The check in parking area is a little weird and small.. I went to check in after the 4PM check in time and found that my room was not clean yet. They tried to find me another room and after a long wait handed me the keys and we were off! Once we were checked in by a very welcoming staff, we went to the room but found they had given me the wrong room type. I went back to the front desk where they apologized and got me the correct room. When we got to the room, I did a very thorough inspection to make sure everything was clean and in order. IT WAS SUPERB! It was sparkling clean and well appointed.
The kitchen area made it very nice. I was able to purchase fresh fruits and other groceries and store them in the full size refrigerator. I saved so much by cooking for my family. EVERYTHING was already there is the room for us, including dish soap and a dish sponge. All dishes, cookware, drink ware (including wine glasses) and even a toaster and BLENDER!
The 1 bedroom apartment was well enough sized (unless the pullout couch was open) and the bathroom was very large and roomy. There was a small screened in porch outside of the bedroom with 2 chairs and a little table. Made the perfect place to sit and enjoy the morning weather. There were security guards walking around all night. I felt very comfortable with my children.
There are 2 beautiful pools, daily activities (giant jenga anyone?) and FREE mini golf.
10 minute drive to the Magic Kingdom and about 5 minutes to Downtown Disney. That's with the normal weekend traffic!
The Negatives - I think the only negative experience I had was the high pressure sales pitch. Upon check in they try to get you to sit for 90 - 120 sales pitch for the time share. They called me 2 times in a 3 night stay offering "special" gifts if I signed up for the pitch. The worst was upon checkout they caught me again. Offering a "free 5 day" stay (with a valid credit card of course) if I would listen to the pitch. I think after the third time I said no they would get it and leave me alone.
I will stay again but will avoid the concierge desk at all costs!
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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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