Old Sep 15, 10, 8:12 pm
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IsleOfMan
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
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I had a great stay here this past weekend. Was upgraded to a huge 2-room suite in building 1. It wasn't the main tower, but it was interior access (building 2 right next to it was exterior access). The interior was recently renovated and excellent in every way. Three cribs were already setup in the living room for our triplets when we arrived. There was a kitchen area bigger than most apartments, but only a 1/2 size fridge and full-size sink were present (basically an over-sized wet-bar), along with tons of empty cabinet/counter space. This semi-kitchen space is likely geared towards parties/entertaining. The bedroom also had a walk-in closet. My only minor complaint was there was no tub, only a double-size shower. I personally think a larger bathroom, possibly with two-sink vanity and separate shower/tub would be a better use of space than a walk-in closet, but this is more of a comment on space allocation than a complaint.

The rest of the grounds were also in excellent condition. I was greeted quickly by the HHonors desk agent and when the desk supervisor heard him speak my name, she came over to greet me personally and assure me everything was in-place for the triplets. We didn't make it to the pools, but the middle of the three looked well maintained and not crowded. The gift-shop is extremely over-priced, even for basic snack items ($3.50 for a 20oz Coke, $5 for a Special-K Protein Bar). The Deli was a bit more reasonable, but still pricey. There's a CVS just down the street if you need to load up on snack items. Parking at $8/day is more than I'd like to pay but not outrageous.

Breakfast buffet is excellent and free for HHonors Gold and higher. Roughly a dozen hot choices, staffed omlett bar, dairy case, meat/cheese area, cereal station, and pasteries. Coffee was also great. A to-go cup stated Starbucks, but it tasted better than the regular Pike's Place drip.

Location on Westwood Blvd is excellent for easy in-out access while avoiding the bustle of I-Drive, Sea World, and the convention center. We didn't touch I-Drive during our entire stay, instead accessing I-4 from Central Florida Pkwy. There's a complimentary shuttle to all of the parks (Sea World, Universal, Disney). Most properties this far east don't offer free shuttles to Disney. We didn't use it, but it's good to have. That said, it probably wouldn't be fast to Disney parks with likely multiple other stops along the way.

I really recommend this property for anyone looking to stay off-property or do Disney along with Sea World and/or Universal. You get resort perks and usually very reasonable rates. Location is great and a short drive to Disney without hitting main traffic congestion areas. I probably wouldn't recommend it on points at full-price, but depending on the equivalent cash rates, it's not a bad value as a point-stretcher. I probably wouldn't be happy with an exterior access room, but these are more common than you might think in Orlando.
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