- Jan 4, 2009
I stayed at the Vistana on I-Drive last week for one night. I booked via the Marriott site. They authorized my credit card for $50 for incidentals. We only stayed one night so I can’t say whether it was per day or per stay.We need to a bit cautious about advice here as it sounds like your stay has been booked as a hotel type stay rather than a timeshare stay. There are some small but significant differences. Note the Vistana is a timeshare property where the vast majority of villa weeks are owned by private individuals. Vistana (owned by Marriott) is the Management Company. Vistana/Marriott also retains some percentage of the villas that they make available through their hotel booking system.
The $50 hold mentioned above is possibly specific to the timeshare stays; as a hotel type guest they may charge you a different fee more commensurate with standard Marriott/Sheraton rates. Timeshares are fully paid in advance by the owner before they can be made available for rental or exchange, so there is little risk to Vistana as the management company. For hotel units, the stay is generally not paid until the end of the booking, so there is more risk to Vistana itself and the hold may be higher for that type of stay as a result.
We didn’t have a car since we were coming off a Disney stay and heading to the airport the next morning. They put us in the newly renovated area which was pretty far from the main building but they drove us to our room in the golf cart and offered to get us anytime if we wanted to head to another area of the resort.
We ordered room service (food and a margarita) and it was fast and delicious!