Vacation Village at Bonaventure
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Well we finally managed to arrive in Fort Lauderdale and found the resort we were staying at. Very nice area and there is a lot of resorts and vacation villages in this area along with some closed communities. Room was smaller than we expected but as we were only here for a couple of nights, it was fine.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vacation Village at Bonaventure Weston
Spent a week at the resort. Overall the resort is clean and nicely decorated. The kids loved the pool and the grounds are very well kept. The only draw back was our room location. We stayed in an "A" unit at the IBIS 6th floor. Our room faced the highway. At night it was very loud and it sounded as if the trucks and cars were driving through the room. After complaining to the front desk, we where then moved to a room facing the parking lot which was much quieter. Friends of ours stayed in the IBIS and had a room facing the pool and had no issues with noise.
The beach is about a 20 min drive and Sawgrass Outlet Mall is about a 15 min drive. There is a golf course at the resort and also a spa. (Did not have an opportunity to try out either).
I would recommend this resort to any of my friends or family and would strongly suggest they request to not have a room facing the highway. We had a great time and would visit again.
Be Prepared to Be Disappointed
Hotel is in dire need of major work. The grounds are decently clean, but the rooms are hell. My room smelled from mildew, had floors that were badly stained, shower curtains that were mildew filled and a bathroom that was early 1950. Surprised that Wyndham has allowed this hotel to turn to a dump. Needs major renovation and seems that the chain really isn't going to spend what's necessary to restore this place.
Don't Understand the Bad Ratings
We LOVED the Vacation Villas @ the Weston Bonaventure. We stayed for a week a year ago and liked it so much we went back for this year's spring break. We were in the Crane Building, which was convenient to the main Weston Pool. (Which is heated). Loved the deep oversized jacuzzi in the master bedroom and the big screen tv in the living room.
They did have full cable, including HBO. Units are well maintained and offer all the creature comforts of home.
Front desk staff was friendly and helpful. Asked for directions to a Captain Dewey's in Fort Lauderdale. The check-in manager asked if I meant "Catfish Deweys" and I asked if it was on Andrews. If so, that's the one I wanted. She looked it up in the yellow pages and called the restaurant for directions for me.
Both years that we've stayed there, I saw staff constantly cleaning public areas.
I do agree that even with maps, it's difficult to find the other buildings. I needed dishwasher soap and it took me 20 minutes of driving around to find the Heron building which has the main housekeeping office.
We have major vacations planned for the next 3 years, but will definately go back when we can.
Good for relaxing by the pool
A good holiday resort if all you want to do is relax by the pool for a few days. The suites are really nice, try to get one with a balcony looking onto the pool. Well fitted kitchen area and good sized bathroom, bedroom and living area. Liked the complimentary ice creams in the afternoon and the free shuttle service to some nearby attractions. But you do need a car to explore the area properly. Not exactly a cultural hub, but then where is Florida?!
New, Clean & Relaxing
Recently my wife and I traveled to the Bonaventure section of Fort Lauderdale Florida ans stayed at the Vacation Village at Weston Resort.When making your reservations be sure to ask if you are getting an "A" or "B" room. The difference is a Jacuzzi and big screen TV. Ask for a pool view. Unfortunately I did not know to ask and we were stuck with a parking lot view. It is well worth the extra cost if you plan on sitting out on the balcony. Eating breakfast overlooking the beautiful new waterfall pool is not too tough to take!At check-in we received our room keys along with a map of the area, a few brochures, and a list of restaurants and tours that honor a 10% discount to all Vacation Village guests such as dinner cruises, golf and Everglade boat rides. As we entered our room I was very pleased with what I saw. To the right was a spacious kitchen, large refrigerator and breakfast bar. Straight ahead was the dining area(Table & chairs). Off to the left was the living room area (Sofa sleeper and 2 arm chairs facing a 50 inch large screen TV. The decor was a tropical version of the Bombay Company. Everything new and unused.Next was the bathroom....very large. Two sinks with a vanity area in between. Last but not least was the bedroom. Very nicely decorated with a private sliding glass door to the balcony. And who can forget my wife's favorite amenity of all....the large Jacuzzi tub sitting right in the middle of the room. It was as if the tub had put a spell on her. My wife was in heaven.As I awoke the next morning I looked out into the parking lot and saw about a dozen men waving goodbye to their families and packing up their golf bags. Apparently there are 27 courses nearby. I myself am not a big golfer so I don't have too much info on that. Except to say the lobby was loaded with golf brochures.Laying out by the pool was very relaxing however this is where I have a complaint. Even though the pool area is very lush and tropical there is no music which makes the atmosphere a little stale. In fact the only thing you hear as lie in the sun is the sound of tennis balls being pelted back and forth. (The courts are located adjacent to the pool area) And if you get thirsty from sitting in the hot Florida sun you better bring a cooler with you because there is nowhere to grab something to eat or drink down by the pool. I understand it's a condo complex and not a hotel...but come on! What is a vacation without a drink and some island music playing out by the pool.One of the conveniences of staying in the Bonaventure area was the proximity to the Sawgrass Mills Mall. It is the largest outlet mall in the country with over 270 manufacturer's outlets, retail outlets and other name brand discounters . Apparently citizens from South America fly in to shop there on a regular basis. There are a ton of stores not to mention the restaurants. Cheesecake Factory, Wolfgang Pucks, Bahama Breeze, & Hard Rock Caf? to name a few. (Food Tip: Bahama Breeze- Best menu items are the Coconut Prawns, Jerk Chicken Pasta and the Cuban Sandwich)Before I flew back home I drove by Vacation Village at Bonaventure where I almost stayed. The building seemed similar to Vacation Village at Weston. The grounds were clean and the pool was nice, however it was not as nice as the Weston was.The Bonaventure section of Fort Lauderdale is located about 25 minutes from the beach and about 35 minutes from Miami. The area is very nice however unless you are an avid golfer or have business in the area this may not be the best section of Florida to take a vacation. It is just a little too far from all the action.To get a better look check out ----- for a complete list of local activities.
Just got back
I don't understand the other reviews here. I went this week, having read them and expecting the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. The condo was well furnished and everything seemed brand new. I was in the Osprey building. There are a number of buildings, so that could be the difference.
The pool was heated and a great place for kids. It is 4'6" in the middle, and all the way to 3' on the edges. A nice balance for everyone. There was free coffee in the morning by the pool, and lemonade in the afternoon. Everything was very neat and clean. My only complaint was that the actual kiddie pool wasn't heated, downright cold, in fact.
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Better choose somewhere else
Used to be a glorius hotel (20 yrs ago); now very shabby and in need of a good cleaning and a coat of paint. No mini bar. No vending. No pay per view channels. Had client call for a fax number; was treated rudely and hung up on. I then called and was also treated rudely and hung up on. Reported this to the front desk on check-in an they offered a weak appology that did not sound sincere.On the positive side, the rooms are large as is the bathroom and closet. Hidden resort fee of $15 (for the newspaper and in room coffee maker)Will not stay here again.
Vacation Village at Christmas
The unit that we stayed in was BEAUTIFUL! Although it was not what we were expecting. We expected a 2 unit lock off; but after looking at them and the building/location we decided to stay with our Egret building location. The problem was that if we had any needs or issues (we needed a rollaway, since there were not two hide-a-beds, as expected) we had to travel about a mile to the main desk and check-in area to ask that a rollaway be sent. The front desk staff was difficult and finally accommodating to our request for help. At one point the toilet overflowed and the maintenance man used our towels to mop up and then did not return with any towels for our showers the next day. The roll-away was delivered with no bedding or sheets and this led to another call to the desk and then the building staff. This was VERY frustrating and inconvenient. The front desk staff did not seem to realize the distance that we were away from the main buildings. But the Resort has several activities every day, the pools were nice, the property was also very nice. After thinking that we wanted to stay closer to the shore and seeing this lovely area, I pick Weston. It is suburban and quiet. Safe and clean. And it is not THAT far from anything. It did not have that frantic feeling that the resorts on the ocean have.
Had some trepidation before I arrived, but it exceeded expectations. A large, well-furnished, two bedroom suite. The facility is oddly laid out, spread over a wide area, intermingled with rental apartments and privatly owned condos and homes. Our building was almost empty, but it meant we had plenty of room at the nearby (unheated, early November, so cool) pool. Activites staff were friendly and activities were adequate.
Plenty of nearby restaurants. Approximately 12-15 miles west of Ft.
Lauderdale. I feared the distance driving into town might be a problem, but expressway made it easy getting there and back, while being outside the center of town made it feel more spacious and relaxed. Would go there again.
How could this be a gold crown?
What a dive. Was in a studio room no sunshine and everything was a bit on the shabby side. To boot my 15 year old daughter was hit on by the maintenance man. He lured her up to the roof. Lock your daughters up.
No oven to cook with either. Not a very pleasant place.