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Diamond Resorts Grand Beach
Ranked #41 of 336 Hotels in Orlando
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11 reviews
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“Best Stay in Orlando”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

Just returned from a one week stay in a three bedroom condo two master sweeeets and a room with two twin beds
Besides a great room the staff was overly helpful and the day manager Jamaica perfect problem solver
Best of the best for two couples and one child

  • Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

I really liked the 2 bedroom 3 bath, the kitchen had everything we needed. We vacuumed when we got there and everything was better. close to Disney and restaurants. Lake Bryan wasn't as nice as I expected but we spent most of our time at DW anyways. On the last night it rained really bad and the water came into the living room. They didn't seem to care when we told them. The screened patio was really nice for breakfast except when it rained

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

2master bedrooms 1 with a whirpool tub 1 room with two twins and a full size bed in a sofa in the living room. Great pools, great staff, wonderful location. Super clean 3 bedroom.our family of 7 loved it! We will definitely be back

  • Stayed September 2011
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Southington, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

We just got back this morning after spending a week there. You really are close to Disney and all the other attractions....15-20 minutes travel time. The resort is really nice. They have two pools (one big one to the far left of the resort-this one has a wading pool and hot tub). We have a 4 and almost two year old the wading pool was perfect for them on our "down day." The rooms are perfect for a family. There are two master suites on each end of the room with the kitchen/living room and laundry in the center. Our two small ones slept in the twin bed rooms. We pushed the two beds together against the wall and had them bring up a crib for the little female of the family. One big tip, if you need to get groceries, go left at the stop sign and the biggest Wal Mart I have ever seen is down the road on the right. Awesome prices on Disney products also. If you like coffee, Dunkin Donuts is the first plaza on the right on 535 and right next door is Starbucks. If you can get a good deal on this resort, I would do it. It's perfect for a family of four and if Grandma/Grandpa or friends want to stay...they have the buffer zone and their own room.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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naperville, il
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Stayed here by attending their timeshare presentation.
Stay was good, missed the daily cleaning of the rooms.
Enjoyed the pools (multiple) and jazzui.
Presentation was a bore, been there, and gone thru them multiple times.
They put their best foot forward to get you signed up.
Nice features were the free washer and drywer, to do laundry, and multiple activities thru the day for the kids.
Service depended on the individual, as at times asked for certaim items, and got other things.

Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Bristol, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2011

Firstly and again, this is important..this is not a 'hotel'..it's a time-share resort and for those who have never stayed in a time-share resort before, you will notice a number of differences in the level of service you receive.

Now things are not always 'rosy' ..as an owner, I hate the fact that every time week book in, we get the normal concierge dribble and offers of cheap theme park tickets and dinner shows..as long as you attend an hour long (normally 2+) introduction to the company..just say 'No', it's not a requirement to attend any of these meetings in order to stay here, unless of course you do wish to take up the offers of cheap tickets!

Ok, now that the normal 'we are not interested argument is over' (although I now take this as part of the holiday experience and to some degree, look forward to the confrontation..!), things just get better..we always book a two bedroom unit and have for the past 3 occasions been given fantastic views over lake Bryan..one of the best points for us was the ability to see Disney fireworks in one direction and watch the space shuttle launch in the other..albeit from a distance!!

Our rooms have always been immaculate and whilst we have experienced a few 'non working' items, a quick call to the front desk gets it all sorted out..you need to remember here that if the staff don't keep the guests and owners happy, when they apply to us each year for their budget, we have the ability to raise the issue and get things sorted out.

A quick run down of what you are getting for your money in the apartment, Fully fitted kitchen, living are and dining area, 2 bedrooms, master bedroom has on suite shower and vanity area plus a whirlpool bath which are 6 year old daughter said was big enough to swim in. The second bedroom has it's own private bathroom across the hall. In room washing machine and tumble dryer, this means for us less luggage to carry and a veranda with plastic table and chairs.

There are a couple of items you wouldn't expect and one being the vacuum cleaner..this is one of those service differences I was telling you about, you wont get the level of room service that you would in a hotel and 'yes', just like home you will be expected to clean the room..we as a family like this, it's our 'Home', not a hotel room and I like the fact that I don't have people traipsing in and out each day.. that's not to mean that you don't get any room service, you do, just not everyday.

The location is just off World Centre Drive so about 5 mins into Disney Property and even less from the I4 leading towards Universal and Seaworld.

So many people have complained about the lack of facilities....I for one can't understand how this can be a problem..you are less than 5 mins ways from so many restaurants and shopping centres..and OK it only has 2 fairly small swimming pools but this isn't a Spanish location where you sit around the pool all-day..it's Orlando people..Disney World etc!

For us, it's the perfect place to stay when we visit Orlando, we have stayed at other property and hotels over the years but will forever return to this one.

I hope when you read this that you will understand that not everyone will be happy and I think that the same could be said for any hotel in the world..not everyone will be aware that it's a 'Time-Share', especially if it is booked as a hotel but for me personally, the biggest worry of any holiday is the quality of accommodation..this place relieves that worry completely and makes for a stress free (apart from the airport, car hire, kids, wife) holiday..enjoy

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Wiltshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2011

Having read through the reviews for Grand Beach it seems that most of the negative ones are from people who stayed in 1 bed apartments & yes we saw one & it did look small. However, we stayed in a 2 bed apartment & it was amazing! We've been to Florida many times and stayed in lots of different places & this is easily the best. The main bedroom had a huge 6ft bed, a 42" flat panel TV, spa bath, double shower & basin & built in cupboards (with safe). 2nd bedroom had 2 single beds, 42" flat panel TV & built in cupboards. 2nd bath had both bath & shower. Both bathrooms had hairdryers & loads of towels/complementary toiletries. The kitchen/diner had coffee machine, stove & microwave, large fridge/freezer plus all the pans/crockery & cutlery you could want, plus dinner table with 6 chairs. There was also a washing machine & dryer. Sofas & chairs in the living area were comfortable & 46" flat panel TV plus sound system & DVD player (region 1 only) - it was a real home from home! We had a screened balcony overlooking Lake Brya, the Oasis pool & tennis courts - beautiful - I think the views can be variable as it is quite a large resort so not all apartments face towards the lake/pools/gardens. The housekeeping was efficient & regular & the whole resort was kept spotless by a huge team of friendly staff. Of the 2 large pools we spent most of our time at the Oasis pool as it was quieter, in fact we mostly had it to ourselves, that's not to say that the other pool was noisy or busy but the various resort entertainments took place there & we just didn't want to take part. Beautiful man made beach by the lake with hammocks & chairs plus lots of wildllife to occupy little ones curiosrity (no swimming in the lake!). You can take part in water sports & fishing there too although we didn't as the resort is only 10mins from Disney & 25mins from Universal so we already had plenty to do! Loads of restaurants nearby so not having a restaurant/bar onsite was not a problem at all. Walmart & Outlet stores also within a mile. All in all, it was perfect & I would highly recommend staying here if you're going to Orlando but do stay in a 2 bed (or 3 bed) apartment as the 1 beds are really small. We hope to go back again soon.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Diamond Resorts Grand Beach
Address: 8317 Lake Bryan Beach Blvd, Orlando, FL 32821-6312 (Formerly A Sunterra Premier Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#57 Family Hotel in Orlando
#130 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Diamond Resorts Grand Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 126
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