I stayed here for one night as part of a conference. It’s much nicer than what you would expect from a Best Western, say along I-95. On the other hand, it’s more expensive than those as well.
A lot of it is what you would expect from a hotel on Disney property. Lots of families, plenty of noise. Hotel amenities are limited, presumably on the supposition that most people will be spending their time in the theme parks, not the hotel.
The basics are there: sundries/gift shop, restaurant, bar, pool. But the sole restaurant shuts down for part of the day. So if you want to check in mid-afternoon and get a bite to eat, you’re out of luck.
The bar is tiny.
Grounds and rooms are well maintained. No complaints.
Location is minutes away from Downtown Disney. You could walk it, depending on how up you are for a little walk. You’re right at the edge of Disney property, so if you walk in the other direction, you’ll very quickly hit a cluster of restaurants/strip shopping centers and the like that have built right up to the edge of Disney’s land.
Buses serve the theme parks. One thing to note if you have your own car: If you stay in a Disney-owned hotel, your parking at the theme parks is free. If you stay at a non-Disney hotel, even those on Disney property, you pay. So if you’re thinking about the Best Western at $120 a night and comparing it to one of Disney’s All-Star hotels on the lower scale (really more like huge motels) or a Caribbean Beach/Coronado Springs (pretty nice for a little more), don’t forget to figure in $15 or so parking every day you go to a theme park.
Another thing to note about the Best Western: What they call the upgrade is “Theme park view.’’ I guess it’s better than looking at I-4, but I wouldn’t pay extra for the theme park view. It’s not like you see Cinderella’s Castle. If you look off in the distance to the left, you can see Spaceship Earth in Epcot. If you look straight out in the distance, you can see the Contemporary hotel. But really, it’s just a lot of flat landscape with these two recognizable shapes in the distance. Hardly worth any extra money unless you’re going to spend a lot of time on your balcony and really don’t want to look at I-4.
All in all, for my purposes, it was fine. Front desk was efficient and friendly. But if I was shopping for myself and not part of a conference group, I’m not sure it would be my first choice at that price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Downtown Disney(R), this Lake Buena Vista hotel is the ideal place to stay for an affordable Disneyworld(R) vacation. Our hotel near Disneyworld(R) offers guaranteed admission and continuous complimentary shuttle transportation to all four Walt Disneyworld(R) theme parks! After a day of non-stop fun and excitement, guests can retire to one of 325 generously-appointed guest rooms each featuring furnished private balconies. Additional business and leisure amenities in each room include 37-inch LG LCD flat panel TVs with cable access, an alarm clock radio with iPod compatibility and complimentary wireless Internet access. Our Lake Buena Vista Resort offers fun for the whole family with an outdoor heated swimming pool, a video game room, fitness center, a cocktail lounge with pool side seating and an on-site restaurant. Business guests staying at the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel will also appreciate our hotel's business services, meeting facilities and close proximity to local corporations, including Johnson & Johnson, IBM, KPMG and Accenture, in addition to easy access to the Orlando Convention Center. This 100% non-smoking Lake Buena Vista hotel is also situated in the heart of local events like the Disney(R) Marathon, the Epcot(R) Food & Wine Festival and the Epcot(R) Flower & Garden Festival. While you're here, don't forget to visit the ESPN(R) Wide World of Sports Complex, Downtown Disney(R) West Side, Downtown Disney(R) Market Place and Pleasure Island. Just minutes from the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, guests will find themselves in the heart of the area's best attractions, including Animal Kingdom(R), SeaWorld(R) Orlando, the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Discovery Cove Orlando, Universal Studios(R), Legoland(R) Florida and Busch Gardens(R).For the ultimate family-friendly Downtown Disney(R) hotel experience, book a stay today and save with the BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel. Self-Parking is $8.00 plus tax and Valet Parking is available for $12.00 plus tax. Reservation must be guaranteed with a valid credit card. Hotel reserves the right to authorize 1st night room and tax when applicable. A Valid credit card must be presented at check-in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista Hotel Orlando
- Best Western Orlando
- Orlando Best Western