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“Sabal Palms - good stay again (but needs some improvements)” 4 of 5 stars
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Marriott's Sabal Palms
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   8805 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821   |  
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New Jersey
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“Sabal Palms - good stay again (but needs some improvements)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Had another great week in Orlando at our favorite place, Sabal Palms (we prefer it over the other villas there on the Marriott World Center Property - Royal Palms and Imperial Palms). It's always our go-to place where our family feels relaxed and comfortable. But with that said, we did notice some subtle changes and feel improvements need to be made.

Living room carpeting looks like it's been through the wringer, "new" updated furnishings look old and dated (yep, screams 1970's). Where's the morning paper that was always delivered to the villa door (hey, might sound picky, but that was always nice)? Where's the big binder that was always in the villa, with information about the property, restaurants, Orlando, take out menus? No cleaning spray (aka Windex-type stuff) under the kitchen counter anymore (we ALWAYS use that to clean the glass dining room table)?

The 2 chairs they put in the livingroom in place of the smaller couch/loveseat that used to be there are TOTALLY uncomfortable. I also think the master bedroom bed is no longer a king, but a queen, but who knows....I could be totally wrong on that. It just seems smaller.

I also didn't care for the new shampoo/conditioner/lotion products that are in the bathrooms now (something called First Crush)....yuck. Also saw a lot of scratches, stains, other dirty type things that we usually never see (housekeeping/maintenance seems to not be on the ball there as much as in the past).

But with those "minor", lol, complaints, we still love the comfort and convenience of Sabal Palms, and we never like to get a downstairs unit due to upstairs noise. This time around, though, we DID end up with a downstairs unit, and it was fine. People upstairs were quiet, phew!

Sabal Palms is close to everything in Orlando. And the pools there were nicely heated (especially the Sabal Palms one...it was SO warm and felt nice on chilly days/nights). Best pool ever is the Spa Pool (near the "big" pool, but a different smaller pool, very tropical and pretty). And the new "kiddie" pool area up top of the big pool is adorable.....wish that had been there when my kids were real little!! :)

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Great place to stay, with spacious units. Master bedroom is huge, with a very large shower. Pool is nice, and you can use the pool at the hotel if you don't mind the 10 min walk. Very close to Disney, but it's best if you have your own car. Housekeeping is great. If you ask the concierge about Disney, you'll find there's a shuttle bus, but the hours are inconvenient and you have to pay a premium. There are plenty of other resorts that make it easy to take a shuttle to Disney if that is your primary reason for visiting.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our daughter, soninlaw and granddaughter live in Orlando but since I have points to use, we have spent a week in a Marriott timeshare in Orlando a couple of times and it works out pretty nice. Have stayed at Cypress Harbour twice and it is fine, but with the number of points I had left, Sabal Palms looked like the nicest place I could get a two bedroom booked during the time that worked for us all. So anyway, booked a week (from Friday to Friday) at the resort. It is a fairly small resort but is adjacent to the Marriott World Center and folks staying at the Sabal have access to all the World Resort amenities. The Sabal resort does have a nice pool and small gym along with a pingpong table, sand volleyball court and tennis courts. It is also connected to the golf course. I'm not a golfer but if you are, I think this would be a great resort to stay at. The Marriott World Resort had a giant pool, huge slide and a nice zero entry kiddie pool that we took advantage of a couple of the days. This resort is only a couple of miles from Disney World, but we don't go to Orlando for that. Been there, done that. So we go to see our granddaughter (and son-in-law and daughter I suppose). The villa itself is nice although just a bit dated. Full size washer and dryer as well as a full kitchen come in handy and allow a family to make themselves right at home. The Master bedroom bath is huge and open to the master bedroom. That could be a problem if one of you plans on sleeping later than the other, but it wan't a problem for my wife and I. Instead of a large, jetted tub that many of the Marriott resort villa's have, these villa's have a large shower with multiple heads. My son-in-law used it every day instead of the shower in their (2nd) bedroom. He says he has to have one at home now. There is a small playground on the property and outdoor gas grills for cooking. So all in all, a very nice place that worked out great for our family. Enough amenities at the resort itself to keep a family with a small child busy, but close access via a sidewalk to additional things like restaurants, larger pool, shops etc if wanted/needed. The drive in can be a bit deceiving as you have to drive past the parking garage and the back of multiple buildings, but once at the resort, it is a nice oasis to spend some relaxing time with the family.

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed at the Sabal Palms Oct .18-25,2013. The location is wonderful if you are going to Disney daily. We spent all our days at Disney so did not walk to the main hotel. We did see many others with small children walking over so it is not very far. The entrance and winding road is hard to see even with all the warnings on this site. It is over a mile winding thru the back of the Marriott and at one point if you are not paying close attention you will end up in the Marriott hotel parking garage.
Check- in was very nice. The staff couldn't be more helpful. They have coffee in the lobby which my husband got daily. .
The unit itself was clean but as others have stated the unit is on 3 levels. The main part is the extra bedroom and the kitchen. Then it is 2 tile steps to the living room and master bedroom. To get to the master bath you need to go up 2 tile steps. This is not a problem for us but my elderly mother would not have been able to go up and down these steps. The main shower is nice but the back wall is a glass and faces the main walking path. We were warned about the stairs for the second floor units so we booked a room on the first floor. We received an email once we booked from the Sabal asking our preferences and all were honored.
Over all we would stay here again if we just came with our children. We could not stay here with our parents.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Sabal Palms was my second choice as an Interval Int'l exhange (other Marriott choice wasn't available), but was very happy here. The 2 bedroom was extremely spacious with a large step-down living room. The kitchen is very modern and roomy. Definitely made use of the full size washer & dryer. The master bedroom was large w/ a sitting area, wide dual vanity area, and the biggest shower I've ever seen. Stayed at the unit/building closest to the Marriott World Center which made for a short walk there (used the pool there instead of at Sabal). Game room with air hockey, Xbox and PS3 was clean and nice to have. I didn't mind the drive past the World Center's service areas and parking lots to get to Sabal Palm's entrance. Great location, very close to DisneyWorld and also close to Unversal.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Great vacation club getaway.
Comfortable, updated 2 BR, 2 Bath condo with great amenities.
Very clean.
Spacious for 2 couples and families (sleeps 6).
Friendly, helpful, and service oriented staff.
Golf course setting with plenty of amenities.
Complimentary shuttle service to Marriott full service resort ( a few minutes away) with access to fabulous pools, and good restaurants.
A few miles from Disney and within 6 miles of all Orlando attractions.
Recommended for couples, family and friends.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I was really happy with our stay here. I was sceptic with some reviews I read, but found that all the negatives points did not phase me at all ie. located at the back of World Ctr & difficult to find? Well, we found it right away, & the view to get there pass the MWC car park, & back part of the MWC hotels were, fine, palms & manicured garden, was fine too.

MWC main pool is only a short stroll 5min, just ask to use the pathway (shortcut). Quicker to walk than wait for courtesy bus.

We had an upstairs which I chose but not suitable for elderly or disable as no ramp. Must walk up stair.

Loved the Italian Restaurant in MWC, not so impress with the pool bar food.

Resort is perfect location to access Disneyworld.

All in all we enjoyed our 7nht stay. Was with 7 & 9 yrs old girls, hubby & inlaws.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8805 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#68 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#83 Family Hotel in Orlando
#106 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Sabal Palms 3.5*
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