Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here. The grounds include pool and hot tub, both of which are worth using, with a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of lounge space. It also has a mini-golf course which isn't bad considering its included in the price. There are plenty resorts in Orlando, but this one seems to earn that name, with these extras. Also, there is no additional resort fee, or parking fee, making a great value if you are fortunate enough to get this through Hotwire or similar sites.
Rooms are very spacious, with ample dishes, fridge, small oven and stove. Beds were comfortable, and the bathroom enormous. Most rooms also have balcony, which is very nice. The one BR was plenty of room for two people. We did find the placement of the toilet a bit odd - in a small sub-compartment of the bathroom.
It is important to note that it is a resort property so do not expect daily housekeeping (unless specifically requested), and some of the other perks provided by hotel properties. You bring your own trash out, clean the room when you are done, and account for all the items. This was really no big deal, and was well worth the trade-off to get a larger room. We were glad to prepare our own breakfast, and to be able to re-heat leftovers.
In summary, we'd be happy to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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