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LeslieG
07-29-2009, 07:19 PM
I hope I didn't make a big mistake. I just accepted an offer from Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando to do one of their presentations for $109 for 3 nights at either the Sea World or Int'l Drive locations. Someone please tell me it isn't real high pressure. My husband will kill me!

sanapp
07-29-2009, 08:50 PM
Sorry I can't tell you if it is high pressure or not, but I stayed at the Intl Drive location a few years ago and really enjoyed our stay. The condos are very very nice. The location isn't really great, but....

Louiepipbgeeco
07-29-2009, 09:04 PM
I cannot speak with regards to the presentation either, But I too agree that the place (I stayed International Drive) was REALLY great and I enjoyed my stay immensely.
Good luck

dunningdisney
07-29-2009, 10:14 PM
What a great rate. We did this shortly after 9-11 and got 3 nights for $99. The room was beautiful and big. Full kitchen table, kitchen, living room and bedroom. We walked to SeaWorld! It was just across the parking lot. As far as the presentation, I can't say that it was the best or the worst we have been to. We have been to alot. It was definately, at least, the amount of time they told us. It was the first time we had done a timeshare presentation and we had to sign off with, I think it was 3 people, maybe 2, before they released us. The last gentleman said we could afford it. I just told him we needed to be able to buy groceries year round also. Since, we have been to several where 2 or 3 people had to check us off before we could leave. Just stick to your guns and remember the word is "NO", that's the conversation DH and I have everytime before we walk thru the door. Enjoy your stay!

LeslieG
07-29-2009, 10:36 PM
They said two hours. I plan to set the stopwatch on my cell phone. What if they won't sign off and it goes beyond two hours? Can we still leave?

BBG-BLT
07-29-2009, 10:55 PM
We went in 2007 - stayed in a 1 BR (before #4 was born). The place was pretty nice - they had a movie at the pool and we couldn't get the kids to sleep and the washer was broken and ran for about 6 hours when we were at the park one day. The pools are nice and they had good kid activities.

The sales pitch is a little high pressure. We basically had to say we were going to leave - that we had fullfilled our commitment and they let us leave.

I like the idea of setting your watch - we told them ahead of time we weren't going to ever buy another time share (we have one in Mexico) and they still tried (guess that's their job).

Of course then I go and buy a DVC in 2009 :rotfl:

Anyway - try to enjoy it and just go prepared.

LeslieG
07-30-2009, 07:15 AM
We went in 2007 - stayed in a 1 BR (before #4 was born). The place was pretty nice - they had a movie at the pool and we couldn't get the kids to sleep and the washer was broken and ran for about 6 hours when we were at the park one day. The pools are nice and they had good kid activities.

The sales pitch is a little high pressure. We basically had to say we were going to leave - that we had fullfilled our commitment and they let us leave.

I like the idea of setting your watch - we told them ahead of time we weren't going to ever buy another time share (we have one in Mexico) and they still tried (guess that's their job).

Of course then I go and buy a DVC in 2009 :rotfl:

Anyway - try to enjoy it and just go prepared.


I'm concerned you say they "let you leave". Were they somehow preventing you? Did you have to get some kind of sign-off from them for your hotel stay to be valid or something?

goofyboyzmom
07-30-2009, 08:05 AM
I'm concerned you say they "let you leave". Were they somehow preventing you? Did you have to get some kind of sign-off from them for your hotel stay to be valid or something?

By "letting you leave", I believe (from our experiences) she means at the end of the presentation. When you agree to go, you agree to sit through a presentation (and tour usually) for a set amount of time. They are not allowed to keep you any longer than the time frame you agreed to. If you don't go to the presentation or won't stay for the entire agreed upon time, they are allowed by law to charge you for your entire stay at their full-price rates.

Have fun! The time spent at the presentations is well worth the $109 for 3 nights!!!

LeslieG
07-30-2009, 08:10 AM
By "letting you leave", I believe (from our experiences) she means at the end of the presentation. When you agree to go, you agree to sit through a presentation (and tour usually) for a set amount of time. They are not allowed to keep you any longer than the time frame you agreed to. If you don't go to the presentation or won't stay for the entire agreed upon time, they are allowed by law to charge you for your entire stay at their full-price rates.

Have fun! The time spent at the presentations is well worth the $109 for 3 nights!!!

I was just concerned about hearing people say it was supposed to be a 2-hour presentation and they ended up being there 3, 4 hours. I plan on leaving right at 2 hours no matter what, but I didn't know if you had to get some kind of sign-off from them for your special rate, and maybe they would refuse to give it to you at the 2 hour mark, which is why some people end up there for 3, 4 hours. Just wondering how it works.

I was thinking of saying upfront that we won't be buying, that we hardly ever travel, that we prefer camping at the lake near our house for vacations or visiting family. Do you think that would deter them?

Lisa_M
07-30-2009, 08:12 AM
The one on I-Drive is a beautiful resort. We stayed there through an exchange on my parents timeshare in 2007. We had a 1 bd condo and wow was it beautiful and spacious inside. We didn't do a tour, but I would say it's worth it for the price you're paying. Enjoy!

LeslieG
07-30-2009, 08:20 AM
The 109 is for a studio. If I want the 1-bedroom it would be I think a $75 upgrade.

kmk160
07-30-2009, 08:21 AM
Where did you learn of this offer? The resort looks gorgeous!!
Enjoy!

LeslieG
07-30-2009, 08:23 AM
Where did you learn of this offer? The resort looks gorgeous!!
Enjoy!

Hilton Grand Vacations just called me. I think you have to sign up for their loyalty program to get on their call list.

Lisa_M
07-30-2009, 08:24 AM
The 109 is for a studio. If I want the 1-bedroom it would be I think a $75 upgrade.

The 1 bd has a full kitchen and it's big. It's bigger than my kitchen in my apartment. Nice full size table for 4 to eat at. It also has a nice big jacuzzi tub. I'm not sure if the studios are like this, but if I had the extra money I would upgrade, especially if I was cooking in the condo.

Cheshire Figment
07-30-2009, 09:02 AM
Generally the presentations from Disney, Hilton and Marriott are very low pressure. And when they are done with the tour they will ask if you now have any interrest at all in buying. If you say no, at that time they will give you any promised gifts, if yes then they will take you for a private session where prices, etc., will be discussed.

pilotwife_02
07-30-2009, 09:26 AM
We own with Hilton and the first time we went it wasn't a high pressure sales tactic at all. We went in not interested and they somehow convinced us :rolleyes1

Anyway, the sales person we had was pretty good and smart, after his tour of the property (before the sales pitch of how the whole things works and costs, blah blah blah) he said if we weren't interested at all to tell him because there was no sense in wasting our time going through all that (I know they had a lot of people booked for tours at the time so in essence him wasting OUR time also was wasting his time trying since he could try to get another couple in for a tour and try to sell to them and by chit chatting with us it could cost him a sale with another person, you know?). I appreciated his honesty.

I think if you're honest with them upfront and tell them, look we're just here for the perks of the tour (free tix to a park, cheap hotel stay, etc.), do what you have to do and we want to move on, then they will just do that.

Hilton is doing fine in their vacation club ownership, they don't need to push people.

Now we once went to one where every time we said NO they moved us to a different room to meeting with a person "higher up" and the price kept getting lower and lower and lower :sad2: Yeah, that made a difference and made us want to change our mind. I felt bad for all the suckers who said yes during the first "room". All we wanted was our Mama Mia tix (this was in Vegas) and we vowed NEVER to attend another timeshare presentation again since have Hilton.

LeslieG
07-30-2009, 07:56 PM
We own with Hilton and the first time we went it wasn't a high pressure sales tactic at all. We went in not interested and they somehow convinced us :rolleyes1

Anyway, the sales person we had was pretty good and smart, after his tour of the property (before the sales pitch of how the whole things works and costs, blah blah blah) he said if we weren't interested at all to tell him because there was no sense in wasting our time going through all that (I know they had a lot of people booked for tours at the time so in essence him wasting OUR time also was wasting his time trying since he could try to get another couple in for a tour and try to sell to them and by chit chatting with us it could cost him a sale with another person, you know?). I appreciated his honesty.

I think if you're honest with them upfront and tell them, look we're just here for the perks of the tour (free tix to a park, cheap hotel stay, etc.), do what you have to do and we want to move on, then they will just do that.

Hilton is doing fine in their vacation club ownership, they don't need to push people.

Now we once went to one where every time we said NO they moved us to a different room to meeting with a person "higher up" and the price kept getting lower and lower and lower :sad2: Yeah, that made a difference and made us want to change our mind. I felt bad for all the suckers who said yes during the first "room". All we wanted was our Mama Mia tix (this was in Vegas) and we vowed NEVER to attend another timeshare presentation again since have Hilton.



We are thinking of going over Thanksgiving. They said it would be $99 extra to go over a holiday. But I know that's a busy time, so maybe they would be more apt to send us on our way if we aren't interested.

pilotwife_02
07-30-2009, 08:21 PM
Probably!

Oh and my last paragraph was in reference to another company's timeshare, NOT a Hilton's presentation. I can't even remember the name of the company. It was pretty shady and can't believe we fell for it for some stupid Mamma Mia tix :rolleyes: So don't worry, Hilton won't do that to you!

GoHerd1028
07-30-2009, 09:32 PM
We are Hilton Grand Vacation Time Share owners. We own at the Sea World location, but we stay at the I-drive location because I like it better and my wife likes the outlet malls being right next door. We just booked 3 nights at the W 57th location in NYC. We have to sit though a promo to get 100 off the price of the trip, but that is ok...i am going to tell them upfront that we are not buying again right now and that I don't want them to waste their time when they can be making a sell with someone else.

LeslieG
07-30-2009, 09:34 PM
We are Hilton Grand Vacation Time Share owners. We own at the Sea World location, but we stay at the I-drive location because I like it better and my wife likes the outlet malls being right next door. We just booked 3 nights at the W 57th location in NYC. We have to sit though a promo to get 100 off the price of the trip, but that is ok...i am going to tell them upfront that we are not buying again right now and that I don't want them to waste their time when they can be making a sell with someone else.

Do you remember the presentation in Florida? If so, how was it?

GoHerd1028
07-30-2009, 09:43 PM
Do you remember the presentation in Florida? If so, how was it?

It was in 2001 when we went, but I do not recall it being real high pressure. We honeslty had no intentions of buying when we went in...but...our sales person was a kind old man...and my wife is a sucker for little old men LOL...so they crunched the numbers some and we bought what we could afforad and to this day after 2 children it is still enough for us. We bought the 1BR gold season. It will be fine... I promise!

Marc A.
08-14-2009, 11:15 AM
Can someone please describe the transportation from the HiltonVC on I-drive to the parks?
Does it cost extra? Are they packed? How late after the parks close do they run?
Thanks

GoHerd1028
08-14-2009, 11:36 AM
Can someone please describe the transportation from the HiltonVC on I-drive to the parks?
Does it cost extra? Are they packed? How late after the parks close do they run?
Thanks

We have stayed at the HGVC on I-Drive for years and love it. However, we have always had a rental car so I did nor relay on the transportation to get me to and from the parks...I like to be able to come and go as I please...a control thing I guess ha ha. So, what I think you should do if you dont have your own transportation is call the HGVC property directly and ask them what is offered and how often it runs. get the info srtaight from the horses mouth. Good Luck:thumbsup2

Marc A.
08-14-2009, 11:42 AM
Well we did rent a car to be safe. I just wanted to know the options.
Thanks

4forWDW
08-14-2009, 03:00 PM
We have stayed at the HGVC on I-Drive for years and love it. However, we have always had a rental car so I did nor relay on the transportation to get me to and from the parks...I like to be able to come and go as I please...a control thing I guess ha ha. So, what I think you should do if you dont have your own transportation is call the HGVC property directly and ask them what is offered and how often it runs. get the info srtaight from the horses mouth. Good Luck:thumbsup2

Totally OT - GoHerd1028 - love your We are Marshall:cheer2:
I'm a 1987 MU Graduate who works in Huntington.:thumbsup2

GoHerd1028
08-14-2009, 03:12 PM
Totally OT - GoHerd1028 - love your We are Marshall:cheer2:
I'm a 1987 MU Graduate who works in Huntington.:thumbsup2

We both work in Huntington also. I wonder if we know each other or have crossed paths before ha ha

candizfan
08-15-2009, 12:19 AM
We own at DVC and this past March we got sucked into doing a Marriott presentation for the $100 in Disney gift cards. The kids really wanted to do it.

We run long but I was actually interested in learning how the program worked for my own reference. We were not going to buy and I told them that up front, but they tried pretty hard.

Remember to use clear language. No, not interested, not what would interest us, not of use to us, don't want it. A lot of people are not clear. They give excuses that can be "answered" by the sales force and that delays the exit becaus they think you want it if they can manage to make your concerns go away.

For example. We can't afford it means for them to offer financing or reduce the price. I don't want this. Is much clearer. No thank you has no come back.

Some people say "let us leave" when they mean they stand up and show them to the door. Some people don't want to be rude and say. We don't want this. What do you need to sign for us to be on our way?

You will make out fine and remember one point. If you REALLY like the place and the idea of owning makes sense. Take a business card, check out the resale market and then you can make a decision to buy from home.

Good luck