Help with selecting Marriott Resort

Discussion in 'Orlando Hotels and Attractions' started by bjakeski, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. bjakeski

    bjakeski Earning My Ears

    Jan 7, 2013
    Hi All,
    We will be visiting the Disney parks and Lego Land April 20 - 27, 2013. We'll be exchanging a timeshare week through Interval International. We're looking for the best Marriott resort for us. My wife and I, and our 2 sons, 5 and 8 will be traveling. It looks like our options are the following -

    Harbour Lakes
    Grande Vista
    Cypress Harbour
    Royal Palms
    Sabal Palms

    We don't expect to spend a whole lot of time at the resort but if the little guys get tired of walking we would like the best place for them to have some age appropriate fun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. jeff968

    jeff968 DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2000
    With the age of your kids, you may like harbour lake best. Cypress harbour is our favorite, beautiful, just the right size, something for everyone. I would skip Royal and Sabal as you have to get on a shuttle to get to the world resort which is where all the action is but if you just want quiet then maybe they are okay with you. Grand Vista is nice but has the heavy golf tie-in and is larger in size. They are all great resorts as they are marriotts and you can't lose with any of them.
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  4. tink2007

    tink2007 DIS Veteran

    Jun 26, 2006
    My parents are owners at Harbor Lakes. We have stayed there for the past 4 years and LOVE it!
    The resort is beautiful. Very kid friendly. We have teenagers and they love this place as well. It's in a great location. It's about a 10 minute drive to the Disney Parks as well as Universal. Sea World is just down the street. There is a Publix and Walmart close by.
    The resort has great pools and its own mini golf.
    Last year we were able to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from our porch.
    The rooms are very clean and plush. The bedding is wonderful. I love Disney resorts but I have to say this place is even nicer and cheaper.
  5. chalee94

    chalee94 <font color=green>I thought all sand was ground up

    Aug 14, 2006
    stayed at royal palms in nov 2012. it was easily the worst marriott timeshare i've ever stayed at (compared to vegas/st kitts/grande ocean and surfwatch in hilton head/southern california).

    it's in a great location but i'd give royal palms a pass.
  6. GusGusGirl

    GusGusGirl Earning My Ears

    Oct 2, 2012
    Agreed. I'd skip both Royal Palms and Sabal Palms. They're not terrible by any means, but I wouldn't choose either of these with the other options available.
  7. jeff968

    jeff968 DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2000
    Might as well throw Imperial palms in there as well. It is the neighbor of Royal. The only advantage with it is that they have 3 bedroom units.
  8. Abharmagic

    Abharmagic DIS Veteran

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have stayed at all. Grande Vista was nicest. IMO

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