Our family just returned from a 7-night stay at this condo resort in Orlando. We had a two-bedroom condo. Our children are 7 and 12. No one wanted to come home when it was time to leave, because we had such a relaxing stay.
The kids had a great time in their shared room, playing with some of the souvenirs we picked up each day and watching television, while my husband and I (being six months pregnant during the stay) had a wonderful time relaxing in the evening on the balcony or watching television in the living room area. The straight-out view on the balcony was of a huge electrical substation, but off to the right, we could see trees and lights from some of the Disney property. Not the best view, but still relaxing for us.
Because we had so many activities planned throughout our stay, we mostly spent nights in the condo, along with a few breaks in the afternoons. Everyone slept very well in the beds — even my husband and I, who are quite particular about hotel beds.
The kids splashed around in the whirlpool tub one afternoon when my husband and I just wanted to relax indoors before heading back out to one of the theme parks. Other than that, hubby also relaxed one night in it. I, being pregnant and all, didn't get to try it out.
We were very impressed with the housekeeping service and didn't have any shortage of towels — neither before nor after they were replenished midweek. We had plenty between the two bathrooms and the pool towels they left.
There were two pools, but we didn't actually swim in either, as we were too busy/tired. The one closest to our building never seemed that busy when we were coming and going, though.
We had to call maintenance one time, when our youngest son accidentally locked everyone out of one of the bedrooms. We were just getting ready to leave for dinner, but maintenance showed up promptly, so there was little delay.
The only thing that we might do differently next time would be to allow for some additional time at the resort. There were daily scheduled activities, shuffleboard courts, and various sports/leisure activities that we might have enjoyed if we spent more time at the actual resort.
But, we were mostly looking for a nice, comfortable place to rest, relax and sleep where we weren't bothered by staff or other guests that offered plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their own space/activities and the option to cook a few meals ourselves. Based on what we wanted, we were very pleased with our stay and would definitely recommend this resort to others.
BTW, my in-laws belong to the condo group/club/whatever it is, and they allowed us to use their week for our stay, which cost us about what it would have if we stayed at a value Disney resort with a standard, no frills, two-bed room. We were so happy to have the extra space and my husband and I were grateful for the added privacy.
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