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“Family of 5 on a 4 day Disney vacation”

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Grande Villas Resort
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Davie
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Family of 5 on a 4 day Disney vacation”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

THIS PLACE WAS EXCELLENT. I read the reviews prior to booking and was skeptical of some of the negative comments. We arrived early and were allowed to check in. Our suite was modern, spotless, clean bedding (to include the pull out sofa bed). Every person was super friendly, even the janitors. They had 2 large heated pools. The location is minutes to any Disney or Universal park. We had a large master bedroom/bathroom, living room, full kitchen with all cutlery and dishes etc.., stackable in-room washer/dryer, a separate bedroom/bathroom for the kids. There is also a convenience store on property. What you do not get is maid service. (BIG DEAL), you don't need it because you’re basically staying in your own home that is fully equipped. It was nice not having to worry about the maid barging in or hiding our valuables (there is also an in room safe). I can't imagine why anyone with a family would stay anywhere else. A hotel may be better for a single person or honeymooners, but the price differential is crazy. We paid about $150/night. Even when you take into account $20/day for parking at the theme parks, this is still hundreds less than any comparable hotel. There are also about a zillion restaurants within minutes of the resort. I realize I sound like I work for these guys but I don't. I was just really pleased and they deserve good marks.

Room Tip: We stayed in Building D, but I think all the buildings would have been ok
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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diamondresorts, Manager at Grande Villas Resort, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
It is our goal to provide our guests with amazing, memorable vacation experiences – we are delighted that you chose to stay at the Grande Villas Resort, and that you had a wonderful time here. We hope you’ll choose to come back here in the future, and we look forward to being of service to you again!
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Saint John NB
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

My wife and I were very pleased with Grande Villas. When we drove in, went in our condo, and checked out the grounds, we were thrilled! The two bdrm condo was spacious and had higher end appliances, towels, glassware, utensils etc. Beds and pillows are like clouds! It is also very well located in an upper level area of Orlando. We felt very safe there. They have their own visable and mobile friendly security team, and the local sherrif even drove through once in awhile. The surrounding area is filled with other nice resorts, and many restaurants. Attractions, malls, restaurants are only mins away. Located close to I-4 without being so close that we ever heard any highway noise. We could see the Disney fireworks from our screened in 5th floor (top) balcony. Really nice and accomodating staff especially Elise (who is their director of fun and games). The family atmosphere is enhanced with many activities for kids of all ages. My wife and I even tye-dyed t-shirts ($12ea) which turned out great! There is also poolside bingo and trivia, a nice free mini-golf course, playground, etc. The pools and hot tubs are even checked twice per day for chemical maintanance and temp regulation (85-87deg btw), and the meticulously kept grounds and buildings are fussed over constantly by friendly and diligent staff. So it is clean clean clean, and very pretty! They also have an on-site conv store with hot pizza, subs, beer etc. Although we did have a two bdrm, we were in a one bdrm, and while they are significantly smaller, since there was only two of us, we both agreed that a one bdrm would have been ok for us. It is a really nice & fun place to go as a family or couple, and my wife and I can't wait to go back next year. We highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Get room which is shaded most of the day. We had one like that and found it most comfortable to sit...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Middleburg, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We traveled during November 2013 and stayed here for a week. We had a great time! The room was spacious and beautifully decorated with updated appliances. The ONLY issue was the very uncomfortable couch and chairs in the "living" area. Not conducive to comfort!
We were very close to a main highway but in the complex you felt as if you were in the middle of nowhere. It was mostly quiet there and the staff was very helpful and very friendly.
There is a "Welcome Reception" right behind where you check in and they try to get you to buy a timeshare, but be strong and be firm. They can not force you to participate in the drill sargeant style sales pitch. :)
There is a small convenience store located in the center of the complex and while you are not far from a grocery store, it beats having to go out off property for milk at 10pm when you run out and are too tired to remember to get it on the way back from one of the theme parks nearby!
All in all we had a nice time and enjoyed our stay, we would definitely come back again. This time we would ask for a room with a better view than a tree blocked parking lot.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool are generally louder, but I think it beats having a parking lot view :)
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Thomasville, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Absolutely love this place! Rooms are beautiful and spacious! Complimentary putt putt golf, beautiful pools, and playground for the kids. Really close to downtown Disney too! Just dint buy the chocolate chip cookies in the store by the pool. They were so hard we couldn't even bite into them. But we did get a refund. Love this place! Def coming back!

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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Our trip started off very nice. We arrived earlier than expected, but the front desk was more than willing to accommodate our early arrival. We were only staying for one night and had a full day planned at Disney, so we quickly dropped off our stuff at the room and left for Disney. We encountered a number of staff on the property, all of which were very nice. If it wasn't for the nice staff I would've given the property a terrible rating. The amenities looked appealing, but we didn't get an opportunity to make it out to the pool, putt-putt golf course or play area, so I cannot attest to the quality of the areas.

When we arrived back from Disney it was very late, so we when right to the room to clean up. My wife wanted to take a bath and I took a shower. When we looked in the tub there was long hair on the faucet area. It was a woman's hair, so we just figured it could have been the cleaning lady's hair. However, when my wife laid back and looked to her left she saw a number of pubic hairs. This got me looking and I also found some next to the toilet. You could tell the bathroom was quickly cleaned. It was very disgusting. Had it not been so late I would've complained to the front desk, but we had our two small girls and it was already past 11pm, so we just took showers and left the next morning.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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diamondresorts, Manager at Grande Villas Resort, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
We are very happy to hear you appreciated our team members’ efforts and presence. Our team prides themselves in assisting with providing guests with the experience that they have come to expect and deserve. We are also glad you were able to take advantage of our convenient location by many surrounding entertainment options.

Your description of your room’s condition is certainly unacceptable of our resort. The Housekeeping Manager has been made aware of this for further review and coaching purposes. This being said, we strongly advise that you notify a team member of any issues that may arise during your stay, so that we have an opportunity to amend. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope this does not discourage you from visiting us again for a much more enjoyable stay.
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Temple Terrace, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Spent 2 nights here with my family, Loved it! It was a last minute decision, started reading reviews, and the reviews for this resort were spot on. Beautiful place, inside & out. Lots of activities for kids of all ages. Our family spent most of the time at the pools and playing miniature golf. Will definitely go back!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Recently spent 2 nights at this resort and will definitely go back. Front desk clerk was awesome at check in. Our room was clean and spacious. It was like a condo for 2 with everything you needed. Bed was very comfortable. Only downfall was the speech about needing to sign up for a time share presentation however our decline was accepted. I was on vacation and had no desire to listen to a 90 minute presentation and the staff didn't pressure us.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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diamondresorts, Manager at Grande Villas Resort, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at The Grande Villas Resort. Our Front Desk Manager has been forwarded your kind remarks and we are sure that our team member will be very appreciative. We are also very happy to hear that our rooms helped in providing you with the comfort you expect and deserve when staying at our resort. As we are a resort rather than a hotel, we offer all of our guests the opportunity to learn more about our product; however, this presentation is certainly not mandatory. Come and visit us again soon, so that we may welcome you back for an even more relaxing getaway!
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Property: Grande Villas Resort
Address: 12118 Turtle Cay Circle, Orlando, FL 32836-6400
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grande Villas Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 408
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When it comes to deluxe accommodations for the whole family to enjoy, what area could possibly be better than Orlando, Florida? Avoid the hustle and bustle of traffic and overcrowded streets by refusing to settle for anything other than Grande Villas Resort. Here you will find relaxation and tranquility, all while giving yourself the pampering you and your family deserve. ... more   less 
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