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“Good Value, Bit Boring”

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Grande Villas at World Golf Village
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Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good Value, Bit Boring”
Reviewed April 28, 2008

A large, very quiet resort (except for the too loud pool music, intended for 60-something's), with lovely rooms (we had a 2 BR suite) and views. The grocery store was convenient, as was St. Augustine (exit off Route 95 five miles south, then about 5 more miles to downtown). The pool was large, and the basketball and tennis courts were readily available. Little sign of staff anywhere, but we didn't need them. Rude time-share representative at registration, but just tell him you're not interested and he'll go away. Most people seemed on the older side, with a golf-class fashion sense and corresponding fitness level. The 18 hole putting course was fun, as was Caddyshack, the casual restaurant on site. We did not play golf ($160 a round), but hit some balls at the driving range (overpriced at $20). Several things were missing - including food/drink service at pool, good towels - but once you got used to the emptiness and the bite of sulphur in the drinking water, it was a good enough place to stay (2 adults, 2 13 year old boys). Recommend kayaking in St. Mary's, Georgia; the fort in St. A's; strolling around St. A's; the coast north of St. A's, and several par 3 courses, including one on the way to Ponte Verda (alongside a horse farm).

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Michigan
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Reviewed April 16, 2008

We recently returned from a one week stay at the Grande Villas. We had a great time. We stayed in Building 6, which is the newest building. Our condo was nicely decorated & very clean. The only complaints that I have are the water has a weird scent (I found this everywhere in the area - not just at the condos) and we could have used some additional items in the kitchen (dishes & silverware).

Our kids loved the pool. There were always plenty of other children for them to play with. They enjoyed the activities that were planned for kids.

We stayed as part of a time share sampler package & were asked to take a tour of the resort and attend a sales presentation. We did not do this & were never asked again.


I would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank Semi4
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palm coast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 23, 2008

What a stay ,,, we were supposed to stay for two night but left after the first night,,,, hot water took 20 mins to get to out condo ,,, we were up all night with a a/c unit that sounded like it was coming out of the wall, went to take tour, was told that since we had a complaint that we couldnt tour so we didnt get the trip out on the schooner we were promised,, some of the items that were supposed to be in the room werent there.. we were looking foward to this weekend away since december,,, it was terrible ... I shoule have stayed in a motel down on 16 in st. aur that was $39 a nite ,,,, would have gotten to stay the weekend and had some sleep..... if you are thinking of going here,, look someplace else ,,, I wasnt the only person that had a bad time there were tow other couples leaving upset when i went to check out !!!!!

  • Liked — leaving !!
  • Disliked — not sleeping because of the loud a/c unit
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank George S
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Greensboro
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2007

I booked this thru RCI as an exchange from another BLUE-Green property. (I own 2 from the same company as this property) This is being written on the 15th of dec after checking in on the 14th. It was so bad , I left after one night! Upon arrival, was sent to the "sales dept." to obtain my parking pass. At the time. Joe wanted to book me into a blue green feedback presentation and give me $75. I replied" I will be very upset if this is a sales presentation" His attitude turned rather rude at that time. Upon arriving at our unit, we found pennies on the floor in the bedroom , meaning the unit had not been vacuumed recently. The whirlpool tub in the unit did not work .I inquired about the discount that I would be given to play golf at the courses and found I could book them myself at a lower price. I was told at the front desk on checking out after less than one day, that they farm out their housekeeping. From previous post, I see that I am not the first to deal with the sales staff and their attitude. Most people want a stress free vacation and if they are an exchange, they already own a timeshare and have no need for another one. If the product is very good, then people will ask to buy one and not be pressured by these "modern day used car salesmen".

  • Liked — the view in my rear view mirror of this placing getting smaller
  • Disliked — being hit with a sales pitch within 5 minutes of checking in
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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New England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2007

We stayed at the Grande Villas Dec 1-3, 2007. Check-in was a breeze and the condo was perfect. We were on the 3rd floor of building 6, which had a balcony offering great views of the golf course. The room was immaculate and the grounds were perfection. The pool was large, heated and clean. The Jacuzzi had kind of funky jets that were loud and not fully submerged, so it was quite loud.

There is a grocery store right at the entrance to the grounds and there are plenty of restaurants within a short drive. The staff was helpful and readily available. The rooms are not cleaned daily, nor are the beds made/towels changed out. There is a washer/dryer in the unit and they do provide laundry detergent. There is also a full-sized stove, refrigerator and dishwasher if you opt to cook. There are plenty of BBQ grills around the property.

I would definitely recommend this property if you need a place to stay n St Augustine. We were there to visit family and our only wish is that we had more time to spend around the condo. (Unfortunately, the photos do not do justice as to how nice the rooms really are)

  • Liked — spacious clean rooms, nice balcony and convenient location
  • Disliked — no daily maid service and the jacuzzi jets-but LOVED the place, regardless
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
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3 Thank Darlyne J
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Kansas City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2007

We paid an additional charge to stay onsite for the Bluegreen Resort promotion. Our 90 minute presentation was actually over 3 hours; however, it was well worth it. Our 1 br villa overlooked the golf course and the screened-in porch was an added surprise. The Villa was extremely clean, superbly decorated and quite comfortable. We wanted to spend more time on the beach in St Augustine, but our location was so relaxing and enjoyable it was hard to pull ourselves away. We were scheduled to check out on Friday and had actually pre-paid for a room in Jacksonville; however, we enjoyed our stay so much, we ate the cost of that room and stayed an extra day. We'll be going back next year!

  • Liked — Cleaniness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2007

We enjoyed our weeks stay, the pool especially. They have a
beautiful pool area and nice hot tub. The condo was also very beautiful and met our needs comfortably. The only problem we had was with the housekeeping department. We asked for towels and toilet paper several times and finally had to go get it ourselves.
It's also twenty minutes away from town and farther from the beach.
We did a lot of driving back and forth. This was a Bluegreen stay for us and we went to the review class but did not buy the $14,000
added points they offered. Loved it but probably would stay at the beach next time.

  • Liked — pool area
  • Disliked — second floor, housekeeping department slow.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Grande Villas at World Golf Village
Address: 100 Front Nine Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32092-2774
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Augustine
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 33 Specialty Lodging in St. Augustine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grande Villas at World Golf Village 3*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Country club living at Grande Villas at World Golf Village is unsurpassed. This year-round golfer's mecca offers two championship 18-hole courses designed by legendary golf pros Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. And that's just for starters. There's plenty to do for non-golfers, as well. Practice your backhand on the tennis courts, shoot some hoop on the basketball court, perfect your spike at the volleyball net or pump some iron in the fitness center. After you've worked up a sweat, cool down with some leisurely laps in the spectacular heated pool. The showplace of Grande Villas, the pool is as refreshing to the eyes as it is to swimmers and sunbathers. ... more   less 
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