Reviewers mention the same positive attributes (spacious, full kitchen, clean, well provisioned) and I have to agree with these accolades. We (myself and three of my staff) stayed in a 3 bedroom townhome with 3-1/2 baths, a good choice for 4 women. The downstairs bedroom had a queen bed, a bath and the washer/dryer in the closet, the middle level contained the kitchen, dining and living areas plus1/2 bath, and the upper level had the master suite, with its own bath, and another bedroom with 2 twins and a hallway bath. Our unit was a very comfortable arrangement although somewhat overblown in terms of its decorating style.
The "self catering" was somewhat annoying for a stay of 4 nights. While it was nice to not have cleaning people coming into our unit, and we made our own beds, the establishment provided the dinkiest slivers of soap, thin, scratchy towels, one set-up of shampoo/lotions, one packet of dishwasher soap and two small coffee packets, mostly inadequate for our number and our length of stay. It's true, the in-room literature did state one set of amenities would be provided, but you'd think, in a resort with a likely average stay of 3-4 nights, the complimentary soap would have been more substantial. When I inquired at the desk for more soap, I was directed to their gift shop, which was never open in spite of posted hours. I had to buy extra hand/bath soap at the Publix down the street to make it through, go to Walgreen's on the corner and buy a hefty jug of dishwasher detergent to handle our dirty dishes, which, fortunately, I was able to bring home. You'd think the management would encourage guest cooperation in washing their dishes by providing enough soap. Same thing with the trash. Two large bags were provided, along with stern warnings to put out the trash frequently, but if you have 4 people and are doing some eating-in, you do generate trash and since we had squandered our first bag, our last one got filled to the brim. I was told that the "freshen up" service for our rooms would be an additional $25.00/day if we wanted beds made and new amenities.
The resort location was quite convenient, with shuttle service provided to the Convention Center, although from our townhouse location it was about a 5 minute walk to the meeting point at the front of the Clubhouse and resort entry. By car, access to restaurants and shops along International Drive spots was quite direct and the airport was an easy trip, although with 2 tolls.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely, although I would plan ahead and bring some extra supplies along.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lakefront luxury condominium vacation resort located in the heart of the attractions and entertainment district on International Drive and Universal Blvd. Featuring beautifully appointed 2 & 3 bedroom / 2 bath condo-suites and 3 bedroom 3.5 bath town homes. Located only 3 miles from Universal Studios, 1 mile from Sea World and 0.25 from the Orange County Convention Center. Close to world class shopping, dining & entertainment. Amenities feature FREE Wi-FI, free parking, free local and long distance phone calls (domestic including Canada & Puerto Rico), in-room safes, business center, loyalty guest program. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vista Cay Resort By Millenium Hotel Orlando