We had the pleasure of staying at the Sheraton Vistana from Sep 4-7 during a quick business trip to view a condo that we had just purchased in Orlando.
Our package deal with Air Canada included a stay here and I must say that I was a little concerned at first due to the reading I had done on TA of them being pushy to sell their timeshares, but happy to report that it was not that bad. We had one call but did not go and pick-up the welcome package they said they had for us. I must also admit that I did unplug our phones and so glad I did because when I listened to the msgs the next day, they had called at just after 7am!!! Something I'd suggest that they change as it's way to early to call someone when they are on vacation....unless they ask for a wake-up call !!!!
We arrived around 4pm after going to visit our condo and check-in was quick. I asked which building they had placed us in and the nice girl said 14. I then asked if we could be moved to one of the newer buildings that would not have been a smoking unit, as I knew the older ones used to be smoking. She spent a few minutes looking and found us a room in bldg 24 but on the ground floor and we were ok with this.
Upon finding our bldg and opening the room door my jaw dropped. What a fantastic condo. We had a nice inside corner unit which was very open and bright. Something I might purchase if it was for sale and not a time share!
You first walk into the kitchen area which is fully stocked with everything you need and has a nice breakfast bar and stools, granite counter tops, fridge (with built-in ice maker), oven, counter flat top cook surface, full overhead microwave and nice dishwasher. They also supply a small bottle of dish soap and bags of dishwasher soap. We also received coffee for the coffee maker.
The stackable washer & dryer were a bonus and tucked away in a closet which is nice and they even supplied washing detergent. Inside were also an iron and ironing board.
We walked into the first part of the bathroom to find a seperate toilet area with a sliding door and a really big walk-in shower that could fit 6 people!! This room also had a really nice counter and sink.
You then walk thru another opening into the second part of the bathroom which has another full counter with sink and the nicest whirlpool tub. This bathroom is the biggest i've ever had and very nicely decorated. They also supply lots of soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. The only thing missing was towel bars to hang your wet towels on, but since our package came with daily housekeeping service we just left them on the floor so as to receive clean ones.
The next door leads you into the bedroom which has a king size bed with nice night tables and lamps and a nice dresser which has a 32" flat screen tv sitting on top as well as a nice size closet with a small wall safe inside. The bedroom also has a nice patio door which leads out to the totally screened in balcony area.
Upon leaving the bedroom you walk into the living room which has another patio door leading to the balcony area. It has a nice couch (which pulls out into a double bed) and chair, a small wall unit which holds another 32" flat screen tv and a dvd player. The living area flows into the dining room area which has a nice big table with 4 chairs and a built in bench on the end for 2 more seats.
This unit has a nice flow to it......it's like a continous circle from one room to the other to another. I loved the doors in the bathroom area as they slide into the walls and do not take up any floor room. We also had a nice big closet in the front hall as you walk into the unit.
Our housekeeping service was done each day. The first day she was awesome and I had left a note for extra stuff and a nice tip and she left what I had asked for. The next day i had left a note that the toaster was broken and she had a new one left, but she did not replace the floor mats and towels in the bathroom. One call to customer service and within 10mins we had a runner at our door with all that we wanted. They called 3 times to make sure we had received them!
We made a trip the first evening to Walmart and purchased all the food we needed to make breakfast each day and it was nice being able to get up and relax without having to rush out to eat somewhere.
The grounds are kept very well and the service guys who drive around in little golf carts are so frendly and always said hi.
Checkout on Monday was a breeze (but 10am is a little too early) and I only wish that we would have stayed for longer then just the 4 days so that we could have experienced everything that this resort had to offer. As our condo we purchased in Metro West is going to be leased out, we will need a place to stay aleast for now until we decide to make it our retirement home and we will return to Vistana Village when coming to Orlando........we loved it here :)
- 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