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North Reading, Massachusetts
May 18, 2004
The combined unit was clean and comfortable, and more than adequate for our family of four. The kitchen was well appointed (but bring your own coffee filters!). The master bath included the toilet and shower in one room, and a HUGE bathtub surrounded by mirrors, actually part of the master bedroom (honeymooners, take note).
The large pool in our building area was nice, though NOT heated as reported by the reception desk, and the hot tub was also decidedly cold. We preferred the multi-pool complex at the registration and activity center, which also included an excellent "deli" (groceries, wine and tastings, sundries, and Starbucks coffee), a poolside bar and grill), fitness and activities centers, playground and other activities (ping-pong, pool table, etc.).
Each day we received a recorded call telling us of the day's activities at the resort. Unfortunately, by the middle of the week the calls were coming in at the END of the day, so if we were waiting for that info (we weren't) we would have missed it by the time the calls came. Additionally, since we were actually in two units with two separate phone extensions, we had to wade through two long (and late) messages on voicemail to clear the system. An annoyance.
They had activities for various age groups, including young children and "teens only." They have a movie theatre that seats about 50 with scheduled movies throughout the week. You can also rent the whole thing for just $20 (great idea for a large family).
Although very comfortable and well-kept, we found the residential buildings a little too densely packed, and parking lots dominated the environment (and still it was hard to find a spot coming home in the evening). The location was great for Sea World (literally across the street), and good for Universal and Disney. We enjoyed it, but it still does not compare with Orange Lake Country Club.
Our one real problem was that they had us down as checking out a day earlier than we were (although all of the paperwork we saw was correct). Housekeeping walked in on us without knocking, and our room keys were deactivated without our knowledge. It took a few hours out of our last day to straighten it all out.
From journal Hilton Orlando Vacation
February 18, 2003
Since we stayed in the second bedroom, or what could have been a lockout unit (with no outside access), I believe we were very fortunate. We had our own screened-in balcony with table and chairs, our own sofa (that also made into a bed), and a small kitchen complete with utensils, refrigerator, sink, etc. The storage space with the closet and plenty of drawer space was definitely adequate. The bathroom wasn't real large but was sufficient.
The resort itself is the best we have ever stayed at in the Orlando area, and we have stayed in a lot of nice ones in Orlando. I definitely see why it is so highly rated. They have so much to offer for all ages in activities, plus the facilities and grounds are immaculate. The walk around the lake is not only for the physically-fit person who wants the exercise, but for the leisure walker who enjoys seeing nature and listening to birds. Although we didn't attend movies at the theater, it is a plus for this resort. The only bad thing about this resort was that we weren't there long enough!
From journal Once again in Orlando
November 17, 2004
The unit itself is tired. It is due for an upgrade this coming year. However, the stereo that used to be in the unit was missing, and we enjoy having music during our meals. There were also no storage containers for leftovers. These, we were told, are no longer provided when we called the front desk. There are a limited number of pots and pans in the unit. Ours was a two-bedroom unit. In addition, the wall paper is peeling in several spots and there was a growth of mildew on the air-conditioning vents. The lanai on the unit is a nice touch, especially in the morning for breakfast outside in the Florida sunshine!
The location itself is very good. It is right across from SeaWorld and located between the Universal and Disney parks. We did purchase tickets at the resort for our activities, although we did have a problem with our tickets to Arabian Nights. We forgot to call and make our reservations. It's good we checked up on it the day of! Also, on several occasions, we called the concierge and no one returned our messages. Other than that, the staff was helpful. Shuttle service is free to Universal and SeaWorld. There is a $10 per person fee to Disney.
The amenities of the resort are very good, although the hot tub at the pool in our area was anything but hot. There are two pools and five hot tubs in the resort, although four of the hot tubs are located at the main pool, which is located between the first two sections of the units. The other is located by the eighth of the 10 units. Also, there was a lack of adult activities. They no longer offer casino night or wine-and-cheese tasting. However, there are numerous activities for the kids, although all have a fee. The health club is good, and there is a laundry facility in each one-bedroom unit and above. There is not one in the studios.
The resort description is accurate in the ads we've seen.
Restaurants of all types and prices are in the area, but you definitely need to drive or rent a car for your stay.
As we had recently purchased to upgrade to Hilton’s Elite program, we were not approached about a sales tour. However, this property is currently not being marketed on the primary market. Their other property in the area is. The only way to purchase here is either through the secondary market or when a unit is "flipped" in a trade for an upgrade.
We had asked, prior to arrival, for a top-floor unit. There were none available when we arrived, and although we were told they would look for one for us, nothing was ever offered. I would recommend this resort tot those who have children and want to see the sites. For those who like to sleep late, well . . .
From journal A trip back in time
April 4, 2004
The resort had plenty of parking, the grounds were immaculate with lots of trees and flowers growing all over the place, and there was a pathway around the on-site lake to take a relaxing peaceful walk. The main pool area was excellent with two large pools, one heated and one unheated, a kids pool and a few hot tubs. The heated pool was sometimes overly crowded but the unheated pool never had more than six or seven people in it which was perfect for me. There was plenty of room around the pools for people to work on their tans. The poolside bar and grill was a popular place with a variety of choices on the menu. There were plenty of activities scheduled for adults and kids alike. We did not partake in any of them, except the poolside movie, as we had a busy schedule of our own.
The resort has a free shuttle to Sea World and Universal Studios and a shuttle to Disney World that was about $7 a person. We found that it was only a 10- to 15-minute walk to Sea World so we did not have to rely on the shuttle, which only ran a few times in the morning and again in the evening.
We also attended the timeshare sales breakfast and received four discounted dinner theatre tickets for attending. The sales pitch was low pressure and much different and more pleasant than other timeshare sales briefings we have been to -- very much appreciated.
We had such a great time that we hated to leave. The staff was pleasant, friendly, and very accommodating. The resort is great for families as well as those without kids. We will highly recommend this resort to all our timeshare friends.
From journal Our Grand Vacation at the HGVC SeaWorld
Montgomery City, Missouri
August 14, 2003
Organized activities for all ages were available throughout the week if you wanted to join in. We were initially disappointed to find out that the facilities all close at 11pm but as the week went on we realized we were so tired from theme park play all day that 11pm was plenty late for other entertainment. The place was full of families but certainly spacious enough so that you never felt crowded.
Our two bedroom condo was everything we could have asked for. It was very roomy for the five of us, comfortable, clean, and well stocked. We used the washer and dryer several times so didn't have to pack excessively to travel and they supplied the laundry detergent. We found a large grocery store close by to stock up on breakfast items and snacks to reduce our expenses giving us more money to play.
The staff were very friendly and helpful with all questions, directions and needs we had. They run a free shuttle to Seaworld even though it is easily within walking distance as well as a free shuttle to Universal. They also offer a low cost shuttle to Disney. Total satisfaction on all accounts!
From journal Vacation Central - Something for Everyone
SAN JOSE, California
April 18, 2005
The property is located on Sea Harbor Boulevard/Grand Vacations Way, just about a quarter mile from SeaWorld. It is about 6 to 7 stories high, with different names for the buildings. We were in Sandy's House. Tennis courts and basketball areas are spread throughout the property.
We had a beautifully designed and decorated, very large two-bedroom unit (and although we own just a one-bedroom, two-bath timeshare in Maui, Hawaii, I am always able to get a two- or three-bedroom units at other properties when we trade, which is great!). Our large, very well laid out master suite had a king-size bed, great Jacuzzi (which the grandkids had a ball in every night!), separate bathroom with a shower, another vanity/sink in the bedroom, a TV, and a private walkout screened-in patio. The kitchen was well equipped, very modern, and huge as far as condo/timeshares go; there were very nice living room and dining areas; and the second bedroom had a queen-sized bed, foldout sofa bed, small table with two chairs, TV, small fridge, sink, microwave, a bathroom with a shower/tub, and ANOTHER separate screened patio off that room. There was a large TV, two chairs, and another sofa bed in living room. There was also a large stacked washer/dryer in the unit.
Two large pools were located near the concierge/check-in area. One was kept cooler than the other, with five or six hot tubs spread around the pools. There was a restaurant, bar, small store, children's activity area, and fitness center onsite. The only (minor) complaint I personally had was that it was a little walk from our unit to the main pools, but this was a small thing considering how nice everything else was.
We received a daily recorded message from the activity desk informing us of the next day's activities, which was a nice touch, even though we only spent a half day here actually ON the property. I wished I'd taken more pictures of the pools and surroundings. The pictures in the RCI book and the HGVC website don't come close to showing how nice this resort really is.
Nobody bothered us with any timeshare presentations at all. It was a LOVELY property that was CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN.
From journal Orlando, Florida
April 30, 2005
From journal HGVC with Hurricane Charley
June 3, 2003
There are good points too. The unit had a large screen TV in the living room and a good sized TV in the bedroom also. It had a stereo/boombox and VCR in the living area, and nice screened in balcony. The bed was firm. The overall appearance, except for the little bugs in the bath, was clean. The kitchen had what you needed to prepare meals, and the washer/dryer came in handy too.
Decorated in bright cheery colors, the unit had a feel of summer, tastefully done but not too gaudy. We liked the size of this one-bedroom except for the big Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom that just takes up way too much space. Give me a regular tub in the bathroom and more room and closet space in the bedroom.
Activities were not very good. Wednesday mornings water aerobics just did not happen. Monday and Fridays were good though. They charge for just about everything. A family could drop a few bucks if they had several children.
The fireworks at Seaworld were fun to watch from the pool area every evening.
From journal Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Seaworld
September 24, 2003
This resort is absolutely beautiful! Our three-bedroom was actually a two-bedroom with an adjoining studio, which could be closed off. We had two familes, so the kids stayed in one room with two queens and the adults in the two other bedrooms, both with king beds. Each room had its own bathroom. The entire unit was at least 1,500 square feet, so we never felt crowded and everyone had plenty of privacy.
The main pool area has two huge pools with waterfalls and fountains. They rent plenty of pool toys and our kids were totally entertained. The organized kids activities always involved a somewhat pricey fee and were fairly limited. They did offer babysitting for $10 per hour for up to three kids, which is a good deal in Orlando.
Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and would definitely stay at the HGV SeaWorld again!
From journal Walt Disney World
March 14, 2003
One perk this resort offered clean towels around the resort. They were kept in a big basket and collected for you so all you had to do was collect one from the center of the pool area and leave it on the sun bed when finished with it. Brilliant idea!
From journal the most luxurious way to enjoy florida