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A Home Away From Home

Imagine finding a place that feels like a second home. A place where you can host your out-of-town family and friends, and enjoy countless amenities. Welcome to Marriott Grande Vista Resort, located in Orlando, Florida. This resort has become my ultimate “home away from home.” Let me share with you why this hidden gem has stolen my heart.

A Family-Oriented Timeshare Resort

At Marriott Grande Vista, you don’t have to be a timeshare owner to experience the magic. Although the majority of reservations are made through timeshare exchange companies, anyone can book a stay directly on the Marriott website. In fact, many people book a stay here without even realizing it’s a timeshare resort. It’s important to note that Grande Vista is a family-oriented resort, not an upscale full-service Marriott hotel. Don’t expect room service or other perks typical of hotels. However, if you’re looking for a family-friendly environment close to Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions, then Grande Vista is the perfect choice.

The Comforts of a Lock-off Villa

One of the highlights of staying at Grande Vista is the lock-off feature. The 2-bedroom lock-off villa consists of a 1-bedroom villa connected to a deluxe studio villa. This setup offers two separate quarters, providing an extra level of privacy for families. Each section has its own entrance and amenities, including a bathroom, sitting area, and private balcony. The lock-off also has its own mini fridge and microwave, perfect for those late-night snacks. Plus, the separate thermostats in each unit ensure everyone’s comfort. No more battling over the air conditioning temperature!

Endless Activities for Every Age

Grande Vista is the largest of all Marriott Vacation Club properties, and it truly lives up to its reputation. The resort offers an impressive array of activities for all ages. From beach campfires to Vacationology classes, there’s something for everyone. I’ve personally enjoyed the Butterfly Release and the Florida Reptile Encounter show-and-tell, just to name a few. And for golf enthusiasts, there’s a 9-hole course right on the property. Boredom is simply not an option at Grande Vista!

Here’s a list of the fun on-site activities and events during my last visit:

  • Aerobics, Strength Conditioning, and Yoga Classes
  • Nature Walks and Power Walks
  • Senior Wellness Options
  • Scuba Lessons and Tennis Program
  • FootGolf and Fishing Rentals
  • Boat Rentals and Marriott Golf Academy
  • The Spa At Grande Vista (massage and beauty services)
  • And so much more!

With such an outstanding array of activities, it’s no wonder children sometimes prefer to stay at Grande Vista rather than braving the crowds at the Central Florida Theme Parks. In fact, during my last visit, two young girls had a less-than-magical experience at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The heat and long lines took a toll on them, and they were happier spending their time at Grande Vista.

Culinary Delights at Your Fingertips

Grande Vista offers five different food outlets on the premises, providing a variety of dining options. Forget having to leave the resort for a meal. Whether you’re in the mood for a full-service restaurant experience or a casual poolside bite, Grande Vista has you covered.

  1. The Grill at Grande Vista: A clubhouse-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  2. Copa Loca Bar and Grill: Enjoy poolside fare like burgers, fish tacos, and salads.
  3. The Grande Cove: A casual food court offering sandwiches, pasta, rotisserie chicken, and more.
  4. The MarketPlace: A small convenience store and deli with snacks, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Starbucks, and necessities.
  5. Lighthouse Sweetery: Let your sweet tooth rejoice at this whimsical ice cream parlor and candy shop.

The Ambassadeur Hotel Experience

As with any resort, there are pros and cons. At Grande Vista, the positives far outweigh the negatives. However, it’s important to address some areas that could be improved.

The Check-in Process

Due to Grande Vista’s size, the check-in process can sometimes be a bit lengthy. The lobby can get lively, especially with energetic children eager to start their vacation. Additionally, finding parking near the front lobby can be a challenge during peak check-in times. However, the staff is always accommodating and the manager is readily available to assist if needed.

Maintenance Issues

Given the high volume of guests and the resort’s popularity among families, maintenance issues can arise. The resort does regular upkeep, but sometimes unexpected fixes are required. It’s worth mentioning that the maintenance team at Grande Vista is quick to respond and always friendly and apologetic.

Explore the Ambassadeur Hotel

If you’re seeking a place that combines the comforts of home with endless activities and fantastic dining options, look no further than Ambassadeur Hotel. Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests or looking for a fun-filled getaway, Grande Vista will exceed your expectations. Book your stay today and experience a truly remarkable vacation.

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