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Marriott's Harbour Lake
Ranked #15 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Couldn't have asked for anything more!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2009

We've just returned from our 8 day stay at Horizons (now Harbour Lake). There is no shortage of activities for kids (ours are 11 & 13). The entertainment staff gears many activities for various ages. The teen functions were a big hit (dodge-ball, BB, capture the flag). As we planned our days, the kids always wanted to be back by a certain time so they didn't miss anything! We stayed in Building 15 (facing the lake & closest to the highway). Wouldn't be my 1st choice, but the highway noise sounds like "white noise". No horns or screeching cars. Overall, it sounded like an A/C constantly running and never kept us awake.

+We were never called or asked about timeshares.
+Kids would have been happy passing one day at parks to stay at resort.
-Very early check-out (10 am). Couldn't extend to desired time because of spring break.
-Bring your own hair-dryer. One provided was like standing in a cool breeze.

Our family would love to return...a GREAT vacation!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Travelco1400
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Buffalo Grove, IL
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2009

We had seven people staying in a two bedroom villa. Myself, wife, 3 year old and 3 month old. My father and my sister and her husband. We were a bit concerned about the sleeping arrangements but my family slept in one room with the two beds and my sister and husband took the master. My dad took one for the team and slept on the pull out sleeper and was ok.
We REALLY enjoyed this place. The pools are great for kids. One of the pools is zero depth in part of it and gradually gets deeper but there's a large area that smaller kids can play in by the pirate ship and you don't need to worry. The other pool is probably geared toward older kids and adults, as it has the water slide that you must be 42" tall to go on. The spray park was being maintained when we were there but looks like it would be a lot of fun for the kids. There's enough to do at the resort that you don't need to spend 5 days at Disney. Mini golf, basketball courts with hoops that lower, game room, ping pong, etc.
The grounds were very well maintained and the staff was very helpful and always said hi as you passed them. We stayed in building 15 that overlooked the lake and was close to the pools. I heard it was one of the older builldings but it was built in 2001 and the units were in very good shape. It was nice to have a view of the water instead of facing another building.
There is a Super Wal-Mart and a Publix close so you can stock up when you get there. I'd highly recommend this place for anyone with kids and even if you don't, you'll enjoy it.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Nofibgb
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Boston,MA
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2009

This place was so great for our family. Our kids are 5 and 3 and both loved all the activities the staff had planned. The pools are so nice as well. It was easy to spend time on the resort enjoying the mini golf, the playground and the table games.
Our room was clean, clean, clean! The resort was kept clean as well. The staff works hard to keep it that way. We had a two bedroom villa and it was plenty spacious.
The staff was really nice and helpful. We would definitely recommend it and go back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank twomurph
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Maine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2009

I traded for this resort through interval. My 4 year old is into pirates so when I heard this place was pirate themed I booked it. From the pirate water slide pool for youngsters, to the playground, to treasure hunts. Such a fun place for kids. All the pools worked out well...they were walk in pools, so I did not have to worry about my two year old who does not know how to swim. They also have a special water park for toddlers....it was closed for upgrading when we were there...but looked like a lot of FUN!!! There is also a pool that has a water slide (must be atleast 42 inches to go on). They also have a great mini golf course...it's actually impressive for a smaller resort. I loved how you had a smaller resort with big resort living. There is a wonderful opportunity to have a free 5x7 family photo taken. If you want they can sell you a package aswell....NO high pressure sales though. We did enjoy the Family karyoke one night...that was a lot of fun. There is also a great little area to grill out or play some pool while the kids are on enclosed playground. My kids enjoyed this place so much, I had to bribe them to leave to go to Disney. Overall just a great Family friendly place...I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Richmond, VA
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2009

We bought a week at Horizons back in Jan '2002 while we still living in the Orlando area. Unfortunately all we could afford at the time was to buy it for every other year. But this has become my children's absolute favorite place to stay. Activities are planned throughout the week. A couple of the favorites of my kids were the miniature golf course and the afternoon ice cream sundae parties. For a relatively small price the family can have unlimited use of the miniature golf during the week.

We always have a two bedroom unit and it's comfortable, though perhaps a bit smaller than other timeshare resorts. The staff is friendly and always willing to help out with any problems. Also a plus is having the washer/dryer in the unit. It's working overtime with my kids constantly using up towels for swimming.

We were unfortunate for 2008 in that by the time we figured out what week during the summer we could all get away, Horizon's was fully booked, so we had to stay at another Marriott resort (which was also beautiful, but didn't have as many activities for the kids).

I would highly recommend this as either a time share purchase or just for a week (or weekend) getaway.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank djschwar
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Williamsville, NY
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2009

We just returned from 1 week stay @ Horizons Orlando in a 1 bedroom villa with our (2) kids, ages 6 and 3 1/2. We are Interval owners and exchanged a week for our stay. We had a great week and would recommend this resort to others with kids. I would not recommend Horizons to anyone who wants a quiet, adult experience. There are kids all over the place, in a good way. Lots of fun and new friends for little ones.

Overall Positives:
1. Very, very clean from the grounds to the villas to pool areas. Grounds/Housekeeping are very present and constant.
2. Great staff, very attentive and accommodating.
3. Resort is a nice managable size, not sprawling. easy to walk around to all areas/buildings.
4. Beautifully laid out, lots of places to relax outside of pool areas. Nice dock on the lake, lots of swing chairs. All Key West style buildings. Big firepit, grill area.
5. Great pools. Both pools were open for use during our stay.
6. Lots of non-swim stuff for kids to do (Captain's Quarters/Supervised craft area, Pool/Fooseball/Ping-pong/Video Games area, Great playground). Saw members of Captain's Crew (like camp counselors) attached to kids all the time.
7. Resort location close to everything (shopping, dining, theme parks). No more than a 10 minute drive to most places you would want/need. But you definitely need a car, not really walking distance to anything. There is a public bus that runs on Westwood to I-Drive, but it's inconvenient for shopping, etc.

Overall Negatives:
1. Too close to I-4. The ever-present traffic noise is kind of a bummer. Eventually, you don't hear it, but you always know it's there.
2. We learned that they tend to do resort maintenance during Jan/Feb, their "down" months. As such, Pirate Ship pool was closed first 3 days we were there for repainting. However, the Pirate's Plunge pool was open and operating. In addition, they had set up (2) bounce houses for the kids to play on while the pirate ship pool was closed. Nice, considering they didn't have to. Management committed to have Pirate Ship pool open by Monday of our stay and they met their commitment, so we were able to enjoy it. As we were leaving, they had closed the Spash area in the Pirate's Plunge pool area so that they could paint it as well. I guess the price of cleanliness and beautiful grounds is constant maintenance. In the end, it didn't spoil our fun, though.

Villa positives:
1. We were in Bldg 31, which faces Westwood Road (Main Entrance), 6th floor, in a 1 bedroom lock-off unit. Kids slept on pull-out queen sofa bed that was actually not too bad to sleep on. Overall OK location. Not the best but not the worst in the resort. If I were to pick a location, I would get a room overlooking the Pirate Ship pool. Nicest view.
2. Lovely interior decor. Key West style. Nice bright colors. Our building was opened in Dec 08, so the room was brand new and felt like it. Again, clean! clean! clean!
3. Large flat panel LG TVs in Master and Living Rooms. Separate DVD players for each as well. Helpful with little kids...
4. Nice kitchen area. Large enough to prepare a family meal with ease. Also, very well stocked with utensils, cooking equipment.

Villa negatives:
1. They should consider upgrading the appointments in the villas. We have stayed in villas in other nearby resorts and they usually have things like granite/stone countertops in kitchen and bath areas, jetted tubs in Master bath. Our Horizons villa had formica counters...just not as nice (it's minor, but I noticed). Bathroom, while perfectly OK, felt like a plain old hotel bathroom, not a villa bathroom.

Final tip: For those who don't want the timeshare people calling at 8am during their stay: don't pick up the "welcome package" they offer you when you check-in. It is the loss-leader for the timeshare folks to lure you in. Once you accept that package, they have free license to call you and hound you 'til you give in to the timeshare tour. If you don't pick it up, they don't ever call. You're not missing anything big if you don't pick up the package.

Hope you have as much fun as we did!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank FreqTravelerBuffalo
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South Carolina
Level Contributor
60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2009

We just stayed for the weekend at the Horizons by Marriott. The room was nice and new. The location was good as well. We did not get hounded by the sales staff. The only problem, and it was a big one, was that the main attraction for the kids was out of commision. The pirate pool was closed. This was why we picked this location and would have stayed elsewhere had we known. There was nothing mentioned when this reservation was made about the pool being closed. Marriott is usually good about noting problems or construction at locations, but they missed it on this one.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank KSP-HHI
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Property: Marriott's Harbour Lake
Address: 7102 Grand Horizons Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32821-7378
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#12 Family Hotel in Orlando
#125 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
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Hotel Class:3 star — Marriott's Harbour Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 900
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