When checking into our 3 bedroom condo at the Grand Beach, I was blown away by the amazing rooms. We had 3 large rooms with king size beds plus a smaller room with 2 single beds in it. There are a total of 3 full bathrooms in the condo, including 2 massive spa baths and 1 smaller bath. All have showers. This is the kind of room a family with kids crave. There were 4 flat-screen tvs in total, and other conveniences such as washer, dryer, ipod player, full oven, full freezer/fridge, toaster, blender, vacuum etc. It is almost nicer than home!
Our large balcony was mesh-enclosed to reduce the Florida bug life from entering our rooms. And the property is fairly quiet for a large resort. There are 2 pools, both with kids pools alongside. The gardens are beautiful, and there is a jetty and water sports available too.
This resort markets itself as family friendly, with a 'camp' like atmosphere. There are scheduled activities such as bingo, duck feeding and face-painting for kids but most of these were lukewarm and boring when it came down to the actual event.
There are a large number of undercover carparks, but these fill up quickly after sunset and you may have to park in the spaces which are not covered...no big deal, really. The resort is on a quiet, dead-end street and, with lots of staff around, so there is a general sense of good security. This resort is close drive to 2 supermarkets, and a large number of restaurants. It is also 2 miles from the Orlando Outlet Malls. You do need a car in Orlando. I can't imagine staying anywhere in Orlando without a car but the driving here is easy. Oh, and Disney is only 5 miles away...so nice and convenient.
This is a hotel but is also a time-share resort, so expect someone to invite you to a presentation when you check in. They will dangle some carrot in front of you to make you attend, but it is DEFINITELY not worth it. You will find yourself in a 1hr, high-pressure, sales pitch which will make you uncomfortable. This is NOT a group presentation...you will be pressured one-on-one with a sales agent. One of the 'carrots' they offer you is discounted Disney tickets. This too is a scam. They advertise that the tickets at the gate cost X and they will sell them to you for Y and you will save Z. But the bottom line is that their X figure is misleading. It includes a bonus day at a water park, which you would never have bought anyway. The devil is in the details. We also had a bit of trouble asking for extra towels...they would not give us more! Oh, and one of our toilets broke twice - they sent a repairman quickly. And the airconditioning broke so badly that we had to change rooms. If it were not for these things I would have given this hotel a 5/5 rating.
Would I stay here again? Yes.... for the large rooms, location and comfort.
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- Embassy Suites Orlando
- Diamond Hotel Orlando
- Grand Beach Orlando
- Grand Beach Resort Orlando
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