Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 403
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dan99 Close to Animal Kingdom
Very close to the Animal Kingdom. Shopping is close by. Great clean resort with friendly staff. The villa we had was nice, with normal wear and tear. We were very surprised to ask for a crib after 10pm when we arrived and it showed up in < 15 minutes. The pool areas are pleasant, pools warm; had a great family time on the lazy river. No sales pressure that we've read in other reviews. For being there 8 days, it would have been nice to have some additional supplies (bar soap and such).
May 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bama221 Just Say No to the Timeshare
My friend and I stayed at the resort May 15th through May 17th. For the most part, we enjoyed ourselves and had a positive experience, but there were a few negatives. First, the positives: Our 2/2 suite in the West Village was awesome, very clean and spacious. It had an excellent view of one of the ponds next to the golf course from the screened-in balcony (we saw an alligator in the pond the first evening we were there). The beach and boat rental area was nice and the gym was better than we expected. We loved the arcade; it reminded us of hanging out on Saturday nights when we were kids. We also liked River Island; watching people on the Hippo Slide was a hoot! There was so much to see and do at the resort that you'd have to stay longer than two nights to get the full effect. The food from Breezes Restaurant was very good, especially the ribs and quesadillas.
However, on the negative side, after I had paid for a to-go order from Breezes for me and my friend, the bartender/server left the meal sitting behind the counter without brining it to us. When my friend asked why she was making us wait while our food got cold, she apologized and gave him a free beer, and totally ignored me (that may have something to do with the fact that my friend looks a lot like Mario Lopez and I don't, so I can't entirely fault her for dissing me -- it has happened before). Another negative also involved food -- At Legacy Sports Bar in the East Village, there was a nasty smell and lots of flies inside the restaurant. It was definitely a turn-off that made us want to avoid that place in the future. The resort was huge and we had to drive to everything else, except what was in the West Village, because we didn't want to wait for the shuttle; next time, we plan to bring bicycles, so we don't waste gas. On one occasion, in the Lazy River, we saw adults acting inappropriately; it would have been nice if they had remembered that some behavior is unacceptable when children are present. The afternoon we checked in and the morning we checked out, there were bags of garbage and dirty laundry piled up outside our room; we actually had to move the bags to keep from stumbling over them. The only other complaint was the hard-sell on the timeshare at check-in. It seemed almost as though they were running a shell game on you with their vouchers to trick you into sitting in on their sales pitch. Having read other reviews before our stay, we were prepared and just told them that we weren't interested and would be too busy during our stay for all of that nonsense.
For its well-appointed rooms and all the amenities it offers, the resort is definitely worth the price. I would recommend it for that alone. Overall, my friend and I had a very good time and we plan on coming back to the resort later this year.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TwinM30 Best vacation EVER, Awesome place
This was the best vacation my family has ever taken. The 2 bedroom villa we rented was fabulous, they provided us with a few small boxes of laundry detergent and dish detergent. The cookwear and utensils was just what we needed to stay in and cook half of our meals to save money. Rooms were nicely furnished and beds very comfortable, even the pull out sofa was comfortable. The view from our balcony was great. The pools were located close enough the kids could go by themselves. The resort was so large, there was even a lake with boats that I didn't know was there until the night before we left. There are 2 arcades for kids, pools, lazy river, beach with sand on lake shore. We didn't really eat on the resort, but the drinks were kind of pricey, 3 cokes by pool were almost $9, so we just bought a 12 pack and took some with us. I have already recommended this place to all my family and friends and my brother is already looking at taking his family. I will definitely look for a holiday inn resort anywhere I go now and other places have high standards to meet. The sales pitch at beginning was not too bad, if really not interested just say no, but they do offer some good rewards if interested in the 90 min tour. Only thing was I wish we had more time to spend at the resort, they offer activities for teens and kids and adults. We were so busy on our 5 night stay, we didn't have a whole lot of time to do all the things the resort had to offer. Definitely recommend it was awesome. One day the grounds keepers did the leaf blower at 6:50AM and woke my daughter up, other than that no noise or anything. It was close enough to Disney and other Orlando attractions, but not so close you had to fight traffic everyday. Grocery store about a mile away and walgreens right outside the gate.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by william78 service
Every thing about this resort was a shock. Simply wonderful. Looking forward to when we can visit again.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hopes1stvaca Fantastic just does not says enough
This had to be over our 100th trip to Disney and the Orlando area. This was the best Vacation place that we have stayed in. I highly reccomend this place to stay in and you will not be disappointed. There is enough activity to keep the entire family amused and happy. Our age ranges from 2 1/2 to 58 and we all had a great time, and enjoyed this stay the best.
May 21, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by missy617 enjoyed my stay
I enjoyed my stay at this resort, very clean!
The only thing I didn't like was the fact that we did not get daily housekeeping and had to empty out our own garbage, I'm on vacation I shouldn't have to be doing this!
May 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ChooseBlessings We had a wonderful time!
We stayed in a beautiful 2/2 at River Island, that we booked directly on HI's website at the AAA rate. We were never bothered with timeshare sales, they only asked if we were interested (we were not) at check in and given a $25.00 property credit towards extras, such as attraction tickets. Unlike the other reviews, our room was available hours before our scheduled check in time, everything in the room was clean and the property was in excellent condition. My only negative experience was with a rude couple who seemed to be intoxicated. Since the coffee and juice at breakfast are the same price as mixed drinks from the bar, I would suggest raising the price of alcoholic drinks or lowering the cost of regular drinks.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Andres30 Good Experience
Very good experience in the resort. The village was very beautifull and the apartment clean.
May 20, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dezmarky vacation stay
We always love our stay at Orange Lake. It is affordable, the pools wonderful, the Sunset Party the best. I guess if I had to come up with a negative, which is the only one, is the check in procedure. There were a lot of workers there (not sure what their job was) but only 2 checking it. The line was long and probably took me over 1/2 hr. just to check in. After that, our trip was wonderful and look forward to coming back. Thank you.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dt19 fantastic place
Stayed at the Orange Lake Resort for a week. Room was great, lots of space in the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living area. All the amenities were very clean and all the staff we encountered were very helpful and friendly. Awesome place for all ages. We wish we could have stayed another week.
May 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gloryboy3 Great for the whole family!
I was very anxious about the resort with some negative reviews mixed in, but when we walked in our 2 bedroom suite in West Village, we knew that we had made the right choice. We had 4 adults and 2 kids, the 2 bedroom suite was perfect; we had no issues at all. I said 'no' (several times# when being solicited for the timeshare thing and we never heard another peep from the staff after check in. There are 3 huge pool complexes that we visited #and others that we didn't# and all 3 were great #multiple pools at each, basketball hoops and volleyball nets in the pools, slides, waterfalls, etc# and all completely free to use. You did have to pay to go down one of the bigger slides and to ride on the tubes in the lazy river #though the tubes are just floating along and anyone can grab one#.Other than buying a couple of drinks at the bar one evening #while listening to live entertainment poolside#, we didn't spend a single dollar at the hotel. We had a six day vacation, with 4 days at the parks, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the hotel on the other days.
May 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by magp Great Place
There was six of us Lady;s.Had a super time.The 2 Bedroom villa was beautiful.We are staying again in august already booked.The pool and Lazyriver was worth it.
May 17, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by SunnyMcWarmguy All but the Greasy Sales People
The pool areas are excellent and very clean. Hard to find a deck chair though so go to the pool by 10am. Our 2 bdrm villas was roomy and in pretty good shape and a 10 minute drive to Magic Kingdom. The desk check in staff are very polite and helpful and immediately arranged for a crib for our room. They then called 3 times to ensure it had arrived. Do not go to the 'promotions desk' to get your free gift as this involves requests by the propery for you to tour the resort and buy a timeshare. They do provide various gifts if you complete the timeshare presentation and we received $100 for being Platinum Level Priority Club members post tour. The timeshare sales manager was extremely rude to my wife and I when we opted not to spend $41,000 at 17% interest on their timeshare after arriving at the Presentation Center at 8am and departing at 10:30am (longer than we were told so the kids missed some time at Disney). The lady who toured us around was friendly but it seemed she was required to follow an aggressive sales pitch that was a big turn off. Just avoid the whole timeshare pitch and you'll enjoy the resort, or rent a house with a pool in Orlando for half the price of Orange Lake but you'll miss the lazy river and pool complex.
May 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by maymay0716 Beautiful place very cozy and comfertable
My family enjoyed it there and a great time specially enjoyed river island and how beautiful the resort was and how much there was to do in the area and on the resort.The staff was very helpful and very friendly i would recommend this resort to anyone to go there and stay there. Iloved it there that much i became a owner.
May 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kris5 Wonderful family resort
After reading some of the negative comments I was tempted to change our reservation to another resort area. I am so glad we didn't. We stayed in the North village, and we were so pleased with our entire experience. We found the staff to be very kind and helpful. We had an issue with the toilet in the master bedroom, and someone was there to fix it within an hour. We would definitely consider this resort again.
May 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by karenmac64 Fabulous
We had a wonderful villa! The only bad thing was the weather - we didn't get to enjoy the lazy river, awesome pools or water activities. Our room was very clean, very comfortable and perfect for us. No one hassled me about timeshares about check in.. I just handed in my $20 coupons and said I was not interested and they said, ok, thank you and walked away. Awesome grounds and look forward to going back. Didn't have much exposure to staff, so can't comment there, but we were not hasseled at check in or check out/
May 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lno5427 Perfect!
This was by far the best hotel experience my family and I had. It was a good value, and the two bedroom suite was simply perfect for my family of five. I only wish we could have stayed longer. The pools are beautiful, the restaurants are great, the staff was helpful and polite. Just be prepared for them to try to talk you into a time share presentation five minutes after check in. And don't do room service, it was cold. Better to take the shuttle and eat in one of the restaurants. We WILL be back.
May 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CIJackson Nice resort
Nice resort but after 4 requests I was not able to get a crib. Which was important since we have a small child.
May 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Lego7 We reported AC leak
We had water on the main walkway of carpet, which was coming from the AC unit. I reported this in the evening, and 2 attendants did respond, review the issue and said they were going to drain the unit from the outside. When we woke up the carpet was worse and more area was soaked. After calling and reportig this again an attendant showed up wtih a fan, later another attendant showed up and looked at the problem, then said he needed to drain the unit. The fan helped and when I checked out, I reported all this and the desk clerk appeared uninterested in my issue.
I have enjoyed several prior visits to the resort and this was our 1st negative Customer experience with the resort.
Hopefully, the unit was resolved for the next guest.
May 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Perry1971 Very Pleased
My family and I were very happy with this resort, I would definitely consider becoming an owner at this property. The property was very well tended and the price we paid for the two bedroom villa was well worth it.
May 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BoWo A condo for the price of a hotel room.
My wife, daughter and I stayed 8 nights in a 2 BR, 2 BA suite with full kitchen on the fifth floor of a six-story complex in the West Village part of the resort. The West Village seems to be the original, older part of the resort; however, it seems to have the least problems and complaints compared to the North and East Villages from what I've read in the reviews, that's why I chose to stay here. I didn't see any circling buzzards from the neighboring Disney Park Animal Kingdom. I had requested River Island for the last 4 nights, but they said too many owners had booked it already.
We had booked a 1 BR for the first 4 nights using cash and a 2 BR for the last 4 nights using Rewards points, but they upgraded us to a 2 BR for the first 4 nights, so we wouldn't need to move. Very thoughtful and nice :-) Kudos to the staff. I'll take this Priority Club perk over a complimentary bottle of water or wine anytime.
--Great room layout. Feels huge, without any wasted space. Comfortably accomodate family of 4-6. Love the bay window breakfast nook next to patio!
--Clean. A little musty smell at first, probably from being vacant for a while, but gone after we settled in and turned on AC.
--Colorful plates and cups.
--Good noise-blocking windows.
--Recently renovated walls and decor. Love the birdcage fruit basket!
--LED TVs in every room.
--Only 3-4 miles from Disney entry ramp on Rt 192.
--Sweet Tomatoes, Super Target, 24-hour Walgreens and Publix at resort entrance.
--Good WiFi signal with easy access.
--Lazy River is fun. Water is clean, a little cold, even though it's supposed to be heated.
--In-room large capacity washer and dryer
--Cheap, older plumbing and light fixtures in bathrooms, but functional. Cheap, but clean and functional fixtures and appliances in kitchen. Laminate countertops throughout, maybe Corian in the master bath.
--Quality of remodeling work is spotty in some areas.
--They mow the putting greens at 5:00 am, several times a week (close those noise-blocking windows before going to bed!)
--Bad TV reception at night for some channels.
--Time-share marketing gimmicks: Just say NO, you're not interested, and you don't have 90 minutes of valuable vacation time to spare for a presentation. Don't fall for the lure of free stuff or discounts on this or that. If you're firm on this, they'll leave you alone. But if you've done your research and actually want a time-share, then go right ahead and grab some freebies.
--No housekeeping. You run out of the intial soaps and detergents provided, then you buy your own. Wash your own towels. (But hey, a condo for the price of a regular hotel room? I can deal with this).
--Dryer died on us on the very last night of our stay, so we had to pack wet clothes in the luggage. No time to even call for a fix.
--No late checkout perk for Priority Club members.
--Good value if you have a big family, want a lot of space, will spend some time, and prepare and have some meals in your hotel room.
May 10, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by rick090905 Outdated Resort
I stayed at Orange Lake in the early 90's before Holiday Inn. It was very nice then but nothing has been done to update the villas. We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa. The toilet in the master suite did not work when we checked in. I called building maintenance to complain and even told them what was wrong with it. The tank would not fill. After 3 tries, they finally fixed it.
May 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Galex1008 Simply great place
This is second year we have gone to this place and there is only one thing, I must say about this place. LOVE IT!
I love the way property is maintained. So neat, clean...
Anyone who is looking to enjoy and relax, book it. Kids will love this place. Pretty much any activity for young ones and young at heart, they can find at this resort.
Recommend it 100%
May 6, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ann10 Too long of wait for room & ect
We arrived at 10am as advised by staff to get a early check out room. Did not get the call for room till 3:59 pm. Of course that is not walking in the door of your villa that's the call that's it is now open!! Was at the pool from 11 am till 4 pm, can you say baked to crisp even under umbrella with sunscreen! The room looked clean but did have a dead frog in bedroom.
Had to beg for an 11am check out . Got up early to make breakfast but had no frying pans. called at 8:30a and got pans at 10:30 and they want you out by 11 am????
We are from Orlando but all our friends and family are up north. I have recommenced your resort because family friendly but, how can I now that I've had a bad experience? Also my husband was bitten on the arm during the night, woke with large swollen spot bigger than silver dollar!
May 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carolb81 Great Family Time
We just returned from a week at Orange Lake, we stayed in River Island, 2 bedroom Condo. Check-in went really smooth, we were offered a 20.00 voucher, but had to have it validated at another desk, I knew this was to set up a time share session, so I simply said no thank you, and we were not bothered again.
The Condo in River Island was beautiful and very clean, it had everything we needed, even some laundry soap, which I thought was great, I washed our towels mid week, as you don't receive any maid service.
The pool area and lazy river was great, we never had a problem getting chairs or an umbrella each day. We had purchased the river island package, which came with 7 day tube rental, unlimited mini golf and the hippo slide. We didn't use anything accept for the lazy river, so we would have been better off just buying tube rentals daily. If you have small children then I think the package would have been worth it, but ours are older.
We didn't eat in any of the restaurants so I can't comment on those, we did do a happy hour one day and that was pretty good.
Orange lake was in a great location, close to all the parks and shopping and tons of restaurants.
I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone coming to the area. We had a wonderful week hanging out with our daughters, who had just came home from University, so it was a great way to kick off the summer!!!!
May 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MsSeattle Fabulous resort for relaxing!
This resort is absolutely fabulous whether you have a timeshare there or not. The staff is very friendly and the two bedroom condo we stayed in was beautiful. They have everything you could possible need on the property and a Publix grocery just outside the resort to stock your kitchen. We wanted a relaxing long weekend and we got it. Absolutely LOVED our stay!!
May 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 3MenAndALittleLady Nice getaway!
We really enjoyed the experience at this hotel. The suite was very spacious, clean, and comfortable... especially for the price. There were lots of things to keep the kids busy right on the property, including mini-golf, the lazy river, pool slides, and arcades. The only downside was that most of these activities come at an extra cost... even renting tubes for the lazy river. On another note, I left my house/car keys at the hotel, and they mailed them back to me at their cost, which I REALLY appreciated. Thank you, Holiday Inn Orange Lake!
May 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ditchdigger Great family resort
We stay here 3 to 4 times a year and wouldn't go anywhere else. For the location, amenities for the kids and overall value for your buck, this is hands down the best resort in Orlando.
May 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Linniebird Wonderful Family Spring Vacation
At the end of a very looooong winter in New England, we were so looking forward to a warm vacation at River Island at Orange Lake in Kissimmee, Fla, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, and, as usual, they did not disappoint. We were thrilled to find the units at River Island have been updated since last year. The colors are warm, inviting and a little on the elegant side. The furniture is comfortable and fresh. We checked in much later than usual so the lines were almost non existent. However, checking in late means you miss a day at the pool. Won't happen again! Staff as usual were pleasant and accommodating. The cleanliness of the pool areas has improved a great deal since last year. We bought a play pass for the week and it was worth it with 2 children. They used the Putt-Putt, Arcade, and Hippo Slide several times during the week and we used the tubes for the lazy river every day except one. I really do not have one single concern or complaint this year. We had a wonderful time and will be back again next year.
May 3, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BLW77 Inconvenient Knocks & disorganization
I called Priority Club to set my reservation up due to 2 part reservation with a couple days being paid and a couple of days being reward nights. I specifically asked the agent to link the reservations and she put me on hold while she called the resort to make them aware of my situation. We wanted to ensure that i would not have to move rooms or have housekeeping think we were squatting in our room after we were supposed to check out.
At check it we were welcomed cheerfully and it was easy and fast to get situated. I asked her at check in to make the keys to last for my entire stay instead of the two days then the 4 paid days. She assured me that i was in the same room for both the reward / paid nights.
Needless to say, on the day we transitioned from reward night to paid night - 8:30 am .. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. we get woken up. Its housekeeping asking when they can get in to clean. I tried to explain through the door but we still got a follow up knock on the door by what seemed to be the housekeeping area manager to ask when we were leaving. I called the front desk and It seemed to be resolved.
The last day of my stay I called the front desk to ask about a late check out (supposed to be guaranteed by my platinum status per this website) just until 12/1230. I was told that it is not possible. (since our stay IHG changed their language from "guaranteed" to "extended" check-out). I ask very nicely if she could accommodate me while making it known to her that I have been a very loyal customer for years (platinum 8+ years). She offered my a 30 min window and my wife and i needed at least an hour. Needless to say we rushed out of the room and couldn't get our stuff together in. It was a complete mess.
It seemed to me that even though i asked priority club and the front desk at check to make sure the transition was seamless; the staff couldn't follow simple instructions and make that happen. If you want repeat business from loyal customers you try and accommodate their needs instead of fighting to get them out of the room.
May 1, 2013