Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village
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This is it folks, as far South as Josh and I will be travelling!
This is another two day blog post, summing up what we've been up to since we hit Florida yesterday. We left Savannah (eventually, big delays with getting bags on the bus) which was probably my favourite place so far and headed south into Florida.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village
Excellent Value and location
As the reviewer from Atlanta wrote on 5/1/04 this review is for the Marriott Courtyard at the Marriott Village, LBV.
The Marriott Village has 2 other hotels - the Springhill Suites and Fairfield. All 3 hotels are accessed via a secure gated entry system.
We stayed at the Courtyard for 12 nights in a room with 2 queen beds, on a package which included breakfast for 2. Most other guests at the hotel also seemed to be on some deal or other.
Our room was on the 4th floor overlooking the pool. Although the hotel was busy for the whole duration of our stay we never encountered any problem with noise.
We could find nothing to complain about - breakfasts were ample, staff were very friendly and attentive, rooms were clean and the pool and pool area adequate for our needs .
The hotel location could not be faulted - a couple of minutes to the I4 and less than 10 minutes to Downtown Disney / Epcot.
Landrys / Bahama Breeze restaurants within a 5 minute walk and plenty of other restaurants a 5 minute drive to the other side of the I4 (burgers/curry/olive garden(italian)
Advantages of staying at this Courtyard is that its close to but not on Disneyworld - hence good rates, convenient to the I4 without the traffic problems that some people have reported when staying in hotels on I-Drive.
We would have no hesitation staying here again.
Great Value & Very Convenient
Stayed for two days as part of a Southwest Airlines vacation package. Clean rooms - friendly, helpful staff - convenient services (fee-based internet access, fast food available for quick bite, Mears Transportation on-site) - very close to numerous restaurants. Would definitely stay again.
Great Home-base for Orlando attractions
First, I think there may be some confusion in which hotel people are reviewing. There is the Courtyard at WDW and then there is the Courtyard at Marriott Village in Lake Buena Vista. For instance, the shuttle to the parks from Marriott Village is $5 per person roundtrip, however it is free from the WDW property. Also there was no manager buffet at the Marriott Village location (at least not when we stayed over New Years)
Anyway - on with the review. We are a family of four - kids aged 8 and 10. We stayed for 4 nights over New Years Eve. We found the rooms to be clean, certainly up-to-date, and fairly sizeable for a hotel in this category. In the rooms with two beds, they are 2 queens instead of 2 doubles, which helps when travelling with a family. The layout actually kept hall noise to a minimum in the room. The hotel was busy and we were never awakened by late or early noise.
The breakfast buffet was very nice, cooked eggs, Mickey waffles, fresh fruit, a variety of juices, pastries and breads. Many of their rates seemed to include it and it was well worth it before heading out to the parks. The service in the restaurant was very friendly.
The pool area was quite nice (again for a hotel in this category - I am not comparing it to the upscale Disney theme hotel) The outdoor area was freeform, had landscaping and fountains around it and was heated very well - no qualms even from the adults about going in during December/January. The pool was zero entry so there is a nice area for small children (as well as an interactive fountain) And the hot tubs were nice and hot! We spend about an hour each evening at the pool and enjoyed in very much.
We had a few minor problems (no towels at the pool one evening and a slow running shower drain) which were both fixed promptly.
There is a small food court on site and a Bahama Breeze, Golden Corral, and Landrys truely within walking distance.
Located near all the parks (1 exit up I-4 from WDW and I think two or three exits from Sea World)
If you are looking for a place to stay while spending most of your time at the parks, I highly recommend this hotel. If you are looking for your hotel to be a part of your vactation you would probably prefer the theme hotels.
Great Hotel Great Location.
This Marriot Complex was a real suprise, large clean rooms, quiet, secure complex, selection of restauants, and fast food in or adjoining complex, close to Orlando premium outlet complex, and short trip to down town Disney. Great inet price as well, comp' cont' breakfast better than most.
Although this hotel was a "bang for my very limited bucks," there were many problems. My hotel room had a very disturbing odor (and it was non-smoking), there were some sort of fungi in the ceiling, the pictures of the pool that are provided by internet sites are misleading, the service from housekeeping was unsatisfactory......the list can go on...HOWEVER....the breakfast buffet was awesome, the free shuttle buses to area theme parks and Downtown Disney was a great help...and the free beer/soda and nachos everyday b/w 5pm and 6pm was a life saver. Well, for the price my family paid for our week stay, I guess I shouldn't have expected it to be th Ritz. Good Lucki.
Courtyard Marriott Village good value
We stayed here during Easter 2003. I was happy with our stay here. We were able to use Marriott points during such a busy time. The indoor outdoor pool was very nice. My teenagers especially liked being able to order Pizza Hut for room service from one of the adjacent Marriott hotels. I would say it is a convenient location to drive to both Disney World and Universal Parks.
First Class Fairfield
just returned from 14 days in orlando, staying at the Fairfield Inn Little Lake Bryan. Lovely hotel. spacious rooms. friendly and helpfull staff. Very clean and tidy. would definately go again.
A Good Value
I just returned June 3 from a one-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott. It was our first stop before spending 4 nights at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. After a 7 hour drive I was pleased with the cleanliness and size of the room. My children, ages 5 and 8, loved the pool and splash area. It was quite convenient to have so many dining options within walking distance to the hotel since none of us wanted to get back in the car. For a $75 per night room rate, the hotel was a steal. It was close to Disney where we went early the next morning. If you're looking for a place to stay following a long drive and don't feel like paying the "Disney" price at one of their properties, this is a sure bet.
We recently stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in Lake Buena Vista. It is near the Disney Marketplace. The hotel has tried to update but still needs some upgrading of the bathrooms to do. The sinks etc are so old! One plus staying at this hotel was the managers reception in the evening offering free beer/wine etc. We have always stayed on Disney Property and I would go back to one of their hotels for our next visit.
This is an excellent property for vacationers who want convenience to all attractions, an excellent pool, very good security and very good facility condition, at a reasonable price. I have traveled an average of 50 - 80 nights per year for the past 12 years and have stayed in properties ranging from Hampton Inns through Ritz Carltons.Most families with children (or golfers) going to Orlando want a clean property in good condition with a helpful staff. This is definitely it. 8 minutes to Magic Kingdom, 9 minutes to Universal Studios, 5 minutes to I-Drive. Walking distance to Bahama Breeze and Landry's seafood, in addition to a nice food court. This property is secured (with gates) along with two other Mariott hotels - a Fairfield Inn and a Mariott Suites. You don't need anything else unless you decide to stay On Property at WDW or Universal and for $99 a night - it can't be beat!!