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Polynesian Isles Resort
Ranked #2 of 154 Hotels in Kissimmee
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 July 2011

A lovely resort. Appartments are well equipped and decorated.The master bedroom has a huge en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and separate shower. Pool is the warmest I have ever used and was never crowded. Nice sunbeds, available in the shade if required. Security on the gate which was welcomed. A great resort!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

I visited the Polynesian with my wife, daughter, and my daughter’s friend (both 13yrs old). We paid right at 100$ a night for our five day four night stay. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and it was really nice, clean, and very comfortable. This place had all the comforts of home and then some. Washer, dryer, frig with ice maker, all the cooking utensils you will need, and plenty of room to enjoy and relax. The guess room had two twin beds, a private balcony, and a large bathroom (that also had a door leading to the common area) with a shower/bath combo. The master had a very large balcony (large enough for two recliners plus a table with chares) with a great view of one of the pools. The master bath was enormous and consisted of a private toilet with door, whirlpool bath, a two sink vanity, and a large stand up shower. The unit had nice décor although the TVs are very outdated… but who comes on vacation to watch TV. The staff members (from the security guards to the front desk) were friendly and very helpful to any question or request that we had. We did however get the dreaded sales call the first morning of our stay, and although the lady was noticeably disappointed that we were not interested in timeshare… there was no pressure and the call ended politely which is not usually the case with these timeshare sales pitches. They supply you with plenty of bath towels and separate pool towels, and give you a complementary pack of soap powder. So about mid week we washed the used towels and it never was a problem. Another plus is that you are literally 2 minutes away from a 24 hour Wal-Mart and within 15 minute or less from almost anything else you would need (shopping, restaurants, amusement and water parks). We stayed gone most of the time during the day visiting beaches and the Florida attractions; so many times we couldn’t wait to get back to the room to relax in the evenings. The grounds were very quiet at night and we didn’t even know that there were people in the surrounding units. After the late nights sipping chilled wine on the balcony overlooking the pool while smoking my favorite cigar to end each day… I DIDN”T WANT TO LEAVE.

Just a note: A friend of mine and his family were also in Florida at the same time we were but stayed at a different timeshare resort that he was a member of. His resort was MUCH bigger and had many more things to do on the grounds of the resort (paddle boats, movie theater, tennis courts, a restaurant, etc…). But even he agreed that the amenities weren’t nearly as nice as the Polynesian (the room, the pool, being able to get from the front gate to your room without getting in a traffic jam, etc…) They push the tours hard at his resort so you get every walk of life there… and lets just face it… everybody just don’t know how to act in public. And that statement has no bearing on race or ethnicity… it called simple home training and being courteous to those around you!!! Every inch of his resort was VERY crowded especially the pools… all 13 of them. And it was wide open all night long… so I could just imagine the noise at night. I’m just sayin…

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

"Diamond or SPN" thats the question. Polynesian Isles seems to be managed by SPN and the grounds and reception are owned by ? Diamond.....confusing. Grounds lovely however in the two weeks that we stayed I cant recall the pool being cleaned and I was awake for 7am each morning. Rooms very dull and drab and at times damp. They have everything you need however dont expect a change of bedding or towels every other day as that doesnt happen. We got a change of linen after our 8th day. On arrival I removed a soiled quilt and placed in the wardrobe and when the beds were changed the soiled quilt was put back on! The apartment has to be left the way you found it, dishwasher has to be left on, air con set on leaving at a certain temp and beds not to be stripped just pulled back......i do hope they beds get changed. Apartments in need of a revamp in comparison to others I have stayed and wont be rushing back to this one. This is our third visit to Orlando and loved it just as much as the first time. Would recommend Cracker Barrell in Kisimmee and Chillis. Bahama Breeze also great however be aware of the 18% tip automatically included in the bill for parties over 6 and that was for cold food! Please visit Celebration which is a lovely town but dont eat at Shannons, very basis. If you golf visit LBV, Osprey Ridge, Mariott Grand Pines all very good. If a lover of shopping visit Prime Outlet top of International Drive (Ugg shop) great prices.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We were moved here after a bad experience at Cypresse Pointe; what a contrast! From the moment we arrived at reception until we checked out, we were made to feel so welcome, mega praise to the staff here. Our request for a top floor room was granted, although there are no elevators we had lots of help with our luggage. The 2 bed apartment is spacious, very clean and comfortable, with free wifi. A big screened balcony with fan helped us enjoy the lovely view of the lake, fountain and grounds (complete with ducks and squirrels). Those ground staff never stop working! The bed was very comfy, top quality linens etc. Kitchen is well equipped, and a washer & dryer were in a key carded closet just outside our front door. The pools were very clean and well maintained, and we kept coming across hot tubs hidden in the greenery around the resort, lovely. It was so peaceful we didn't feel as though we were just yards away from H192, and all the parks etc. are close. There's a 24 hour Walmart minutes away in the other direction, very handy. Loved this place!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

We stayed 2 weeks in Florida; 1 week here and 1 week at another, more expensive resort. To do it again, I would have stayed both weeks at the Polynesian Isles! Rooms are large, well furnished rooms with full kitchen. The grounds are well kept and nicely landscaped and the pools are even open late so you can swim after a day at the theme parks. Even had free internet in the rooms too. We loved the place and will come back on our next trip to Florida.

The only change I would suggest is to provide a separate bin for recycling; so much of went into the trash was paper and plastic.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Terry2006
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Stayed here in a 2 bedroom (one USKing, 2 USTwins in second bedroom, pull out couch in living room) while on a family trip to WDW.
This is a NO ELEVATORS resort, and will only take requests, no guarantees for first floor rooms.
As the resort was fairly full, we were on the 2nd floor, and despite asking every day for a first floor move, they were not able to move us.
As well, the front desk doesn't manage anything like that.
You have to call the 1-800 from your room, they authorize the change, and they will notify the front desk.
Lovely landscaping, none of the buildings are far from a pool, and there are a couple of hot tubs also on property...and they are hot!
Pools are lovely as well, nice pavers on the deck, ample pounders, chairs and a few tables with umbrellas, and the pool is heated.
Washrooms by the pools were very clean.
Rooms are updated, just like the pictures, and well outfitted.
Laundry is shared between the two units per floor. Basically there is a washer and dryer in an outdoor closet on your floor. You open the closet door with your room key. No one else's room key will open your laundry closet. The laundry closets are not located within the units. The laundry closets are on the landing between the front doors of each of the units that share. Hope that makes sense!
There is a screened balcony with another room key coded exit/entry off the balcony.
Easy to get to WDW, the Super Walmart is just a couple of blocks away, as is Publix, Target, CiCis and the Outlets.
Friends of our stayed in a third floor unit...they are the ones with the cathedral ceilings in the living room.
Internet was accessible within the unit using the sign in information provided...no additional charge.
Perfect for our week of shopping, sun and fun with the family!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank embee
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

The grounds and villas were very nice....I have just a few minor complaints...well.....depends on how you view them...At first glance entering our villas was extremely nice until we found crusted feces on the master bedroom toilet seat. Since I never touch anything without first knowing what I am dealing with...when I first saw it...I thought it was just a dirty spot but upon further inspection we found it to be dried up feces.. whoever cleaned this this room did a poor job and that one disgusting small thing left a not-so-good impression on me. Our door made a loud screeching noise whenever you opened it. Anyone around us could always tell whenever we opened the door (it was that loud). Anyway to move on, other than that the room was immaculate. The beds were very comfortable, kitchen was well stocked as far as cookware, dishes, and utensils. The view from our balcony was beautical and serene. We liked tha fact that there were guards at the entrance checking all cars/visitors that came into complex. My kids especially loved the pools. I also made good use of the washer & dryer located outside our door between the villa rooms. There is a set on each floor. It was a nice room to come back to after a day at the parks. We booked this room thru Expedia and I have to admit, we received a good deal on this. The villas were very close to all the Disney parks and minutes away from several restaurants, which was very convenient. There is also a Super Walmart less than a 5 minute drive away. My husband loved this villa and we would definately consider staying here again when we visit Walt Disney World again. Oh, and the outdoor personnel are so friendly, they were doing some work on the grounds. One even took a family photo of us while where strolling around and taking photos of the the beautiful waterfall on the Polynesian grounds.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 3045 Polynesian Isles Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34746-4702
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Kissimmee
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kissimmee
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kissimmee
#5 Family Hotel in Kissimmee
Price Range: £83 - £165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Polynesian Isles Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 126
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Also Known As:
Diamond Polynesian Isles Kissimmee
Sunterra Polynesian Resort
Sunterra Resort Polynesian Isle
Polynesian Isles Resort Kissimmee, Florida

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