We stayed at the Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa from June 4th through June 18th and it was a really REALLY great place to stay.
Keep in mind that every resort/hotel has it's problems... NOTHING is perfect, even in the town that boasts to be the "Happiest Place on Earth." Yes the power went out, but come-on people....the resort had no control over that, it was a city wide power outage. They did the best they could running minimal lights on generators, which is actually more than I would have thought a resort would do in that situation. We even had one night at the pool where a family of around 15 decided it was appropriate to swim in next to nothing (underwear, bras, etc.) As offended as I was, this was not the fault of the resort. They can't hand-pick their clientele. Had I or anyone else in the pool area chosen to take this up with management, I am sure something would have been done immediately. Honestly, I think we were all in shock at the sight, and by the time any of us came to our senses enough to complain, the family was leaving the pool area.
We stayed in building 3 on the 11th floor in a two bedroom suite overlooking the pirate ship pool (very COOL!) If you are looking into staying, and want a room with a view of the pool, these rooms were great. Our balcony faced north, with Universal Studios and Sea World in the distance. You can (barely) see Universal's fireworks at 10pm every night. If you want a room with a view of the Epcot and/or Magic Kingdom fireworks, you will need to be in a different building (not sure, but I think it's building 5 on the north side.) Either way, I don't think its possible to have a room with both a pirate pool view and the Disney fireworks.
The pool and hot tubs were great. (There is a smaller pool on the other side of the resort, but we only visited the "pirate" pool.) It's zero entry from one end, and gradual steps on the other. It's refreshing after a day at the parks. The pirate ship has a water slide in it... a lot of people, kids in particular, seemed to like this. The bar at the pool is well equipped, beer/wine is around $6 and a "fruity" drink will cost you $12 (I think it was) for your first one in their "Lani's Luau" plastic drink cup, and then $8 for each one after that (just keep bringing the cup with you every night.) There are signs that no outside food or drink is allowed in pool area, but it was never enforced, at least not that I experienced. The pool area also has free wifi, so that was really nice for those of us who can't live without our laptops.
The condos are large - dining area, sitting area (couch and chair) fully equipped kitchen, two bedroom, (one with two twins, the other with a king) two bathrooms, (master suite has jetted tub and separate shower) and a balcony. The condo was clean and definitely served its purpose. The jetted tub was fabulous after a long HOT day at the parks. Our room had a wired internet connection. Sometimes I could get a very weak wireless signal, but being on the 11th floor, it was not enough to gain wireless internet access.
We went through VRBO.com and dealt only with the owner until we checked into the resort. I highly recommend this, as the price was considerably cheaper. Our room rate per night was $100.00 - that included all taxes and the "resort" fees.
I am HUGE on service... service can make or break it for me. I will say that the front desk staff was neither friendly or rude... they were just,... well... there. It wasn't all smiles and niceties, but they got the job done in a very timely manner and always answered our questions.
Parking, for us, was always sufficient. We always parked in our building's parking garage... never once had problems finding a spot. We were never at the parks until very late though, so I assume that might be a problem for some.
Someone else here posted that there was only one luggage carts per building... from what I saw this is simply not true. There were times that I saw as many as 4 at the elevators in the parking garage in our building.
For those of you who will do what we did and buy a bunch of groceries, there is a Wal-Mart about 1/4 - 1/3 mile away... very convenient!
I would definitely stay here again if we ever venture back to Disney World! Huge bang for your buck! I highly recommend this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location and amenities! Luxury one, two, three and four bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, private balconies, washer/dryer and more. Two pools - one with a Pirate Ship slide and pool bar. Reflections Spa~Salon and Frankie Farrell's Irish Pub onsite. Two miles to Disney and on the doorstep of Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. Complimentary scheduled transportation to Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Village Hotel Orlando
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Spa
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Village And Spa
- Lake Buena Vista Village
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa Orlando, Florida