We shared our family vacation December 29 through January 7, 2013, with our two grown children. Thank the good Lord we had two units! No WAY we could have all been comfortable in the 1 bedroom unit, even with the pull out couch in the living area. 1st of all the kitchen table and chairs were already over in the corner (the only place they would fit), but that blocked the utility closet, so if you needed the broom etc. you had to completely move everything. In our kids unit, where they were using the pull out couch - they had to actually stack the chairs ON the table just to get through to the kitchen. It was just way to small for more the 2 people. That was the biggest draw-back, but that being said, most everything else, including the bed, bathroom and kitchen appliances - they were all top notch. The balcony off the bedroom was really small as well. I love to drink my coffee out on a balcony in the morning & although it was nicely screened in, it was too cramped! Just 2 plastic chairs and hardly enough room to turn around. We also complained, several times, about skate boarding kids in the hallways - it continued through out our stay and would wake us almost every morning. The pool and the very large spa were great, enjoyed them every day! The location was fabulous for the Disney properties. We didn't use the 'shuttle' as it was more expensive than driving ourselves and paying $14 to park! We could easily walk to Walgreens, Chili's, Steak & Shake and the Winn-Dixie grocery store. I have to say that I liked Publix market FAR more than this though! The staff at the front desk were very good and helpful. I found the concierge to be less than helpful! After they roped you into the sales presentation, That was MUCH longer than they "promised" - you're pretty much on your own. We were having trouble with long traffic lines getting over to the Basiiica on the opposite side of the freeway. When we asked the concierge, they simply gave us mapquest directions - which we already had on our smart phones. They could have suggested an alternate route, but they couldn't be bothered. I found that staff totally UNimpressive. My husband used the gym every day, and when he asked for a channel changer for the tv's - it took an act of congress and a meeting to figure that out. That should be common knowledge, right? The mini market is a nice touch and they are friendly, but use them just as a convenience, because their prices are high. Nice place to get a daily newspaper though! We did enjoy the mini golf - short & sweet, but fun (1 time).
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- Orlando and Grande VillasOrlando, Florida is the ultimate in destination spots for the entire family to enjoy. Grande Villas is the perfect setting for your family to relax and enjoy while traveling to Orlando. There's more than enough to see and do in Orlando, not to mention plenty to keep you entertained while just at the resorts. It is also the ideal location to unwind poolside, and let time slip by without doing a thing. Every one of Florida’s main attractions, including Walt Disney World® theme parks and SeaWorld®, are at your doorstep. Maybe your idea of getting the family out for a day includes shopping, and there is plenty of that. You'll find all you need at the nearby Florida Mall, or discover the best in savings from the numerous brand name, designer outlet malls circling the resort. Whether you want to visit Universal Studios or the nearby beaches, it is all within easy reach. Grande Villas Resort – Your Orlando HavensBe in the middle of all the action without feeling like you are. Find a way to kick back while still knowing you are amid all of the activities you could possibly want to enjoy while visiting the Orlando area. For starters, keep in mind the activity doesn’t end when you get back to your resort! With an outdoor swimming pool, water volcano and slide, children’s pools and playgrounds, you have plenty to choose from. Parents, you'll love the heated outdoor pool or hot tub, along with the BBQ area. It's like having your own summer pool party, without having to host it at your own home. If you want, you can make use of the fitness center or get some friendly, family competition going in the Games Room. Let the Concierge help you plan your outings within Orlando, or find out what's happening on-site with the Activities Department. Once you retreat to your cool, air-conditioned room, you can take in views from the terrace or soak in the whirlpool jet tub. ... more less
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