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duels23
06-21-2006, 04:05 PM
just returned from a weeklong stay at the buena vista suites (june 8-14). have to say it was a great value for the money. at a price of $110/night tax included, we had plenty of room for our family of 7 (me, dw, dd-13, dd-9, ds-8, ds-3, dd-infant). the free breakfast left a little to be desired at times, but after the first morning there we knew what and what not to eat. avoid the eggs and the waffles (like bricks) on the buffet line. instead order your eggs fresh from the cooks on the line. much better eggs and you get them made however you want them. excellent grits, ham, and bacon. the breakfast was never too crowded and we were there typically anytime between 8-930 each day.

suites were roomy enough. especially during the 3 nights when d fil and d mil were there and had a suite next door and let ds-8 sleep in their living room.

rooms have 2 queen beds or 1 king and a couch in l.r. that makes into a full bed. service at the front desk was so-so, depending on who you were dealing with. pool was nice, but the water was a bit too warm at times. of course tropical storm alberto kept us from swimming more than a few times though.

exercise room was very outdated. so i had to make due with what they had. i guess that's pretty typical at most hotels though. however, when walking through the boardwalk later in the week i did get a look at their exercise room and it was pretty impressive looking.

location was great, it was quiet and there was only one other hotel in direct vicinity (caribe royale suites next door). we were able to turn right out of our parking lot and in 2 minutes be on wdw property. never had any trafffic issues at all, probably better off than if we had stayed at one of the all stars or pop when it comes to transportation.

overall very good experience. would recommend it if one is looking to save money and needs extra space (large family). however, next time we will be staying on property, either the poly, boardwalk, beach club, or okw.

kilee
06-22-2006, 07:28 AM
Thanks for the great review. We've considered this hotel/resort for ourselves.

floridaminnie
06-25-2006, 09:28 AM
Thanks! Thinking about this hotel for October trip as they have a good price.

sunnishine
07-01-2006, 10:52 AM
hi! I just got back from a stay here too! We were there from 6/18 through 6/29. The hotel is very nice and clean. The pool is a little small but usually pretty empty so it is not a problem.

We had a 2 queen bed suite with a couch for my fmaily of 5 and it worked very well. The hotel room was always very clean.

The waffles and french toast sticks were often like bricks but other that that the breakfast was okay. We found the eggs to be fine after you add the traditional salt and pepper you always have to add at breakfast buffets.

We paid $88 per night through dreams unlimited.

The location is wonderful. Extremely close to Disney. It sits on 536 which leads straight to disney. Universal was only 10-15 minutes away due to how close the hotel is to I-4. There was a drug store and ponderosa right across the street which was very nice to have. Contrary to reports it was actually easy to get to (even across the 6 lane road) if you drive over to the exit for Caribe Royale (the resort next door).

I did not use the exercise room since we were walking constantly and I did not use the buses. I did use the laundry room which was small (2 washers and 2 dryers) but empty. Loads are $1.25 each cycle so plan on $3.75 per load of laundry.

Overall we thought it was great and we will definitely stay here again.

magicmouse2
07-26-2006, 11:28 AM
Thanks for reviews I am considering this for our offsite stay. Its going to be either villa, this hotel or if the rates drop USO onsite.

jeast
08-05-2006, 10:11 PM
thanks for the review. we're probably gonna do one night here and will consider it for a future stay.

Do you know what time the breakfast buffet was open in the a.m.??

jenr812
08-08-2006, 02:08 AM
THanks for the reviews. We are considering this hotel for our last night before driving home (:()

msim
08-08-2006, 10:39 PM
We'll be here next June (late). How far is the hotel from the convention center? Is it a difficult drive? Also, how are the scheduled free shuttle times? Not worried about getting to the parks, but concerned about getting back. What if we're not ready to leave when they depart? Thanks.

heart4dis
09-07-2006, 09:43 PM
...for DH and me beyond sleeping on the sofa-bed? Are the queens in the same room?
When we were able to stay at HIFS (before it was Nick), we loved having our own room! Just wondering... :blush:

DaddyDon
09-08-2006, 11:47 AM
:thumbsup2 My Famous Daddy daughter trip was there this past Feb.My oldest daughter drove up from st.pete fla.The kids and grand children stayed on the living room sofa bed and us adults slept on the beds...with that being said yes you have a door to divide you. :cool1: The breakfeast was pretty good and all of the personel that worked there were excellent!I have to agree that the colors were quite (well how do i say Tacky)But for the money it was a great stay!I have no problem teling anyone to stay here and i got the best rate thru Dreams unlimited......

babynurse1
09-08-2006, 10:57 PM
we decided to stay here for a few days during our October trip(the days we'll be at Universal and Sea World). Our family of 6 will be able to stay in one room for 1/2 the price that we will spend on 2 rooms at the POP.

Thanks for your review. I'm also curious what time the breakfast opens if anyone knows! :thumbsup2

dawgfan
09-24-2006, 05:09 PM
Great review. Thanks.

PattnFmly
10-03-2006, 09:50 AM
Our extended family starts arriving at Buena Vista Suites this week. If anyone has any specific questions, I'll try to get answers for you! Pls post before Thursday as I won't have computer access again until my return. I'm just so excited! :cool1: (But not as excited as my 5 year old - he doesn't have to pack!!!) :banana:

weluvpluto
10-11-2006, 08:39 AM
I've heard reports that you can use Caribe Royale's pool (because they are sister resorts). Anyone know for sure if that's true?

ScrapHappyMama
01-09-2007, 04:49 PM
I've heard reports that you can use Caribe Royale's pool (because they are sister resorts). Anyone know for sure if that's true?



Bumping..... would really like the answer to this if anyone knows!!!!!

TIA

heart4dis
01-09-2007, 10:30 PM
My children insisted when we were there that they checked and it was true. We never got a chance to verify it. We didn't make it back to the room early enough for them to go try it out (we were there in November...it got dark early and was chilly at night).

I know the literature in the room indicated that the two hotels were somehow "sisters"--same room service, etc. So it is probably true. The kids were eager to go to the other pool because it had a slide.

kanga24roos
01-23-2007, 01:21 PM
Planning to stay here in April, last vacation we stayed at Homewood Suites and LOVED the location. How is this location compared to a hotel near Crossroads?

thexception
11-07-2007, 10:13 PM
Looking for new reviews on this hotel. I currently have a res for next year. Cannot beat the price for our family of 6 for the room they offer AND the free full buffet breakfast (a $30 savings at least for our family), so would love to hear from anyone else who has stayed here. I expected a LOT more reviews on this hotel. TIA :yay:

RussellDisney
11-23-2007, 02:19 PM
My family is going in December, so I'll post a review when we return. The price was fantastic and the included breakfast buffet sealed the deal for me. We stayed at ASMo in Sept 2005 and at that time the room was already too small for me, DW, DD now 6 and DS now 4. We knew that we were facing two connecting rooms and still no fridge or microwave if we stayed on-site. The separate bedroom and living room should work great for the kids sleeping and DW and I watching TV.

The UG lists travel times from BVS to MK as 9:15 minutes, to EP at 4:30 minutes, MGM at 8:15 and AK at 7:30. From what I've been able to gather, the route is very easy, very few turns and all on major roadways.

Also, the UG gives the BVS a 4 star overall-quality rating out of a possible 5 and a room-quality rating of 83, out of a possible 100. This is the identical rating of the Coronado Springs Resort and Port Orleans Resort at WDW. For further comparison, the CR and GF each received identical ratings of 4 and 1/2 stars and 93's for overall-quality and room-quality, respectively.

Edit: I will also say that BVS actually called me just after making my reservations to see if I needed any tickets, dining reservations, etc.! I was amazed at that. I also confirmed that they do have hairdryers, irons and ironing boards in each suite - it is not clear on the website. I asked about the bedding, as in pillow-top mattresses, but the agent wasn't sure. Not bad in my opinion!!

ADisneyQueen
11-24-2007, 07:51 AM
I look forward to your review. We booked this hotel for Easter break with a great rate.:goodvibes

D&DDisney
11-24-2007, 10:02 PM
We've stayed here before and I'd highly recommend it. :thumbsup2
Breakfast - Good. Saved us a ton of money and there was plenty to eat. Stay away from the scrambled eggs. Everything else was very good.
Transportation - we had our own car and it was exactly 10 min. from hotel to Disney propery. Straight shot on 535.
Rooms - very roomy and clean. Nice to have the small fridge and microwave. We actually ate some lunches and dinners in the room which saved us more money.
Pool Area - Not the greatest but okay for quick dip.

We have stayed on Disney property at ASMo and POP and this was a far bigger room, cleaner, and cheaper. We'd never stayed on site before so we thought we'd try it. Everyone brags about how great it is. :sad2: We didn't like it and will definitly return again to off-site (BVS) in the future.

CajunWon
11-27-2007, 10:34 AM
Just back from 6 nights @ BVS.
This was a great hotel experience. The Breakfast was great too: scrambled eggs (dry the way I like'm); ham; sausage; bacon; fruit; yogurt. I skipped the bread-type items but DS7 loved the BB Muffins; biscuits; waffles. Fast even when crowded as they opened 2nd buffet during peak times.

The pull-out sofa-bed was not the best or worse I've seen.

Refridge. will hold open wine bottle and many misc items.

Shuttles always on-time & when we missed the 8am we walked next door to catch it as it gets Royal Carribe 2nd. Standing room only on Thanksgiving day, otherwise always got a seat. DS liked watching the on-board TV with DIS cartoons.

Pool is large, heated and uncrowded 3.5' - 5.5', small hot-tub.

MK fireworks can be seen from the North end of the hall.

pd ~$550 after tax

1.5 miles North on Vineland is the Prime Outlets Mall with Disney Character Premier for discounts on DIS souvenirs. 2.5 Miles South on Vineland is Bronson Rd with all the chain restaurants: we did Applebee's; Chili's; Macaroni Grill. Macaroni Grill burned everything -DS & I didn't mind but DM got hers comp'd since was only half eaten.

ADisneyQueen
11-27-2007, 12:11 PM
Cajunwon can you tell me if you heard much noise in the hallways at night and also was the pool clean? We are also going at a holiday time(Easter) and enoyed hearing your report. I am glad to hear they will open a 2nd buffet line if it is crowded then.

CajunWon
11-28-2007, 09:35 AM
No noise or pool complaints.

marypopfan
11-28-2007, 03:25 PM
I was wondering what the bus schedule was like and where did the bus put you down at the parks. Thanks

magicmaker1
12-06-2007, 12:29 PM
We're going Dec 31-Jan 4. Just wondering if the shuttle is worth it or to drive ourselves. DH uses a cane and can park in handicap parking. How far is drop off from the park entrances?

ADisneyQueen
12-06-2007, 12:54 PM
I haven't been to BVS yet but I can tell you a little about offsite buses. I know that at MK you will not be dropped off at the entrance to MK ( like the onsite buses). You will be dropped in the parking lot area and will have to take monorail or ferry to MK. I hope someone else can answer your question. We have reservations at BVS but will drive to the parks. I do not think their shuttle runs every 20 min. like onsite buses and we want to come back for afternoon breaks and be able to go when we want.

ADisneyQueen
12-31-2007, 05:55 PM
Did anyone stay here in December and has some reviews for us?

reelmom
12-31-2007, 09:43 PM
We are thinking about staying here in May. Thanks for everyones reviews. I am thinking that this is too good of a deal to pass up.

Mickeefan
01-15-2008, 01:31 PM
I just made reservations for May. I'm glad to see good reviews. Any new ones since November of last year?

ADisneyQueen
01-15-2008, 01:54 PM
Tripadvisor has some new ones

IDoDis
01-22-2008, 09:49 PM
I made reservations for the end of May. It will be our first visit. Now I'm debating on BVS vs Comfort Suites Maingate East which is about $12 per night less and has free internet. Decisions, decisions...

Does BVS also offer a free shuttle to Universal? That may be the deal killer if it doesn't. The other issue is that we'd have to move hotels for the last night since they are already booked with some special event starting on June 6th. I could still get us a room, but not at the AAA rate so the price jumps about $50 for that last night --- or we move hotels.

I'd love to know though if BVS has a free shuttle to Universal.

got2luvtink
03-02-2008, 04:05 PM
I've heard reports that you can use Caribe Royale's pool (because they are sister resorts). Anyone know for sure if that's true?

We were considering this hotel, so I called and asked that very question. They said no. :guilty:

I would like to know if anyone has tried their transportation system.

mvbehrens
03-07-2008, 09:01 AM
I think that the "special event" in June that you are talking about is probably GAY week. If you are not gay, I would avoid this week like the plague.







I made reservations for the end of May. It will be our first visit. Now I'm debating on BVS vs Comfort Suites Maingate East which is about $12 per night less and has free internet. Decisions, decisions...

Does BVS also offer a free shuttle to Universal? That may be the deal killer if it doesn't. The other issue is that we'd have to move hotels for the last night since they are already booked with some special event starting on June 6th. I could still get us a room, but not at the AAA rate so the price jumps about $50 for that last night --- or we move hotels.

I'd love to know though if BVS has a free shuttle to Universal.