My husband I and our two children just returned from a week in Orlando. The two of us and our 12 year old son wanted to do Disney, but the 19 year old son only wanted a little Disney and did not really want to stay at a Disney property. The Villas are about as close as you can get to Disney without being at Disney (10 to 20 minute easy drive, depending on which Disney park, Magic Kingdon the closest!) Still, once you pass through the front gate there is nothing Disney about the Villas--it is a luxurious resort community situated on rolling golf course(s). Although we don't really play golf, the setting was magnificent! We had just returned from a week in a drop-dead gorgeous place in the Bahamas and we were still impressed. We had a two-bedroom villa, which was a one-bedroom villa with full kitchen, living room with wide screen TV, bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower and bedroom with sitting area and wide screen TV, and then another one-bedroom villa attached with same bathroon and bedroom. All rooms were huge and had french doors/windows with fairway/greens views. The Villas' pool was a short walk away and was very nice with a nice bar/snack stand. We ate dinner at the clubhouse sports bar one night and it was great! There is a great Winn-Dixie very close to stock up on groceries--it was nice to have breakfast in the rooms. Also, every, and I do mean EVERY, chain restaurant you have ever heard of can be found in Lake Buena Vista within a mile or two of the Villas. As a guest of the Villas, you can charge things at the nearby Hyatt, which is a huge complex. We went to their pool one afternoon; it has a rope bridge, water slide, swim up bar. The kids actually preferred the quieter pool at the Villas. Also, the Hyatt has paddle boats you can take on the lake. You can check out a bike at the Villas (easy to ride cruiser) and ride to the Hyatt or just around the Villas. My older son liked to do this, while rest of us were at Disney. He also liked the putting green, which is complementary. We were going to spend a night in Cocoa Beach when we went to the Kennedy Space Center, but cancelled that once we got to the Villas and saw how great they were (we just drove to Kennedy and back in a day--easy drive). Housekeeping was great and daily--they did our dishes every day! It was great to have a washer and dryer in the room after having already been on the road for over a week. The staff was helpful but nonobtrusive. Really, I can't say enough good things about this place. Wish we had had more time to spend there. I understand they have an excellent equestrian center in addition to a golf academy; sadly, we just didn't have time--maybe next time! Oh, I forgot to mention they have free wi-fi and parking.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Villas Of Grand Cypress Hotel Orlando
- Hotel Of Grand Cypress
- Of Grand Cypress Orlando
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