Horizon's by Marriott

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Travels4Fun on May 30, 2003

Best Things Nearby:
Publix Market, Sea World, and Discovery Cove.

Best Things About the Resort:
Lots of space in units - brand new property.

Resort Experience:
We exchanged into this resort with a Bonus Certificate from II, splitting the cost with friends. We paid less than $50 a night, but rooms run about $198 -$224 per night.

Our Unit #1020 (a two bedroom unit sleeping eight, our party included six) looked exactly like the pictures featured on the resort website. The unit was immaculate and had fresh appearance. The condition of the unit over all was nice. The bedrooms were a very comfortable size. The bedding was nice and crisp, pillows and mattresses great!

We ate breakfast in our unit every day and cooked several dinners there as well. The kitchen was equipped with all the usual necessities and was easy for two people to work in at the same time. They also had group activities, but we did not use them due to our own schedule. The resort amenities included a bar and grill area by the pool, which we used twice during our stay. We found the food to be reasonably priced and well prepared.

We found the staff to be some of the most professional timeshare staff we have encountered at any property we have ever stayed at. The staff was very informative, attentive, and eager to make our stay a pleasure.

The resort is about 10 - 15 minutes from the four Disney parks and super convenient to Sea World and Discovery Cove, which are five minutes away. There is also a Publix Super Market less than five minutes away. We found the prices here reasonable and items easy to locate, since it was a market we had never shopped in before.

The only problem we encountered in the unit had to do with a DVD player that showed DVD's with a blue hue to everything. Maintenance came out and immediately replaced it with another one, which seemed to have the same problem. The unit was then replaced with a VCR and we were offered free video rentals.

We mostly encountered families with kids as the highlight of the pool area is a large Pirate Ship with water slides, which the two children in our party loved (we stayed at a Disney hotel the first night, but the kids liked the Marriott better than the Disney property). Most people seem to be in bed early and up and out early. This resort is probably more suitable for families with kids, but I would stay here without them too. Overall I would rate the resort a nine, for location, staff friendliness, and Resort amenities.

We also attended a timeshare presentation, and found the salesman to be easy going and confident in what he was selling. It was not a hard sell. We probably spent 40 minutes and got our free gift, $75 in Disney Dollars. We had a great stay here - we would not hesitate to book this property again.

Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club at Orlando
Orlando, Florida, 32821


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