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Summer Bay Orlando By Exploria Resorts
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   17805 US Highway 192, Clermont, FL 34714   |  
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“Not All That”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2004

My husband and I never had a honeymoon, so he thougth he would surprise me with one. One day a marketing salesperson called and he purchased a trip. The trip was for 5/days and 4 nights in Kissimmee/Orlando and 3/days and 2 nights in Cocoa Beach. The original price started really highlike around $500, but my husband being who he is, finally talked her down to $99. That's $99 for the entire trip! I thought wow, this is cool that we will be staying on the property (Summer Bay). Well when we got there of course we couldn't stay at Summer Bay but instead they put us up in another hotel several miles away. The hotel wasn't that bad. We did however receive a $50 certificate to Red Lobster and 2 Universal Studios Park tickets after we completed the timeshare presentation. Any sales pitch for timeshares will be high pressure, no if's, and's or but's about it. We finally finished the presentation after 3 1/2 hours. We were going to go to the parks but it rained there the whole time. So we found someone who would buy the park tickets for $100 at a McDonald's near a Sleep Inn. We found a new hustle. We must have gone on at least 4 or 5 differnt timeshare tours while we were there and made $100 each time selling the tickets. Like I said, it rained the whole time we were there and what else are you going to do. When it was time to go to Cocoa Beach, boy were we disappointed. Not only was the staff/management at the Best Western (where you will stay) rude but the property was poor. We were supposed to have 5 star accommodations instead we were put in the motel part. They say that because they are owned by the same company and the towers are 5 star so the motel part takes on that rating too. I thought BS. It was sub-standard accommodations at best. I was very disappointed. The only good thing was that the timeshare tour in Cocoa Beach wasn't nearly as high pressure as the one in Kissimmee. We were offered 2 free dinners at a nice restaurant with no limit. So of course we ordered prime rib and lobster. The marketing company did follow through on some of their promises, but the accommodations is where they make the switches. My suggestion is when they call you keep them on the phone as long as you can and try to talk them down on the price. My husband was on the phone so long that the tape ran out. This was in August 2001 so maybe things have changed, but I doubt it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2004

We just returned from a 1 week stay at Summerbay. Our 1-bedroom condo was fully furnished and was clean and well-kept. Our unit included a washer/dryer, so exchanging towels was not necessary. The bathroom had a jacuzzi style tub.
The staff was incredible. Everyone was so polite and helpful. Being without a rental car was also no problem. The resort provides a free shuttle bus that will take you to the grocery store and Denny's. Both are actually within walking distance, but it helped to have a ride when shopping for a full weeks' worth of groceries! There is also a free Disney Shuttle that will take you to the major Disney parks. For a nominal fee ($10) a shuttle will take you to SeaWorld or for $13 to Universal. This is round-trip fare.
Since we did not have a vehicle and wanted to do some souveniour shopping (without paying an arm and a leg at the Disney parks), we simply took the free resort shuttle to the Publix grocery store. From there, you can ride the Lynx bus (55 West) for $1.25. It took us down the touristy section of Hwy 192. There were numerous restaurants and bargain stores selling the same Orlando/Disney souveniours for a fraction of the cost!
The property itself has numerous pools, a tiki bar with live entertainment and a lake. The grounds were very well kept.
Upon checking in, you will be approached by the timeshare sales reps offering your family a free breakfast or lunch and discounted Disney tickets. After firmly refusing, I did receive a telephone call to my unit the following day telling me the offer was still good. I refused again and was not bothered again for the rest of the week.
Our family had a fantastic time at Summer Bay. My 13 year old son enjoyed the Teen Nite Pool Party and the various activities at the recreation room.
Beware of the onsite convenience store, however. Their prices are outrageous! $4 for a can of soup! The Publix grocery store is the best way to stock up for your needs.
I realize there are several negative reviews posted on this site. However, my family truly enjoyed our stay at Summer Bay and would go again.

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Louisville Ky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2004

First of all I have read several reviews and anytime you buy your vacation thru a timeshare sales please read the fine print. Several different companies handle these things, not the resort. We paid to stay at the resort. I made sure of this during the call. It did cost extra to stay there and not the hotel. Per another writter when we went a holiday Inn was being used but the resort is not in charge of where you stay. We have went on vacations this way several times and one should not except A+ rooms. Your there to view a timeshare. And we have always had to pay all taxes on our rooms. Some companies are good and some are not so good. Just make the best of your vacation. The unit was in an older part of the resort, but we were there on a special deal. We had a 1BR and we had to walk a ways to the pool but that was okay. Our kids loved the pool area and lake. I do agree that 10.00 a day for the lake is a bit much but we paid it and the kids played all day. We also rented a boat and our little one enjoyed that a lot. They had a bar and music at the pool and you could buy food there. Didnt need to go out anywhere during the day and with kids that's a good thing. Everything was clean and peaceful and we had a very nice time and are looking at staying at the resort again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2004

Just got back after a 10 days vacations and let me tell you our 2 bedroom condo was great. It was large,clean and great design. The location was great(you will need a rental car).

The place was great with great service..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2004

i bought 5 nights from a sales call. $50 per night in a 2 bedroom condo.
trying to confirm my reservation wa terrible, on hold for many times for up to an hour.
rooms were clean and decent furniture. plenty of towells, blankets and pillows.
resort was great. nice kiddie interactive pool area, 2 nice adult pools with hot tubs then the club house has a very nice pool with large hot tub, just 10 feet from a sandy beach on a 60 acre lake with many slides and climbing things. nice water activities at the resort. also basketball, 2 tennis courts, movie rentals and many other things.
sales tour was the usual, " your a loser if you don't buy today" kind of stuff.
this is not a 5 star resort but an incredible deal for $50 per night. I would pay more and still be satisfied.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2004

We had 3 nights and two, two day passes to universal, with 2 night at Cocco beach.
I checked trip advisor comments before we went so i was not disapointed when we were given rooms across the street at Summer Bay Inn. The room was very clean and standard motel room.
We attended the 3 hour, 90 min. tour. summer bay was awsome, but we have 2 timeshares already and do not need another. the sells person (jim) was verry nice even after we said no. they are high pressure sells as are all. I was very impressed with the the way they accepted no for an answer and the free tickets, we did not have to ask for them .
we had a nice vacation for almost free(we paid taxes ) the two nights at cocco were even better, but thats another review.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2004

We were impressed with Summer Bay Resort. We booked through condosavers, and we believe that this was the key to getting a great two bedroom apartment that was well furnished, modern, and clean. When you enter the resort, you are asked if you are coming in on a "package deal" or if you are just renting for a few days. We did receive a sales pitch call - but we politely declined the reduced rate disney tickets. We would return to Summer Bay; however, we would book through condosavers.

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Address: 17805 US Highway 192, Clermont, FL 34714
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Clermont
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty lodging in Clermont
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Summer Bay Orlando By Exploria Resorts 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you seek relaxation, exploration, or inspiration, Summer Bay Orlando Resort has something for the whole family. Experience a luxury family destination that delivers the thrill of Orlando’s world-renown attractions with the comforts of a leisure getaway. Enjoy all the highlights of our 400-acre lavishly landscaped resort and 64-acre private lake, located a mere 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Summer Bay Orlando Resort is the perfect Florida getaway for family, fun, and freedom.Luxury accommodations: Why settle for a cramped room when you can settle into a spacious sanctuary? From roomy hotel accommodations to two or three bedroom fully furnished condominiums, we’ve got you covered with home-style comfort. Enjoy a homemade dinner with the family. Step out on your balcony to watch a glorious Florida sunset. Or take the night off and watch a movie on your flat screen TV. Stress-free park hopping: hop on our complimentary shuttle to Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park or Universal Studios Florida®.Fun in the sun: Whether your goal is a relaxing escape or a spectacular adventure, Summer Bay Orlando Resort can fulfill your desire with a host of activities, amenities, and dining options. ... more   less 
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Summer Bay Hotel Clermont
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