Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre – 8501 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL, 32836
This was our first time staying at this hotel off of Disney Property. I prefer to stay in hotels around Disney rather than staying on a Disney resort because it is cheaper, there is usually food and drink options around you and unless you are spending big money, the hotel is usually better.
The last time in Disney I stayed at a Courtyard in the same area. This year we wanted to try something new. This hotel is 2 miles from Disney Springs and about 10 miles from Magic Kingdom. Over all to Magic Kingdom in the morning it would cost about $11 for an uber or Lyft. The hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Magic Kingdom, Sea World and the Orlando Parks. For us we didn’t use the shuttle because the first one for MK is at 8:50 and we wanted to be at the park by 8, but it i a good solution if you are in no rush to get there. The bus also will bring you back as well at night.
To and from the airport is very easy. About a 20 minute drive and $20-$40 uber or Lyft depending on the time of day. The Hotel does offer a shuttle that needs to have a reservation be made a day in advance and that is $20 a person.
The hotel has a large store and a full service restaurant on site. The only problem is the restaurant opens for breakfast then closes and reopens at 5 PM. Also the store does basically the same so if you need something to drink or eat, you have to leave site in the middle of the day.
The only problem we had there was one lady at the desk who couldn’t help us with a bottle of water around 3 PM when the store and restaurant was closed, BUT we did find a vending machine in the hall (just make sure you have cash on you).
The hotel has a nice outdoor pool in the sun with a shaded hot tub. We didn’t get a chance to use it because it was so cold while we were there. Not sure how crowded it gets in the Spring – Fall. There is also a fitness center on site.
Overall Suz and I had a great experience there. They were doing some painting, but that didn’t really get in our way. We had a large king suite at the end, the only problem that room had no balcony. They were able to get us checked in early and took care of their Marriott rewards members very well.
- Room Cleanliness : A
- Hotel Cleanliness: A
- Friendliness and knowledge of staff: B
- Food & Drink Selection: B
- Accessibility: A
- Total: (B+)
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Thanks for visiting – Arty & Suzi