rate and it's sanctioned by the parks.
- Reviews: 82
Florint Vacation Pool Homes: Home rentals
In Florida there are a lot of companies that rent you people's vacation homes the same as a hotel. The company we used was "Florint Vacations". All of Florint's home rentals have a pool.
If we ever return to Florida I would only rent a house. If you are traveling with more than two people I would also definatly rent a house. The house we had would have comfortably slept two couples and four children(2adults & 2 children per room) and they have even larger homes available. These homes are also in real residental neighboorhoods, not tourist only communities.
Florint office staff also has German, Dutch, and Spanish speakers available.
If you decide to rent a house have the attidtude of staying in one of your relatives homes; meaning that it it will be nice and comfortable, but not perfect. The houses are clean, but there may be some cobwebs or stains here and there, some cheap repairs, and some of the appliances may be a little loud or old. But all of the important things will be clean, beds, bathrooms, kitchens, and everything works fine. The benefits are that you get a lot of room, the ability to have large groups under the same roof, privacy, no worries about loud people(or the opposite, no one complaining if you are up drinking untill 3 a.m.), your own pool, and some allow pets.
It is possible to rent these houses on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
The few downfalls to staying in home rental are:
You need a car, and car rentals in Orlando are a rip off no matter who you use.
If you are traveling alone or a young couple it may be a bit much. But if you are an older couple, especially ones that don't like to eat out a lot, it would be a definate plus.
If you don't like picking up after youself, or if you are the one that gets stuck doing all the chores at home. Nobody makes the bed or picks up after the children every day, like in a hotel.
If you stay in $300, or more per night hotels, then these homes are probably will not be nice enough for you.
If you read my intro then you probably figured out that I hated disney(even the 6yr old with us quit asking to go after the second day) and was not impressed with Orlando in general. But staying in a private house with a pool still made the trip quite plesant. It was great to be able to cook and eat our breakfast out on the back porch in the sun every morning, or to be able to totally escape from the masses of people whenever we wanted to. It was also great to have total privacy but not be cramped into a single room all day or night.
These are fully furnished houses. They have kitchens with all of the stuff you need to cook almost any kind of meals. Kitchens have refer, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toast and coffee maker, all utensels, pots, pans etc.
All houses have towels, sheets, cribs, etc.
All the houses also have washers and drying machines, which on a two week trip nicely cut down on the amount of clothes that we needed to bring.
All Florint houses have a small, fully screened in, pool and patio(Some of the other companies we looked at charged extra for a pool). All the rooms had a T.V. and cabinets to store clothes. Some of the rooms had DVD players also.
Our house also had Pool toys, DVD's, books(English & German), board games, portable stereo, and table tennis in the garage. Surprisingly there were also two bicycles for use.
The only complaint that we had, was that you need to buy all of your disposables; toilet paper, soap for the dish/clothes washers, salt/pepper, garbage bags, and other things that we felt should have been included. At least toilet paper and garbage bags. But if you leave it when you leave they will throw it away, regardless, and all of the rental companies do it.
- Reviews: 1
Quality Inn Plaza: Good value hotel to stay at...
Me and my friend chose this hotel as it was close to the attractions we wanted to see. After scheduling the trip, I came on here to check out the reviews of the hotel and was kind of scared by some of the reviews I read. I was hoping everything would work out...which it did.
We stayed here from February 26th to March 5th.
Front desk staff were nice and checked in very fast.
We were placed in Building F on the 7th floor. We had a nice view of Pointe Orlando, the rest of the plaza and could see the lake on the other side of the busy I-4. Our room was quiet. Two double beds. There were no problems that were mentioned in the previous reviews. No bugs could be found, roomed cleaned daily, door locked well, room was quiet at night. You get what you pay for and our room was worth it.
One slight problem we had was there was no phone book as we were looking for places to eat for dinner. My friend called down and asked for a phone book but they never brought one up. We just used our wireless internet connection to find a good place. We called the next day and the phone book was brought up in less than 5 minutes.
Good Italian place to eat: Maggiano's in the Pointe Orlando. Don't get the large portion as their portions are huge and we had a lot of leftovers.
Beds at the hotel were a little soft but didn't have a problem getting a good night's sleep.
Shower nozzle had 3 settings but not a lot of pressure on the regular shower setting.
Wireless internet was free using a laptop computer and got a good connection. There was the internet in the room that you could pay for but didn't need to with the good free connection. Got kicked off a couple times, but that's common as it does at home for me too.
Free shuttle was good as we took it to Sea World. You just have to reserve seats. It's a bus that drives up. The driver was nice and the bus was on time.
Never ate in the hotel restaurant. Browsed through the gift shop which wasn't that expensive compared to many other hotel gift shops I've been in. The Lite Bite food place was good but it is cheaper to walk or drive down to Walgreen's which is about 2 blocks away from the main entrance.
Pools were maintained. Just had to take elevator downstairs and pool was almost right there. It was a heated outdoor pool. There was another pool about 200 feet away but it was not heated. There is a 3rd pool by the front entrance as well. I would assume it was heated.
If you want to save money on a hotel room, want a short drive or shuttle to most of the Orlando attractions and don't mind staying in a kind of dated hotel and room, then I recommend staying in this hotel.
If I come back to Orlando on my same budget, I will look into staying at this place again.
Nice, maintained pools. Pretty good views on 7th floor of Pointe Orlando, Wonderworks, I-4, late, rest of the plaza.
- Reviews: 3
mystic dunnes.orlando.kissimee: mystic dunnes, golf and spa
Great place to stay. even if you are not in to Golf on holiday. Very large complex as most things are in the states, but do not be but off by this.Great pools,parking good condo rooms had it all ! Not far from all shops and food places on 192 highway.Closer to Disney parks than Seaworld and universal parks,But still only a short car ride to International Drive, however so much more to do.
This year May 2009 , i have found it hard to find a booking in Mystic Dunnes at a resonable price 2008 we paid £480 FOR 1 WK .This year have to go direct with Mystic Dunnes £750.tHE RESORT IS GREAT.it is a time share place so watch out for those 2 hour tour that turn in to 6hours of sell, sell ,sell.!
pool , slide in pool , location
- Reviews: 1
Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista, Fl: Great Hotel for Disney/Seaworld vacation
We visited Disney May 2-6 this year with a 9 yr old. Presonally we found the parkhopper to be a waste of money. One day in each park is quite enough. The longest lines were for character pictures. We stayed at Animal kingdom for 4 nights and it was very nice but expensive. The Disney hotels are huge and there is too much walking to get from one place to another. We would not stay again. Disney transportion is great but some of the hotels outside disney have free transportation to and from the disney parks if you do not want to drive and they are very nice and reasonably priced. We also have stayed at Holiday Inn express in Lake Vista (very close to everything) and it was great clean with comfortable beds plus a great pool with a slide thru a waterfall and hot breakfast! I lucked up and got a great deal thru expedia. ( $67 including tax ) I have many suggestions on restaurants in that area and inside the disney parks too if you are interested.
Tip: I found tourguidemike.com and mouseears.com helpful
The pool is beautiful but a little small. However it was not crowded when we were there.
- Reviews: 1
SUPER 8 MOTEL - ORLANDO/NEAR UNIVERSAL: If you book here do not use a Credit Card
Do not use your credit/debit card here. They double charged my card and told me that one charge was only a hold until after I checked out. Upon returning home it was still their so I disputed it with my credit card company. The Super 8 management lied to them and said I had rented 10 rooms and that was the charge. So I had to have my card canceled and place a fraud alert on it. Don’t stay here and if you do don’t use a credit card.
The room was good for the price with a nice swimming pool to cool off in. Also it was close the attractions.
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