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Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lake Wales
Reviewed December 25, 2013

My wife and I are both military and this mini-vacation is GREATLY needed (especially after we both came off our 3rd deployment within the last few years).
This trip will be a combination family mini vacation/12th marriage anniversary trip. I have read the reviews (some have me excited and some seem a little on the picky side), so at least I have an idea of what to look forward to. We don't plan on doing much; maybe Dinner hayride, Swamp buggy ride, Bungee Trampoline and Rodeo on Saturday night. I will update the review when we return home!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Westgate River Ranch. We certainly hope when you arrive with your family that it will be everything and more. Please be advised for certain activities that there must be at least a 24 hour reservation to secure your spot. We certainly look forward to providing you with a great vacation!

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Stayed here a couple of nights with my daughter. The rodeo was something I had never done and it was patriotic and fun. The general store sold sandwiches and pizza for low prices and the Smokehouse restaurant was great for a Sunday brunch. The airboat ride was a blast, and well worth the money. We saw turtles, crocodiles and lovely birds. The swamp ride, at $50 was a bust, as it was so dry, there was NO swamp and absolutely nothing to see. We drove around in a field for an hour. The evening camp fire and dancing outside was relaxing and enjoyable. The hotel rooms were beautiful, with a huge flat screen tv and beautiful attention to detail. The only drawback was the bathrooms everywhere, they needed some renovating. The restrooms in the saloon were smelly and old and the ones in the hotel rooms were so small that you had to go in the room before you could shut the door. This Westgate Ranch was a hit and we will return in the future.

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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2013

We are so very happy to hear you had an amazing time with us at Westgate River Ranch. We are honored that you feel we provided a great vacation! We definitely strive to provide the best amenities and having lots of fun things for our guests to do. Thanks for trusting us with your vacation. We hope we will be on your mind next time you are in town!

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

What a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxing weekend away in a secluded part of natural Florida. While set up as a rental community for snowbirds, this resort offers fun and relaxation for the entire family. The site is built around a ranch, thus activities and rooms focus on a western or cowboy experience. They offer a saloon, rodeo, marina, petting zoo, horses, trap shooting, and mini golf. The hayride was enjoyable with a full cowboy meal included. The rodeo was authentic and gun, though the bleachers were uncomfortable. For the price, we enjoyed our stay and loved that the entire resort was off the beaten path. No distraction, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Take a second floor room, as the rooms are noisy when you are on lower level or opt for a cabin.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay at Westgate River Ranch. It greatly pleases us that you enjoyed a relaxing weekend here with our many amenities and western themed units and activities. We hope you have another chance to come back and visit!

Sincerely,
David

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We had a girls' getaway ~ 2 hour trail rides, airboat ride and the hot tub were my favorites! Beautiful landscaping. Very polite, accomodating staff. Only the resort's General Store with limited menu is open during the week so we got a cheap cooler & ice and stocked up before leaving Orlando. Yeah for Whole Foods and the BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT ~ The Woodlands at 6040 Orange Blossom Trail South. We also drove back to Lake Wales (45 minutes round trip) to eat at Manny's. Bring your GPS.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are glad you took advantage of our resort amenities. We definitely recommend our guests’ to bring food and other necessities before coming to Westgate River Ranch since we are in a secluded area. We are happy that you had a wonderful vacation with us. We hope to see you soon!
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

If your looking to get away and experience a rodeo then it's a great place. We stayed in the hotel because all else was booked. We wanted to stay in the cabins or glamping which would have been more ideal for us as we wanted to lounge around and enjoy the outdoors together instead of a hotel room. Be prepared to spend money on the extras there and highly recommend going on Saturday as that is when all is open. Great place to bring bikes also. Also, bring food as there is only one restaurant which has same menu for lunch and dinner and while the burgers are great...it's hard to eat them day after day. There is a mini store if you forget anything. Ideally, this is a place you want to camp or do the cabins, bring food, sit around and enjoy the county air and if you feel like it then you can partake in the amenities.

Room Tip: The glamping or cabins would be ideal to stay here...or even camp!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing your River Ranch experience with us. We value your feedback. We apologize that you were unable to get a cabin or glamping tent. This resort is in very high demand because of our famous rodeo and onsite activities. Our glamping and cabin units go very fast as you experienced. Our cozy suites are built for comfort while still giving you a cabin feel. We hope you enjoyed your overall experience and hope to see you and your family again very soon for more exciting moments.

Josie

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Which they weren't...I guess you don't even bother going unless it's on the weekend. That would be nice to know PRIOR to coming to this very expensive place with the kids only to admire all of the neat things that are closed! This place has great potential but I don't appreciate being duped. If you're going to advertise all of these wonderful activities then you need to have them functioning otherwise you are dragging families out into the middle of nowhere...close to nothing else...if you continue to "trick" people into coming out there, word will spread fast. When booking a response such as "hey, on the dates you are coming, please be advised that 98 percent of our activities will be closed or by appointment only" Say what you do and do what you say "cowboy".

Stayed: November 2013
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Thank you for your fair feedback regarding your stay at Westgate River Ranch. We are happy you chose to stay with us. We appreciate you saying that there are “lots of fun things to do” at our resort such as our famous Rodeo, Horseback Riding, Hayrides, Trap & Skeet, Airboat & Swamp Rides and many more… We apologize that you were unable to experience all our activities. Our highest requested activity which is the Rodeo is only on Saturdays and is advertised that way “Saturday Night Rodeo”. We hope you are able to revisit our resort so you can take part in additional activities. We hope you will come back to visit us soon.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We booked this place via our timeshare at a very reasonable price for the combination unit A/B and got 2 bedrooms with 3 baths, kitchen, living room, dining room, hot tub, showers and baths.
Enormous place but you need to book both units cause it would be very close quarters to only book either the B half or the A half by it self. Since you would have a very, very close neighbor if someone else stayed in the other half. Unless you booked the larger half and no one stayed in the other half, then I guess it would just be locked off. Anyway, the accommodations were great but nothing to do unless you spend a lot of extra money to golf, or take a boat ride, or a swamp buggy ride or go horseback riding. Worst part is the TV channels on their cable stink, none of the more popular channels. TV's need updating old as he hills. Restaurants are only open on the week ends so you have to cook your meals and the nearest grocery store is 40 to 50 miles away in Lake Wales. We booked it for 7 days and left after 4. Might be the time of the year so check on the activity list and what is available on the days your staying. We stayed in the largest cabin.

Room Tip: Check on the room size your getting, the A side in our cabin was small with a queen bed. No a lot of...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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WestgateGuestRels, Guest Relations Manager at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Thank you for your review. We're not sure when you stayed, but we just got done with a mulit-million dollar renovation of our units, and they should have brand new 51" flat screen TV's in the living rooms, and 42" flat screen TV's in the bedrooms. Of course, all the decor has been changed and updated as well. We do have a large amount of amenities, such as our weekend rodeo and hayride, pony rides, mechanical bull, horseshoes, fishing, zip line, rock-climbing wall, archery and trap and skeet shooting. These are but a few of our many activities, many of which are available during the week. We recommend calling ahead to schedule airboat rides, horseback riding and golf cart rentals. Since we are located in Central Florida, Lake Wales, there are not a lot of convenience stores around. As you suggested, we encourage our guests to pack snacks and food accordingly. We'd love to have you back for another exciting and fun-filled visit!

Sincerely,
David

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Address: 3200 River Ranch Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33867-1201
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Lake Wales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lake Wales
Price Range: $166 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on 1,700 beautiful acres in Central Florida and just an hour from Orlando, Westgate River Ranch provides fun and adventure for the entire family! The perfect backdrop for your vacation getaway, Westgate River Ranch boasts Western-themed accommodations, an abundance of recreational activities, and unique opportunities for families and friends to spend quality time with each other. The wide range of recreational activities at Westgate River Ranch include horseback riding, nature hikes, fishing, swimming, boating, airboat and swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts, a petting farm and more! ... more   less 
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