We visited this resort through an RCI exchange. At 3:30pm, the check in line was quite lengthy. I was, literally, 30th in line, so we left to get lunch, grocery provisions (at the Publix on the resort property), etc, and checked in around 6. By then, check-in went well, but I join others in not liking being escorted directly to the sales desk where the pressure was on. I had to refuse many, many times before the salesperson let me go. I recommend just saying no to the escort and avoiding the sales desk entirely. Then, unplug your phone to avoid the sales calls and annoying cheery activity calls.
After driving through what looked to be an ordinary suburban subdivision, we finally found our turn for the North Village (it is not exceptionally well marked). Our unit was on the bottom floor of the apartment-type building. We backed up to the pool, however, we could see nothing but vegetation outside of our walk-out, tiny, enclosed porch. For our feeling of security, we kept it locked the entire time. The unit was reasonably clean and nicely decorated. Overall, it is outdated, but fine. The bathroom was very disappointing. The floor wasn't exceptionally clean, the tub walls had enough mildew to make me feel that it wasn't well cared for, and the tub floor had either ground in dirt or quite a bit of wear (we weren't sure which). Either way, the tub floor was dark, mottled gray. (A small piece of advice...buy your own toilet paper and tissues...those provided are the thinnest paper products we've ever used). The king bed was quite comfortable (I have arthritis in both hips and usually toss and turn in hotel beds). The bed pillows were also comfy, however, the provided sofa-bed pillows were old and the foam was all clumped up There were no sheets for the sofabed at all, just a blanket. We disassembled the master bed linens to accommodate our son's bedding needs. We visited one of the restaurants on-site for shrimp night. The restaurant lighting was fluorescent green and the menu was very limited and expensive. We had one beer and left for Miller's Ale House, which is on the other end exit of the resort (closer to the North Village). Very good food, reasonably priced, relaxed, cheap PBR and nice people.
It was cold while we were there (high 30's - low 50's). We didn't swim in the pools. We did want to use the hot tub, tho...which the North Village pool does not have. We would have had to drive to the main pool or South pool, which would then mean driving back in wet suits. We definitely felt "out of the loop" being located in the North area. We couldn't really walk to many of the amenities. Yes, a shuttle is available (and we had a car), but having such a large resort spreads the fun way too far apart. We certainly would have liked being in the main area much more, and would probably then want to return to Orange Lake Resort. As it is, we didn't derive any real benefit from being out in left field. We could have been staying in an apartment anywhere in that area, not a well reviewed resort. For that reason, I do not think that we will return there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Premiere Family Vacation Resort in Orlando. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resort offers your family an unparalleled Florida vacation experience. Our Orange Lake Resort is next door to Walt Disney World Parks and Animal Kingdom. At our resort in Orlando you'll discover the wonders of a 12-acre Waterpark with a tropical lazy river, 7 pools and an 80-acre lake with watersports. You can even watch your little ones dance in concert with a dancing fountain. Get a head start on the fun with your own personal attraction ticket concierge located in the lobby at check in. Our 1450-acre Orlando resort hotel offers each member of the family interactive activities like the Gatorland Alligator Show where you can meet a gator face-to-face, 36 holes of fun at the West Village Putt-Putt Golf, a bowling alley, arcades and 54 holes of golf. What's more, we even provide a convenient shuttle to all our resort's activities. Our villas pamper you with the unexpected amenities like spa-inspired baths and fully equipped kitchens. Our deluxe Orlando resort provides a grocery shopping service, nine restaurants and did we mention free parking and high-speed Internet access? Your perfect Florida vacation begins at Orange Lake Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Kissimmee
- Orange Lake Resort And Country Club
- Orange Lake Kissimmee
- Orange Lake Resort Country Club
- Kissimmee Holiday Inn
- Orange Lake Country Club
- Orange Lakes West Village
- Orange Lake Resort Florida
- Orange Lake West Village
- Orange Lake Resort Orlando