At first I was a little worried about all the traffic as the property is just off a major road in Orlando, but once we pulled into the parking lot & checked in all those thoughts went away. PROS: The front desk staff was very welcoming & friendly. They even let us check in early (about 1:00 p.m.) which we really appreciated. All we needed & wanted to know about the property & surrounding area was explained to us & we were also given plenty of paper work, fliers, welcome letters to help us on our way. You can purchase ALL major theme park tickets in the lobby & they do provide complimentary shuttle service to the Disney parks. Renting your own car is totally recommended, however there are plenty of places within walking distance of the property to shop & eat. ~BE CAREFUL CROSSING THE STREETS HERE~
Plenty of parking. Parking by the elevators is a little harder to get, but we succeeded most of the time:) The suite itself was very spacious. We stayed in the 2 bedroom sunrise suite which had enough beds to sleep 8. Two sets of twin beds, a full size fold out sofa & Queen bed in the master. 2 full bathrooms, full kitchen with pantry & laundry room (which was awesome to wash swimsuits at the end of the day). Wasn't totally spotless, but it wasn't filthy either. This resort is a self catering condo property. There is no daily housekeeping, however if you decide on housekeeping service during your stay you can set that up when you get there. I just used some lysol wipes & spray (purchased at the Walmart down the street) to wipe down the place, but I do this everywhere I stay;)
The views are fantastic. They higher up you are the better the views. The suites facing Disney World can see fireworks from Magic Kingom. The pools are also really great. There's a smaller pool next to the fitness & game rooms & the larger pool behind the property next to the lake. There is also a really cool walking trail accessible from the pool area where we saw cool looking birds, lots of trees, really nice for a quite walk. Across the street there's mini golf with a volcanoe the blows fire every so often (cool:) Dunkin donuts, Starbucks, Walgreens, a deli/grocery store, pizza place all outside within walking distance.
CON: I guess for me the ONLY draw back to the property is not the room itself, but where the property is located. The road outside is VERY busy & to make a u-turn to head to attractions is pretty difficult, even dangerous with afternoon-evening traffic. The morning isn't too bad. If you're leaving for the day you should be fine, but expect a headache trying to drive in this area after that.
We loved this place & would return again when we visit Orlando!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Heron Beach Resort, a lakefront resort featuring one- and two-bedroom, condominium-style suites is just one mile from the entrance to the Walt Disney World and located just off Interstate 4 at exit 68. In addition to our immediate proximity to Disney World, we are also just four miles from SeaWorld and their new water park, Aquatica. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are eight short miles north on Interstate 4. The Premium Outlet Mall, just one mile from our front door offers discounted merchandise from some of the world’s most recognizable names. We are in the midst of Lake Buena Vista, the primary tourist area where you’ll find hundreds of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.The Blue Heron Beach Resort offers one- and two-bedroom suites with living room and patio overlooking the resort pools and Lake Bryan. Each suite also has a full kitchen, dining area and two full baths. In-suite amenities include flat screen TVs with DVD players, high speed internet, washer and dryer and Jacuzzi-jetted tub in the master bath. Resort amenities include two heated pools, a kid’s pool, an outdoor hot tub, fitness center, game room, access to the miniature golf course adjacent to the hotel, and water sports available from our own docks on Lake Bryan. Services include a complimentary shuttle to the major theme parks. Parking is free. Our full service concierge can help you with car rental, attraction tickets and/or restaurant reservations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Heron Beach Hotel Orlando