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Vacation Village at Bonaventure
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   401 Racquet Club Road, Weston, FL 33455   |  
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Ranked #7 of 7 hotels in Weston
Smyrna, Tennessee
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Awesome get away spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Wonderful spot to enjoy south florida. We stayed several weeks here while we learned the area and Weston is a perfect, low key spot to stay. The resort was excellent and relaxing. The entire building (Sandpiper 1) was well kept and the staff for the resort and building were unfailingly gracious. There is a shuttle we did not try, a lovely relaxing pool with music in the background and great views from the balcony. We enjoyed the local Publix and many things were within walking distance. The golf course and sidewalks make for great exercise. We loved the Boston Market nearby for a quick take in supper, and there are lots of local Latin cuisine restaurants to choose from. Weston is a good 20 minutes from the beach at Ft Lauderdale, but the laid back atmosphere was perfect as a place to venture out from. Close to the Sawgrass Pkway, 575 and the turnpike for getting around. The units were spacious and ours had a lovely big shower and well equipped kitchen. We had both A & B units. There is no laundry in the room, but each floor has a laundry room which is seldom busy. My compliments to the staff who make this place what it is...a great getaway from the hustle and bustle. Easy commute to South Florida's many attractions.

Room Tip: We stayed in Sandpiper 1 3rd floor A/B....upper floors have the best views and breezes for the patio...
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  • Stayed April 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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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feelings about Vacation Village at Bonaventure Resort. Naturally we feel we offer great service in the Ft. Lauderdale area, but we love it when guests let us know they agree with us! We’re happy that we could provide you with a relaxing home base while you explored all the great attractions here and we look forward to sharing our friendly hospitality with you again on your next tropical getaway in South Florida.
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This was my second visit to Vacation Village at Bonaventure and both times have stayed in the Egret Building. Had a two bedroom two and an a half bath unit with a screened in balcony. The Egret building is very quiet and has its own pool but no hot tub outside. Rooms are spacious and clean. The shower in the master bath is a little weird as you have to step up to get into it. Might be hard for the elderly. Rooms need a little updating as the televisions are old school, projection TV in living room and box stye in bedrooms. Two golf courses on premises, both are nice. Close to dining and shopping. The only negative is the dinner in the clubhouse, ordered a nice pasta seafood dish with clams, mussells and shrimp. The shrimp were the kind you find in a shrimp salad sandwich. Really??? Would stay here again but would eat elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience because we love to hear from guests about their repeat visits to Vacation Village at Bonaventure Resort. We’re happy to know that you have continued to enjoy the accommodations and amenities but the clubhouse you referenced in your review is not a part of our resort. “Bonaventure” is a dependent district of the city of Weston, Florida and Vacation Village at Bonaventure Resort is a property located in that district. From your comments it sounds like you may have dined at the clubhouse restaurant located at The Bonaventure Country Club. Thank you again for your post, it is very much appreciated!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The place itself was nice and we enjoyed everything except for the lies we were told upon arrival. We were offered several different deeply discounted offers for area attractions/activities. I immediately said that we already own two timeshares and have zero interest in buying another one. The woman told us that it was not a timeshare sales. She said that since we already own, they only wanted us to view a new model and take a survey. I asked if we were required to stay for at least 90 minutes (or longer). She said definitely not -- that we were free to leave whenever we wanted. None of this was true! We were driven to another location and were not allowed to leave for almost three hours! Despite my saying that if they gave it to us for free, we wouldn't accept it - they required us to hear the whole spiel! (BTW, the starting price was $38,000). We bought our first timeshare in 1980. Since then I have learned that timeshares are hard to even give away - as you are stuck with the yearly maintenance fee forever. We would be happy to sell ours --cheap!!

Regarding the location....we were disappointed that it took about 30 minutes to get to a beach (Dania) - 17 miles....beautiful! The pool, however, was nice.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
We appreciate that you took the time to comment about your stay with us. We’re sorry that the time spent with the sales team detracted from your vacation experience. Guest satisfaction is our number one priority and we’re thankful that you enjoyed your accommodations. We hope you will return and allow us a future opportunity to exceed all of your expectations the next time you’re in Ft. Lauderdale.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Check in is at the main complex and fortunately the ‘check in address’ mapped and GPSed correctly. Vacation Village at Bonaventure is not so much a destination but a grouping of time share destinations. Heron 1 & 2; Sandpiper 1 & 2 or Flamingo 1 & 2 all appear to have been designed by the same firm. When we arrived (4/19/13) we were told we would be in the building call ‘Heron 1’. The Heron (and Sandpiper) are seven story buildings located in a residential area in the southeast quadrant of Blatt Blvd and Racquet Club Road about one mile from check in. The Flamingo 1&2 are about a mile to the east.

We arrived at the appointed 4:00 hour and were able to check in quickly. (Others we met told us they were not so fortunate.) Be forewarned, they do extract an additional $25.00 ‘Facility Use Fee’ upon arrival. It’s supposed to cover (among other things) the coffee, lemonade and internet Wi-Fi. To say the ‘standard issued’ internet connection is ONLY VERY SLOW would be kind. Naturally, for an additional fee, you could supposedly get faster service. Note to management: Give everyone satisfactory ‘higher speed’ as part of the fee!

After registering, you are directed over to a person who give you a parking pass but only after he tries to get you to give them $20.00 to ‘reserve your spot for the free breakfast or lunch and free gift’. We declined his offer (several times) and were given our parking pass. Be forewarned, some of the other guests told us it’s about a 3 hour ‘visit’ off property if you take them up on their offer.

We found the pool to be well maintained and coffee each morning by the first floor elevator and at the pool and lemonade around noon at the pool were appreciated by many of the guest. My wife really appreciated the ‘midweek’ cleaning. All the staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful, however, the recreational staff needs to be more proactive in trying to get more people to participate in the various activities. And, if they are going to put ‘horse shoes’ on the activity list, they should have a way to drive the spike in the ground. We were using a rock to try and drive the spike. Note to management: A dedicated set of horse shoe pits is definitely needed.

Our 2 bedroom unit turned out to be an A with the B unit lock off. Both were clean, and appeared to have been recently partially updated. The couch and chairs appear to be newer, but some of the other furnishings (including stove) are not. Not sure of the bed; but I found it acceptable. One item they need to fix (soon) is the small older TV’s. My home computer display is bigger than the TV’s in the B unit living room and both the bedrooms. Thankfully, there was a fairly large flat screen TV in the living area of the A unit. A few more luggage carts would be very beneficial since many are checking in and out at the same time.

Parking was sufficient and there is even some covered ‘first floor’ parking for some lucky folks (if you arrive at the right time.) Not sure how parking is in high season. They also have a shuttle service which runs a one hour route. Since we did not use it, I can’t comment.

We found the facilities satisfactory and the location for exploring the area convenient. All in all we enjoyed our time and will be returning when we get the opportunity.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the pool sides of Heron. The side that backs up to Racquet Club Road (the side we...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your comprehensive review of Vacation Village at Bonaventure Resort. We appreciate it when guests write about their vacation experience because it helps us know areas where we need to improve our service. We’re sorry that we didn’t meet all of your expectations during your stay but are thankful that overall you had a pleasant time with us. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to sharing our hospitality with you again the next time you’re in Weston.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Chose this location to access the national parks. It is in a residential area, which is quiet. It was very homey. Not a 5 star, we stayed at the egret building phase 2. It was a fine stay for the family. Had a 3 bedroom and it was very large, grocery store very close. Overall the resort was average, but good for a home-base.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you for posting about your stay with Vacation Village at Bonaventure Resort. We’re happy that you enjoyed your vacation and appreciate that you took the time to voice your opinion. The resort is a favorite destination for families due to spacious accommodations and close proximity to south Florida’s famous attractions and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

I went to bonavanture on April 7 and stayed until till April 13 I did not want to leav my wife and I had an amazing time rooms were great staff very helpful and I can't for get the hot tub and pool over all amazing experience I highly recommend going

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
We cannot thank you enough for your wonderful comments about your stay with us at Vacation Village at Bonaventure! It is truly a pleasure to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your time with us and that our staff was very helpful. We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor for others for see and we hope to share our hospitality with you again soon.
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Ashland, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed in an A unit for 10 days and had a wonderful experience. At first we were not happy with the old couch and chairs in the living area but during our stay they were replaced by brand new ones in every room in the building. They have done great job of keeping everything fresh. The help was so friendly and we had no issues with any problems. We mostly went there to golf and got discounts for the adjacent golf course. We didn't take advantage of the many activities, although there was always something happening. The kitchen was fully equipped and the laundry facilities were convenient. Just don't get the B unit because it has no dishwasher or range.

Room Tip: Don't get a "B" unit.
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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vacationvillage, Guest Relations Manager at Vacation Village at Bonaventure, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
We’re pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Vacation Village at Bonaventure and the time spent playing golf in beautiful Weston. Our B units feature most comforts of home but we agree, guests should consider upgrading and reserve an A unit if a full kitchen is desired. We appreciate the time you took to share your recommendation and look forward to hosting you again the next time you visit south Florida!
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Additional Information about Vacation Village at Bonaventure

Address: 401 Racquet Club Road, Weston, FL 33455
Location: United States > Florida > Weston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 hotels in Weston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vacation Village at Bonaventure 3.5*
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