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mtmbyck
03-27-2011, 06:53 PM
Just back from March break. Spent 2 nights at BCV in a 2 bedroom (I rented points from an owner for $300/nt) and then 8 nights at Marriott Grande vista. I have to tell you BCV was a disappointment. Room was dated and there were so many issues with the room I had to make a list to call down to report them. Amenities in the room were old and worn. Internet is available by plugging in an Ethernet - no wireless. We got a great deal on this room that would have been more like $700 per night. Service was very good and location is great but room was very tired looking.

Then we moved over to Marriott Grande Vista. We've stayed at Sheraton Vistana Villages, Floridays, and numerous rental homes but this resort exceeded any other property. Our 2 bedroom was luxurious and HUGE! View was beautiful and activities were plentiful. Everything from seminars from Gatorland staff, to a Polynesian night, karaoke night, campfires and dive-in movies, all kinds of daytime activities by the pools..........seemed like there was something to do every hour. Free wireless Internet even around the pool. The amenities in our unit were like new. Boat rentals, beach volleyball, ice cream shop.......and best of all $100/nt less than what I paid at BCV.

If you are looking for spacious accommodations and want to be close to everything (right across the road from Seaworld and 10 minutes from WDW and Universal) don't hesitate booking this property. We're not even going to look anymore.

Also, I secured this reservation online, I am not a Marriott club member, and did not receive one call to do their presentations.

Disneyx6
03-27-2011, 07:37 PM
Couldn't agree more! We stayed here 2 yrs. ago and loved it. We are breaking up our trip in Sept. between here and Disney property. We had a 2 bedroom villa w/full kitchen, laundry etc. for only $217.00 a night!!:woohoo: We booked the same room again w/an increase of only $5.00 a night. The kids loved all of the activities too. :thumbsup2

Detailor
03-27-2011, 07:39 PM
We prefer Marriott's Cypress Harbour but I agree that Marriott's Grande Vista is a great resort.

Dick Taylor

jeff968
03-28-2011, 01:29 PM
I agree with Dick, Marriott Cypress harbor is our favorite but you can't go wrong with any of the MVCs.

Taratink
03-28-2011, 02:09 PM
We will be staying at the Grande Vista in 11 days. We are not planning to go to the parks more than twice. I am so happy to hear that you loved it. How do I get a copy of the activities so I can plan around them? :thumbsup2 I have a 9 and 11 year old. Where is ther best pool to use?

happymommy
03-28-2011, 05:34 PM
We have stayed there as well, plus Harbour Lake twice now.

I agree - in December we had Harbour Lake (2 bedroom) for a couple of nights then 7 nights at the Boardwalk Villas. The BWV was in sad shape, the living room and kitchen were tiny, balcony was tiny, it wasn't as clean at all. The shower had tons of icky mold in it too. Other than the location (and we had gotten a great deal of $200 a night renting from an owner even during Christmas week when it was $750 a night through Disney), we really didn't think much of it (it was just a one bedroom). That was the last time we'll do a Disney hotel over a Marriott condo!

I do prefer Harbour Lake over Grand Vista, but we liked how it was nice and compact, like a little town. I'd take either over Disney any day now!

Disneyx6
03-28-2011, 09:51 PM
We will be staying at the Grande Vista in 11 days. We are not planning to go to the parks more than twice. I am so happy to hear that you loved it. How do I get a copy of the activities so I can plan around them? :thumbsup2 I have a 9 and 11 year old. Where is ther best pool to use?

They couldn't give me a schedule yet for September, but I would imagine since you are less than 2 weeks out they must know which nights they are having which activities. I would call the hotel directly because I don't see anything on their website. My kids enjoyed the campfire w/smores, the dive-in-movie, and game night by the pool. We pool hopped depending on what they had going on and how crowded they were. During the day they offered pool games and stuff for the kids so we tended to go to which ever pool had things planned. Hopefully they will offer some fun stuff while you are visiting and again for us in September:yay: Have fun:goodvibes

jmontori
03-29-2011, 11:46 AM
We also stayed pretty frequently at the grande vista before making the jump to vacation homes. Really found it very nice and liked the location, just had to make sure to get a new or newly renovated unit.

Danibelle
03-29-2011, 11:59 AM
We prefer Marriott's Cypress Harbour but I agree that Marriott's Grande Vista is a great resort.

Dick Taylor

I agree! :thumbsup2

marvel
03-31-2011, 07:09 AM
How did it compare to Sheraton Vistana? I was just about to book when I saw your thread and now I am totall rethinking.

Also, would love the others that posted about Cypress harbour, would like to know how these compare.

Detailor
03-31-2011, 08:27 AM
How did it compare to Sheraton Vistana? I was just about to book when I saw your thread and now I am totall rethinking.

Also, would love the others that posted about Cypress harbour, would like to know how these compare.

I think that Grande Vista is a nicer resort than the Sheraton Vistana Resort or Vistana Villages. And I think that the Vistanas are very nice themselves. They're similar in that both brands are attached to and run by hotel chains, they both offer a lot of resort amenities - multiple pools, resort stores, long lists of activities, tennis courts, basketball courts, onsite food options, gate and resort security, etc. - and both do a good job of attending positively to the condition of their villas and resorts (though I think that the Marriotts are updated more frequently). Grande Vista is somewhat unique in that the resort features an on-site traditional sit-down restaurant that is decidedly untimeshare-like. Grande Vista and Vistana Resort are both quite large timeshare resorts. I prefer Marriotts over Sheraton in general because I think that the Marriott villas are better appointed, a little larger on average and just more comfortable. My experiences with personnel at Grande Vista has also been more positive than with personnel at Vistana Resort.

While Cypress Harbour is smaller and a little older than Grande Vista I find both of those distinctions to be very positive attributes. The landscaping at Cypress Harbour is mature and gives me a comfortable, old-Florida feel to the resort - very laid-back while still having strong resort feel to the place. Cypress Harbour has the amenities and activities program that are found at the other area Marriott resorts. Cypress Harbour is also a more compact resort than Grande Vista (or the even larger Sheraton Vistana Resort, for that matter) which makes getting to the pool areas or the bar & grille/resort store area relatively easy. For Cypress Harbour the thing that makes this an outstanding resort for me is the customer service. I'm sure that all of the Orlando-area Marriott personnel are trained the same way but the management at Cypress Harbour must continually impress the concept of quality customer service on their people. I've had great customer service experiences with individuals at other resorts but the folks at Cypress Harbour seem to be more consistently helpful and pleasant than at other resorts. That might not make a big difference to some but I find that it makes the resort experience more positive.

Dick Taylor

liznboys
03-31-2011, 05:18 PM
I'd love the OP's or anyone's thoughts on this:

I looked at the price for Marriott Grande Vista and it seems to be in the low to mid $200's. Right now I could book Sheraton Vistana Village for $119 through the Dreams Unlimited deal. So for that much of a price difference, which would you choose?

lilkim76
03-31-2011, 11:28 PM
We will be staying at the Grande Vista in 11 days. We are not planning to go to the parks more than twice. I am so happy to hear that you loved it. How do I get a copy of the activities so I can plan around them? :thumbsup2 I have a 9 and 11 year old. Where is ther best pool to use?

We are going to be there next Sunday and I called and they sent me a copy of the activity schedule. Just call and ask for the activities ext. and they can email you a copy. They were so friendly and the schedule looks awesome! They offer tons for the little ones and I'm happy I get to do my Zumba while on vacation too!:)

marvel
04-01-2011, 05:35 AM
Thanks for the info. Along with liznboys, the marriot is also nearly $100 per night more expensive and more expensive than bonnett creek.

I am not sure whether an extra $700 will be worth it to us. Love to hear other opinions.

lilkim76
04-04-2011, 03:04 PM
We will be there this Sunday and so excited!

Can anyone help me out, wondering what is included at Grande Vista? Dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning stuff(like windex,etc). If they do supply this and you need extra, can you just ask for more for free or have to pay for additional? Also, is there usually an abundance of towels and wash cloths? Should we bring extra for a family of 5? Do they offer plenty of towels for the pool?

Thanks so much, any info on what I should bring would be great!

Detailor
04-04-2011, 03:59 PM
We will be there this Sunday and so excited!

Can anyone help me out, wondering what is included at Grande Vista? Dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning stuff(like windex,etc). If they do supply this and you need extra, can you just ask for more for free or have to pay for additional? Also, is there usually an abundance of towels and wash cloths? Should we bring extra for a family of 5? Do they offer plenty of towels for the pool?

Thanks so much, any info on what I should bring would be great!

They supply...

Liquid dishwashing soap
Dishwasher detergent
Dish towel(s)
Laundry detergent
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Facial tissues
Bathroom soaps
Trash can liners
A few coffee machine papers
I think that they supply the small hotel size shampoos/conditioners/lotions in the bathrooms, too.

I don't recall that they supply cleaners, such as Windex.

If you're in a two bedroom villa they'll have bathroom towels/wash cloths and pools towels for eight. And, of course, there's a washer and dryer if you need clean towels.

Dick Taylor

lilkim76
04-04-2011, 04:11 PM
Thanks, Dick. You are the best source for it all! Appreciate it! ;)

Danibelle
04-04-2011, 04:25 PM
We will be there this Sunday and so excited!

Can anyone help me out, wondering what is included at Grande Vista? Dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning stuff(like windex,etc). If they do supply this and you need extra, can you just ask for more for free or have to pay for additional? Also, is there usually an abundance of towels and wash cloths? Should we bring extra for a family of 5? Do they offer plenty of towels for the pool?

Thanks so much, any info on what I should bring would be great!

Dish soap, dishwasher detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, will be replenished but you will have to ask. You can get fresh towels for your room if you ask. Pool towels are at each pool. I don't remember what cleaning product is provided; I bought some lysol wipes for counters, etc. If you are there as a renter, there will be cleaning; if you are on the vacation club, you will have to pay extra for daily cleaning. I would get some cleaner and/or wipes and laundry detergent since you only get one little box.

Have a great time!

lilkim76
04-04-2011, 04:37 PM
Dish soap, dishwasher detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, will be replenished but you will have to ask. You can get fresh towels for your room if you ask. Pool towels are at each pool. I don't remember what cleaning product is provided; I bought some lysol wipes for counters, etc. If you are there as a renter, there will be cleaning; if you are on the vacation club, you will have to pay extra for daily cleaning. I would get some cleaner and/or wipes and laundry detergent since you only get one little box.

Have a great time!

Thanks for the info!:)

Disneyx6
04-07-2011, 01:13 PM
We will be there this Sunday and so excited!

Can anyone help me out, wondering what is included at Grande Vista? Dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning stuff(like windex,etc). If they do supply this and you need extra, can you just ask for more for free or have to pay for additional? Also, is there usually an abundance of towels and wash cloths? Should we bring extra for a family of 5? Do they offer plenty of towels for the pool?

Thanks so much, any info on what I should bring would be great!

I was pleased with the amount of stuff they already had there for you.(Dish soap, paper towels etc.) We only stayed 4 nights and had plenty of everything. The only item we needed more of was laundry soap(I didn't want to come back to NY w/dirty clothes:laundy:) I asked housekeeping and they left me another box no questions asked. We had 4 adults and 4 kids in our 2bedroom villa and we were fine w/all ammenities. Hope this helps and have a great trip:goodvibes

disguy11
04-07-2011, 09:35 PM
Our villas always had a Bottle of spray cleaner under the sink. Came in handy for the glass dining table!

Grumpy Grandma
04-08-2011, 03:16 PM
Is there any shuttle service to Disney or Universal?

lilkim76
04-12-2011, 09:41 AM
I am here!!! They put us in bdg 100 and I asked to be switched and they were able to put us in bdg 84 and so happy they did! Thanks to Dick, for letting me know the best areas to request. The rooms are fabulous, so modern and clean. Kids are loving the pools and having so much fun. I don't even want to leave for 5 days to go to the resorts, I rather stay here.;)

Detailor
04-12-2011, 02:46 PM
I am here!!! They put us in bdg 100 and I asked to be switched and they were able to put us in bdg 84 and so happy they did! Thanks to Dick, for letting me know the best areas to request. The rooms are fabulous, so modern and clean. Kids are loving the pools and having so much fun. I don't even want to leave for 5 days to go to the resorts, I rather stay here.;)

Have a great time! Building 84 has a great location that's adjacent to the Plaza del Sol pool area and the great Copa Loca bar and grille.

FWIW, with our youngest child now in her last few months as a teenager, our favorite place to stay at Grande Vista is Building 99 with the lanai view of the golf course. That area is great for us as many times we have been at the area pool that's located across the parking lot when there's been nobody else there - very relaxing to have your own quiet pool and hot tub. The only problem I've found with staying in buildings 95 to 100 is the parking -when the resort is full there's not enough parking spaces to handle all the guests' needs (same thing for the other more remote section of the resort - buildings 87 to 92).

Jazcat
04-13-2011, 09:53 PM
can you take some pictures to post. Thanks

Taratink
04-16-2011, 09:04 AM
We just returned from a great stay at MGV. We were in a bldg near the golf course. I tried to get our room changed but they couldn't do it. In the end I loved our location because we had a really quiet end unit. We stayed at the resort for much of our stay and we would stay there again in a heartbeat. :thumbsup2 We also went to the outta control magic show at wonderworks and we thought it was cute.

gcarney
02-08-2012, 10:12 AM
I have visited the GV for the past 3 years, this year will be my 4th and we will be there for 2 weeks for the honeymoon.

They supply all bed linens, towels etc as well as dishwasher tabs (finish ones I believe), Palmolive dish liquid, sponge, paper towel tissues, soap, lotion and shampoo in the bathroom, and a very small amount of laundry detergent for the washer/dryer. There is a coffee machine with about a days worth, maybe 2 of coffee and filters. Place settings for 8 along with the basic cooking utensils. There is also a hair dryer, iron and ironing board. All rooms efficiency or not have a balcony with chairs for the smaller ones and a larger table and chair for the bigger ones.

In the efficiency rooms there is a toaster, microwave, coffee maker and college size fridge.

As I will be there for 2 weeks I am going to partake in the cleaning services this time :)

I can't WAIT to spend my honeymoon there. I will be there in 39 days!

Harryo
02-09-2012, 10:41 AM
Don't let another thread on this board hear this, but I would take Grande Vista over Bonnet Creek anyday!!!!!

jlevis
02-10-2012, 05:39 AM
We are owners at Grande Vista and have always enjoyed our stays there. We'll be back in August for two weeks. The location, for us, is ideal just 15 minutes from Disney, and minutes from Universal and Sea World. There is a Publix at I-drive and Vineland a few minutes away and another on Central Florida Parkway, again a few minutes away. Lots of restaurants close by. The resort has several pools, and activities for all ages, tennis and golf, bike rentals, fishing and paddle boats. And, no, I'm not a paid spokesman. LOL

kathy884
02-10-2012, 06:45 AM
I belong to TUG (a timeshare users group) where members write reviews and give ratings to various timeshare properties. The ratings of TUG members for the resorts mentioned in these posts coinside very much with the comments of individual posters above (just found that interesting and thought I'd mention that and share ratings):

These are the ratings out of 10 given by members for the properties noted above. Note that all the resorts mentioned are rated highly. Most people I think would enjoy and be quite happy with most resorts rated an 8 or higher. I personally would have no problem in staying at any of these.

Marriott Cypress Harbor 9.15 (absolutely excellent rating)
Marriott Grand Vista 9.01 (also really high)
Sheraton Vistana Resort 8.69 (not as high as the Marriotts above but very good. Also since the remodeling ratings have gone up considerably)
Marriott Harbor Lakes 8.51 (another good rating)
Bonnet Creek 8.39 (A good rating) // This resort seems to be a favorite on this board. TUG members don't seem to be quite as impressed as DISBOARD members, but then TUG members typcially have stayed at more timeshare resorts, and I think are a little more discriminating. I think for many of the DISBOARD posters this is there first experience in a timeshare condo, and they are comparing it to the value or moderate hotel room they have gotten at Disney before for the same price and are blown away by the value. Like I said before, though, anything above an eight is a pretty good rating.

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Personal experience: I'm usually looking for a rental deal from a timeshare owner on a highly rated place (Redweek.com and TUG2.net) and have stayed at the Vistana Resort four different times // Have just found lot of great prices on rentals here for high season weeks I've wanted -- can usually get a two bedroom at the Vistana Resort for about half the price that I could rent any Marriotts mentioned. We've been really happy with this resort.

It's been a while since I've stayed at one of the Marriott timeshares in Orando, but I do have to say (general experience -- having stayed at other Marriott timeshares other places more recently), in general Marriott timeshare properties are some of the best and are top tier.

Note too: There are tons of other great timeshare properties in Orlando besides these. For quality / price on renting timeshares the Orlando area rocks!

Grumpy Grandma
02-10-2012, 03:36 PM
Don't let another thread on this board hear this, but I would take Grande Vista over Bonnet Creek anyday!!!!!

Just curious .... why? :confused3

spiceycat
02-10-2012, 03:46 PM
Just curious .... why? :confused3

my reason - Marriott Grande Vista is definitely a more upscale than BC. the best thing that BC has is it close to Disney.

MGV has a bunch of things on its own property. It has lots of activities every day. the swimming pools are excellent.

if you have a Interval International membership (the other big timeshares exchange besides RCI) you can get now at a discount.

Grumpy Grandma
02-10-2012, 03:47 PM
my reason - Marriott Grande Vista is definitely a more upscale than BC. the best thing that BC has is it close to Disney.

MGV has a bunch of things on its own property. It has lots of activities every day. the swimming pools are excellent.

if you have a Interval International membership (the other big timeshares exchange besides RCI) you can get now at a discount.

Thank you .... jumping on the II site now!!!

Harryo
02-10-2012, 06:04 PM
Spicycat worded much better than could have. I don't know if it was the week I was there or not (granted this was 2007 or 2008), but I just couldn't believe the amount of ignorant people I encountered there, swearing at people ect. I was at the pool bar having a few drinks with my family and I couldn't believe how many people were served and just walked away without tipping the poor bartender. I asked the bartender what was the deal with these people he just said "ya these people are staying on tour packages and just don't care".

Paper thin walls I was up all night a couple of nights because the people in the next unit had their TV on all night long.
I'll end my rant but I couldn't wait to get back to the Grande Vista

A Mickeyfan
02-10-2012, 06:20 PM
I stayed there from Christmas Day to New Years Day, in a studio. I loved it! I won my stay on Ebay... $300 for the entire week!!!! I would go back there in a heart beat. It was beautiful. When the fireworks went off on NYE, I was able to see all that Disney had as well as Sea World's and others who I didn't even know where they were coming from.. This place is may be a little bit of a drive to Disney, but it is worth the drive :thumbsup2
I loved BC until I stayed here.. this place wins hands down over BC for property to property.. only thing BC has over this place is location.. and like I said.. the MGV is worth the drive any day!!!