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Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11272 Desforges Avenue, Orlando, FL 32836   |  
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Ranked #31 of 327 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dallas, Texas
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“A real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

We moved over from the Contemporary hotel (a Disney property) and found this to be so much better, it was unbelievable and half the price. We had the one bedroom suite and loved the extra space plus the two tvs. Our favorite was the washer and dryer which made life so much easier--I have a thing for clean clothng! Husband loved the high quality fitness room and used it every day, sometimes twice, hence the need for said washer and dryer! Our balcony overlooked the fireworks at Disney and we enjoyed the 8 pm shows every night.. The only negative is the 10 am check out--would have loved an extra hour or so to sleep!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma City, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

All of the great reviews are absolutely True ..... We had a Great Stay. We were supposed to stay in the Penthouse Premier but once we checked in and went into our room on the 15th Floor I saw no reason to pay almost triple the points for this unit. I have no idea why people would pay so much more for a room that is the same size as the rooms just slightly lower. So we moved from the prestigeous 15th floor to the 10th. I suggest you compare the regular rooms and The Penthouse Premier rooms prior to checking in and you decide if it's worth the xtra consumption of points. HGVC used to have a "plus" designation and I believe many times it was justified but now this property adds "penthouse" and then an additional "premier" to really milk the points. Did you know that within 30 days a two-bed penthouse premier can be purchased with cash and cost you no more than a regular two-bed unit even though the points are almost triple. This would be a good way to go if you can do it. Remember, we had a great stay, loved the rooms and will return ....

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

This was a great hotel at a very good price. We had a 1 bedroom suite which had a fully-stocked kitchen and living room with a balcony view of the pool. The bathroom had two sinks a large soaker tub and a large shower. They have both above ground parking and covered parking garage. There are two heated pools and several hot tubs, a large playground for the kids and a water slide. They also have a gym and a jogging path around a pond. The hotel is only a short 10 minute drive to any of the disney parks, seaworld, discovery cove and universal stuidios. They also have a shuttle to take you to the parks. A plus for you coffee drinkers is that there is Starbucks on site.

The staff at the hotel were all quite pleasant and the concierge was very helpful.

The hotel was very clean and the grounds were well groomed and landscaped. The pool was also very clean as I noticed it was being cleaned every morning.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

Outstanding value and a great room! We had a one bedroom suite that had 3-4 times as much space as the 1 bedroom our daughter and her family had at Disney, with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, two flat panel TVs, an iPod sound system, comfortable bed, balcony and a large bath, for about a third of what they paid! It is not on the grounds, but it is a short trip to the attractions.

Plusses: Nice enough workout room. Free wireless access. There is a full kitchen so we went to the grocery store and got food and wine for the week. There is a walking path along a little lake, and the grounds appear to be safe. There is a nice sized pool, a couple of large hot tubs, and an adults-only pool. This is a vacation resort, so there was no maid service (unless you pay extra for it), which we like - no one at your door yelling "housekeeping" at some early hour. Parking is on the lower 3 levels, which makes getting to the rooms very easy. We were one of the first people to stay in the 2nd of their towers, so it was very clean and shiny.

Minuses: there is a restaurant next to the pool which we spent some time waiting for service that never came at. The only disappointment of the trip.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, the rooms were all we could ask for, and the price was right.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vernon, Connecticut
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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

We always research our hotels and this one had high marks - I have to say that it lived up to them! We had a spacious one bedroom suite and it was amazing! It had everything you could need - stove , washer dryer, HUGE bathroom and the tub was so cool! The water comes out of the cieling ( for the tub , not the shower, which is why this is cool! ) The pool is very nice and big - great water slide. IN the evening they have one of those inflatable TV's so they were showing the MIchael Jackson movie out by the pool.

The fitness center was very nice as well. Everything is nice and new and clean. The bedroom units are just beautiful. My only criticism, as others have mentioned, is the parking garage - it is small and the spaces are tight which is hard to maneuver luggage out. Otherwise though the staff was very nice - hotel is GREAT - very central location. wonderful stay!! A+++

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, MI
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

We checked into a one bedroom villa here on January 29. Upon check in, we were greeted very warmly and given fresh popped popcorn and our 4 year old received some Disney stickers and a lollipop. I have to say that as a former Disney guest, I didn't receive this kind of service at the upscale disney resorts! Upon check in, we were asked if we'd like a fireworks view room and my husband said "yes". We had requested upon booking, a lower level room. Unfortunately, the lowest level we could get was the 6th floor (but not a huge deal) and the fireworks view room the man had suggested had just gotten taken in the system! In addition, our room was not ready and it was after the check in time of 4 p.m.. Since the man at the desk was striking out on all accounts, he was kind enough to say that they would buy us our dinner and by the time we were done with dinner our room would be ready. So we had a relaxed dinner by the pool for which we only paid $13 for, and our pool view room was ready. They are VERY accommodating here and even offered to take us up to the rooftop should we like to watch the fireworks some night! Staff here is so friendly and helpful-a real treat and the way all hotel employees should be everywhere. Even the housekeeping staff impressed us-prompt service and detailed too-even got a towel animal one night! Didn't get service every night as we had our "do not disturb" sign on the door most days since we left our room messy, to say the least.
Restaurant food could be much better--very average food but it does the trick in a pinch if you find you don't want to leave the resort. Service people are awesome once again and we even got dance lessons one day at lunch!
Beds are roomy and comfortable (and I"m one who is SUPER picky when it comes to a good bed and pillow). My one complaint is that the sofa bed (which we put my daughter on to sleep in) wasn't made up already ahead of time so we had to put the sheets on the bed.
So much room in the villa-was so great!
We found the location to be perfect, close to stores, shopping, outlet mall, Disney and Sea World.
Pool area was awesome-was cold when we were here so the heated pool enabled us to still take a dip.
Very clean property. I am super picky when it comes to cleanliness too (basically I am a five star kind of gal) and even I couldn't find anything to complain about here (this rarely happens!)
Parking spaces in the ramp are small and we rented a mini van but if the property isn't full, you can find a space farther from the door that has one space in the stall so you have more than enough room.
Note: Tower 1 is open right now but not Tower 2. Tower 2 will open in a few weeks and the on site deli will open in another week or so.
When we come back to Orlando again next year, we won't stay anywhere else. I don't know where else you can stay that has everything this place does, for only $143 per night! Amazing!
Go to Landry's Seafood for an amazing meal!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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214 reviews 214 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

If you don't want to stay onsite at Disney, and if you want to spend time away from the amusement parks, consider this time-share/hotel spot.

I spent a long weekend at Parc Soleil in January 2010, and this property exceeded my expectations. It's a work in progress, with one tower completed and another one scheduled to open in February. At least 2 or 3 more towers will be constructed over the next decade, yet the property offers a lot of services even though it's under development.

Units are set up like modern time-share condos. My 1-bedroom had a full kitchen, huge living room, and enormous bedroom/bathroom. It was more than enough space for up to 4 people for a short stay, if two people slept on the fold-out couch.

I loved the huge balcony, the kitchen set-up, the in-room washer/dryer, the hot tubs/pools, beautiful grounds, and friendliness of the staff. Although the Hilton brochure stated that the room would not be cleaned every day, I was pleasantly surprised to find a spotless room when I returned every evening. When the maid realized I was using the kitchen to its fullest extent, she left extra supplies and kitchen towels. Maids also left friendly handwritten notes each day.

It was a treat to watch the amusement park fireworks at night from my balcony. The time always varied, and the fireworks were quite a distance away, but I enjoyed the show.

I also liked the parking garage - what a great idea! As other reviewers have noted, unless you plan to stay only at the resort property, it's a good idea to rent a car. A few smaller hotels are within walking distance, but I don't know if they have restaurants or lounges.

Many fine restaurants and fast fooders are a very short drive away, and it's not necessary to go out onto busy roads to reach them. Other businesses that are 10-15 minutes away include Wal-Mart, US Post Offices, gas stations, mini-marts, souvenir shops, discount malls, etc. Sea World is nearby.

Although I didn't try any of the food in the bar/restaurant, other guests said it was quite good. The hot tub/pool areas were very nice, and should become even more spectatular as the property is developed.

A minor problem was noted in the room shortly after check-in, and the Hilton staff resolved the problem immediately, with a pleasant attitude. Hilton staff also patiently explained how to get to various places in Orlando and central Florida.

I could never get the tap water in the room past lukewarm to mildly warm, but this was also a minor problem. It was so nice to see the sunshine, flowers, and grass that using lukewarm water was not a concern.

I'll probably stay at this property again because of the great location, good value, friendly staff, and recreation program.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11272 Desforges Avenue, Orlando, FL 32836
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#21 Family Hotel in Orlando
#32 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#56 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club 4*
Number of rooms: 312
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on 52 acres in the heart of the attractions area in Orlando, Parc Soleil Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations is in close proximity to famous local attractions including Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando®, SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica®, and is convenient to I-4 and more than 94 championship golf courses. Parc Soleil Suites features stylish studios and roomy one and two bedroom suites with balconies. ... more   less 
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