First off let me say this resort is GEORGOUS!!! The grounds are huge and stunning. It is all built with an Italian/Tuscan theme. We really did not know what to expect as we had never even heard of this hotel before they called us. We literally were in the middle of planing our Disney Cruise vacation and trying to find a hotel big enough for the 7 of us for pre cruise, when we got a phone call from Hilton Grand Vacations Club [HGVC] offering us a free stay in Las Vegas. At first I said "No thank you." And explained to them that we were already going on vacation and didn't have the time or dollars for another one. So they asked what days we would be in Orlando and then said if they could get us a two bedroom suite for 3 full nights for basically free, as long as we agreed to go on a time share tour, would we be interested. I thought about it for less then a second and said "Yes!!!."
After flying cross country from Northern Ca, to Orlando for 7 hours, then spending another hour waiting for our rental car we could have slept on the concrete for all we cared, but thankfully Hilton had other ideas. As we pulled up to the guard station, he already had all of our parking passes ready and pointed us to the reception desk. When I checked in I asked the gentleman at the desk if they had already placed the rollaway bed in the suite...he looked a little confused and said "Ma'am we haven't had rollaway's for a few years now" I instantly thought "oh great here we go." I explained to him that the gentleman who called assured me that you would have a rollaway for our sons to sleep on. he then asked how many of us were there. I explained 7...3 adults and 4 kids. He told me the room that we had was what they called a 1/studio. Another words it was a full one bedroom with an attached studio. The bedroom would sleep 2 in the king, and in the studio 2 can sleep on the pull out and 1 or 2 in the queen bed. He then offered that they could bring a mattress from one of the other fold out sofas and put it on the ground for my son. I was happy with that so as we were finishing up all the paperwork, when this other gentleman came over and punched something into the computer and said "give this to them please." They had a full two bedroom with 1 king, 2 fulls and a queen pull out sofa bed that they had on hold for someone, but they had canceled at the last minute. So yippee skippy we are on our way to our room.
We were in tower 2 on the 5th floor. The bellman brought ALLLLL of our bags up..poor guy, thankfully hubby tipped him well. The suite was AWESOME. A full kitchen fully stocked with plates, silverware, coffee maker, pots and pans, etc... beyond the kitchen was a dinning/living room, which was very large. with a dinning room table that could seat 6, and the living room had a desk/chair, large sofa, 2 overstuffed chairs/ottomans. Directly off of the living room was the fully screened in lanai with a patio set that could seat 4, ceiling fan and light. The lanai was also accessible from the mater bedroom as well. Off to the left of the kitchen was a hallway with a stackable washer and dryer..which came in handy several times. The second bedroom with a full walk in closet, 2 queen beds, a very large dresser, and large flat screen tv. across from the laundry area was a full bathroom, with a tub/'shower combo and your standard toilet, sink etc... across from the bathroom was the master bedroom. As you opened the door you were greeted with a MASSIVE Jacuzzi tub that could have easily have held 4 adults, or several children. There was a super comfy king size bed, with two night stands a chair, a smaller walk in closet with an in room safe. There was also the bathroom with an amazing walk in rain shower. The shower was also MASSIVELY large and could have held 4 or 5 adults.
As you can guess we were VERY tired from all the traveling and did not feel like going out to get something to eat. We found a pizza hut magnet on the refrigerator, and found out they were onsite and would deliver to your room. So hubby called and ordered pizza while myself and brother in law went across the street to Publix grocery store to pick up some basic supplies. When we returned, hubby had taken all the kids swimming and to see the outdoor/pool side movie. Two days a week they show family movies on a huge blow up screen in the pool area. After swimming and pizza we all fell into bed. The next morning came VERY early for hubby and I. We had agreed to go on the tour and they had reserved our time to be 8:15 AM...which for us is 5:00AM. We went on a non stressful tour, watched the informational video and was asked several times if we were interested in purchasing. After the 1 1/2 hour tour we went back to the room and met up with the rest of the family. We found out from the front desk that the property backs up to the huge Orlando Factory Outlet Stores, and we simply had to walk across this wooden bridge to the back gate, use our room key and walk across the street to the outlets. Our wallets wish they would have never told us this "secret."
The pool area is very large with the pool its self looking like the Olympic rings with a gorgeous waterfall that resembles the Olympic cauldron. There is a small cafe/deli pool side and several bars, and during certain times of the day there is a young lady that will do hair braiding and air brush tattoos. There is also a small gift shop. There are 7 towers that all encase a very large manmade lake. The grounds are landscaped very nicely with many palm trees. There was also several screened in basketball courts that we personally didn't not use, but saw several folks enjoying them.
The final morning came quickly and with a 10AM check out time [YIKES} we were off to enjoy the rest of our vacation. We could have easily spent an entire week at HGVC, and might in the future. One downside, besides the early checkout is they offered no shuttles to any of the surrounding tourist areas. And the overly priced deli items via poolside, but I guess that is to be expected. I only wish we would have arranged to stay here for the 2 nights after our Cruise, but that is another report.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful family resort, Hilton Grand Vacations at Tuscany Village is just minutes to Orlando's world famous attractions including Walt Disney World(R), Universal Orlando(R), SeaWorld(R) Orlando, Aquatica(R) and is adjacent to Orlando Premium Outlets(R) - Vineland Ave. Guests of Hilton Grand Vacations at Tuscany Village enjoy a remarkable family vacation experience from the elegantly appointed studios, one and two bedroom suites to the abundant resort activities. Hotel views include fabulous swimming pools, water features and a bird's eye view of the lush 34-acre resort grounds inspired by the beauty and ambiance of Tuscany. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Grand Vacations Suites On International Drive Hotel Orlando
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club Orlando
- Hilton Orlando
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club International Drive
- Hilton Grand Vacation Club Orlando
- Orlando Hilton
- Hilton Grand Vacation Club International Drive