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Bluegreen Fountains Resort
Ranked #131 of 336 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Jacksonville
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fantastic-but get rid of the piped in music”
Reviewed 20 June 2008

Great location & very very nice property. It would have been perfect except the piped in music. The music starts at 9:00AM sharp & goes until 8:00PM. It is through bose speakers set in the landscaping all throughout the property & it is like one of those cars with the bass thumping. We visited Disney & came back to rest late in the day- "IMPOSSIBLE" The speaker was right outside of my room & the windows rattled & the room vibrated. I went to the fountains because it came accross as a laid back resort & wanted to get away from loud & obnoxious noises. I am an avid die hard music fan but it was just to much.

DROP & THE MUSIC & IT WILL BE PERFECT!!!!! LISTEN TO YOUR GUESTS!!!!!!!!

  • Liked — Everything from the room to the pool to the location.
  • Disliked — BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Little Rock, AR
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Reviewed 20 June 2008

We stayed at the Fountains the week of June 7-14th. I was a little apprehensive about the stay after reading some of the other reviews regarding stolen items and major sales pitches but we had no problems at all. There are safes in the rooms and the guards that you see when you drive on to the property are very friendly and helpful. There were four in our party, two adults and two kids ages 3 and 6. The rooms were perfect for a party of that size but for us would be cramped with more. We booked our stay through Bluegreen corporation and had only one mention of doing a time share presentation. After we told them we were not interested there was nothing mentioned about it again. We stayed there for the location of going to the parks which was perfect for us. Very short drive to Sea world and Disney. We only had one good day to spend at the pool which has a great spot for kids to play and our kids loved the water slide. The only other times we were able to go to the pool was at night after going to the parks. The main pool stayed open until 9 and the pool at the check in spot stayed open until 10. The resort leaves you messages on your phone daily to let you know of the activities they have that you can sign up for. There seemed to be plenty of activities you could sign up for but we were there to visit the parks so we had no time for any of those things. I would say this is a great place for families and a great location if you want to visit Disney. We had no problems what so ever and were very pleased with our stay.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Thank conradtraveler711
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Jacksonville, Florida
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2008

The Fountains appeared promising from the reviews and the glamorous website, however my high expections were not met. Both pools were closed for an entire evening of our first night even though the rainstorms were quickly over and the sky was now sunny. Since we had no other plans that evening besides our failed attempt at swimming, we stayed in our room to enjoy the amenities, but kept coming across our very dirty feet. In order to solve the mystery, my boyfriend ended up mopping all of the floors in the room, which included two bathrooms, a kitchen, and hallway. Amazingly, our feet remained clean the rest of the week:). I also had the joy of cleaning all the dishes in the room...it was beginning to feel like home! I was also annoyed at the advertisements for hotel wi-fi which would have ended up being quite costly if I hadn't inquired prior to logging on since I was just seeing signs everywhere but no mention of cost. Also, beaware of the frequent attempts to sell you a timeshare. Upon arriving, in order to get your required parking pass, you have to listen to a sales talk about signing up for another sales talk. There are also daily (often frequent) messages left on your answering machine regarding timeshares (but at least the phone does not ring). In the end, my best advice is to stay at the resort to the left of The Fountains. We have stayed there numerous times without complaint...the rooms are cleanner, bigger, and no saleSTALKS!

  • Liked — The pools once they actually opened, but be wary of any clouds in the sky:)
  • Disliked — Pools close easily, cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank everfallenstar
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Yorkshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2008

Rated as excellent, not because it is luxurious but because it is good value for money and was exactly what we expected and needed, and trust me I'm fussy! My brother in law stayed here last year and recommended it as a base from which to do the theme parks. He was so right. This is perfect for a family.

We where a party of 5 with the children ranging from 17 to 3. This place ticked all the boxes in terms of entertainment and accomodation. Everyone had there own space and no one was board.

ROOMS
Excellent size for a family, not cramped or on top of each other at all. Master bedroom has queen size bed (no the sheets don't fit but there is a trick to it) with a jacuzzi in the main room (excellent after a day round the parks with a beer) and seperate shower room. 2nd bedroom had two double beds and ensuite bathroom (bath with shower over). The living area has plenty of space, with a good balcony, and brilliantly a laundry room (cupboard) with washer & dryer (no none of us want to do washing on holday but I have to admit it was useful). They are not luxurious but better than most european standards and very clean. There is no daily maid service but a complete clean (we had one half way through our 2 week stay) is £12.50- and actually they forgot to add it to the bill at the end of the stay.

Clothes storage was just OK for 5 people (bearing in mind 4 of us are female!)

TV in every room, good range of chanels (DVD player does not play european DVDs). Stereo in main living area. Games console chargeable.

FACILITIES
Both pools are good, the larger one (with slides) good in the daytime & the smaller (indoor/outdoor) in the evening (cos the water is so warm). Only ate at the pool bar once (Wakola Grill) and it was fine. Prices for drinks & food reasonable. A few little play areas for the younger kids. Constant entertainment for the children which we hardly used (because we where out and about, but when did use was good). Good clean gas BBQs next to each block - we used it once & was really good. Sandy sitting areas around the lake. Small on site shop where you can get a British paper.

LOCATION
Although on I-Drive, as with most places in the states, you had to drive everywhere! Good location for Disney (10-15 minutes) & Seaworld (2 mins) & Universal (10-15 mins). 20 minutes from airport. Publix supermarket round the corner (on Vineland) was good. We ate on I-Drive most nights - good selection of resteraunts 5 mins away (in the car!).

SERVICE/STAFF
Was very good, check in straight forward (as was check out), staff friendly but not over the top. No one tried to sell us anything!

CRITISCISMS
Check out is 10am we did manage to get it extended to 11am.
Music starts pumping round the resort (not mega loud) at 9am, just when my 3 year old discovered lie ins!


Would definately go back ,and spend more time at the resort itself. One of our only regrets was that we did not feel we had made the most of the complex.

  • Liked — Rooms & pools
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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6 Thank thefountainsresort
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washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2008

We are Bluegreen owners but used the weeks we had converted from points to weeks with RCI to book 2 units May 23 for a week. That was the better deal than spending 16,000 for a week for one unit. One bedroom is a King and the other is 2 doubles. We found it ideal to split up (although there were just 5 of us- 2 couples and 1 child). The units are big enough for a couple and up to 4 kids though. However, if you have more than one couple, 2 units would be best so you both can have the King bedroom and not have to sleep in doubles.

The resort is great- the location is fantastic right off International Drive by Seaworld- much more desirable than the Kissimmee/Clermont area which shows its age and is somewhat rundown looking. The outlets (quite upscale, Tods, Burberry, Armani, Tag, etc.) are about a mile away. The Fountains isn't too big and everything is within easy walking distance (all buildings but maybe 2 surround the new fantastic pool area and are only a few minutes walk from it). The clubhouse is nice and the pool there (indoor and outdoor) great, but nothing compared to the enormity of the new pool area that opened in March 08. I can't imagine the resort before this pool opened which is the center of the resort now - it has increased the resort's desirability exponentially. What I really enjoyed was the DJ at the pool several days which added a festive, fun atmosphere similar to cruise ships. The massage cabanas (for a fee of course) were a nice surprise. The staff was great and very helpful. We got burgers one day at the pool with greek salads that were very good.

We did attend the "owner's update" for a $100 Disneybucks giftcard and it lasted about 90 minutes and as always, was a little frustrating. However, we thought it was worth the trouble to get the $100 and we did learn about some new ownership perks Bluegreen is offering and about their new properties.

We will return to The Fountains for sure and I'm banking some Bluegreen points (only takes about 5000 for a week!) for RCI weeks now to do the same thing next year I hope- get 2 units for a week via an RCI exchange.

  • Liked — Location and Pool
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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5 Thank lucybrewergray
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Cheshire
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2008

This is a great base for visiting Orlando. We stayed 17/05-31/05. We are a family if 4; 2 adults, 2 kids 15 & 5. I was concerned, prior to arrival, having read some of the previous reviews. However, it was wonderful. Check in was without incident and the apartment was clean and tidy. We stayed in building 2, it was a great central location for everything. On arrival to the apartment the smoke alarms were beeping. We called housekeeping and within 15 minutes we had someone in to fix them.
We had daily telephone calls from the activities team to let us know what was going on. Everyone was very helpful.
We were on the ground floor 2106. For a week we had peace and quiet. Our second week was slightly marred by occupation in the apartment above us. We heard toilets flushing and jacuzzi bubbling. Having said that, it was liveable with! The amenities in the condo were great, we had everything we needed. Rooms were spacious, well equipped and comfortable.
Minus points were:
We had to ask for our room to be cleaned and sheets changed after 8 days.
Noise from neighbours above.
Yes, the sheets dont fit - why??
The piped music from Wakoola Springs at 9am and an occasional early start from gardeners.
The Wakoola Grill bar shuts at 10pm just when we'r getting in from parks/excursions.

Plus points:
No big sell from salesmen.
Great kids pool and amenities
Close to supermarkets, gas & parks.
Pleasant staff who gave prompt service when asked.
Our kids loved both pool areas.
Massage by the pool!!!!

Overall a good place to be with great facilities.

  • Liked — The apartment
  • Disliked — Listening to upstairs flishing the toilet
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank jonandgus
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chicopee, ma
1 review
Reviewed 5 June 2008

I stayed at the Foutains for my honeymoon with a "free" 5 day stay. Well nothing is free through Bluegreen but it was discounted. My new husband and I had to go to a high pressured timeshare presentation. The longest 90 minutes of my life!
About the hotel: We didn't have a car so we did alot of walking from our building to the entrance. The rooms are beautiful and roomie. They bed was comfortable and soft but needed fitted sheets.
It's definately a family resort. The pools are nice.

  • Liked — the rooms were big
  • Disliked — buildings were spread out
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Helpful?
Thank happilyyours247
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Property: Bluegreen Fountains Resort
Address: 12400 South International Drive, Registration: 12450 S International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821-6936
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#113 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#126 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Bluegreen Fountains Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 569
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within 54 acres surrounding the serene natural setting of Lake Eve, and located along popular International Drive, The Fountains offers everything you would expect from a world-class resort as well as the convenience of a central location. The Fountains has its own claim to fame- Bluegreen's Wakoola Springs. This 75,000-square-foot tropical oasis sets itself apart from an everyday pool with two water slides*, a zero-entry pool, interactive water fountains, two hot tubs. Cross over the two bridges on the campus and head over to one of two fire circles for evening stargazing and relaxation. With so many on-site amenities for both adults and kids, not to mention the hundreds of attractions in and around Orlando, you'll want to plan an extended stay to fit it all in. Our two-bedroom villas are richly appointed with all the comforts of home—and then some. Most feature a screened balcony overlooking the lake, a fully equipped kitchen and a garden tub. The decor is elegant and tasteful with many focused on water, lake or pool views. ... more   less 
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Orlando Fountains Resort
Fountains Hotel Orlando
The Fountains Orlando
Fountains Florida
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