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“In the heart of the Disney amenities, but quiet retreat”

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Villas of Grand Cypress
Ranked #1 of 336 Hotels in Orlando
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Orlando, Florida
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“In the heart of the Disney amenities, but quiet retreat”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

Stayed at The Villas for a weekend get-a-way and to visit with friends who were members of DVC and staying on Disney property. I wouldn't trade places with our friends for the world. We were greeted warmly and offered a complimentary cocktail upon our arrival. Our room was worthy of its 5-star rating, the bed was divine and the pool and spas were quiet. We were very close to Downtown Disney and fabulous restaurants and a short drive to Universal. We loved the privacy and the sense of calm, yet we had easy access to the best of Orlando! If you are in Orlando to take the kids to Disney, I would suggest staying at the Downtown Disney hotels or on Disney property. However, if you are looking for a quiet retreat at the end of of a shopping or Disney day or a great golf weekend, this is the place to be.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, October 7, 2011
Thank you for providing a review from your recent stay with us. We are very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us - from the welcome cocktail at check-in to the accommodations and guest service around the resort. We are also very happy to read that you enjoyed your trip, and had a great time at Disney with your friends. We look forward to welcoming you back to the resort on your next trip to Orlando!
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

I stayed at the resort for 3 nights. Had an amazingly large room. I was in a one bedroom Villa with a beautiful view of a lake, large patio on the water, with an area where you can eat outside, as well as a living room, fully equipped\full sized kitchen, washer, dryer, full sized dining room, bathroom with a jacuzzi tub (which was great to use after a long day at the park- would have been even better if there were some bath salts provided, but great none the less), the bedroom was very large with a sitting area as well which also had a small patio right outside. I couldn't have expected a better room, thank you Villas of Grand Cypress! Also, the staff was very friendly and accommodating from checkin, checkout and helping with extending my reservation! The resort is very close to the attractions, we did not use much of the facilites nor the shuttle at the resort because we spent our days at Universal\Islands of Adventure (15 minute drive) and our evenings either relaxing in our room or at downtown disney which is 5 minutes drive from the resort. Overall we loved our stay and will definitely return next time we are in Orlando! Also, our housekeeper did a great job cleaning the room and organizing our stuff in the bathroom and replenishing our soaps, shampoos, etc. I can't wait to come back and enjoy the rest of the resort!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, October 5, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write a response from your stay with us. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your accommodations and found the room to be exceptional! We are so happy to read that all of our employees, including our housekeeping staff, made you feel welcome and made your stay a relaxing and extraordinary one! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Orlando!
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

My husband and I just spent the weekend at this resort to celebrate our 5th anniversary. It is truly a hidden gem. We had the luxury of being in close proximity of all the fun activities, however go back to a quiet romantic getaway when we wanted! The staff was friendly and extremely helpful from the moment we arrived. They even showed up to our suite 10 min after we arrived to make sure we had everything needed! The room was beautiful, clean and had a amazing view overlooking the lake and golf course! The bed was amazingly comfortable and it was one of the best nights rest I have ever had at a hotel and trust me I have been to about 30 states and visited many hotels! It was so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle from everyday life and go to this wonderful oasis right around the corner from the heart of disney! We loved it so much we are already considering sending our parents on a weekend getaway for their anniversaries and maybe even going back ourselves in a few months to celebrate the hubbies b-day!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, September 28, 2011
Thank you for providing a review from your recent stay with us. Congratulations on your 5th year wedding anniversary! We are so pleased to read that we were able to make such an important date really special for you and your husband. We look forward to welcoming your parents for their anniversaries or to welcome you and your husband back to our resort in the future!
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

We spent two nights and played 3 rounds of golf with 7 other couples. The golf courses were in great shape and were very playable. The villas were very comfortable and had all the amenities we needed. We plan on going back next year.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, October 7, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write a review from your stay with us. We are happy to read that you enjoyed the golf and the accommodations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our resort next year!
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

I alerted the Hotel of out late arrival and the person at the front desk handed us a key to the Suite and a schedule for the Shuttle. We found out that their Shuttle only runs between the Villas of Grand Cypress and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. From the Hyatt you have to take another shuttle to go to Disney. We ask when we would have to take the shuttle to make it in time for Epcot and he said, anytime, it runs all the time. We arrived so late and didn’t study the schedule, relying on the information received. We ended up at the Hyatt 5 minutes after their last (10AM) shuttle had just left and we ended up having to take a cab. We complained to the Hotel and did get the $20 cab ride reimbursed. Coming back was the same problem, shuttle to the Hyatt, another shuttle to the Villas. The shuttle situation was terrible; definitely don’t stay there unless you have a car.

I would definitely not rate this as a 4-Star hotel. It is somewhat dated and definitely needs some TLC. You are so far removed from everything and they don’t even put a bottle of water in the rooms, no refrigerator and the newspaper was delivered once in 3 days.

This was quite frankly the worst experience I have had in a Hotel and I would not recommend it to anyone. Transportation was an ordeal during our entire stay.

Stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, for the same price you will have a much better experience and the people there were very nice and informative. Unfortunately we had booked the Hotel through Expedia’s special price deal, so it was pre-paid and we were stuck.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, September 25, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review from your recent stay. We apologize for any inconveniences that you experienced with our transportation to Disney. We share the resort with the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and use their building as the pick up and drop off location for the theme park transportation. To minimize any inconveniences, our resort shuttle runs 24 hours a day between the Villas and the Hyatt. We have contacted this guest privately in regards to discussing and further rectifying any issues that were experienced.
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

In July/August we had our 2nd stay at the Villas, hoping that it would be as good as the first time. It wasn't - it was better. We decided this time to just spend 2 weeks in Orlando rather than our last trip of 8/9 days in Orlando followed by a week relaxing by the coast. This proved to be a great choice as the Villas/the hotel have a lot to offer for adults and kids.

We booked a 2 bed villa, specifying the same one as we had last time if possible. We were given a different one which proved to be much better as it was all on the ground floor with no-one above so nice and quiet. The villa was very clean and I was a little worried beforehand that the Villas may look tired but they weren't and the gardens and golf course remained perfectly manicured. Decor is american in style but generally light and airy and has plenty of space for clothes (and all the purchases).

The kitchens are well stocked with utensils so cooking (we tended to have breakfast and some evening meals there) was fairly easy. The cleaning staff were excellent.

The villas have their own pool with jacuzzi, bikes and a bar which served food. The pool was never busy but we tended to go to the hotel pool for its facilities (see below).

We ate one breakfast at the Golf clubhouse which we really enjoyed but was a bit too big for us so we generally then ate in the villa.

We mixed our trip up with parks and down-days where we'd relax and we tended to go to the hotel pool which is large and has a slide. The resort fee includes the use of boats, a climbing wall, a pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, (not sure about the driving range), table tennis - plenty to do. This kept our boys busy and made for a relaxing time by the pool where the service of food/drinks was great. There is also a games room which the boys enjoyed, plus a gym which we didn't quite get round to using. There is a hotel shuttle bus which can be used to get around but we tended to drive.

The hotel pool got very busy at the weekend and it was difficult to secure an umbrella but there is some shade from trees.

We didn't eat in any of the restaurants at the hotel or by the Villas as we tended to eat a larger lunch when in the parks and sometimes out for dinner.

The location of the Villas are excellent, being just outside Disney and near to the I4 (although it was just as easy to travel parallel to the I4 to get to, e.g. Universal). One of the outlet malls is very close, just the other side of the I4 so we also went there a few times, plus a trip to Florida Mall to get the kids next year Abercrombie and Hollister. There is a good selection of restaurants within a short drive of the Villas (a bit too far to walk).

If we were to return to Orlando then we would definitely consider staying at the Villas again, especially if we were to return to the Disney parks.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, September 23, 2011
Thank you for writing a review from your recent stay with us. We are so pleased to read that your second stay with us was even better than your first stay. We are pleased that you found time to balance both hustle and bustle of the theme parks and relaxing around the resort, and were able to enjoy your stay in Orlando. We look forward to welcoming your family back to our resort for your third visit!
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Enfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

My husband and I took a weekend trip in August for our 20th Anniversary and we were treated with kindness and respect. The Villa felt like a home away from home with all the amenities. Room service and cleanliness were key when searching for our weekend getaway and this is exactly what we found. The food was excellent; the attitudes of ALL the employees were pleasant and accommodating. We could even see the fireworks from our Villa, the entire weekend was magical. I could go on and on about how wonderful this way, but let's just say...we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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JYost_DOR, Manager at Villas of Grand Cypress, responded to this review, September 18, 2011
Thank you for providing a review from your stay with us in August. Congratulations on your 20th wedding anniversary. We are thrilled to read that you had an enjoyable and memorable stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the resort on your next romantic getaway!
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Property: Villas of Grand Cypress
Address: One North Jacaranda, Orlando, FL 32836-6699
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#1 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#1 Family Hotel in Orlando
#5 Business Hotel in Orlando
#31 Green Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villas of Grand Cypress 4.5*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its appealing atmosphere of seclusion and easy proximity to entertainment attractions across central Florida, the Villas of Grand Cypress is the go-to destination for business and leisure travelers in Orlando. Located adjacent to Walt Disney World yet seemingly a world away, the 1,500-acre resort features 146 luxury villas, world-class amenities, ample meeting space, and engaging activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the renowned Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, and complimentary bicycles. ... more   less 
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