We had a lovely seven-night stay at the Vistana Villages and will definitely return there if we are in Orlando again. The property is large with several suites to choose from. We stayed in the set of condos at the very back of the property called the Keys. The rooms were nice and quiet. We were on the main street-level floor of the two-storey building for easier access to our rental car.
There is a "pirate ship" and small waterslide in one of the other condo areas in what they refer to as the Main Pool area, which is also near the Marketplace (a small grocery store) and poolside bar. There is also a computer lab nearby. We had our own gadgets so I'm not sure if there is a charge for the computers or not.
Wifi was free but we did have a little trouble connecting initially and had to call Tech Support. Wifi was only valid until the night before we departed and did not work the morning we left, which was a little inconvenient.
There are a number of pools so that each set of buildings has its own, but you can walk to any of the others if you choose to do so. The grounds are lovely with a number of water fountains. The largest pool is near the restaurant, which provides a full sit-down service (i.e. this is a different area from the pool with the pirate ship). This pool was lovely with large fountains of cascading water making for a pretty setting and is a more adult area with fewer options for smaller children.
Each set of buildings also has its own fitness centre and change rooms. The equipment was new although I would have liked a proper spinning bike to use in place of one of the treadmills. There was also an arcade, as well as billiards and ping pong, which my kids enjoyed. There are also basketball courts and volleyball nets around the property, and balls are available for check-out from the service desks near each pool facility (which is also where you get your pool towels).
The property is well-maintained and very clean. I was there with my two teenaged kids, so we opted for a one-bedroom suite. My son slept on the pull-out couch in the living room area, and my daughter and I shared the king sized bed. It was a little tight on space but adequate but did not have a great deal of closet/storage space. If my husband had been with us, we would have required the two-bedroom suite.
The location is ideal as it is set in between Disney to one direction on International Blvd. and Universal to the other.
There is a restaurant on-site and the prices were comparable to TGIFriday's and Outback Steakhouse. It is also less than a mile from one of Orlando's two excellent outlet malls and a Publix grocery store.
For families there is truly no other option. Cost is comparable to a hotel ($189/night for the one-bedroom suite), but there is a fridge, dual convection/microwave, 2-burner stove, and washer/dryer available. It was wonderful being able to purchase some groceries for breakfast and ice cream bars for dessert instead of spending a fortune at Disney or Universal where costs are insanely high for such things. The suite also offers more space to unwind and spread out than a hotel room. Besides the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living area, there was an screened-in lanai with a table and chairs at the back immediately off the bedroom. It would have been crowded for all of us to sit there but it was nice to have the additional space. There was also a nice water fountain set on the lawn behind our building -- pretty to look at and hear.
You really feel like you are on vacation when you are here. The staff were also extremely friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy spacious one and two-bedroom villas ranging from 500 to 1080 square feet, complimented by fully furnished kitchens or kitchenettes to make a sunny breakfast to a family feast with separate bedroom(s) featuring The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper, dining/living room, washer/dryer, free in room wireless internet, complimentary scheduled transportation to select Disney theme parks and no hidden resort fees. This resort is perfectly located on South International Drive on 95 beautifully manicured acres. Four unique pools including a quarter-acre pool with dramatic centerpiece waterfall, playful family interactive pools along with tennis, basketball, fitness centers and picnic areas with barbecue grills are sure to delight every member of the family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Hotel Orlando
- Vistana Villages
- Sheraton Orlando
- Orlando Sheraton
- Sheraton International Drive