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The Gardens by EVRentals
Ranked #272 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
Reviewed March 24, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank CDNgirl1230
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

First of all, I am straight, and I haven't met any gay couple in 7 days that I spent there. Resort is great, great rooms, everything brand new. My only complaint is that resort is in a pretty bad neighborhood, so I would not recommend that you walk around the resort (prefer to use the car for anything) but you have security 24/7 so you can feel safe in a resort.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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9  Thank Sarajevo1984
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

If your going to Orlando and want to be unbothered by Disney this is the spot. Quietly tucked behind the worlds best adult resort Parlament house you will find the most modern and ultra condo your money can buy. Marble countertops and brand new everything. The design of the bathroom and super immense and powerful Jacuzzi are stuff of legend (it comes with an underwater pulsating red light for extra special moods!). The neighborhood is up and coming and security on grounds is 24hr. There is a restauraunt at the P. house that serves till late (drinks are dirt cheap). The Gardens vegetarian cafe is near here as is 7/11 and wendy's. Top Headliners in pop music perform and play the Parlament house and there are drag shows and special events nightly.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank EdwinLugo
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

My wife and I, who are straight, stayed at the Gardens, although it caters to the LGBT lifestyle (but welcomes everyone). We were there for four nights in March, 2011.

The condo itself is beautiful: spacious and well appointed, although fewer cooking utensils than we normally find in condos. Nice features include a large, flat-screen TV, two bathrooms, super-hot water for showers, attractive granite counter-top surfaces throughout, quiet setting (never heard any neighbors), a pleasant patio view of greenery and a lake, and a very courteous staff. Internet WiFi is available through a cable, and we were able to access someone’s—we don’t know whose—unsecured wireless WiFi.

One negative is the somewhat seedy neighborhood, which requires the staff to maintain heightened security and cautionary notes not to walk outside at night. Never was a problem for us, however. And the location may have been one reason the condo was less expensive than it might have been otherwise (location, location, location).

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank BSquared1000
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We exchanged into the resort via RCI and were VERY happy with our room. It is one of the BEST rooms we have ever stayed in! It has 2 full bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bath room has a large shower and jacuzzi tub. The security was also a nice feature. It made me feel safe as some of the surrounding areas aren't the best.

It also has a good location if you plan to do anything downtown!

The only thing we didn't like is that their was only one washer/dryer to share for all the rooms. The until itself didn't have one.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Eric S
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Address: 496 N Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32805-1706
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
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Ranked #272 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
Number of rooms: 18
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