Westgate Vacation VillasMar 29, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
I traveled to Orlando last fall with my husband, my daughter and my mother (yes I was asking for trouble!) and needed a place near Disney with enough room for all of us yet still within our budget. My travel agent recommended Westgate Vacation Villas. My first reaction was "Oh no! Not a pushy timeshare property!" But the brochure and website finally sold me on the idea and off we went.
We went during the off-season and for about $100 per night we stayed in a two bedroom villa. This turned out to be an even better bargain than we expected. The villa included a master bedroom with a private bathroom and a large two-person jacuzzi tub (although I say you could have easily fit four people in there!) The second bedroom also had a private bathroom with a tub/shower. Each bedroom furnished its own television with cable and several premium channels, two dressers, a queen sized bed, two night tables and a large vanity area. The second bedroom actually had two beds. Both rooms were comfortable and roomy.
The villa also came with a full kitchen, dining area, sitting room with a television, another bathroom and a full sized washer and dryer (this turned out to be a surprising necessity as it rained our whole trip!). The kitchen was furnished with all the luxuries of home including a dishwasher and dishes.
On site are several pools, gorgeous grounds (great for moonlit walks), a deli, a restaurant/nightclub and a small store. As with most hotels, the store prices were outrageous and the deli prices weren't much better. A Pizza Hut was also opening on-site for following week. The resort provided daily activities for the guests, although we were much too busy doing the Disney thing to take advantage of any of them.
The cost and room size make this a wonderful option for families who prefer an affordable alternative to the one room, double bed typical hotel. However, there are some drawbacks to staying here that I should point out. First, there is no free transportation between the resort and the theme parks. You really need a car if you stay here. Second, there is no daily made service. This takes away part of the whole vacation pampering experience. You have to set your garbage outside yourself and run the dishes through the dishwasher at the end of your stay. They also ask you to throw all bedding and towels into the bathtub before checking out. While none of this is a big inconvenience, its not the same as having your bed made for you every day.
My whole family really enjoyed staying at this resort. One last note, we were never approached with a timeshare sell or anything which was my original worry when selecting this property.
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