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Lifetime of Vacations Resort at Grand Lake
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Reviewed July 8, 2008

This is such a great hotel. The location is perfect, it's very close to a lot of restaurants and across from a 24 hour Walgreens. The room was very clean, it had enough space to sleep 6 people. 1 queen in bedroom, I queen sofabed and another queen size murphy bed. The bathroom is newly redone, it has a whirlpool tub, shower with steam. The best thing about this hotel is that it is very very clean. There is also a kitchenette with all the supplies. Though I would go back to this hotel in a heartbeat, I have to pointout some cons to the place: the livingroom area can get loud in the daytime due to traffic outside, no internet in rooms but wireless is available in the office till 11PM, no laundry in the rooms just 1 dryer & 1 washer (coin operated) outside each building and you have to go to the office to swap out your towels should you want fresh towels daily.

Overall, I am very happy with our stay there, the place is big enough for 6 people to move around and sleep and my biggest thing is the cleanliness of the place.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

Asked if we would stay again and the answer is Yes! Resot was walking distance to many shops and resturants. Place was clean and staff was polite and helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank PenniJohn
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Reviewed May 30, 2007

We have been staying at Lifetime of Vacations every year since 1997. What we love most about this resort is that it is small. Not the rooms, they are nice and roomy, but the resort itself. When we look out our back door, we see a beautiful lake and gorgeous old trees dripping with Spanish Moss. You don't get views like that at anywhere else.

My husband loves to fish on the lake, and this year he caught quite a few fish. My four year old caught a small mouth bass. They provide the fishing poles, boats and life jackets. They have row boats, a canoe, and a few paddle boats. This year there was a new paddle boat with a nice canopy on it. The lake was very low this year, the lowest we've ever seen it. Hopefully they will get some more rain, and it will be up again next year.

The resort was updated a few years ago, and overall I like the updates. However, our room no longer has a table for the family to sit at. There is a bar along one wall, and we all have to sit there, which is a bit awkward. There use to be carpet in the living room and bedrooms, but the carpet was replaced with ceramic tile in the living room. The carpet was absolutely filthy before, so this is probably a good idea, but if you drop anything on the floor it will shatter immediately. The vertical blinds that use to be line the front wall of the living room and the door in the bedroom (and offered NO privacy!) have been replaced with nice heavy drapes and shears. The curtains can easily get stuck in the door if you are not careful, but it is a GREAT improvement over the vertical blinds that anyone could see through.

There is a full kitchen in the rooms. This includes a stove AND an oven! There is also a microwave, dishwasher, coffee pot, electric can opener and toaster. The kitchen is stocked with dishes, cooking utensils, cookware and baking dishes. Last year when we went, we noticed the new kitchen cabinets were melting above the stove. This year we noticed that they had been fixed.

There are also grills outside that you can use to cook out on. Last year, the grill near our room was so full of holes, my husband had to use one quite far from our room. This year, the grills had been replaced with new ones.

There is a nice large TV in the living room, with a DVD player, and a smaller TV in the bedroom I believe there is a VCR in the bedroom as well. There is a pull out couch and a Murphy bed in the living room, so the room we have sleeps 6.

This year the room looked very clean, except for black marks on the ceramic tile, which then got onto our socks. I'm not sure what might have caused the black marks, but I decided to scrub them off one afternoon. It wasn't hard to do. While doing that, I noticed that there was quite a bit of food and dirt build up between the refrigerator and wall. Nothing that made me go "EEEWWW" but, it wouldn't have taken much for someone to clean it.

There is a large whirlpool tub in the bathroom that is nice, but there is a suction thing under the water that is really too strong. Especially with little kids, it can really make a mark on your legs and buttock if you are not careful. I would also be careful of rinsing your hair while the jets are on, I would think it would be easy to get your hair stuck in it, which could be quite dangerous.

The shower is a steam shower, which is sort of nice, but the door has not shut properly on it since we've been staying there. And, if you are just taking a regular shower, it gets very steamy and hot in there, because the door is well sealed!

There is an internet room at the resort now. In the past I have seen employees in there using the internet instead of being at the front desk. This year, I never saw them in there, and there was always someone at the front desk. All of the employees were very friendly this year as well. There is also WI-FI access in the lobby, so you can bring your laptop there to connect to the internet. You can also get a weak single in the rooms, which I did quite often this year.

One thing I do not like is that they make you get a parking pass. Which, is not a bad thing, but, to get the parking pass you have to go to someone who is trying to get you to go through a tour of another timeshare! However, this lady is always very nice, and gives you a little bag of Starbuck's coffee. This year, there were three other people lined up to get the parking pass when I went there. They say if you don't have the pass in your car window, they will tow your car away. Given some past experiences with this resort, I tend to believe they might just actually do that.

The resort has activities during the week such as making sundaes (there was a small charge for this), makeovers, movie nights and specials at local restaurants. We don't usually participate in these, but it is a nice friendly touch.

The pool is large and clean. There are nice deck chairs around the pool, to lounge on. There usually aren't many people in it when we go, but it could accommodate quite a few.

There are tennis and basketball courts as well as shuffle board. All equipment can be obtained for free at the front desk. There is also a workout room. It's air conditioned, but you usually need to turn it on yourself.

There are coin operated washers and dryers in the buildings as well. For the last few years, the dryer upstairs in the 300 building has not been working properly (it takes FOREVER to dry clothes) and it is still not fixed. An outside operating company owns the washers and dryers, so all the resort could do was tell them about it. So, I lost $1.50 in the dryer. I told the front desk to tell the company I wanted my money back, but I never heard from them. I don't know if they put a sign on the dryer after I told them it wasn't working properly this year, but it has been like this for years, so I have my doubts that it will actually get fixed.

There is a little playground with swings and slides for the kids. The equipment is a little tall for this paranoid mother, but the kids love it! The playground is under some nice trees, so it is shaded.

There are several members of the maintenance staff that have been working here since we started coming. They act like they remember us, and are always very friendly. If you tell the front desk something is wrong and don't get a response, find one of them and they are always more than happy to help you out.

I highly recommend taking pictures of your room so as not to be charged for extra cleaning charges after you leave. And, make sure you report any problems you have with the room as soon as you find them.

Overall, we love this resort, and look forward to staying there every year. It is right on 192, but it is quiet and very safe. You can see the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom at night. And, you are only minutes from Animal Kingdom, if you take the back way.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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6  Thank teresajoy
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Reviewed January 2, 2006

My wife and I stayed at the "Lifetime of Vacations at Grand Lake Resort" for 1
week in December 2005 with our two kids (9 and 3). We were just looking for a
clean place to go back to get some sleep after a day of visiting in the area.
I was a little afraid after reading the bad reviews but I must admit that I was
pleasantly surprised.

In fact, this resort offered me a lot more than I was expecting. We were
located on the first floor (unit #216) in a one bedroom unit with a sofa-bed for the
kids. It was very clean, no bugs or silverfish as reported by others. The
living room has a big TV and a VCR. The kitchen is fully equiped with dishwasher,
microwave, etc. The bathroom has a big Whirlpool/Hot Tub and a shower and
there is a small TV in the bedroom.

The resort offers many amenities like a exercise room, laundry room in each
block (1.50$/use), a playground area for kids, a shuffle board, a pool, a tennis
court, a basketball area, horseshoes, three paddle boats, two row boats, a nice
little beach on the lake (with a hamac!) and an internet room. There was so
much stuff to do that the days we stayed at the resort instead of visiting local
attraction we had a lot of fun. A nice thing is that the internet sessions are
limited to 15 minutes at a time so you will never have to wait long to access
your email or to check the weather.

Another nice thing about this resort is that is it close to everything. It is
about 20 minutes from Universal Studio, 10 minutes from Disney, 10 minutes from
a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and a walking distance from many stores, restaurant and
shopping. There is a great Ponderosa around if you like grand buffet.

Ok, this resort looks like a motel and it is right in front of Hwy 192 but we
were always in the back near the lake so it did not bother us at all. The staff
was very friendly and helpful and there were some nice activities schedule all
week long (BBQ on wednesday, movie night on thursday (with popcorn and sodas),
craft, etc...) so it was a nice touch.

But if you are really picky here are a few things that could have bother you.
The bedroom floor is carpet, the unit does not let a lot of sunlight in (but
there are a lot of fixtures so if you think it is too dark you can always turn on
a few lights) and the pillows are really really big and kind of unconfortable.

We really appreciated that resort and I would definitely consider it for our
next vacation in that area.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lifetime of Vacations Resort at Grand Lake

Address: 7770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747-1741
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Kissimmee
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Kissimmee
Price Range: $132 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 52
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