I stayed here March 4 - 10, 2007. To start, the check in process was fairly simple. We went into the main lobby and there was no line, someone at the desk helped us right away. She was done in a few minutes but then directed us to the dreaded table opposite the check-in desk for directions to out room that other reviews have mentioned. Fortunately we were not there on a deal with a timeshare presentation, but I kept myself ready for any sign of trying to get us to do one. Well one of the first questions the person at this table we had to see asked was if my girlfriend and I were married. We told him no. He showed us where the room was on a map and then asked if we lived together. At that I told him no and that we were actually still in school and here on Spring break. At that point he had no more questions and let us go off to find our room.
The room we had was in the 1100 building, which was pretty close to the main entrance but did hot have a lake view, just a pool view. It was one of their 2 bedroom villas, which is actually larger than the apartments of some of my friends. There was nothing terribly wrong with room, it is just dated and really has a mid 80's look. The green leather couch in the main room felt and looked like it had seen better days. There was also a big screen TV in the main room, but it was no newer than early 90's. It had scratches on the screen and picture and sound quality were rather poor. Next to the big screen TV there was a newer looking CD/Radio mini system. The dining table and chairs were nice.
The kitchen was a good size, although the appliances were clearly from the 80's. The dishwasher soap holder didn't open during the wash cycle and wouldn't clean anything too well unless it was sufficiently rinsed before putting it in the washer. The sink is not a good size for washing larger pots or bowls, it’s not deep enough and the faucet is too low. The clothes washer and dryer were also dated, but seemed to work well.
The smaller two bed bedroom was poorly lit. There was one compact fluorescent light above each bed.
The master bedroom was nice. It has the king size bed and a 27' TV. The jacuzzi tub is huge. There is a double sink vanity. However, the shower is actually in the corner of the room next to the jacuzzi. It does not have iced glass either, it is all see through. That was a bit unusual. However the other full bathroom has the shower inside of it, as would be expected.
The screened balcony was a nice spot to have coffee in the morning or to just relax in the evening. A few nights the pool attracted some rowdy younger looking people, but security was there around 11:00pm to disburse them and the lights for the pool went off around 11:50pm.
Concerning parking, I thought at first it would be no problem. The first night we were there, we came back from Downtown Disney around 12:30am and got a spot right in front of the building. However, as the nights passed, parking got worse and worse. We were actually coming back by 10:00 -11:00pm and did not get a spot in front of the building the rest of the stay. We had to park a bit further, near the pool which was not too bad, but the last night, we had to park in some adjacent lot, as all the spots near the buildings were taken. Clearly, this place was not built with parking in mind for every room.
Room key cards were also a problem. For the first day or 2, they worked fine. Then the one I had stopped working. The last 2 days of our stay, the one my girlfriend put in her purse stopped working too. Well, they did not stop working entirely, but the last 2 nights we stood outside the door for 5-10 minutes repeatedly swiping our key cards trying to get the door to open. After a lot of pushing and pulling on the door and swiping, one of the cards decided to work. Clearly, as other reviews seem to indicate, this is a resort-wide problem at Westgate, but there is not really anything that can be done to avoid it.
Overall, I’d rate our stay at Westgate Lakes as good. However, we were not really there for the resort, we were there to go to Disney. Having to always get on I-4 to get to the parks was a bit of a nuisance, so if you are going on trip just for Disney, I would try to stay closer. We picked Westgate because we were able to get a room with a kitchen for the time period we needed and for a good deal. I would have much rather have stayed at a Disney resort, but there was no way that we would have gotten the same deal that we had at Westgate for a similar room at a Disney resort.
- Also Known As:
- Westgate Lake Resort Spa
- Westgate Lake Resort
- Westgate Lakes Resort Spa
- Westgate Lakes
- Westgate Lakes Resort
- Westgate Resort Orlando
- Westgate Lakes Florida
- Westgate Lakes Hotel Orlando
- Westgate Lake Resort Orlando
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, provides guests all the comforts of a fully furnished home with accommodations ranging from studios to large four-bedroom spacious suites, all within minutes of Orlando’s world-class theme parks and tourist attractions, as well as many family-friendly restaurants. A nonsmoking Orlando resort, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa is pet friendly, allowing pets under 60 lbs. With a variety of onsite amenities, Westgate Lakes Resort offers something for everyone! ... more less
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