The Sheraton Vistana Resort Thread

Discussion in 'Hotel & Accommodations Reviews' started by bankr63, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. bankr63

    bankr63 DIS Veteran

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    Oh, if they are giving him points or credit plus that rate, it is almost definitely for a timeshare presentation. There is no other reason for them to do this. It sounded to me like he was using points + cash.

    I'm not aware of any legal maximum, just that the material almost always says how long the presentation will be, and you don't need to stay any longer than that. If you walk out before the time is up, they can revert your stay to full rack rate.

    Sheraton/Vistana is not know for high pressure though, so getting through it is not really a hassle.
     
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  2. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Our last two "owners updates" at SVR were less than an hour each :thumbsup2. Our last one.....May 2018......we were in and out in 50 minutes. It's almost like a sport to us now :laughing:.
     
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  4. TamaraQT

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    Hi @Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina , I am really considering staying at SVR this year so thanks so much for sending me this link to read up on it. I have a question, early in the thread there is a mention of the "resort map" being color-coded to give an idea of what Section you will be placed in based on check-in dates. Is that still true? I always check-in to a resort on Saturday. My DH requires a building with an elevator since we don't like ground floor units. I would also need a 2 bedroom that sleeps 8. How can I get an idea of Section/Area I would most likely be placed in? Are requests honored if I rent from an owner? I am thinking of using either TUG, Redweek or SkyAuction. What are your thoughts, advice and opinions? I am thinking of an August Saturday check-in on either 8/17 or 8/24. I need a building with an elevator and prefer my balcony to overlook the pool. Pool noise doesn't bother us at all. I look forward to hearing suggestions, advice and tips. Thanks in Advance. :goodvibes
     
  5. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Hi Tamara,

    The only two sections of the resort which have elevators are Cascades and Lakes, and both of those sections allow for Saturday check-in. If you are searching on TUG or Redweek, then you'll be wanting to look for someone who owns in one of those specific areas. Otherwise, all other sections will have stairs to navigate unless you get a ground floor villa.

    The map is a often good resource for determining which sections and buildings you might be assigned to based on your specific check-in day, but it's still just a loose guide: exceptions do get made from time to time. We own in Fountains and have occasionally been placed in a building that doesn't line up with our check-in day per the resort map.

    Let us know if you have any other questions that we can help with!
     
  6. TamaraQT

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    Thanks Gina. I will try to find a someone who owns in Cascades or Lakes. Now which one has the best poolview from the balcony? My DH and DD12 think that SVR may be a disappointment if we don't get a building with an elevator and with a poolview from the balcony. It can be difficult to get my family to think outside the box sometimes. So I am trying to read and ask questions as much as possible to increase our chances of getting what we like.
     
  7. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    I think that's where you might have a bit more difficulty. You can request a pool view and you might get it (Vistana staff generally try to grant as many guest requests as they can) but then again, that might not be possible. Most villas have a water view of some sort....if not a pool view, then you are likely to have a view of one of the many ponds that are scattered throughout the resort. I would recommend that you submit your requests to the resort two weeks prior to your arrival, and just manage your expectations (as well as those of your family). Hopefully they will be able to get you in a villa that checks all your boxes, but if not....hopefully it will be pretty darn close.
     
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  8. dreajoy

    dreajoy Earning My Ears

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    Can anyone tell me if the rooms have hair dryers? Thanks so much!
     
  9. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Yes they do :thumbsup2. Each bathroom will/should have one (so if you have a two bed/two bath villa, you'll have a hair dryer in each bath).

    They are fairly basic quality, but even as a long-haired girl, I haven't felt the need to bring my own from home on any of our trips. They do the job.
     
  10. dreajoy

    dreajoy Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much!
     
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    We are staying there in a few weeks, we are getting the 2 bedroom. As far as the kitchen goes should I bring anything? We are trying to eat in some to save money. We are not eating anything fancy. We are driving so it's easy to bring stuff. So at least the instapot is comming.
     
  12. bankr63

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    When we are driving there, we bring a grocery "box" of stuff. IIRC, here is what we normally pack:
    • Coffee grinder, french press, fresh coffee (we are coffee snobs)
    • If not a coffee snob, bring some standard basket filters for the coffee maker. Or just grab a morning Starbucks at the Marketplace onsite.
    • A couple of good knives - the ones in the unit are cheap and not well loved
    • A pair of kitchen shears
    • Salt and Pepper grinders (they only provide little teeny shakers)
    • One good non-stick fry pan (see comment about the knives - same thing)
    • A small travel size of cooking oil/spray (lest you have to buy a big one)
    • Some ziplock bags or collapsible containers for leftovers or park lunches
    • water bottles and/or flat pack bottles - buy a big jug of water at Publix and keep it in the fridge- Florida water tastes terrible. This is much more enviro and budget friendly than a few hundred little disposable bottles.
    • A corkscrew and wine stopper. They do provide a corkscrew, but not a good one. Or just buy screw top wine.
    • Can cozies to take to the pool
    • If you know a few recipes you want to make, bring any needed spices with you in small quantities
    • Lysol wipes - because you just don't know who was in the villa before you...
    • Bring a few Tide pods and dryer sheets if you plan to do a couple of loads of laundry
    Obviously if we fly down (haven't flown in probably 8 years now) we pare this list down a bit. Some of this stuff stays permanently packed for all of our timeshare stays.
     
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  13. mckennarose

    mckennarose Always planning the next trip.....

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    If I could add something to the list above it's pool toys if your kids use them. They don't have pool noodles, floaties, etc. available to use; only to buy. My kids are grown but we like to use noodles and rafts to float in the pool and missed having them.

    We booked the Sheraton again through Interval (getaway) for May! I'm looking forward to staying here again! They only had two bedroom units available for our week so we took one even though it's just DH and I... unless some of our adult children decide to come. We booked a Friday check in and I think one of the Lakes section buildings has a Friday check in. ??? We LOVE the Lakes pool with the zero entry and its a little quieter than the Fountains pool, but still close if we want food or a drink.
     

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