Stayed at the Vista Cay Millennium for five days in May. We were doing a combo of Sea World, Space Center, Epcot and Disney. The resort had good reviews on Trip Advisor, and for the price of a hotel room, and half the price of Disney resorts, a three room condo seemed like a good idea.
The Pros: Price was excellent for the space and convenience of the place. Location was good, giving us easy access to all the places we wanted to go while removing us from some of the crowds. Convenience to the roads we wanted was a big plus. Disney was the longest drive and we were at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom in 15-20 minutes. Also convenient for heading tot he Space coast.
The Publix super market was right next door and that was an excellent benefit. The condos were not full while we were there, so the crowds were right, and the noise was low. The check in was quick, efficient, and prior to the stated check in time. The person who greeted me was friendly and knowledgeable, and the billing was accurate.
The condo itself was spacious and presented well. It was clean, and access was easy. The noise level at night was excellent and we were able to sleep well after long days.
The Cons: We entered the condo to the air fully running, and set at 46 degrees. I overrode that and the temperature came up quickly, but I soon found that the temperature programs had been set at various times throughout the day to go back to 46. I had to re-program the entire heating/cooling system.
The ice maker on the refrigerator would not distribute ice. I had to empty it and let it refill after which it worked once and then not again. In the second bathroom the sink drain stopper would keep going in and would not release. Had to use skinny kitchen knives to open the stopper and allow water to drain. The bedside lamp in the master bedroom had a broken switch on it and could only be turned on and off by plugging and unplugging it. The internet in the place was okay, but was hit and miss.
The kitchen was not overly stocked. There were some plates and dishes, but not really enough. The televisions in the bedrooms were 13 inch models straight from the early 90's with no remotes, and the picture on them was fuzzy at best. If you're nostalgic for viewing tv the old fashioned way, these were for you.
Summary: Worth the money to not be at a Disney park, or overly crowded by people. Convenience was excellent. The little irritating details drop the property from 4 (very good) to 3 (just average). My scale for rating hotel properties is below.
5 - (Excellent) Exceeds expectations based on price, location, and pre-visit expectations. - Yes, Yes, stay there (a rarely given recommendation)
4 - (Very Good) Value, location, and pre-visit expectations are met during the course of the visit - recommended
3 - (Average) Meets value, location, and pre-visit expectations for the most part, but shows problems in some areas. - Stay is a mileage may vary type of situation.
2 - (Poor) Over priced, poor location, doesn't meet expectations - some combination of these things. Not recommended
1 - (Terrible) - RUN AWAY
- 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