An October 2005 trip
to Branson by ajavagal
Quote: Condo lodging
Hotel | "Horizons Marriott Vacation Club"
We stayed at the Marriott Horizons Vacation Club (a condo resort, but rooms can be rented nightly). Horizons was nice, but don't be deceived by "villas"; rooms and condos are in buildings. I recommend getting at least the two-bedrooms; otherwise, there's not much room, and your TV/mini-kitchen is right there at the foot of the bed (not appealing).
Our one-room was not big enough (queen bed and pull-out sofa), and our bath only had a shower. There's an extensive outdoor pool area (closed at our visit) but a wonderful indoor pool and hot jet spa. Outside, there are grills available. A play area is only open until 5pm, and since we were out during the day, we did not get to use it. A gym and gathering room with movie viewing (at check-in a schedule is provided) are available. There is no on-site dining or groceries, but Krispy Kreme, Denny's, etc., are not far away.
I recommend the Pirate Cove Mini Golf (walking distance) for entertaining kids. The staff was not very friendly on my visit (from the front desk to the maids), but I feel it was due to lack of training/experience and hope this has been resolved. Overall, I recommend the place and will try it again in a larger "villa".
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2006
Marriott's Willow Ridge Lodge
2929 Green Mountain Drive
Branson, Missouri 65616
MAMMOTH SPRING, Arkansas