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Robinrs
06-15-2003, 09:00 AM
This is a link to a few of the many photos I took while staying at the Vistana Resort May 24th to 31st.

http://www.ofoto.com/PhotoView.jsp?US=0&UV=743051269629_63587802903&collid=19779802903&photoid=61100902903

crazyme5kids
06-15-2003, 09:39 AM
Thanks for the pictures Robin! There's just one problem with them......... It is pushing me still closer to booking a couple of extra nights into a timeshare!!!!!!!!!!!

snoopy
06-15-2003, 10:37 AM
Wow, it looks like a beautiful place to stay, Robin. Got the Tug classifieds saved to my favorites!

Tell Michael Auntie Snoops thinks he is a VERY talented artist! :)

magicmouse2
06-15-2003, 10:56 AM
The resort looks wonderful! They are the nicest rooms IA have seen of an offsite resort. I think we will stay there a couple of nights next April.
Thanks for the photos:D

Robinrs
06-15-2003, 11:22 AM
LoL, snoops... Michael had NO interest in art at all, unlike his MOM and his Auntie, until we got to Vistana. He found these "black velvet" art boards and suddenly got into it! I think Vistana has magic powers...

Margie, I've stayed at MANY places in Orlando, this is now my favorite. We moved to the Portofino afterwards and STILL wanted to go back! And the Portofino is a hard act to beat!

Magicmouse2, you won't be sorry. This is a great place and the only place we've ever stayed that my son would've rather stayed at than go to the parks! And for his tired Mom, that's a GOOD thing! :teeth:

Simba0319
06-15-2003, 11:45 AM
Robn,

Which section of the resort did you stay in? The room looks nice and I am going in August I am not sure which section to request.

Thanks, Emily

Robinrs
06-15-2003, 12:40 PM
Emily: I was lucky enough to find an owner who owned in the Lakes section. I loved that area.

Disney Ella
06-15-2003, 02:37 PM
Looks like a really nice place, Robin. Now I have to add another place on my list of places to stay! Michael certainly looks comfortable in that jacuzzi. You should have had him take a picture with you in it.

Simba0319
06-15-2003, 07:48 PM
Thanks Robin!

hercamore
06-15-2003, 08:55 PM
Wow, it looks great.

Does the second br have twin beds or doubles?

herc.

Robinrs
06-15-2003, 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Disney Ella
Looks like a really nice place, Robin. Now I have to add another place on my list of places to stay! Michael certainly looks comfortable in that jacuzzi. You should have had him take a picture with you in it.

Nope he couldn't blackmail me the way I'm blackmailing him with the one I DID NOT publish of him showing more skin than he'd like! :earseek: I'm saving it for his first date!! LoL!

Herc, I think the second bedroom had two doubles. It had it's own TV and bath and was the size of a normal hotel room.

magicmouse2
06-16-2003, 02:51 AM
Hi Robinrs, do they have non-smoking villas there ? I think this is definitely the resort for us offsite:smooth:

AZKathy
06-16-2003, 11:23 AM
Make sure you get the newer section if you choose this resort!!!!

We were just there June 1-8. Our friend traded in RCI for two two bedroom condos. We were put in the older section (325 and 327). They were terrible and very outdated. They did not look at all like your pictures. Both rooms were smoked in and reaked of smoke which did not get out ever. We had ants crawling on the kitchen counter and two giant roaches in the bathrooms. They sprayed three times. Vistana gave us $100 in Vistana money for each condo....whopeee! Also, the second bedroom had only twin beds in it and we had to rearrange sleeping arrangements for our party of twelve. The pictures we saw on the net showed double beds; we were disappointed in that. There was no way the two bedroom could sleep eight with those twin beds as they advertised. I wish I took pictures of the interior to compare with yours, but I hated it so much, I did not take any pictures.

I read here that they put trades in the older areas. I would suggest anyone trading to MAKE SURE not to get put in the older areas or there may be some disappointment in the accomodations. I would never stay there again after the week we had.

I believe if we had the villa that Robin had, our opinion of Vistana Resort would be different. I am glad you enjoyed your stay there, Robin!

Robinrs
06-16-2003, 07:00 PM
Wow, Kathy!! I'm so sorry you had such a bad time!

I do consider myself blessed to be in a newer area. We went to the Super Pool and the condos over there were nowhere NEAR as nice as the Lakes. Michael even asked me if we LEFT Vistana!

By the way I was in 1766.

AZKathy
06-16-2003, 09:00 PM
You know, Robin, one of the families we vacationed with were serious about buying a timeshare. They may have listened to the timeshare talk at Vistana if we had accomodations like you had. They had no desire to listen with the villas we had. They were so impressed with OKW the next week during our stay at OKW, they bought into DVC that trip at BCV!

MiaSRN62
06-17-2003, 01:38 AM
Kathy,
You were in the older Falls section and I agree with your statement about the section you stay in makes all the difference. I own in the Fountains at Vistana--which I'm very happy with---but one stay we booked two extra nights with the Vistana and we were moved to the older Spas section. It was such a major let-down that I complained to the Front Desk staff. I felt as Vistana owners, visiting during off-season (it was approximately Nov 7-9), that we deserved to be places at the very least in the section we own in. They told us at that time they could not accomodate us. I felt the Spas was substandard to what we were used to. When I got back home, I wrote a very long letter to management. They ended up apologizing and refunded one night's stay to my credit card.
This past November we arrived for a 2 night stay after our Disney cruise. We checked in by 1 pm and at 5:30 pm our villa still wasn't ready. It turned out there was a major spill on the carpet and they were deep cleaning it. Well, I was traveling with a very weary 68 year old mil who wanted to rest. They offered to find us a room somewhere else and I demanded nothing less than the Fountains. We were given a Lakes unit (same as Robin). The Lakes is actually my favorite, even over the newest section, the Cascades.
By the way Robin.....enjoyed seeing your pics.....can't wait till I'm there in August.

Robinrs
06-18-2003, 01:03 PM
Okay... I'm now in email pursuit of the Vistana Villages for July! Hope it's still available!

Lisa P.
06-18-2003, 02:17 PM
Robin, your photos are lovely. They give a great feel for how nice your room was. We stayed in the Lakes sections (two 2BR units, brought friends) a few years ago. The pics brought back a few very nice memories! :cool:

There are quite a few really nice timeshare resorts in the area, with rooms that, more-or-less, resemble these Vistana Resort rooms. These photos are pretty similar to those we've seen from Vistana Villages, except the Villages seems to have deeper colors for the interior decor. I hope you have a wonderful stay there soon. :) Thanks again for posting.

MiaSRN62
06-19-2003, 12:19 AM
Okay... I'm now in email pursuit of the Vistana Villages for July! Hope it's still available!
Good luck Robin ! You can do it ! BTW, when specifically in July ? I'll be at the BWV the end of July before I move over to Vistana on Aug 2.

Robinrs
06-19-2003, 08:26 AM
Thanks, Lisa.

Maria: I'm trying for the two middle weeks in July which is really hard to get. Availability seems to open up the last week, so I may have to hold off until then. My son's school doesn't open to the second week of August this year so we can go then.

MiaSRN62
06-19-2003, 01:15 PM
Availability seems to open up the last week, so I may have to hold off until then. My son's school doesn't open to the second week of August this year so we can go then.
Fingers crossed it'll come through for you.....

jeff968
06-19-2003, 01:29 PM
You have to be careful with some of these resorts. We were in the Vistana resort and had a room just like your in the Cascades section. Very nice, but we saw the much older (20 years?) springs, courts, and spas sections and they didn't look nearly as nice. Same thing with orange Lake. Some units are beautiful and new. Others, like the section we were in this year aren't nearly as nice. You should be okay if you pick a newer resort like the Hilton grand vacation club or the Vistana village. These are new resorts and all the units are basically in the same condition.

MiaSRN62
06-19-2003, 02:04 PM
You have to be careful with some of these resorts. We were in the Vistana resort and had a room just like your in the Cascades section. Very nice, but we saw the much older (20 years?) springs, courts, and spas sections and they didn't look nearly as nice.
You're right about the newer and older sections Jeff. Robin stayed in the Lakes, which is the second newest on site. I own in the Fountains (3rd newest) and even they are nice---especially the Fountains II which looks almost identical to the Lakes. But certain areas such as the Courts, Falls etc can be a little less than desirable. This is why whenever anyone contacts me about Vistana I inform them about this issue.

AZKathy
06-19-2003, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by jeff968
You have to be careful with some of these resorts. We were in the Vistana resort and had a room just like your in the Cascades section. Very nice, but we saw the much older (20 years?) springs, courts, and spas sections and they didn't look nearly as nice. Same thing with orange Lake. Some units are beautiful and new. Others, like the section we were in this year aren't nearly as nice. You should be okay if you pick a newer resort like the Hilton grand vacation club or the Vistana village. These are new resorts and all the units are basically in the same condition.

They aren't, believe me! We were in the courts or falls or something (325 and 327) which were horrible. We were all disappointed in our week there.:(

MiaSRN62
06-19-2003, 07:07 PM
We were in the courts or falls or something (325 and 327) which were horrible. We were all disappointed in our week there.
I can understand this Kathy....I wouldn't have been happy in the Falls section either. I stayed in a similar section once--the Spas--and demanded my money back. The Fountains, Lakes and Cascades are not even close to the Falls......so much of Vistana is really very nice. Just unfortunate you got the older buildings.

AZKathy
06-19-2003, 07:36 PM
Maria, glad you got your money back. Unfortunately, the only recourse that can be done is for my friend who traded for Vistana write a long letter to RCI about this. They did give us $100/villa in "Vistana money" to spend there for the bug problem. I found the worse problem was the stench of cigarettes. They said they don't differentiate between smoking and nonsmoking with requests. Do you know if that is true? Even the lowest priced hotels have smoking and non smoking rooms! We had a few asthmatics in our party of 12 and that is a big risk for the resort to take if any of us had any problems from that!

Robinrs
06-19-2003, 10:16 PM
:wave: Uhhh...helloooooo, can we get back to my pictures????

LOL!!

I got a email from a TUG owner today that has a 1 bedroom at the Villages for a week in July. :bounce: Are there any areas to ask for there?

AZKathy
06-19-2003, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Robinrs
:wave: Uhhh...helloooooo, can we get back to my pictures????

LOL!!

I got a email from a TUG owner today that has a 1 bedroom at the Villages for a week in July. :bounce: Are there any areas to ask for there?

Uhhh, your pictures were outstanding! I emailed your pictures to the people I vacationed with to show them what we missed out on!!!! I wish we were given your area. I don't think I would have bad feelings about this resort if my friend's RCI trade turned out to the newer section!!!! Your accomodations looked absolutely beautiful; ours looked nothing like your pictures, sorry to say............
:( :( :(

MiaSRN62
06-19-2003, 10:40 PM
They did give us $100/villa in "Vistana money" to spend there for the bug problem. I found the worse problem was the stench of cigarettes. They said they don't differentiate between smoking and nonsmoking with requests. Do you know if that is true?
Kathy,
I'm glad at the very least you got some sort of credit. Unfortunately what they stated to you is correct. I'm honestly not just saying this, but we have never had a smoke smell in our villas. I am not a smoker, so I would pick up on this smell immediately. In fact, whenever we first enter our villa, all we can smell is the deodorizing agent they use. It has always smelled fresh to us. But that one time we stayed in the older Spas unit, I will admit it smelled musty or mildly mildewy ? I agree, they should have designated non-smoking units. That is usually common practice with resorts.

Are there any areas to ask for there?
Whoo-hoo Robin ! You got luck ! I know very little about the Villages. All I can suggest is that you request to be close to the pool area. There is only one pool and some buildings are a bit of a hike. So if the pool is important to you--and I'd think it would be in July---just ask for a building close to there. I believe I recall building 2 is a good one ? Let me see if I can find out more for you.

jeff968
06-20-2003, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by AZKathy
They aren't, believe me! We were in the courts or falls or something (325 and 327) which were horrible. We were all disappointed in our week there.:(

They are! Kathy, If you read my post you'll see I was referring to the Vistana village units as all being the same. This is a new Vistana , opened 3 years ago, and is different then the Vistana resort.

momtotwinglesx4
06-20-2003, 04:30 PM
Great photos, Robin! I'm just giddy with anticipation for our stay there in Jan. 2004! :p :p :p I arranged for a time-share presentation promotion thru an owner on tug2--I sure hope I get to stay in a newer section.

Sue

tcycmc
06-23-2003, 09:06 AM
I love the pictures! I have arranged to stay there for a timeshare presentation through a TUG member. I would hope that they put me in a room as nice as yours. If not, I wouldn't even consider by a timeshare there.

BostonMouse
06-26-2003, 10:43 AM
Last year I reserved a 1 bedroom at Vistana through lodging.com and ended up with a 2 bedroom lock-out unit in the Lakes section for $90/night. Right near the zero-entry pool. This was my 3rd stay at Vistana and I have never been disappointed.

luvdisney14
08-25-2004, 07:48 PM
Thank you for sharing your pictures. The resort is beautiful. I am so afraid to stay at the resort and get an old unit. We are used to nice, clean disney rooms. Can you please tell me if the lakes section was far away from the main pool and all the activities. I have 3 older boys who will be participating in the sport activities.

Thank you again.::MinnieMo

26555
08-26-2004, 10:02 AM
Originally posted by MiaSRN62
I can understand this Kathy....I wouldn't have been happy in the Falls section either. I stayed in a similar section once--the Spas--and demanded my money back. The Fountains, Lakes and Cascades are not even close to the Falls......so much of Vistana is really very nice. Just unfortunate you got the older buildings.

Darn. I just resolved myself to be happy with the Spas (Friday checkin), that it would be OK. When did you stay in the Spas section? Anyone know how to find out which units in the Spas might have been remodeled?

Wishing on a star
08-26-2004, 12:02 PM
Hey 2655,

Of course, I am not sure, but I am thinking that Spas have been renovated since the previous poster stayed there. I went to a couple of sites and kind of tallied up the good and bad reviews, and recent reviews of Spas are not bad. So, if you get Spas, take heart! I do not remember exactly what was said, but my tally sheet shows Spas with a couple smiley-faces.

I keep hearing the Springs needs renovation....
Falls gets some bad reviews...

Anyone else with info on the different sections?

luvdisney14
08-26-2004, 07:35 PM
I keep hearing the lakes and fountain are far from everything, do anyone know just how far?::MickeyMo

spiceycat
08-27-2004, 12:22 PM
http://www.starwoodvo.com/resorts/amenities.jsp?resortID=5&view=

click on resort

then resort map

I hope I get a good villa - but I don't know - it is Thanksgiving week and that is probably a bad week for exchangers - I would think alot of the owners would be there that week - so I probably won't get a good room - but I am sure gonna try - go to do the diamond lane 30 days before we leave!

Oh I forgot - loved your pictures!!! you definitely got a great villa!!!

vickyBaby
08-27-2004, 04:29 PM
Thanks for posting those pics. That place looks fabulous.

Disney Freak Numero Uno
08-28-2004, 03:49 PM
We arrived at the vistana the day after the hurricane so that may have had something to do with what I observed. We had gotten an offer to stay in a one bedroom for $199. We were also to receive $100 after check-in. We did not have to sit through the timeshare presentation unless we wanted to and then we would receive another $75.
Anyway, check in was a nightmare. There had to be at least 20 people in line to check in and it took about 45 minutes. The person who checked us in knew nothing about the $100 so we had to wait again to speak to another person who gave us a voucher so that we could wait in a third line.
The condo was ok but there was a few problems. The water pressure in the shower was so low that I had to rinse my hair under the bathtub faucet. The blanket on the bed had some unidentified foreign material on it. I took the blanket off as soon as I noticed. The pools were so crowded, I was unable to get a chair on both days that I tried. Maybe part of the problem is that I have always stayed onsite at Disney and this was very different. My husband (who normally would not notice anything like this) commented when we checked into AKL that our vacation changed for the better once we arrived on Disney property. I would not stay at the Vistana again, but I may be spoiled.

mulanrouge
08-29-2004, 01:23 AM
I read on a previous thread, that what unit you get, depends on the day you check in. They didn't state in this thread, however, which sections were assigned on what days. That would be interesting to know. Does anyone know?