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Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa
Reviewed September 3, 2009

This place is terrible. You can hear the people upstairs moving chairs, turning on whirlpool bath, kids running around. The pool hours are not enforced and you can hear the noise well from your room. We came back from Disney at 11PM to look at guy right outside our window grilling...you could smell the smoke in the bedroom too...outside our window until well after midnight. I wondered if my car would get broken into or we'd get mugged on the way to it. I thought I was in the projects...and I've visited real projects that were nicer than this place. What a ghetto dump!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

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Ariel

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Reviewed August 23, 2009

From the minute we checked it, things began to go downhill. Our "representative" Yolanda took us to our villa. The first thing we noticed was that there was a huge dent in the door. Yolanda told us a drunk guest had smashed the door the week before, but don't worry, he's going to pay for it. When my daughters opened the closet door, a huge moth flew out. Yolanda chased it around for about 10 minutes until she finally caught it. The lock on the the patio door was broken. The couch was filthy. There was ketchup on the base of the table and the bottom of all the kitchen cabinets. The counter top was worn and buckling. The pillows in the master bedroom had dirt on it. My daughters noticed that the tub was dirty. Yolanda called the manager of housekeeping to come in and take care of the problem. The manager came in, took a dish towel and cleaned the ketchup up. I took her into the bathroom to show her the dirt in the tub, to which she said to me "please don't write us up for this, we are not allowed to spray, but do put down powder so we have no control when the bugs come out at night" It was then I realized that the "dirt" were actually dead roaches. She picked them up with the same dish towel she used to clean the ketchup. My children refused to sleep in the room. They said they would rather sleep in the car than sleep in the room. At that point, we called Intervale and tried to get another location, which was difficult to find another five star resort at such a short time. We finally found another resort, paid out of pocket and returned to Westgate 5 hours later to check out. The desk clerk did not even question us as to why we were checking out so soon. It was the worst experience we've ever had while on vacation!! I most certainly would not recommend this resort to anyone at all!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

Best regards,
Ariel

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Reviewed August 21, 2009

I stayed at the Westgate Town center for three nights as part of a Westgate Owners package. I agree with others that the sales pitch was too intense....when I said I was not interested I was told not to waste the salesman's time

Also, housekeeping took some personal property from my room. A security officer took my "report" on a piece of scrap paper and of course I have heard nothing from them since I left on August 10th.

The pools are crowded, there are no places on site to eat, and the customer service was horrible. I DO NOT recommend staying here unless you don't plan on leaving the room because that was the only good part about it.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank krisjean
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

Best regards,
Ariel

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Reviewed August 18, 2009

A horrible experience. Check-in, even at 11.45 at night when check-in started at 4, was a long-drawn-out nightmare, with a lobby full of loud, unruly, unsupervised teens and grade-schoolers and equally unmannerly adults. That should have told us what we were in for. The two-bedroomed unit was basic, very outdated, poorly equipped with a plague of ants in the laundry area. We had exchanged our Hyatt points for this place, with Interval International, who told us it is a "like resort". Complete nonsense! The "wide-screen TV" we read about on Trip Advisor? It certainly was not here. They obviously give the worst units to people they know are not there to purchase a time-share. We were there with a three-generational family, so we are by no means allergic to kids, but the bands of marauding, loud teens were actually quite scary in the evenings. The kids at the pools were far too young to be sent there unsupervised - that was quite scary too, you get the picture. The "mid-week service" was an unpleasant joke. Beds made up with same linens,new towels, period. Unless we put the used towels in a plastic bag outside the unit, they were not taken away, and never a vacuum, mop or any form of sanitation in sight. The decor was 1980s, minute TVs, glass dining table with chipped glass, bed furnishings and mattresses needing replacement. A major insult was watching their promotional in-room video, which was full of terms like "world-class", "upscale", "elegant", depicting a very suave public relaxing in doctored shots. Never, never again - this place is dreadful! Not only would I not "recommend it to a friend", I would tell a fellow-traveller to run fast in the opposite direction!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

Best regards,
Ariel

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Reviewed August 13, 2009

My family and I found a great deal on the web and stayed for 5 nights around the July 4th Holiday. At the check In desk I asked for an upgrade to a a 2 BR villa and received it. The villa was smaller than I had expected, but it was clean, and very comfortable, with all needed amenities. My children loved the pools, there are ~ 13 pools spread around this massive resort; they are missing service , however; most of them only have vending machine which did not work.sometimes. The resort should invest in better pool service. The bathrooms were spacious and nice but we had a problem with the toilet , which took 2 service calls to fix, but finally worked. The grounds are very well kept, with lots of nice flowers. We spent a lot of time at Disney/Universal studios, but there were also lots of fun activities at the resort also. . We wanted to extend our stay by 3 nights as we were having so much fun, but the resort would not honor the price we paid for the first 5 nights so we spent the last 3 nigts at another resort close by; but we had a very nice stay and we would visit again.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Luvtravel
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

Best regards,
Ariel

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Reviewed August 8, 2009

This was our first stay at Westgate through friends of ours who have a timeshare here. Since they booked it for us, we did not have any sales pitches come our way. We rented a 2 bedroom plus loft condo that fit the 10 of us comfortably. Check in was fast, but we arrived near midnight, so maybe this was why. We found the staff very friendly and helpful, but I guess this is the way to attract people to buy into their timeshare. Still, good experience with the staff nonetheless.

Our condo was very clean and nicely furnished. The full kitchen was a big plus, as we cooked a few meals to save money from eating out. Washer and dryer was a huge bonus. New towels and hand towels can be provided on a daily basis, but they do not provide extra toilet paper or paper towels once you run out. Room service only comes halfway through your stay (we stayed 8 days). There are also alot of activites that are provided inside the property (swimming, mini-putt, tennis...), but we didn't have time to make use of these because we were always out at the Disney Parks every day.

Westgate is large, with many buildings. We got lost a few times driving back to our own building. We found there is not enough street lights and signs to point you to the right direction inside the complex. Also, the main entrance to Westgate (off Old Lake Wilson Road...CR 545) has hardly any lighting at all and is extremely difficult to find at night, especially for those who haven't been there before. Plus, there is NO street sign on HWY 192 that says "Old Wilson Road". There is only a sign that states "545". So do NOT look for the the former sign. We did, and we passed the road and had to turn back.

Overall, a good stay. You just have to remember that this is NOT a hotel, where you get maid/room service every day. There is also no restaurant where you can eat a quick breakfast before you head to the parks. We can sympathize with those who were "pressured" into purchasing a timeshare, but we did not have that experience, mainly because we booked our stay through our friends who are timeshare owners here, and maybe because we were always out from early morning to late evening, and we did not have the time to see anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

Best regards,
Ariel

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Reviewed August 6, 2009

My Wife and I brought us this time share as a wedding present and we decided to go on our Honeymoon here. It was wonderful. The location, amenities surrounding the area, all the restaurants and Disney down the block made this Honeymoon Perfect.
Can't wait to go again...

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your vacation experience with us. We have renovated our property since you last visited and welcome you back to see what more we have improved on.

Best regards,
Ariel

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Additional Information about Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa

Address: 7700 Westgate Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747-4630
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Kissimmee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Kissimmee
Price Range: $95 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1024
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Westgate Vacation Villas provides guests all the comforts of a fully furnished home along with an ideal location just 1 mile from the main entrance to Walt Disney World® Resort and minutes from other Orlando area attractions, family-friendly restaurants and shopping opportunities. The perfect choice for you next Central Florida vacation, Westgate Vacation Villas features accommodation choices ranging from cozy studios to oversized Two-Bedroom Villas with Lofts and a variety of onsite amenities such as 14 heated outdoor pools and the award-winning Drafts Sports Bar & Grill. ... more   less 
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