The one bedroom units are glorified efficiency units...yes, there is a full kitchen minus a dishwasher, but the sofabed is in the kitchen. The description on the Diamond Resorts website is correct, but the unit is perfect for a single or a couple. I traveled with a friend who knew she would be occupying the kitchen sofa. Funny thing...IT WORKED! The bathroom is huge and has two sinks, plenty of towels and storage. Storage for the guest occupying the kitchen is sparse. It was manageable. I am a Diamond owner but had been coming to this resort for many years through Getaways with Interval International and other discount booking sites. I love the convenience store located near the Turtle pool....lots of options for poolside eating and relatively inexpensive. The store will deliver to the villas if you like. Best location...you could walk to the Winn Dixie and a different restaurant every night if you chose to forego renting a car. Only disappointment was that when they renovated the poolside restrooms, they made them completely handicapped accessible but removed the shower which was nice to have when you had a late flight home. I have to say that they offered to see if they could find me a unit to use where the guests were arriving late in the day, but I declined. I appreciated the gesture, but thought it was too much trouble for everyone concerned. My stay was for two weeks and they gave me fresh towels and emptied trash midweek. A full cleaning was done after one week. I am already planning my 2015 stay. A word of caution....if you are accustomed to Marriott Resorts, you will be disappointed...this resort is older, has been through many different managements and Diamond is working on refurbishing the two bedroom units....but it will take time...the people and the location are wonderful....there are elevators at Grande Villas but not at the neighboring resort called Cypress Pointe...do not get them confused, you can use both facilities but Grande Villas is a Diamond Resort and Cypress Pointe in not. I asked for a high floor and to be near the Turtle pool and both requests were honored.
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- When it comes to deluxe accommodations for the whole family to enjoy, what area could possibly be better than Orlando, Florida? Avoid the hustle and bustle of traffic and overcrowded streets by refusing to settle for anything other than Grande Villas Resort. Here you will find relaxation and tranquility, all while giving yourself the pampering you and your family deserve. ... more less
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