I originally intended to stay at the Hilton by Branson Landing, but it was damaged in the tornado and charging outrageous prices for what rooms they had left. So, I defaulted to my next preferred chain where I can get points, Marriott. I am so glad I ended up here instead of the Hilton! The location is just off the strip in a newer section along Green Mountain Drive. You'll need a car to get around Branson anyway, so being here wasn't a problem at all. Plus, there's no noise or traffic in this area. It is just a few blocks to the strip and the Presley theater is directly behind the property up the hill.
Apparently this resort was supposed to be much larger, but they only completed three of the buildings. So, for the foreseeable future anyway, it isn't likely that any of the facilities will be overcrowded since they were built to handle ten buildings. The resort doesn't look unfinished, the grounds are beautiful and everything is impeccably maintained.
The three 5-story "villa" buildings surround a pool, shuffleboard, and game areas. Tennis courts are on site also, plus a small wiffleball diamond. The outdoor pool wasn't open yet, which is odd because it was well over 85 degrees the whole week, but I guess that kind of weather is unusual since no other area hotels had outdoor pools open either.
The staff at the front desk was outstanding. They were pleasant at check in/out, very helpful, and willing to provide whatever information needed. There is a concierge on duty to book shows and such during regular business hours. When I had a problem connecting to the free internet, the person I spoke with at the front desk went out of her way to help me even though it was AT&T's fault, not the hotel's. She even offered to let me use the computer in the lobby if I needed to get something important done. By the way, the internet problem wasn't resolved until the next day, but it wasn't the hotel's fault at all. When it worked, it was very fast.
We had a one bedroom villa that was more like a private condo than a hotel room. I realize time shares are different than a hotel, but this place is very nice. The furniture was comfortable, as were the beds. The full kitchen was spotless and came with cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc. The washer/dryer in the room came in handy and worked out great. Hotel guests get free maid service every day just like you would in a regular hotel. They changed our towels daily and made the beds.
The corridors are open air, which is odd for a place like Branson with such severe weather, but since it was warm during our stay, it was fine. The buildings have an elevator. Everything is very well maintained and looked almost new. As others have mentioned, you can hear people walking around above you, so hope that you get lucky and they aren't too loud. We were fine. We couldn't hear any other noises through the walls.
There is no food service on the premises except snacks for sale in the shop by the front desk. I don't know if there are plans for a restaurant if the resort is eventually built out, but there should be. They had lots of scheduled activities during the day, plus several movies shown every night. I didn't participate in any of them, but if you are staying any length of time be assured there is something to do to entertain you and your children.
I would definitely choose this property if I return to Branson. By the way, I got two phone calls to encourage me to come to the marketing desk. One right after we arrived to offer me a discount coupon book and a special deal on a stay at another Marriott Vacation Club. I declined and that was the end of it, no pressure at all. Right before check out I received a voice mail about the same issue, but that was it. I didn't feel it was unreasonable and the rep took no for an answer without any hassle.
Choose a high floor to avoid people walking around above you.
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