Sheraton Vistana Resort - Lake Buena Vista Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Central Florida

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Pros

  • Spacious villas with full kitchens and attractive living rooms
  • Pretty, manicured grounds with 13 lighted tennis courts
  • Numerous outdoor pools and hot tubs with water features
  • Several dining options including poolside bars and breakfast buffet
  • Kid-friendly features such as a game room and basketball court
  • Convenient location across the street from Disney World
  • Rooms have big flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking

Cons

  • No shuttle service to nearby attractions
  • Dated plastic lounge chairs surround the pool
  • Some complaints about slow Wi-Fi
  • Complaints about pesky phone calls to sell timeshares

Bottom Line

Located a short drive from Orlando attractions and near Disney World, the all-villa Sheraton Vistana Resort is a family-friendly hotel set on pretty manicured grounds. The one and two-bedroom spacious villas have full kitchens, separate living rooms, and free Wi-Fi. On-site features are plentiful, including several outdoor pools and hot tubs, tennis courts, a game room for kids, and several restaurants. Travelers may want to compare rates with the nearby Wyndham, which offers a free shuttle to Disney.

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 Scene

A bustling family property

Located across the street from Disney World, the Sheraton Vistana Resort largely attracts families visiting Orlando's kid-friendly attractions. The expansive property is continually bustling -- from the large outdoor pools to the 13 lighted tennis courts to the breakfast buffet -- and is surrounded by manicured, pretty grounds.

 Location

Across the street from the Walt Disney World Resort

Just off a busy highway, the Sheraton sits across the street from the Walt Disney World Resort. However, a car is a necessity for guests as the roads are heavy with traffic and walking can be dangerous. Unlike many hotels in the area, the Sheraton does not provide a shuttle to nearby attractions such as Sea World, Disney World, or the Orange County Convention Center (all of which are less than a 10-minute drive away). There are also numerous restaurants and shops within easy driving distance, and the airport is about 20 minutes away by car.

 Rooms

Spacious one and two-bedroom villas

This all-villa property has one and two-bedroom villas with simple but attractive decor. All rooms have fully-stocked kitchens -- complete with dishwashers, kitchenware, and dining tables -- along with washer/dryers and pullout couches in the living rooms. Further amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and laptop-size safes. One-bedroom villas can sleep up to four; two-bedroom villas can sleep up to eight. Two-bedroom villas have screened-in patios or balconies and master bedrooms have large whirlpool tubs.

 Features

Several pools and family-friendly features

There are numerous outdoor pools -- children's pools, hot tubs, fun water features, and extras like volleyball nets and rafts -- along with 13 lighted tennis courts, a game room, basketball court, and mini golf. The worn plastic chairs around the pools are in need of an update, but generally the pool area is nice with restaurants and bars alongside it. A rental shop rents out two and four-seater Surrey bicycles, DVDs, and racquets and balls for tennis. There is also a small business center, meeting room, and small fitness center (with several cardio machines and free weights). Guests should look out for weekly events such as barbeques and karaoke night. An on-site convenience store sells grocery items. While the hotel provides free self-parking, there is no shuttle to nearby attractions.

 Bottom Line

Located a short drive from Orlando attractions and near Disney World, the all-villa Sheraton Vistana Resort is a family-friendly hotel set on pretty manicured grounds. The one and two-bedroom spacious villas have full kitchens, separate living rooms, and free Wi-Fi. On-site features are plentiful, including several outdoor pools and hot tubs, tennis courts, a game room for kids, and several restaurants. Travelers may want to compare rates with the nearby Wyndham, which offers a free shuttle to Disney.

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Hotel Features

Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Pets Allowed: N/A
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: N/A
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Orlando
Address: 8800 Vistana Centre Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821, United States
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