buena vista suites

Discussion in 'Hotel & Accommodations Reviews' started by duels23, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. duels23

    duels23 Earning My Ears

    Mar 27, 2006
    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    exercise room was very outdated.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.
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  3. kilee

    kilee <img src="http://www.wdwinfo.com/images/sponsors/s

    Jan 20, 2003
    Thanks for the great review. We've considered this hotel/resort for ourselves.
  4. floridaminnie

    floridaminnie Enjoying life one adventure at a time.

    Mar 4, 2002
    Thanks! Thinking about this hotel for October trip as they have a good price.
  5. sunnishine

    sunnishine Earning My Ears

    May 16, 2006
    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.
  6. magicmouse2

    magicmouse2 DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2003
    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.
  7. jeast

    jeast DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2005
    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.??
  8. jenr812

    jenr812 <font color=deeppink>I'm wondering how outta hand

    Feb 9, 2004
    THanks for the reviews. We are considering this hotel for our last night before driving home :-)()
  9. msim

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    Oct 29, 2000
    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.
  10. heart4dis

    heart4dis Mouseketeer

    Aug 23, 2002
    ...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:
  11. DaddyDon

    DaddyDon <font color=blue>My oldest daughter said i was a h

    Jul 4, 2001
    :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......
  12. babynurse1

    babynurse1 <marquee><font color=green>Atticus Finch Is My Her

    Jul 3, 2006
    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
  13. dawgfan

    dawgfan from georgia ya'll

    Jul 11, 2003
    Great review. Thanks.
  14. PattnFmly

    PattnFmly <font color=darkorchid>DH drove me crazy last nigh

    Jul 9, 2001
    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:
  15. weluvpluto

    weluvpluto DIS Veteran

    Apr 2, 2002
    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?
  16. ScrapHappyMama

    ScrapHappyMama Mouseketeer

    Jan 21, 2004

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

  17. heart4dis

    heart4dis Mouseketeer

    Aug 23, 2002
    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.
  18. kanga24roos

    kanga24roos Mouseketeer

    Oct 12, 2005
    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?
  19. thexception

    thexception Earning My Ears

    Nov 7, 2007
    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:
  20. RussellDisney

    RussellDisney Contemporary tastes on an All Star budget!

    May 14, 2007
    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!!
  21. ADisneyQueen

    ADisneyQueen DIS Veteran

    Mar 21, 2005
    I look forward to your review. We booked this hotel for Easter break with a great rate.:goodvibes

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