The TripAdvisor star rating is about right. The Front Desk and concierge were very friendly. The room was clean. The beds were comfortable. 4 park passes are included with the room. Considering the other hotel options in the Dells, I believe the Odyssey has to be one of the best and we would definitely stay again.
Cons: Some of the the following are very nit-picky and would not prevent us from returning.
The TV in the master bed room was level with the bed which made it uncomfortable to watch. The appliances were worn but they worked. 2nd bedroom walls do not go to the ceiling. So, it is private from vision but not sound. Most places we stay at with 2 bedrooms have at least two bathrooms. This one only had one toilet. The plates were kept in the highest cupboard. Not sure why we needed to put on the park passes on right away. Mine was on too tight. They were hot and we didn’t use them anyway.
Info: Two indoor parks were included with the room. One was an indoor swimming area. I have seen bigger and smaller. We didn’t play in the water this time. But, I have played in this water park before and have no complaints. The other indoor park would have kept my kids entertained for a few hours. It had a fun family roller coaster, go carts, and bumper cars. The laser tag, rock climbing wall, and arcade were extra. I believe the outdoor waterpark is also included with the room. But, it was out of season while we stayed.
Do your research on timeshares before going to any timeshare meeting. I do own timeshares (not Bluegreen). If I could do anything over again, I would have been to put the money from the expected maintenance and loan payments in a savings account and used it to pay for a vacation anywhere I wanted. You don’t know what you don’t know until you are “stuck” with it. Look at how many advertisements there are for people that want to get out from under timeshares. If it were easy to get rid of a timeshare, would there be so many advertisements? If you bought a house or a car, wouldn’t you shop around and consider the resale value? Why not do the same for a timeshare? Every timeshare that I am aware of has annual maintenance fees. Bluegreen also seems to have an additional annual admin type fee. If you “buy” a week and you are paying over $500* a year in maintenance fees, are you really saving anything? If you spend $10,000* on one week and 51 other people purchase a week for the same amount, is the entire unit really worth $520,000*? Granted, you are also paying for online and customer service. With that said, my personal experience is that most Bluegreen resorts are at least a 3 star quality. Although the reps used subtle sales tactics with me, Bluegreen reps have always been friendly and respectful. (*Note the numbers listed above are not actuals, they were watered down for simple calculations.)
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