We stayed here from May 21-27, 2006 and had a great vacation! The city of Weston is beautiful and the landscape throughout the city is well cared for! This gives you an idea of the location of the Vacation Village properties in Weston. Everything is well-manicured and clean! We arrived from a red-eye flight into Fort Lauderdale and Vacation Village was a straight shot on Hwy 595. Although we arrived hours before the scheduled check-in time, they had no problem finding a suite for us. The lines tend to get long during the peak check-in time, so it's best to arrive early if you can. We were put in the Ibis complex, which is behind the main lobby and right next to the pool. We had a corner room, which was great! We could see from our balcony whether or not the pool was busy.
Since there were only 2 of us, I didn't mind staying in the "B" suite. I think it would be small for 4 adults, but just right for 2 adults and 2 children. The walls are pretty thin, so we enjoyed the quiet for the first couple of days, then a family came in around the 3rd or 4th day, and we could hear the baby crying, and heard whenever they left. But we're easygoing people, so it didn't bother us too much. If they can put up with our late night comings and goings, we can put up with a crying baby!
The living room is adequate, but the dining area is just a table pushed up against the wall right when you enter. The kitchen is a partial kitchen which means that the stove is a plug-in stove. It took a long time to boil eggs, so we only used this on occasion. Since we were on vacation, we ate out a lot for dinner and warmed up any leftovers in the microwave the next morning. They don't provide you with dish soap or cooking oil, so you're pretty discouraged to use any of the dishes. But housekeeping did the dishes for us when they did their mid-week cleaning. That was totally unexpected! The gift shop, which is the size of a closet, doesn't provide much in the way of necessities. So I'm glad the grocery stores and pharmacies were close by (though not within walking distance).
When you check in, you are given a map of the immediate area, as well as a printed guide of local attractions and places to visit along with the directions and trip times. It was very helpful! There is also a computer room with about 6 PCs and a printer so you can use the internet, but if you have your own laptop they offer free wi-fi in the lobby and at the pool.
We were out most of the time, so we didn't get to participate in the onsite activities. The gym is pretty small with a few treadmills and weights. There is a small arcade for the kids and a ping-pong table in the pool area. Although we paid the $20 for the buffet breakfast, I already knew what this was about, so we took the last possible day they offered and weren't bothered until that morning. Since we "missed" our breakfast, they left a message trying to sweeten the deal by offering us more if we attended the next day. We just didn't call them back and weren't bothered again.
We are in our 30s, so we really enjoyed visiting South Florida. Fort Lauderdale was 15 min. away, and Miami was about 30-45 min. We didn't mind driving since we come from the SF Bay Area where driving is the norm to get around. The Everglades aren't far, so there are opportunities nearby to take an airboat tour and spot alligators and other wildlife. Seminole Hard Rock is also nearby, which offers several options for restaurants, bars, and even a casino. Sawgrass Mills (about 7-10 min.) also has everything all in one place. There is the typical mall stores, but surrounding the mall is a Super Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, various restaurants and gas stations! It's a one-stop shopping spot!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within the famous South Florida Spa, Tennis and Golf Community of Weston, lies a vacationer's dream at Vacation Village at Weston Resort. Indulge in spacious one-and two-bedroom suites with amenities like private Jacuzzi tubs, kitchens, and living and dining areas. Resort amenities include a heated, outdoor pool and relaxing outdoor whirlpool. Poolside activities, barbecue facilities and more also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vacation Village At Weston Hotel Weston
- Weston Vacation Village
- Vacation Village Weston Bonaventure
- Vacation Village Weston Florida