Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
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... there and regain some confidence to then carry on my trip - I took several trips out to nearby (within 8 hour) places including camping in a giant butterfly reserve in bandit territory, visiting some mental caves and going on a day trip which turned into six as I turned up Acapulco with only the clothes I was wearing, bearded and smelly! Saw some guys jumping off 100metre rocks and sweated for a few days before heading back up and going out with Alex staying in some mansion and ...
Delayed in Orlando on the way to NYC... went from the international to domestic terminal - Claiming it!
After a month of being mindful of the food I was eating, went ballistic on the food court in the terminal... made myself sick on deep fired fajitas, but lapped up the taste anyway... and also lavished the opportunity to drink out of the taps again... the little things.
There's also a vending machine for electronic gear… cameras, iPods etc… a vending ...
... cool as you flew through Springfield.
Today we also got to meet Frank, the dog from MIB and watched him and other animals used in movies at a show.
The show at the end of the day explained that Universal is 100 years old and showed parts of the movies over the last 100 years. It was cool with great fireworks, lights and water spouts.
... treated Kim and the kids to a movie at the Disney Theatre. It had all you can eat popcorn and drinks that were served to you by pushing a button on your big comfy arm chair that reclined.
We dropped Uncle Kevin off at the airport and started our long 4000 kilometer road trip back to Canada! Nothing like putting the vehicle to the test in the first month! Hopefully we have all of our ducks in a row and they let us across the border with this vehicle!
... all the 'worlds'. Epcot has built many countries you get to walk through, with restaurants, history, rides and snacks from that country. We went through Mexico, Norway, China, Japan, Germany, France (best pastries), Canada, the UK and heaps more, all of which were gorgeous and very well detailed.
While not as magical as the first park, we had a ton of fun at Epcot (except for the imagination ride - don't do it!!!)
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Don't be a sucker
Worst hotel I have ever stayed in. They charge a bogus fee of 9 dollars a day for ammenities that do not work and would normally be included for free at other hotels. There was mold in our room and the stairwells had quite a funk. I would not advise anyone to room here.
Location! Location! Location!
Just came back from a short trip to Disney with my 15yrs old son.
Grosvenor Resort is the way to go if you want to be close to Disney Downtown. (good shops for teens..night life in Pleasure Island, going to movies, DisneyQuest)
Transportation to the parks is perfect.
our room on the eastwing was clean & what I like the most is towels are fluffy & bed sheets soft.
Mini-fridge in the room was perfect to keep water cool, and iced packs frozen for our lunch next day.
next time I will request to be located on the pool/lake side, and not looking over the parking lot.
comfortable, affordable, reliable and mostly best off-site location
Very Disappointing Room
Traveled to Disney for a business conference. This was one of the few places with a room. After my stay I know why they had vacancies. Relative to the area, I didn't pay much - but got what I paid for.
The Good: location/proximity to Disney downtown, restaurant with Disney characters.
The Bad: just about the worst room I've stayed in since college. I went through three towels before finding one without a stain. Very dated decor. Wish I had a sleep sack with me.
Husbands, don't take your wife here or you won't hear the end of it.
Nice Hotel ForThe Price In A Great Location
I just got back from an awesome holiday in Orlando (Sep 15th - 29th) and felt the need to get on here and write a review of the Grosvenor Resort at which I stayed.
Thanks to the majority of reviews on here I was dreading my stay and even tried to cancel my booking and re-book with another hotel, I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T.
Not to disrespect anybody on here but I'm sure that some people want to pay for a cheap hotel and expect the Ritz....I'm sorry but every one knows that 5 star hotels are a hell of a lot more expensive than hotels like the Gosvenor and its becaue....they are 5 stars. Ask yourself this, which 5 star hotel in their right mind would charge budget prices?
Admittedly the Gosvenor is not the Ritz (as it is 3 stars) but it is clean, tidy, the staff are friendly and helpful and the location could not be beaten (across the road from Downtown Disney). The room was a good size and had all the amenities and complimentary toiletries that you would expect from a hotel in this class.
The buses to the parks were also very handy and save you money on car rental and parking at the Disney parks, also when you get to the parks you can use official Disney buses to park hop.
I had the opportunity to stay in both a "tower" and a "ground wing" room and admittedly the tower was slightly better and not as noisy at night but in my opinion its nothing to worry about if you don't get a tower room.
Overall I have nothing negative to say and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and would stay here again. At his price and for the location I would highly recommend it...just don't expect the Ritz...if you want 5 stars pay for them.
My score is based on my expectations for the price.
Ok for price
Stayed in this hotel Aug 9 - 13 as a "promo" for Fairfield resort timeshare. Obvioiusly, was put in older, non-renovated portion, guess they put all promo people there, 4 nights/5 days for $269, plus 2 free disney tickets, so we didn't care about room, spent time at Disney. Pools nice and clean, clear. We have pool at home, so know how it should look and not smell of chlorine. Housekeeper threw away all of our "paper" products, plates, silverware, cups, etc, this was short stop on way to Daytona, so brought along all needed supplies for 2 wks, when called front desk, manager came with BAGFULL of stuff from diner, plus gave us food voucher for 4 free breakfasts in Am. After spending 12 hr at Disney in 97 degree weather, was in no mood to not be able to have a snack, so manager was very helpful. Restruant very pricey, would have been $48 for breakfast for 2 adults and 2 small children, 6 and 8 yr old. Had to wait 20 mins to check-out, have to wait in line to give person your room cards back, even though I knew had no addit charges, could not just leave cards in room. $9 per day surcharge for services we didn't even use was ridiculous! (internet, phone (20 min freee) then charged after that anyhow), use of shuttle, which we didn't use, can't remember what else surcharge included, but know we didn't use any of it, argued with manager but had to pay it anyhow. Shuttle to Disney parks arrives every 1/2 hr, so if arrive 5 mins late, have to wait anaother 25 min, same at other end when leaving Disney, for $9 to park at Magic Kingdom, we just drove. Shuttle is large bus, so this hotel is last in line to be picked up and last to be dropped off, so loong ride back to hotel with hot, crabby kids. Pool towels always gone by 12n and no more put out, so used own towels anyhow, so imagine in high season can never get a towel. Pool not crowded, sometimes we were only ones there, late in season though., so can't figure where pool towels went. Could rent pool floaties for $5 per hour?! Could buy one at local Walmart for less then that! Hot tub did not work, jets would not come on and waay too hot to sit in, remember though, it was 97 degrees with heat index of 104. Did not use pool bar, so not sure how that was. Tip: if want Disney souviners, go to Wamart down the road on 534, I think, 53something anyhow, has TONS of Disney stuff, all with Disney labels, for Walmart prices, we bought shirt for $6.97 for kids, exact same shirt in Disny was $21!!!
Although the hotel is a little worn, our room was clean and faced Downtown Disney, so we were able to see the fireworks show right from our room at night. The best part of this hotel is without a doubt the staff. They were frendly and bent over backwards to make sure we were comfortable. We actually ended up sepnding a lot of our vacation at the hotel pool even though we had planned some other activities. I would highly recommend this hotel for both families and singles.
This hotel is so typical of most in Orlando. It is geared toward families with rowdy young kids who want cheap accomodations near the parks. I believe that such hotels realize that the draw for Disney parks is so great that people will keep staying there regardless of the quality and upkeep of the establishment. Several things were disappointing about this hotel. Upon arrival, we were told that the rooms were equipped with wireless internet access, but we couldn't detect any signal during our entire stay there and ended up using a standard dial-up connection. The hallways and rooms appeared to have last been renovated in the early 1980's at the earliest, and although there were no visible signs of trash or filth, they looked scummy and outdated. The beds were hard and the sheets felt like burlap. Worst of all was the smell that infused the hallway as soon as we exited the elevator on our floor. The hallway smelled like soiled baby diapers, or a nursing home. We reported the problem to the front desk and they denied any knowledge of the smell, eventhough we saw hotel maintenance crews trying to clean the hallways with disinfectants. To it's credit the hotel room did have central AC, which I've found to be a rare commodity among other other orlando establishments. Moreover, they had decent bathroom ammenities. Stay here if you must... you will likely only be impressed if you are used to living in a trailer home.
Our stay was wonderful. The other reviews had me scared. We made our reservations in Feb. and I thought that we made a big mistake. We got there and was very surprised. We had 2 adjoining rooms and they were very clean. The rooms(456-458) were on the courtyard facing the parking lot. I'm very leary of all hotel rooms but I could sleep in this one. It is very close to downtown disney. My husband and I walked down there everynight and had a ball. The pool area is nice. Our first family vacation to Disney was great. I would have no trouble staying here again. The only bad thing is the 9 dollar a day service charge. It is not a 5 star but not a dump either.
Bad Bad Bad
This hotel is absolutely terrible. It is dirty, smells bad, and the service is horrible. Buyer beware on this one!!
This Hotel should be renamed the "Gross-venor"
If I had read some of the comments posted here before I made reservations, I would have NEVER booked this room. The Grosvenor at Disney World is by far the worst hotel I've ever seen; it's worse than the worst roach motel I've ever seen. I had made reservations for 7 nights; when we arrived on Saturday 8/19/06, we checked in and as soon as we walked in the room door, we knew something was wrong. The room ceiling was covered with Black Mold; the hotel had tried to paint over it, but could not because it was still leaking through. Black Mold was on the walls and tile in the bathroom, the carpet was old, dirty, stained and sticky to my bare feet (so I put my shoes back on), the coffee pot filter holder was covered with resin and the Pillowcases were stained. As for the rest of the room, the phone did not work properly, there was little or no signal from the wireless internet (it kept dropping connection) and there was a lamp with a blown bulb. There was only one power outlet so I had to share it between our cell phone chargers and the cable TV only had a few channels and they were snowy, dark and basically unviewable.
If Walt Disney were alive today, he'd have this hotel torn down; There is no way these room should be rented and does not in any way meet what should be Disney standards. After complaining to the staff, the hotel offered to move me to another room; I looked at 2 others, but they were just as bad. I've read here on Trip Advisor that the tower rooms, 9th floor and up, have been renovated and are much nicer, but they were all booked up for the week.
The good news is that after contacting Travelocity on Sunday, they moved us to the hotel of my choice of a comparable price and at no extra charge. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn at Marriott Village only a few blocks from Downtown Disney, Nice clean rooms, Great cable TV with free HBO, 3 telephones, free wireless internet with a great signal, free continental breakfast, Pool and Jacuzzi all in a gated community with it's own shops and food court.
Where ever you decide to stay in Orlando, Don't Stay at The "Gross-venor".