We stayed for 9 days in Vistana Resort. One week via a RCI exchange and 2 days we just booked as a hotel. We found the best rate/promotion code at allears.net (fully refundable rate at a lower price than the lowest non refundable rate you would normally find on starwoods site).
Our first concern was to combine both reservations and to make sure that we would not have to check out after the 2 days and check in, in another room, but that was no problem.
We stayed at Lakes section on ground floor. The 2 bed room villa is spacious and clean. There are many pools in the resort, all nice and all with their own characteristic. However some are on the other side of the resort across the street and if you look at the map you will notice that depending on the location you can be close to a pool but also not in walking distance of a pool. I read in some reviews complaints that if you have a ground floor unit you can hear flushing of the toilets from above. We indeed heard some noice from above, I think is more the filling of the toilets. However that noice was not that bad. I also read some complaint from other reviewers that the resort in on a busy road. You can enter the resort either from vistana center drive or via meadow cr drive. There is a traffic light at the intersection of meadow cr drive and vineland rd. So it won't be a problem getting to and from vineland rd. However there is no traffic light at the intersection of vistana center drive and vineland rd so if you want to make a left turn at that intersection it can be a real challenge. So I advice to use the meadow cr drive and ignore your gps instructions, even if you are staying in the villas at vistana center drive (unless you are making a right turn). The location of the resort is very convenient. Very close to downtown disney and outlet mall, close to seaworld and disney and not to far from universal. Walmart and publix are also a short drive away. We stayed last year at Holiday Inn Orange Lake and that is a lot further from the Orlando action. So what are the minor issue? It would be nice if there were more supplies for at the least the first nights of the stay like soap, shampoo and detergent. Kitchen supplies seemed enough, however if you cook a lot you are missing some utensils. E.g there are no table spoons (onlly small soup and tea spoons). Villa is recently renovated however you can still see that it is not a new resort. We had some problems with our jacuzzi and iron (wish were more or less fixed) and with the shower and badtub. Washer and dryer really make a lot of noice. Wifi is ok, but not super fast and sometimes you have hickups. Marketplace is well stocked but expensive. They have some items in smaller sizes than e.g the wallgreen. However maybe it is cheaper to buy a larger size item at wallgreen than a small size item at the marketplace. We were not asked for a timeshare presentation at check in. However we got some calls to be invited for a welcome breakfast which we declined. Some nice freebies. Printing tickets or boarding passes is free, and they also do not charge you if you want to deliver shipments to the hotel. I could check out at 11:30 instead of 10:00 am.
To summarize. It is a huge resort, with different kind of villa's so it is little bit of a lottery at check in time but for us it was a very good experience and we can recommand this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® hotel featuring one- and two-bedroom villas providing fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, separate living and dining areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy resort amenities including 7 pools without the resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Orlando
- Sheraton Vistana Orlando
- Vistana Resort Orlando
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Lake Buena Vista
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Florida
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Orlando Florida
- Orlando Sheraton
- Sheraton Vistana Florida
- Sheratons Vistana Resort