Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

We had more than one hotel stay during our Orlando holiday. The first was at Staybridge Suites Orlando, the second at Cabana Bay Beach Resort and then this one, Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. We then stayed at one more which will be shared in a few weeks time.

Moving on to this hotel was rather exciting. It was the hotel that we had booked for the duration of our Disney days so checking in here only meant one thing… Disney! We actually paid for two days ourselves and then the hotel hosted us for a further two, a total of four nights. I hope you enjoy reading all about the hotel in this blog post.

Hotel

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is located just a few miles from Walt Disney World Resort and designated as a Walt Disney World Good Neighbour Hotel. It’s a resort hotel meaning it has lots going on. The rooms are all self catering suites with private balconies. There are options for all sizes of guests with one, two, three or four bed suites available complete with kitchens.

We checked in after a busy day at Gatorland. The queue in the lobby was rather large and didn’t move very quickly due to there only being two members of staff at the desk. This was the only time I saw the lobby that busy and we was there for four nights. We had obviously picked a busy arrival time. Check in time is from 4pm and check out time is 11am.

Our check in experience was really personal and pleasant. The man was informative, showing me the resort and facilities. We then head to our room which was eleven floors up in building five. There are quite a few buildings that make the resort.

Accommodation

We had been booked in to stay in a two bedroom two bath suite. Our room overlooked the pirate ship pool. This type of room sleeps up to six people and you can add a crib.

You need your room card to access the building and lifts, however on occasion they were open so I’m not entirely sure how secure the building actually is. We used the lift to get to the 11th floor and along the corridor to our room.

On first impressions there was a slightly odd smell to the room. It wasn’t a freshly clean kind of smell nor a dirty smell, it was just weird and really hard to explain.

Open Plan Kitchen & Diner

As you walk in you are initially in the dining area. The table is a beautiful glass table which makes the whole room feel very luxurious. It seats six people and has a beautiful hanging light fitting.

The kitchen has dark granite countertops, dark wood cabinets and full size appliances, including refrigerator and freezer with icemaker, stove/oven and dishwasher. The dishwasher was such a saviour for us during our trip. It was also really useful to have the fridge and freezer options for storing water and food. The kitchen was well equipped with all the utensils, glass, and cookware you could need for a self catering stay. They also included a couple of dishwasher tablets too.

One thing that my Mum and I were very thankful for was the washing machine and dryer facilities available in the room. We utilised these as much as we could. The hotel had kindly popped in some detergent and my Mum had also brought along her own too. The machines were very noisy so I’d recommend doing washing in the morning rather than at night time.

Living Area

The living area was spacious with a sofa bed and flat screen television. There’s also a cute armchair near the patio doors and plenty of electric sockets.

When we pulled out the sofa bed for my Mum to sleep on, we did find lots of crumbs. I did phone the lobby to ask them to send somebody to give it a proper clean. Each suite does have it’s own hoover but as we had only just arrived I wasn’t impressed by the condition. They advised that the maid wasn’t there but they would send somebody to give it a clean. This was done by the time we returned from swimming. Although it wasn’t an impressive start to our stay, I was thankful for the professionalism of the staff to rectify the issue.

House keeping service is not included as part of the cost of your stay, you have to pay extra which we decided not to do. I think if our stay was a bit longer we would have done it half way through but for four nights we didn’t mind making the beds ourselves and hanging up our towels to air dry.

Master Suite

The master suite was stunning! Despite the giant sized bed, the room was still spacious and didn’t feel cramped at all. They had two cute bedside tables, a flat screen TV on top of a cabinet for storage and a cute armchair near the window.

But what made this room even more fantastic and a little overwhelming was the open plan bathroom area. It was huge with the deepest bath tub I’ve ever seen. It was supposedly a jaccuzi bath with the ability to do the fancy bubbles, but none of us could figure out how to get it working. Instead it gave us some glorious evening bath times.

The bathroom area also had a huge walk in wardrobe and safe. I stored our large suitcases, open flat on the floor in here which made accessing our clothes easier without unpacking everything. Something I had learned along the three hotel stays. Extra pillows, the hoover, iron and board were also stored in here.

The toilet was separated by a sliding door and the shower was huge too. The toilet and shower was separated by a double sink area. Towels are provided but are not replaced so you have to make sure to hang them up after use. I believe there was one large towel, a hand towel and face cloth per guest. The hotel also gives you a few little toiletries which is a lovely touch.

Twin Room

The second bedroom is on the opposite side of the suite to the master. It is a much smaller room however still has plenty of space for the two small double beds inside. It also has a TV. The girls loved being able to have their own space to get out their toys and play. Eva and Elsa shared one of the beds and Freya had her own.

The twin room was right near the second bathroom too which had it’s own closet and bath.

Outdoor Area

Every suite has its own private balcony area. When you are on the eleventh floor, it’s terrifying look over. It’s also even more terrifying when your middle daughter is a monkey and likes to climb. Let’s just say we gave extreme warnings and didn’t allow them out there unsupervised. However, it’s a lovely sheltered space with a table and chairs. We had a pool view of the pirate ship and then on to forest. As you can see from the photo, the Orlando rain was able to get on the balcony so don’t leave any clothing out there to dry. It rains often in Florida despite the heat.

Food

Pizza Hut Express

There is a Pizza Hut express inside the convenience store. You are able to order and collect or have it delivered to your room or pool. They service breakfast, lunch and dinner so it’s a perfect option for on the go meals for busy theme park days.

Groceries

The Convenience Store and Gift Shop is open from 7am until midnight. On our first night we ventured in to get some milk and basic items for breakfast over the next few days. However, we was really shocked at the prices of items in there. It felt like daylight robbery. However, they did have pretty much everything you could need to top up your cupboards including gift items too. We put back our selections and headed for the local Walmart, see a bit further below about the local area.

Onsite Frankie Farrell’s Irish Pub & Grille

It’s a pub and grill offering an authentic Irish/American menu. There’s arcades games for the kids, a television showing various sporting programmes and friendly staff. It’s located in a different building to the main lobby and the building we was staying in.

Poolside Bar

Lani’s Luau is a poolside bar next to the Pirate Plunge pool. You are able to order breakfast items and snacks to your room all day from this bar. The prices are really reasonable to and perfect for a poolside snack or drink.

Other Facilities

There’s lots going on at the resort and some of which we just didn’t have time to explore. Here’s a quick look over the other facilities at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa:

Fitness Center

The fitness center is open 24 hours a day with access from your room key. I wish I had the energy to explore this but it is fully equipped with all you need to keep up with your fitness during a stay with Lake Buena Vista.

staySky Kids Club

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa has an onsite kids club. They have activities ranging from complimentary to chargeable and the itinerary varies. I thought this was a lovely idea but our days were very busy so we didn’t get to experience it for ourselves.

Swimming Pools

There are two pools at Lake Buena Vista. There’s a Relaxation Pool surrounding by palm trees, has sun loungers and towels for a relaxed atmosphere. Or for the families, there’s the Pirate Plunge pool. It’s worth noting that the pools are unsupervised (no life guards). This is obviously the busier pool and the pirate ship definitely attracts children.

Both of the pools are heated seasonally. I actually found the pirate pool to be quite cold despite the Orlando heat, I think it’s because the pool is shaded by the buildings in the afternoon so it doesn’t get too much heat from the sun on it. We used the pool twice during our stay.

stayReflections Spa & Salon

As part of our complimentary package, Lake Buena Vista kindly organised for me to experience the spa and booked a complimentary facial. Due to the long queue at check in on our first evening, I decided to send my Mum up for the facial instead. To be honest she deserved some me time from the fun packed days.

The spa and salon offers anything from massages, hair and makeup, nails and kids’ makeovers. I really wanted to book the girls into a little pamper package but sadly we didn’t have enough time.

My Mum said the staff were really friendly, they had everything you could need up there including showering facilities and razors! She really enjoyed her facial and was able to take a peek at the rest of the spa. It’s the perfect place to wind down after a busy day in Orlando.

Local Area

Obviously the hotel is in the best location for visiting all of the Disney World parks. They are literally a ten minute drive and the hotel also offers a shuttle service too.

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is also in a shopping outlet area. I hope that’s the word for it. There are lots of shops, restaurants and Walmart within walking distance. We actually ended up eating in Wendy’s after our Disney days which is a five minute walk from the hotel. We also shopped in Walmart for stocking up on snacks and meals.

The hotel offers a shuttle to the main theme parks in Orlando which is brilliant. Things like Gatorland, SeaWorld and Universal are all a short distance away from the hotel.

Overall Thoughts

We had a brilliant and peaceful stay at Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa. The staff were really accommodating (including rescuing me when I had the kids by myself and our room key wouldn’t work). The accommodation was much like a home from home, it felt cosy yet spacious and we didn’t feel completely on top of each other. It was the perfect place to unwind after our Disney days and the girls were very comfortable here too.

Our stay cost around $141 a night. There’s loads to do onsite but it’s also in the perfect location. I will definitely be staying here again when we visit Orlando in the future.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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