Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre
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After we arrived in Orlando, we rented a car and stayed at the Marriot. Our hotel was very comfortable and we were satisfied with the accomodations. Disney had a complimentary bus shuttle service that stopped around the local hotels to pick-up and drop-off passengers going to and coming from Disney World and Epcot Center. We would use that service …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre
Not a bad place to stay
We stayed at this hotel in Sept 2004 for two weeks on an Orlando theme park holiday.
Hotel itself is reasonable for the price charged and is well located. Reception staff were friendly and helpful. It's well worth talking to the ticket service in reception as they can save you money on theme park tickets as well as give you good insight into local amenities.
We were there during Hurricane Jean which did mean we were confined to the hotel for 36 hours straight. Even that wasn't too much of a hardship - they gave us enough information to know what we needed to do without overly panicking us on safety. Hotel held up well during the storm.
The only annoying thing was the bus load of teenagers who arrived for the duration of the hurricane and ran round the hotel being really noisy throughout but even that is something I can't blame the hotel for.
Breakfast was expensive for what it was but we really liked the free tea/coffee - supplies of which lasted throughout the hurricane and the Pizza Hut deliveries were well used during this time too.
Pool was also really nice and they had a jacussi which was unfortunately out of commission for most of our stay. The one time we did use it was very relaxing!
Downsides were really thin walls - the couple next door to us had a massive row in the middle of the night which woke us up. Also the place was clean and tidy enough but needed some money spending on the rooms which were quite dated looking. We would have appreciated tea making facilities in our room but free tea downstairs was good enough.
We'd recommend this hotel as a good budget choice.
Good Value And here is a huge travel tip !
Everything was great And if you want to go to Disney and don't want to deal with a shuttle bus stopping at many hotels with kids and stressed parents , do what we did ! Take the Getty transportation service which works with the hotel ( Lincoln Town Cars etc. ) for 7 BUCKS ! Yeah thats right, and go to Downtown Disney which is 2 miles away. THEN get on a FREE Disney shuttle bus to any Disney location . We took the bus back to the Disney Tix and Transportaion center where you can get a bus or Monorail ANYWHERE! You can do the same for the return or get a cab which is about the same to get back to the hotel. You will have a much more STRESS FREE and Private experience believe me.
A nice hotel in a quiet situation.
We stayed here twice on a recent trip and had nothing to complain about. A large, modern hotel with a good choice of nice rooms. Two large heated swimming pools, sauna and fitness room. Business centre with free use of computer.
Situated in a quiet area with easy access and near to many eating places. However, you will need your car even for short journeys as they do not seem to cater for pedestrians around here and you cross road junctions at your peril. Hardly a problem for domestic travellers who are used to using their cars whenever, but we Brits would like to walk occasionally.
Good place to stay
I booked this hotel through -------------- for $59 per night. It was well worth that but I wouldn't pay over $100 which is what the hotel website wanted. The hotel was fine. It seemed to be a slow week so it wasn't very crowded. Room was clean and staff was friendly.
It's fine for the price
I stayed here on the recommendation of a friend in mid-January, 2005, for five nights. I was given a room on the ground floor facing the main entrance parking lot. After touring the hotel, I asked to be moved to a room facing the inner courtyard and was accommodated the next morning. I was given the room key to the second room and allowed to move my belongings at my own pace. Both rooms were very clean, not only in smell but in appearance. I asked for non-smoking and there was no trace of anyone having smoked in the room. There was no mold or mildew in the bathrooms. The sheets smelled slightly of bleach, which to me is pleasant. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and I was able to sleep soundly through the night.
For whatever reason, the design of the hotel provides some rooms with balconies/patios and others not. I chose a room with a patio. I was able to sit outside and access the pool directly from my room, without having to walk through the hotel halls. Very small towels are provided by the pool, which is heated. There's also a whirlpool spa that was comfortably heated, being only slightly warmer than the pool. The pool was very clean, the spa was not.
A buffet breakfast is available at an additional cost ($7.95 I believe). I was not impressed as the "hot" food was only mildly warm. Most of the food was fresh and there was a wide variety. The dining room is very large and comfortable.
The staff is very friendly throughout the hotel. The hotel is on Palm Parkway, just east of 535. There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance and Downtown Disney is about one mile away. Palm Parkway is not very heavily traveled yet is less than a mile from the I-4 interchange.
Now my complaints. My stay was enjoyable only because it was not crowded. A previous reviewer is correct by saying the walls are thin. I could hear people in the rooms next to me (not clearly but well enough). Whenever water is drawn in nearby rooms, it can be heard everywhere in the room. Two nights in a row, my key was inactivated and I only discovered it upon returning in the late evening. At first, I was blamed for storing my key in my wallet, alongside my credit cards (I was told that my credit cards must be scrambled now too). Later, I discovered that they were programmed wrong by the front desk clerk.
For $89 per night, I feel I got my money's worth. I will choose this property again but only during off-peak season. I can't imagine the noise when it's full.
In Feb 2004 we had our annual sales training at the Marriot. The sleeping rooms were clean and comfortable. The food was good, the staf were all friendly and courteous. The hotel seemed to be more business oriented and less family oriented (although there were quite a few families on the property) they have wireless internet in the lobby. On the whole, I would return, good value for money.
Stayed here for two weeks in November. Found the staff very friendly, rooms really clean. Our room had a balcony which was really nice will be staying here again next year.
Not much privacy
Overall its a nice place but: Walls are paper thin. You can hear a person snoring in the next room, and can hear clearly any conversations next door... which means your conversations are being heard by someone else also.
A Nice Place to Stay
We booked this hotel over the internet and frankly, we were nervous about it! No need to be--we stayed there for 4 nights before moving to the Disney Swan resort for 3 nights, and the Courtyard was a MUCH better value for the money. It's nothing "fancy" (actually, the Swan wasn't either, beyond the attitude), but our room was clean (as was the pool, which was also not crowded!), and the breakfast buffet had a good selection--we got our money's worth. The only "bad" aspect was the free shuttle to the Disney parks. The ride can get kinda hairy when there is standing room only and you have to stop at a bunch of other hotels.
Still, it's FREE! Our room was on the second floor near the elevator--we didn't hear any noise. The staff was friendly and our room was well cared-for. At $55 a night, this hotel was, comparatively speaking, a serious bargain. Our room was used for SLEEPING and RELAXING after hard days in the parks--we did not live in our room--but we would definitely be willing to stay there again!
Worst hotel stay in my life. #1 Came back one day and found the door to our room wide open. As if that's not enough...#2 Walls are paper thin, can hear "late night" activities of other room, as well as incessant door slams in the morning#2 Every touch with a hotel employee left a bad taste, from front desk worker to waiter/waitress at breakfast buffet... does not even meet the lowest of minimal levels of courtesy... the woman who checked us in and out, same person, was the only exception, but that's a .100 batting average...