We are owners at Grande Vista and this is the first time we've been back since 2006. We like it here because the rooms are clean and many things (Catholic church, Publix, I-drive, outlet malls, etc) are nearby.
There is plenty of room in the 2- bedroom villa. The kitchen is well-stocked utensils and pots/pans to cook meals. Internet is free. Gym has a good number of cardio equipment. If you want a full-service gym, there is a Gold's Gym about 20 minutes drive that charges $15/day.
Every time we stay, we get a call asking if the Marriott Sales Dept can give us a sales pitch someone during our stay. Of course, I won't make an appointment unless some type of incentive is involved. In my case, they offered, and I accepted, $125 in Universal dollars. They have admission tickets for almost any attraction so you can ask for that too. I figured 1.5 hours of my and my wife's time is worth $125 on a vacation.
What I will say is that the sales pitch is really 1.5 hours (expected it would go longer). We were a little late for our 10am appointment. I think the sales person met as at 10:10 and we were out of there by 11:40. That's pretty good scripting by Marriott. I also got my $125 in Universal dollars in the form of 5x $25 gift cards so I was happy.
The sales person pitch the new Marriott points program pretty hard. Unfortunately, we are getting ready to by a house, so the money we would need to buy additional points would be money that wouldn't go towards the down payment for our house. We are talking $17K for the minimum and roughly $35K for the good package. If you want the ideal package, you'd need to pay $50-70K.
So we kept saying that we aren't interested. He brought it his friend as if it were a spontaneous thing, but it was obvious that they had done this before so their conversation appeared scripted. If I were alone, it would appear they were double-teaming me. We would budge on our no, so the sales person was very polite in accepting our answer, He said that another person would come into the office to do a customer satisfaction survery.
The sales pitch was over. The surveryor did another sales pitch. This time, she offfered a stay at a Marriott property in Orlando sometime over the next year. We would pay $150 for the reservation and $100/day for 7-8 days. The cost of the stay would go towards buying points if we were to decide on that visit to buy. In addition, the price they offered would stay the same even though the cost is expected to increase by next year. The details/numbers of the offer are a little fuzzy now, but the idea is that Marriot kept pushing.
We finally got out of there in 1.5 hours with our $125.
Bottom line is that the rooms and amenities are wonderful. The sales appointment was what you'd expect. If you think your time is worth whatever they are offering, then do it. If you don't want to sit there knowing you will say no already, then you probably should not accept the appointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Convenient to Universal Orlando®, Walt Disney World®, and SeaWorld®, this 164-acre resort features one- two- and three-bedroom Orlando golf villas and three championship golf courses. Villas overlook a scenic lake and feature spacious living and dining areas, full kitchens, washer/dryer, and a master suite with an oversized soaking tub. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Grande Vista Hotel Orlando
- Marriotts Hotel Orlando
- Marriott Vacation Club Orlando
- Marriott Orlando
- Orlando Marriott
- Marriott Grande Vista Orlando