My boyfriend and I (straight couple) stayed at the Gardens and were very pleased with our experience. While we did not attend the Parliament House's shows and parties, we did hang out at the pool and found the staff and fellow visitors to be great company. We went in with reasonable expectations and were therefore pleasantly surprised. Hence our recommendation that it is a great condo as long as you have the right expectations!
The neighbourhood that the Gardens is located in is quite isolated, and isn't exactly an area you would want to find yourself walking in at night. However, as long as you have a car, you are about 15-20 minutes away from just about anything worth visiting in Orlando (All the amusement parks, premium outlets, downtown, etc.). That being said, if you are not planning on partaking in activities at the Parliament House next door, and also have no interest in going around Orlando, it's probably not an ideal choice. Having no kids around was a nice benefit though, considering that almost every hotel in Orlando is family-oriented. Be warned that you may also hear music from the Parliament House late into the night on party nights.
The unit we stayed in (1st Fl, 2BR) was in fantastic shape. The living room was very spacious, the kitchen well-supplied, the bathroom spotless and huge (the jacuzzi and giant shower really were a perk), and the bedrooms comfortable. The television also had a great selection of channels for lazy days. I appreciated that the Gardens provided a small sample-sized bottle of dish detergent and some complimentary dishwasher packs too, as we were only staying a week, and that was all we needed to keep things clean while there.
The property is still being developed, so don't expect a ton of landscaping or anything extraordinary from the outside. The Rock Lake shore and the pool are definitely no substitutes for an actual beach, but if that's not your priority, the interior will more than make up for it.
There is free wireless at the Parliament House, but it doesn't reach the Gardens. Therefore, while in the resort, you must use free wired internet or pay for wireless. This wasn't an issue for us, but for people who are from out of the country and don't have data on their phones, it can be a bit of a pain.
Overall, the actual resort units (interior) are worth 5 stars, but I bumped the overall score down to 4 simply because of the less-than-ideal location and lack of exterior development. Since the property is still being worked on though, I'm sure the exterior part is on its way.
- Also Known As:
- The Gardens By Evrentals Hotel Orlando