We stayed at Summer Bay the week of April 28-May 5 and had a wonderful time. We had two 2 bdrm condos in bldg 405 and both were clean, spacious and comfortable. Admitted the kitchen wasn't overly stocked for cooking large meals but we had all we needed to cook basic meals like tacos and spaghetti. We were on the third/top floor of the building and had neighbors on both sides yet we rarely heard any noise through the walls.
We didn't participate in the time share presentation so I can't comment on that but the sales staff wasn't overly pushy in trying to get us to participate.
We were provided a "starter kit" of essentials which included enough dish detergent for the week, Tide/Bouce to do one load of laundry, 2 extra garbage bags, 2 rolls of paper towels and a total of 4 rolls of toilet paper. We had 4 people in our condo and 2 in the other condo in our group nad the only thing we needed extra of was toilet paper.
The pools were plentiful and warm. The only "pool" that wasn't heated was the kid's splash park and I will admit that it was pretty cold so we steered clear of it. The playgrounds were nice too. We didn't participate in any of the crafts/activities. We had enough fun swimming and going to Disney that we didn't need to.
The mini golf course was relatively challenging, fairly priced and there were fans strategically placed so we didn't get too hot (granted we played in the evening so it wasn't all that hot outside either.)
The lake water was chilly but the sandy beach was very nice. It was nice, soft, white sand (imported from Clearwater according to the info provided.)
We did take advantage of the shuttle to Disney. We took the first shuttle at 8:05 AM. The shuttle was prompt but my only complaint was that it made stops at all of the parks with Magic Kingdom being the last stop--so it took about an hour to get to Magic Kingdom. That being said, the shuttle back to the resort at the end of the night was at 11:15 and it was again very prompt and went directly back to the resort with no stops. I still think it beat driving and paying $14 for parking and fighting traffic to get "home". Driving your car to Disney took about 20 minutes.
There were lots of restaurants and shops close to the resort (within 5 minutes)--Olive Garden, Carrabas, Logan's steakhouse, Joe's Crabshack, Chic-fil-a, etc. The Target down the street had a fair amount of souveniers for much cheaper than Disney (i.e. tshirts for $9 vs $29 at Disney.) There was also a Walgreens and two Publix grocery stores.
We found the grounds/pools were well tended. Every day I saw people cleaning the common areas, grills, bathrooms and refreshing the towels around the pool (they never ran out although the pool towels were not exactly "large".)
I've stayed in motels/hotels ranging from two starts to five stars. I wouldn't call the rooms/linens "luxury" (i.e. no down comforters or 600 count sheets) but they were comforatable, clean, modern and well cared for.
I'd go back in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend this place to family and friends.
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