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Sham
01-07-2010, 08:56 PM
I've booked a suite for the end of this month. The price was incredible but did I make the right choice? Anyone ever use this resort before? Any opinions and/or stories you would like to share...I'm all ears.

dennise
01-08-2010, 07:38 AM
Never stayed there, but it looks great. Easy to get to the parks, shopping or I-drive. Where did you find your rate? I am looking at a 1 bedroom. Right next to Lake Buena Vista outlet mall.

MagicalKingdom
01-08-2010, 08:14 AM
you made the right choice,..the place is beautiful..Whatever your pleasure, is it has! they say, “Unpack Once and See It All”. whether you want to visit the theme parks, do some power shopping, hit a few golf balls, keep up with your workout, watch the fireworks from your balcony, or simply relax and rejuvenate, it’s all here in this resort residence..i know you will enjoy it!...

Sham
01-08-2010, 09:51 AM
Never stayed there, but it looks great. Easy to get to the parks, shopping or I-drive. Where did you find your rate? I am looking at a 1 bedroom. Right next to Lake Buena Vista outlet mall.

I searched every possible hotel website imaginable. I found the best rate on Orbitz, and then used a 10% off promotional code (WELCOME10) when I booked. Got a three-bedroom suite for less than $700 for the week.

donatalie
01-08-2010, 10:22 PM
I searched every possible hotel website imaginable. I found the best rate on Orbitz, and then used a 10% off promotional code (WELCOME10) when I booked. Got a three-bedroom suite for less than $700 for the week.


I actually got the best rate by calling the resort directly. The lowest price I found online was $136 a night for the three bedroom which I got for $113 a night by calling....

We leave for Florida tomorrow and will be staying at this resort for 6 nights...

I promise a full report (with pictures) when we get back!

Sham
01-09-2010, 12:53 PM
I actually got the best rate by calling the resort directly. The lowest price I found online was $136 a night for the three bedroom which I got for $113 a night by calling....

We leave for Florida tomorrow and will be staying at this resort for 6 nights...

I promise a full report (with pictures) when we get back!

I'll be looking forward to it. Have fun!

kevindorsey
01-10-2010, 02:52 AM
I searched every http://bodybuilderspro.info/customimages/5/1240197088/random.gifpossible hotel website imaginable. I found the best rate on Orbitz, and then used a 10% off promotional code (WELCOME10) when I booked. Got a three-bedroom suite for less than $700 for the week.

That's not bad at all.

drag n' fly
01-10-2010, 01:26 PM
We stayed here. The furnishings in our unit were very plain and basic..on the cheap side. Our unit overlooked a pile of dirt...nice and was a very loooooooooooong way from the pool. The unit itself was very nice and it had the biggest baddest bathtub EVAH!:rotfl2: Close to everything...shopping...dining etc! :goodvibes

Sham
01-10-2010, 09:12 PM
We stayed here. The furnishings in our unit were very plain and basic..on the cheap side. Our unit overlooked a pile of dirt...nice and was a very loooooooooooong way from the pool. The unit itself was very nice and it had the biggest baddest bathtub EVAH!:rotfl2: Close to everything...shopping...dining etc! :goodvibes

Did you try requesting a room with a different view?

drag n' fly
01-11-2010, 12:37 AM
Did you try requesting a room with a different view?

No we didn't. It was a one night stay before we got on the Wonder. If it was longer we probably might have:goodvibes

indimom
01-11-2010, 01:13 PM
We're booked at this resort for our May/June vacation and I had a couple questions.
1. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how big the in-room safe is? Similar to Disney's? Big enough for a laptop? Bigger?
2. When I booked online, I saw nothing about additional fees, but read a review somewhere (I forget which site) hinting at resort fees. Did anyone experience this or was your bill exactly what you booked???
3. Do you know if they will accept traveler's checks at this resort? I would love to avoid putting everything from the trip on a credit card.

Sham
01-11-2010, 09:52 PM
We're booked at this resort for our May/June vacation and I had a couple questions.
1. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how big the in-room safe is? Similar to Disney's? Big enough for a laptop? Bigger?
2. When I booked online, I saw nothing about additional fees, but read a review somewhere (I forget which site) hinting at resort fees. Did anyone experience this or was your bill exactly what you booked???
3. Do you know if they will accept traveler's checks at this resort? I would love to avoid putting everything from the trip on a credit card.

I can only answer your second question, and YES, there are resort fees. When I booked through Orbitz, it stated on my bill that the resort fee was $47.50 and that was to be paid at the resort.

Hope that answers your question.

nancydrew79
01-11-2010, 10:11 PM
The rate I get directly from the site is much much lower than the one I get from Orbitz. :confused3

The safe is bigger than the ones found at Disney resorts, from my understanding of the size of theirs. I have never seen any Disney resorts safes, but I have seen the ones at LBVRVS, and they can fit more than just a laptop in it.

The resort fees are included in the "taxes and fees" section shown when you book your reservation (if you book directly with them), included in your final total. Last time I stayed here I encountered no other fees other than what my final quote was. I don't know if that has changed since then, but I don't think it has. I'm going to book 2 weeks there for May/ June shortly!

indimom
01-12-2010, 05:44 AM
Hey, nancydrew, maybe we'll see you there! :)

nancydrew79
01-12-2010, 10:46 AM
Maybe so! Last time I was there the pirate pool wasn't finished, so I'm looking forward to that.

Sinderelly
01-12-2010, 10:28 PM
I just booked two nights on Priceline for $72 per night for Nov. 2010. It will make getting off the ship ( Magic) a little easier :goodvibes

tropicalgirl
01-13-2010, 06:19 AM
When you booked with Priceline, what star category did you bid? Do you have a one or two bedroom unit? Any info will be helpful!

Sinderelly
01-13-2010, 09:27 PM
I stayed in the 3 star category and above. I'm not sure if we have a 1BR or two. It's just DH and I.

acjsmom
01-14-2010, 02:25 PM
We stayed there two years ago and loved, loved, loved it. We have recommended it to everyone we know going to visit there. In fact, some friends of ours who own a resort where we live stayed there back in Oct. and they loved it, too.

We are going back to WDW in April, and I am shocked that my husband booked an onsite resort. After staying at LBV, I thought I would never be able to get him to stay onsite.

We had a four bedroom/four bath deal because my mother and brother were staying with us. We were able to get a killer deal because they were still under construction, and I think we used the Orlando Magic card, too.

I believe you will not be disappointed.

allabtdis
01-15-2010, 12:06 AM
Looking at the picture this looks like the same location that my family stayed in June 2002. Would anyone know what it was named at that time? I remember they had a fantastic buffet that would make anyone happy. Transportation also was flawless. Would the shuttle have dropoff to just the parks or the resorts like Coronado?

lizbro
01-16-2010, 07:00 PM
We stayed there in november and loved it !! The safe had a removable shelf inside which made it plenty big enough for a laptop,we stayed as a family of 5 in a 3 room unit and found no faults ,yes the units are lived in ,not enough to complain about tho.Any questions or pics wanted just ask
liz

katie111
01-16-2010, 09:10 PM
Would love to see any pics you have. We'll be staying there next month for a week.

lizbro
01-17-2010, 07:34 AM
Ok heres some -I think from what we saw all the units look pretty much exactly the same-we had a 3 bed
Oh and we were in building 5 which seems to be the most popular as it is next to the pirate pool ,you can emial them to request a certain building.

FRom the front door ,dining area and living area
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v79/liz_71/Picture090.jpg

master bedroom from doorway-the shower,jacuzzi tub ,toliet and sink area are all to the right of the bed-oh and massive walk in closet with safe ,iron,ironing board and loads of hanging space -and room to put the cases!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v79/liz_71/Picture096.jpg

3rd bedroom -these were both double beds
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v79/liz_71/Picture104.jpg

lizbro
01-17-2010, 07:37 AM
2nd bedroom -this was a huge bed-not sure what its called (as in queen,king?) but it was wide enough for 3 pillows across
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v79/liz_71/Picture107.jpg

The second and 3rd bedrooms had a chest of drawers and walk in closet with hanging space
Hope these help,i'll try to get some more up later ,or poss try and upload a walk through vid on you tube

katie111
01-18-2010, 10:31 AM
Thanks for the pics! It looks great!

trinchick
01-18-2010, 03:58 PM
Is housekeeping included here? We're considering renting a condo or house, but I hate to admit some lazy tendencies, but I hate making the beds while I'm on vacation!

Thanks.

nancydrew79
01-18-2010, 04:02 PM
Housekeeping is extra. We didn't miss it at all.

trinchick
01-18-2010, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the housekeeping info. I think I just have to overcome my distaste for bed-making!

Rosie
01-19-2010, 09:09 AM
QQ Lizbro!
From building 5 could you get a view of the WDW fireworks?
Staying there for 15 nights in April and would like a suite with a view :thumbsup2

Wendaeh
01-21-2010, 10:32 AM
What do you think of this place for teens? Were there many activities?

Thanks!

lizbro
01-23-2010, 06:10 PM
QQ Lizbro!
From building 5 could you get a view of the WDW fireworks?
Staying there for 15 nights in April and would like a suite with a view :thumbsup2

We could see wdw fireworks from the twin room easily! I have a pic somewhere ,i'll try to get it on here.
We def could see fantasmic and wishes

donatalie
01-24-2010, 10:35 AM
Hi Everyone!

We just returned from a six night stay here and I have to say that I was very impressed. It is a resort in progress. It is only three years old and they have a lot more building planned. There is a lot of undeveloped area which does not make for a beautiful view..... but in a few years I'd love to see it again!
Here is picture of the resort as we approached
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary20102616.jpg

We paid $113 for a Three bedroom 2 bath condo called the Barbados. We were in Building 5 on the 15th floor. The condo was comfortably decorated and furnished. It was not fancy at all but we liked it like that! The couch was big and soft and there was a 37" or 40" flat screen tv in the living room. The tv could be hooked up to a dvd player if you have the composite cables to do it.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010539.jpg
The dining room had a large glass table that can seat 6. The kitchen had very nice appliances including a dishwasher. There were plates, glasses, flatware, toaster, blender and some pots and pans. There was not much space for food in the cupboards however. There also was not a vacuum cleaner in case you would want to bring a dustbuster.... The water did not taste wonderful so we ended up buying bottled water to drink and make coffee.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010543.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010546.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010554.jpg

The master suite had a king sized bed, a 32" flat screen tv (which also could be hooked up to a dvd player), a massive jacuzzi tub, a walk in shower and double sinks. The beds were pretty hard but I have 4 inches of memory foam on my bed at home so it may be just a relative thing. We brought pillows from home but their pillows were puffy and comfortable as well. I also brought extra blankets because of the weather forecast and I'm sure glad we did! There was huge walk-in closet and the was a safe which easily held for laptops and a dvd book. The tub was wonderful but it was hard to fill because we ran out of hot water. This could have been because of the cold weather. The shower was massive but it only had a small soap shelf. We had to keep our shampoo, razors etc on the floor. You might want to bright shower caddy. It had good pressure and lots of space however!
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010545.jpg

The second bedroom also had a king sized bed. The tv in that room was a traditional box set. It was never used so I can't tell you what the picture was like. It had a normal sized closet which our friend also didn't use.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010547.jpg
She used the second bathroom. She said the shower had good pressure and plenty of hot water. http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010548.jpg

The third bedroom had two full sized beds. Other that that is was just like bedroom number 2.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010549.jpg

One of our favorite parts was actually the laundry. There was a stackable washer and dryer in the closet right outside of the second bathroom. There was a panel loose so it was a little loud but we did laundry every day.

We had asked for a Disney View to see the fireworks at night. From the third bedroom we could see Illumination at a distance. We were in room 9 which was at the end of the hallway so you couldn't see much of Disney from our Balcony. Considering that it was in the 30's and 40's we didn't spend a whole lot of time out there any way. Here is a picture of the view that I took all but hanging over the balcony edge. You can see the Characters in Flight Balloon which orients where Downtown Disney is from the resort.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary20103107.jpg

The pool was beautiful and we wished that we had been able to use it. It was right outside Building 5. There was a zero entry with mushroom sprayers and of the giant pirate ship! There was a tiki bar next to the pool but it was closed when we were there.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010564.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010562.jpg

There were some crazy people in the hottub in the 30 degree weather
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r132/donatalie/completed%20projects/DisneyWorldJanuary2010561.jpg

We wandered over to Building 1 the first night we were there. There was a small fitness center and a decent sized game room. The Pizza Hut Express was in the gift shop. Note to self..........don't buy anything at the gift shop!!!! Run to WalMart (which is just across the street) and save 300%!!!! The wanted $8.99 for a case of bottled water (which only had 12 bottles!).

We parked in parking garage the whole trip. There is not alot of outside parking at all. You can easily walk over to the Lake Buena Vista Outlets if you want to do a little shopping.

Overall it was a really good experience. We opted to not pay for the housekeeping service. We never felt the need to call the resort for any service. Everyone we encountered was really nice however! There were takeout/delivery menus from local places put under our door each day. We ordered from a place called Joe's on the first day. It look almost an hour and a half to get our food and everything was burnt. Not to self...... don't order from Joe's!

I hope this helps. If anyone has any other questions, feel free to ask!

chaoscent
02-07-2010, 11:27 AM
Natlalie - thanks for this report. My friends (Miranda's parents) are going in Dec with 5 adults, 1 child and we are 2 adults. Is there a sofa bed in the LR. Could we fit 7 adults and 1 child in a 3 BR for 1 night? We are staying DVC starting on a Sunday, but coming in on a Sat so we needed a place for 1 night. We were thinking of Buena Vista suites as between the two rooms we could fit everyone. The cost of those rooms are $99 (includes everything) per night. Glad you had a good visit. Penny:goodvibes

donatalie
02-09-2010, 10:00 PM
Natlalie - thanks for this report. My friends (Miranda's parents) are going in Dec with 5 adults, 1 child and we are 2 adults. Is there a sofa bed in the LR. Could we fit 7 adults and 1 child in a 3 BR for 1 night? We are staying DVC starting on a Sunday, but coming in on a Sat so we needed a place for 1 night. We were thinking of Buena Vista suites as between the two rooms we could fit everyone. The cost of those rooms are $99 (includes everything) per night. Glad you had a good visit. Penny:goodvibes

Hi Penny!!!!
Two of the bedrooms had Kings and the third had two fulls. The sofa pulled out to a queen. Depending on the sleeping arrangements it seems like there would be plenty of space!!!

chaoscent
02-11-2010, 08:54 PM
Thanks, I am throwing this one in the mix. Boy trips get confusing. LOL thank you, Penny

NaplesRI
06-13-2010, 07:48 PM
Looking for some input on condition of furniture etc.

Last year we stayed at ighthouse Key Resort and everything was nice. I want to be sure that this is at least equal in quality. One poster said the furniture was cheap- anyone agree?

Also, did anyone pay the extra $20 a night for the guaranteed fireworks view?

Did you request a specific building/view?

Would love any input to assist us in making a decision. (3 bed/3bath unit)
Thanks!

PrincessBelle39
08-16-2011, 06:51 AM
I know this is an older thread but I was wondering if anyone had anything more upto date to say. We came across this resort today and it doesn't sound too bad.

dadschum
08-16-2011, 08:10 AM
Princess Belle - I stayed here in Dec 2010. My review is here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2654354&highlight=lake+buena+vista+resort

Sinderelly
08-16-2011, 04:46 PM
We stayed Nov 2010 after our cruise and would NEVER stay there again. DH grabbed a "clean" towel after his shower and discovered after unfolding the towel and drying his face that there was fecal matter on the towel :scared1: He had to take another shower. We took the towel down to the front desk and was told the manager would call us. He called DH and explained they had a little problem with rust in the laundry. DH asked him if he looked at the towel, he kinda him-hawed a little then said no. DH told him he needed to LOOK cause that sure wasn't rust. ;) The only other problem we had was we were in bldg one and it was difficult finding a place to park. I got this resort on Priceline but we would definitely never stay again. We now laugh about it and call this the poo on the towel resort :rotfl:

PrincessBelle39
08-16-2011, 05:13 PM
Thanks guys. Interesting thoughts. I found some other reviews online after posting this and they seem mixed although the majority are good. The towel thing is a bit scary Sinderelly. Hopefully just a one of????? You wouldn't want to think it happened often.
Dadschum, your review incidates you were pretty happy with it. I think it would suit our needs. There are us - DH, Me, DD's 7 and 9 - and also my Mum. Most of the other places I've looked at are 2 bedroom and I love the idea of the 3 bedrooms.
We were thinking of going beack to Windsor Hills where we have stayed the last two trips in a pool home. But I love the idea of the big themed pool where the kids will have other kids to play with as well as the restaurants onsite.

PrincessBelle39
08-16-2011, 06:09 PM
Just a question regarding the minimum height for the pirate waterslide. I've found a couple of reviews that say the minimum height to ride is 48". But I've also found one that says 42". I have a dd that is going to fall between the two heights. Does anyone know for sure.

PrincessBelle39
08-16-2011, 06:21 PM
Actually another question. I'm looking at a rate on expedia which I think is pretty good. But it mentions cleaning fee and deposit. I'm assuming the cleaning fee is only if you request the cleaning service. If this is the case, do you have to have it every day or can you have it done just a couple of times.
And the deposit (which says $25 per day), I'm assuming this is a refundable deposit.

dadschum
08-16-2011, 07:44 PM
Princess Belle,

We liked it although it was not the lap of luxury. There were 4 adults and 1 child. Two of the adults are sisters (my 2 closest friends) and the other the partner of one of the sisters and father of the child. We 3 girls have done a lot of long weekend trips in New England and all 3 of us are well traveled. On the one hand we like nice things, on the other hand, we are not terribly picky. We have camped, stayed in cabins and stayed at the Four Seasons in Boston as well as a multitude of hotels in New England. We were happy with the place. The Dad was less so and he is also not as well traveled. He compared this place to high roller suites at Foxwoods Casino and was less impressed. He knit picked about alot of things that never really bothered the rest of us - we tend to roll with the punches. You can read the review I wrote again to pick up on the "little things". The place was clean enough, we checked for bed bugs immediately and found none. The couch was a bit worn but other than that and a few minor broken items, we were not bothered at all.

We spent a lot of time looking for the "right place" and our parameters were to be near the parks, clean, have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and have a restaurant on site. This fit the bill. To be honest we were hardly ever there. We left the condo in the morning and did not return til 8 or 9 at night. We ate in Frankie Farrell's restaurant 3 times (liked it a lot) and did pizza take out from Pizza hut one night. Got enough food to feed 4 adults 1 kid for $40 with leftovers. Other nights we were in the parks late. It was a place to sleep, shower, eat a simple breakfast, make lunches to bring to the parks and come back at night late, have a cocktail, talk about the day and go to sleep.

We were happy with it. We also considered Floridays and Blue Heron and Lake Eve as other possibilities. I have since done other research for a trip in 2013 or 2014 and Wyndham Bonnet Creek would be a serious contender.

Hope that helps.

BTW -sorry don't know anything about the slide.

PrincessBelle39
08-19-2011, 06:32 PM
Thanks Dadschum. We are seriously considering this resort although I'm still nervous about the negative reviews. I've done a bit of research and note that the 3bedroom/2bathroom suites are in building 3,4 and 5 which makes me feel a bit better. I gather from what we have read that we want to avoid buildings 1 and 2.
To be honest its the location that's selling it to us. I'm having a hard time finding anything we like better location wise. We are a group of 3adults and 2 children. One of the adults is my Mum and as we are there 17nights I'm worried that she might get Disney'd out (I know I certainly wont). If she decides that she doesn't want to swim or go to Disney one day with us, she would have access to the factory outlets which is a huge bonus. I've looked at Floridays aswell. I might have a look at the other places you've mentioned also.