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Sheraton Vistana Villages - International Drive
Ranked #63 of 337 Hotels in Orlando
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South Barrington, Illinois
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“Pirate Ship +”
Reviewed October 29, 2011

This a great place to stay with family. Spacious and modern rooms. A lot of pools and things to do in the resort. Play areas for children and great place for a walk after dinner. I love the adult size patio style swings facing the lakes.

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Reviewed October 26, 2011

I was really worried about staying here after reading reviews at this and other travel websites. However, I had already prepaid on a travel website and could not get a refund.

Thankfully, the Sheraton Vistana Villages was a wonderful value! The 1 room villa was large enough for 4 people (2 adults, 6 year old, 2 year old) and had a fully stocked kitchen (stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator) and washing maching/dryer. The grounds were beautiful with 4 separate swimming pools, numerous gas grills, 2 work out facilities, 3 playgrounds, and several hot tubs. The location was perfectly situated between Disney World and Sea World. I could go on and on.

Per recommendations on other websites, I did unplug our room phones to prevent the sales calls and did not redeem my "free" gift that I was warned about. The stairwell could have used some paint and the wall paper in the bathroom was a bit dated; however, that was incredibly insignificant compared to all the other positives. Overall, a great value and would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Excellent resort for families. The resort has everything for kids. The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful. We read some of the negative reviews and were scared to stay here, but decided to stay here anyway. we did find anything negative about the resort. Our last stay in Orlando was at the Marriott cypress harbour, which is our favorite resort, but this hotel had just as much to offer. Probably the most comfortable bed I had ever slept on. The property is very well maintained and beautiful. If you stay here and are not happy with it you then you are probably not happy with life or a constant complainer.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

Stayed there with my wife, my mother and her friend. Got a 2 bedrooms villa. Comfortable and nicely furnished. The villas is large enough to accomodate 4 adults. Everything is clean and in good shape. The 3 pools area are large enough. Friendly staff. Secure gated location. The only downside youd be that the hall way could get a bit noisy if you are in the bedroom close to the entrance door. Close to most major attraction, Publix, Factory outlet and everything you might need close by, and 5 mins from disney.

Would definatly consider coming back for future vacation in Orlando.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

I have searched and searched for hotels, looking at reviews to make my final decision. Although sceptical, becasue of some reviews I have read, Ny fanily and I chose This hotel. The resort was beautiful, the grounds were well kept, the staff was very friendly, the rooms were spacious and well kept, upgraded, felt like home and everything was comfortable. This trip was a family trip. My husband, myself, our daughter, my brother and his wife and my parents accompanied us. My parents are rather picky and they were even impressed with the quality of the romms and service. They are considering nuying a timeshare here. We didn't have any pushy sales people hounding us about going to a time share breakfast. We received maybe three calls, and answered one. Once that call was finished and we pleasantly declined the breakfast, they respected our wishes and didn't call back any more. Needless to ay... We all would stay at this hotel resort again and again and again!

Room Tip: My family and I stayed in the St. Augustine 2 bedroom two bath villa on the 5th floor. Excellent.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Oklahoma City, OK
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

We stayed at Sheraton Vistana Villages and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There are 3 or 4 nice pools. We stayed in the older section but our condo was still very nice. We had a 2 bedroom 2 bath. The master had a king and the other bedroom had two doubles which would be great if you had several kids. There was also a sleep sofa. There was a full size kitchen and a washer/dryer (stackable) in the laundry room. There is free WiFi at the resort and when we had problems getting a signal, they went beyond the call of duty and provided us with a free mobile card. Ask to stay in the area with the pool that has a "ship" in the middle of it. That is a newer area. We toured one of the condos in that section and it was beautiful! That pool is fun for the kids since the ship has fountains and slides. The location of Vistana Villages was great and we took the I-Trolley to Sea World for 25 cents (Senior rate)! There is a stop right in front of the hotel. It is a couple of miles from Sea World and less than a mile from an outlet mall.

Room Tip: Ask for the newest "Village" (I think it is St. Augustine).... it is the one with the ship...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

Having stayed a both over 2 weeks can firmly state Vistana Resort is Better- but avoid cascades phase.

Villages - limited amenities, onsite shop very small and very expensive (drive to Publix round the corner). generally a more "built-up/ highrise feeling"
Phases: insist on Amelia or newer. the other units are tired.
Drink prices are stupendous, $18 for two in plastic cups.
Amelia rooms were nice, kitchens visually impressive until you find all the cuboards completely empty (same at Vistana resort)- Sheratons don't understand the concept of scissors- annoying, also items that are there are very low quality, Amelia phase a fair trek to a pool. The highly publised "pirate pool" shuts at 6pm so if you are out at the parks all day, never get chance to try it out..main pool was cold (Oct)
As was commented by others when we were there, the timeshare sales are annoying and we heard atleast one other couple vowing not to "do Sheraton again" due to the Sales people...don't they ever learn, they are scaring away their own customers...
Vistana Resort itself was more open-plan feel, greater variety of amenties and seemed less "hotel-like"- but try for one of the low-level developments like the Falls. (easiest shopping- just past the traffic lights south out of the resort- Walmart). Don't fall for the "one-hour" information briefing, read as minimum 3 hour sales patter. Wyndams offer bigger rewards to do this....just sit back say nothing and then say NO. saved us over $160 on Park tickets which at $/hr was just about worth it if you can put up with automated sales strategies and shiny teeth.

Room Tip: Insist on newer "renovated phases"
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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svv-guest-services, General Manager at Sheraton Vistana Villages - International Drive, responded to this review, January 28, 2012
Dear NorthernHenry,

On behalf of the entire team at Sheraton Vistana Villages we would like to thank you for choosing our resort for your Orlando vacation. We would also like to thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your stay as only regular feedback from our guests and owners allows us to constantly monitor our service levels and to make necessary improvements.

We have reviewed your comments with our leadership team and will take all necessary corrective actions, including the coaching of our team members, to produce positive changes.

Your experiences were not in line with the usual high quality of service and accommodation we provide our owners and guests. Please note that our Bella and Key West phases have undergone a scheduled refreshment during the 2nd half of 2011 so we would appreciate the opportunity to welcome you and your family back to our resort at a future date so you can truly experience the Sheraton difference.

We invite you to share any additional feedback and may be contacted at svvgm@starwoodvo.com.

Sincerely,

Resort Management
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Property: Sheraton Vistana Villages - International Drive
Address: 12401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821-6935
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection 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 Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Green Hotel in Orlando
#51 Family Hotel in Orlando
#60 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sheraton Vistana Villages - International Drive 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1037
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy spacious one and two-bedroom villas ranging from 500 to 1080 square feet, complimented by fully furnished kitchens or kitchenettes to make a sunny breakfast to a family feast with separate bedroom(s) featuring The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper, dining/living room, washer/dryer, free in room wireless internet, complimentary parking and no hidden resort fees. This resort is perfectly located on South International Drive on 95 beautifully manicured acres. Four unique pools including a quarter-acre pool with dramatic centerpiece waterfall, playful family interactive pools along with tennis, basketball, fitness centers and picnic areas with barbecue grills are sure to delight every member of the family. ... more   less 
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