We just got back from a week's vacation at this property. We had a 3 bedroom/2 bath in building 54. We aren't owners in this timeshare property but did rent through another owner. Our condo worked out perfectly for our family of five. My parents took the Master Bedroom that had a nice King size bed. My husband and I had the 2nd bedroom which also had a nice king size bed and then our 7 year old had the 3rd bedroom that had a double and a twin so really could have slept 3 children. He loved having his own room with his own TV. I will say that each room had a TV which was fantastic but they were all different TV's and worked differently with remotes so we had to have one of the techs come show us how to make them work. Once we got that figured out, we were okay. We had free Wi-Fi but it didn't always work well. After about 10 minutes of use, it would disconnect and then you would have to go back in and reconnect. Not a huge deal but if you were working on something important then you could lose your work.
The beds were all very comfortable with really soft sheets and fluffy comforters. The condo had great A/C except in the back bedroom (2nd bedroom). It would get warm at night when the rest of the unit was very nice and cool. Having a kitchen worked out great and the BBQs were right outside our building which made cooking easy. The condos don't have washer and dryers in the units which was the only downfall we can list. The washer and dryer room was in building 53 which wasn't too far away, however one dryer was broken and the other dryer wasn't working properly so I had to go up and down the stairs and walk over to bld 53 five different times over a 3 hour period to get the clothes to finally finish drying. We only did laundry once because of this problem. I felt sorry for families who had 4+ kids (and there were several) who were trying to do loads of laundry and it just wasn't working out for them....not to mention it was taking valuable time away from their vacation. I learned that the newest buildings have W/D in each unit so that is really nice but I think the majority of the condos don't have them.
There are several pools at the complex. One smaller pool was right by our building. It was heated, had a hot tub, a fun water feater for kids to play in plus a full game room. We really liked the convenience if we didn't want to walk all the way down to the other bigger pool. We used this pool several times. Then we walked down to the bigger pool which was even more heated, had a full bar and food menu plus music playing. There were a lot of families traveling with kids so my son made all kinds of friends. We enjoyed having lunch by poolside and enjoyed the music when we could hear it. The resort is constructing two more buildings right behind the pool so the noise of the construction definitely was loud and could cause some annoyance if you let it bother you. We just tuned it out but did realize they are just starting on this project, so the construction will probably take at least a year to get the next two buildings built.
We never were approached to do a timeshare presentation, and I think it's because we didn't go to the "sales desk" to pick up our discounts to local restaurants. That's when they get ya!
The staff was always very friendly. We would request towels and that would take quite a while and we did need to remind them of our mid week cleaning, but once they came to clean, they did a great job.
The location is fantastic! We didn't visit Legoland on this trip, but the resort has it's own entrance which from what we heard from other families, was a huge bonus. The resort is close to the I-5 which makes getting around easy. It only took 30 minutes to get to SeaWorld and 35 minutes to the USS Midway. Lots of wonderful restaurants near by and the weather was perfect!
All in all this was a terrific vacation and if given the chance we would rent again from this property.
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