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BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   2000 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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“Affordable & Comfortable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed from 7th -14th March 2913 - This was my second trip to this hotel - don't go expecting the Ritz. In places the hotel is a bit tired, but it is very comfortable and a great base to visit Disney Parks and also the Premium Outlet Mall. It's within walking distance on Down Town Disney where you will find restaurants for most people's tastes. Also a short walk in the other direction is 'Crossroads' where there are more restaurants including TGi's, Taco Bell and a McDonalds. There is also a good size supermarket.

The hotel has ample parking, a small convenience shop, a small cafe, bar and the Traders Restaurant. Say hi to Anita, Cathy, Thomas and the staff in Traders who give excellent service and attend to your needs. I highly recommend the Chefs cooked to order omelette and Mickey Mouse waffles. It's a great breakfast made all the better with the happy helpful staff.

The rooms are very comfortable and quite spacious although the bathrooms are a bit tired - they are completely functional and a good size. You do get a bit of noise from the State Route i4 (as with all the hotels in this area) but that's the price you have to pay for its great location to get to all the parks and shops. I would recommend the rooms with the Epcot Firework display view as these are a bit quieter as at the rear of the hotel. The room we stayed in had a flat screen TV and a good sized safe for storing valuables.

Reception staff are very helpful and check in was quick and easy.

I'd certainly recommend this hotel if visiting the area - it makes an excellent base for all the Disney/Seaworld/Universal attractions and also the outlet mall.

Room Tip: Book an Epcot Firework view room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Because the package deal with Disney lodging was only 4 nights, we booked this property for an inexpensive place to stay before leaving town. On the inside it looks to be an older/high turnover hotel because of its location, and lack of amenities assume you will only be here for sleeping. That is, if you can sleep...Hotel is noisy, and we gave up trying to get the thermostat to work properly...I wasn't thrilled with the bathroom either, not the cleanest I have seen traveling. Apparently, dusting isn't on the radar because there was dust on the top of the light switch and a "dust bunny" inside the toggle switch. Doors looked like they could use a wipe down. This might be nit-picking but what else are they cutting corners on? No continental breakfast so we checked out early and hit the road. Meh.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We spent the weekend at this hotel. This hotel was within walking distance to Downtown Disney.Only bad thing was we could not find parking at Downtown Disney and we left after 30 minutes of trying. It may be best to just walk. The hotel it's self is also convenient to Epcot. Our check in was fast and efficient and we asked to see the fireworks and the lady was nice and put us in a room on the 5th floor facing Epcot and it was perfect. The room was clean and quiet and the beds were comfortable. The shower had good water pressure and had hot water. We had a balcony to sit out on and enjoy the evening. The food was very expensive at the hotel and there are many other places are all within walking distance that are cheaper and good. There is a mall with a grocery store and many chain restaurants nearby. We did not get to enjoy any of the amenities of the hotel as we spent our time at the parks and by the time we got back late in the evening we were to tired. There is a resort fee of 10.00 per day added to the bill. Overall I would recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I stayed here for one night as part of a conference. It’s much nicer than what you would expect from a Best Western, say along I-95. On the other hand, it’s more expensive than those as well.
A lot of it is what you would expect from a hotel on Disney property. Lots of families, plenty of noise. Hotel amenities are limited, presumably on the supposition that most people will be spending their time in the theme parks, not the hotel.
The basics are there: sundries/gift shop, restaurant, bar, pool. But the sole restaurant shuts down for part of the day. So if you want to check in mid-afternoon and get a bite to eat, you’re out of luck.
The bar is tiny.
Grounds and rooms are well maintained. No complaints.
Location is minutes away from Downtown Disney. You could walk it, depending on how up you are for a little walk. You’re right at the edge of Disney property, so if you walk in the other direction, you’ll very quickly hit a cluster of restaurants/strip shopping centers and the like that have built right up to the edge of Disney’s land.
Buses serve the theme parks. One thing to note if you have your own car: If you stay in a Disney-owned hotel, your parking at the theme parks is free. If you stay at a non-Disney hotel, even those on Disney property, you pay. So if you’re thinking about the Best Western at $120 a night and comparing it to one of Disney’s All-Star hotels on the lower scale (really more like huge motels) or a Caribbean Beach/Coronado Springs (pretty nice for a little more), don’t forget to figure in $15 or so parking every day you go to a theme park.
Another thing to note about the Best Western: What they call the upgrade is “Theme park view.’’ I guess it’s better than looking at I-4, but I wouldn’t pay extra for the theme park view. It’s not like you see Cinderella’s Castle. If you look off in the distance to the left, you can see Spaceship Earth in Epcot. If you look straight out in the distance, you can see the Contemporary hotel. But really, it’s just a lot of flat landscape with these two recognizable shapes in the distance. Hardly worth any extra money unless you’re going to spend a lot of time on your balcony and really don’t want to look at I-4.
All in all, for my purposes, it was fine. Front desk was efficient and friendly. But if I was shopping for myself and not part of a conference group, I’m not sure it would be my first choice at that price.

Room Tip: I wouldn't pay extra for "theme park view.''
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Meade, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Great for Disney and the bus will take you to all Disney parks. The bus will also take you to downtown Disney. You can eat, shop and see shows. You can see fire works to. You can park ticket at the hotel

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tallahassee
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

It's more like a former three-star trying desperate not to slip, and not quite succeeding. Stayed three nights in March 2013, paid 355 through Hotwire's take-a-chance deal which showed Disney's Caribbean Resort as an example of the type available in the category, and lemme tell you, the BW's nothing like the Caribbean Resort. Positives: location on the resort row leading to Downtown Disney, which makes it 'on property.' Staff VERY welcoming and pleasant and helpful. Basic cleanliness good. Free Wi-fi good enough to stream movies. Free parking. Negatives: very dated, signs of wear (cracks in bathroom tiles, slow elevators, etc.). "Resort fee" of $11 tacked on. You'll pay extra for a king bed, fridge, or microwave. No charge for a rollaway but the mattress is so thin you can see the hard springs through it -- no one but an exhausted toddler could sleep on it. The regular beds in the room are quite comfortable.

I came home after a day in the parks and my room hadn't been cleaned, despite a "Please Clean Room" sign. The manager said that the staff couldn't read the sign. After I asked whether they could be trained to identify the blue side from the white side, he admitted "I got no excuse" and gave me a $20 credit on my bill. !!

We didn't have as good an experience with the park shuttle as other reviewers. Longer waits, less dependable times than others have reported. $13 breakfast buffet that's just okay, a tiny Pizza Hut concession with breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee, beverages, and some lunch/dinner offerings. They have an expensive room service menu, but on two different nights we could not get through to them despite trying for two hours. There's are restaurants and a Goodings grocery store about a 15-minute walk away, but they also have their prices jacked up.

After all charges, I paid about 133 a night. For spring break time, short notice, this is not bad for on-property, but a friend got the same rate booking directly with them that I got through Hotwire, which I don't think I'll ever use again. I'd rather book farther ahead and off-season and stay in one of the lower-end Disney resorts for a newer property with more features, even if it would be about 50 more.

Room Tip: You can overlook the highway, or Disney, but I think you pay more for the latter.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2000 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#29 Best Value Hotel in Orlando
#101 Business Hotel in Orlando
#144 Family Hotel in Orlando
#165 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
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Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Downtown Disney®, this Lake Buena Vista hotel is the ideal place to stay for an affordable Disneyworld® vacation. Our hotel near Disneyworld® offers guaranteed admission and continuous complimentary shuttle transportation to all four Walt Disneyworld® theme parks!After a day of non-stop fun and excitement, guests can retire to one of 325 generously-appointed guest rooms each featuring furnished private balconies. Additional business and leisure amenities in each room include 37-inch LG LCD flat panel TV's with cable access, an alarm clock radio with iPod compatibility and complimentary wireless Internet access. Our Lake Buena Vista Resort offers fun for the whole family with an outdoor heated swimming pool, a video game room, fitness center, a cocktail lounge with pool side seating and an on-site restaurant. Business guests staying at the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel will also appreciate our hotel's business services, meeting facilities and close proximity to local corporations, including Johnson & Johnson, IBM, KPMG and Accenture, in addition to easy access to the Orlando Convention Center. This 100% non-smoking Lake Buena Vista hotel is also situated in the heart of local events like the Disney® Marathon, the Epcot® Food & Wine Festival and the Epcot® Flower & Garden Festival. While you're here, don't forget to visit the ESPN® Wide World of Sports Complex, Downtown Disney® West Side, Downtown Disney® Market Place and Pleasure Island. Just minutes from the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, guests will find themselves in the heart of the area's best attractions, including Animal Kingdom®, SeaWorld® Orlando, the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Discovery Cove Orlando, Universal Studios®, Legoland® Florida and Busch Gardens®.For the ultimate family-friendly Downtown Disney® hotel experience, book a stay today and save with the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel. ... more   less 
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