The Palms Hotel and Villas
Travel Blogs from Kissimmee
Took our youngest granddaughter and her mom & dad to a timeshare in Kissimmee so she could go to Disney. We took the tour of Vacation Village at Parkway and bought a 2 bedroom for use in the exchange program with RCI. We have since switched to points and bought points with Fairfield/Wyndham so we are set to do some traveling. We have gone on …
... out an exhaustive medical questionnaire. Again, if you mark anything "wrong", you are out. So, after you lie (LOL), they have you shoot a five second video intro that they will show the crowd.
Mine was "I'm Chad, from Seattle, and I drove 10,000 miles to be here, so I have to win!".
After the video shoot, they provide you with a complete set of clothes, including a spandex top and shorts, and plastic underwear! You are not allowed ...
When my wakeup call came at 5 there were lots of lights shining ahead of
us. The promenade deck was roped off both at the bow and the stern so I
went up to deck 12 for about 2 miles (9 laps). We spun around in the
basin and backed into terminal 10 about 6:45, concluding our 591
nautical mile journey.
After snacking my way through breakfast in the WJ I went to the Gold
... for those at home) before heading next door to Universal Studios. We bought more souvenirs, took one last ride on the Rockit coaster and on Revenge of the Mummy, and I ended up breaking my thongs (irreparably). We said goodbye to Universal Studios for the last time (and lamented the end of our holiday within a holiday), I bought new thongs at a surf store in CityWalk (that was filled with WAY-TOO-FRIENDLY salespeople), and we all ended up at the movies watching ...
... learning class project/fun. It should be a blast and one of my group members is a french-speaking girl from Morocco who has been helping me remember my three years of french in high school to be able to use in Paris! Teaching myself French again from various websites has been really fun.
Please ask any specific questions if you have any about the Disney College Program, my life journey with God, or plans for the future!
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews The Palms Hotel and Villas Kissimmee
If you don't want to be scammed, please be advised...
Stayed for one week during April (Spring Break). The room was filthy!
We were quite disappointed with the overall quality of the rooms and service - not what you would expect from a Homewood Suites. The rooms were spacious, but layout was poor and rooms were very dated and tired out. The room we stayed in was in very bad shape. There was mold in the bathroom, holes in the walls and bathroom door, wallpaper was ripped apart in several areas. The mattressed were old and spongy. The furniture was dirty and smelled bad. The carpeting was old and dirty.
When we checked into this hotel in the evening my first impressions were not great. The person behind the desk was very lethargic and unhelpful. We had a lot of bags and one person was in a wheelchair but they had no facilities for helping with luggage and this person went back to reading his newspaper as we tried to find their one luggage trolley (must have been on it's tea break)Our room however was well located and quite nice although the kitchen isn't that well equipped.
The hotel was a huge disappointment. I chose it because it had the Hilton brand and needed a suite to accomodate our family, and the price seemed resaonable. We got there and got a smoking room, when specifically asked for a non-smoking, the smell was unbearable and they wouldn't change us, the carpet was torn and stained, the furniture dirty and broken and the bathroom dirty. After spending the night there, the second night they offered another room by the interstate highway which was so noisy we asked to be moved yet again...our third room was quiet but still very old, dirty and poorly maintained. The couch was stained and torn, the carpet so dirty I didn't want to take off my shoes and the kitchenette was sticky and very old. I can see it hasn't been renovated in decades and very poorly taken care of. We were very disappointed and will never return. The staff was not helpful either, it appeared our complaints were a burden on them. Please avoid this hotel, there are many better options in Orlando at the same or lower price. Agh !!!
We are a family of five which includes three children ages 11,9,5. We stayed for a week in a one bedroom suite. Suite was decent but beds weren't the greatest. Our room location was great We were located in one of the buildings close to the pool and breakfast area. The pool was nice and towels were provided at the pool. The pool is 3-5 foot deep. The breakfast was ok. They offered scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels, muffins, cereal, milk, juices, coffee every day. Some days they offered french toast and/or waffles. Note: the french toast and waffles were not fresh made. These were pre-frozen items which required being heated in the microwave. The maid service was pretty good but the maid did not clean room until mid-afternoon. This made it very difficult to come back to the room for a nap during that time. The hotel is conveniently located and is only 3-4 miles from all the Disney parks and attractions. Overall, the hotel worked well for us and we would stay here again.
Decent hotel, but ask for a quiet room
We recently stayed at the Homewood Suites and were not very satisfied, I am sorry to say. The rates are very cheap, that is true, but the expression "You get what you pay for" really comes to mind. We stayed in Bldg. 7, which is just 100 feet or so from Interstate 4, which is busy day and night. No one got much sleep as a result, and when we complained we were told we could not change rooms. We checked out several days early and went to the Doubletree Resort on the Disney grounds for just $130 a night - a little more, yes, but well worth it for a more spacious, cleaner room and some much-needed QUIET. If you do chose to stay at this hotel, make sure and ask for a room in a building away from I-4.
Well we loved it!
When we stayed at Homewood Suites it was a first time visit to the USA. We went in a party of ten and found it really handy to all be nearby. I cannot comment on the two roomed suite as we had 3 x one bedroomed suites. I found the hotel spacious, clean and very friendly. The kids especially enjoyed the microwavable popcorn left each morning in the room! The pool was ideal for a relaxing afternoon, with the free nachos and drinks! The continetal breakfast was worth getting up for!
Our stay was great (February-March, 2002). I can't say the
Let me start off by saying that the price can't be beat. I will follow that with the statement that the staff are very accomodating and helpful. Finally, I would never want to stay here again. Why? The room design is extremely poor. There is plenty of space, far more than the $69/day would get you anywhere. But there is only one bathroom and you can't get to it any way but through the main bedroom. So for our son to get to the bathroom in the morning, he must come through our bedroom. That is aggravating, but not enough for me to get on the Internet and flame the place. The impetus for that came when my son went to sleep in his room. He locked his door. There is no handle on the door from our side. His room has its own separate exit to the outside, which has a deadbolt. Short of beating the door down, there is no way to get into his room. A call to the frontdesk has confirmed this. He sleeps like a log, so beating on the door does not wake him. How do I know if his is OK or even if he is in there? Not the kind of worry you want about an 11 year old on a trip to Walt Disney World. This place was not designed with family vacations in mind. The people who work are good, but the fundamental room layout is pathetic.