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Villa v Hotel
Florida (United States)
Member Name: wonderwoman
Florida (United States)
Date: 15/02/04, updated on 15/02/04 (34 review reads)
Advantages: privacy, own pool, games room and facilities, works out cheaper than a hotel when a whole family goes
Disadvantages: none that I can think of
We've been coming to Florida for 14 years.
Sadly the first time was a disaster as me, hubby and 3 children were all holed up together in one hotel room. Not recommended! We must have looked the most miserable family there. Also eating out may be quite cheap -but when it is twice a day x 5 plus snacks and drinks-the bill really adds up. Also the hotel pool got barely touched-as we were so keen to get full use out of our Disney passes.
We didn't go back for another 8 years and thankfully we have learned something since then. We hired a villa in the first instance-and what a differenc. 4 huge bedrooms, a kitchen, laundry and our own pool can make.
We were so entranced that the following year we bought our own and 'Pooh Corner' became my oasis in the sun.
Now some people dream of owning a villa. To be honest it never entered my head-we just sort of fell into it. But now it really spoils you for anything else.
In fact I have no desire to stay on Disney-as it is so nice to get away from the theme parks and the razzmatazz-and relax and chill out in the pool. But each to their own. I just know that being cramped in 1 room in a hotel with a communal pool is no longer my dream holiday.
Not when I can lie in my pool and watch the sunset and the birds of prey come out to hunt as they fly overhead.
Since we 'dipped our toes' in the property market-it has really boomed. There is a villa to suit everyone and all pockets-and so cheap.
Villas on the continent are so much more expensive and don't come with games rooms, playstations, fibre optic lighting and all the little extras we owners provide.
At the end of this year we will have made our 17th visit. (I think you need 3 a year just to keep your villa updated!) and I don't regret one day spent painting etc!
If you've always booked a hotel or suite-maybe you should try an alternative. You've nothing
to lose-and you may get hooked-like we did.
After all-what can be better having a lazy swim, breakfast by your own pool and then hitting the theme parks!
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