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Sheraton Vistana Resort - A Home Away From Home


Traveling to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida with your family, how about staying at the Sheraton Vistana Resort? It's your home away from home.

Credit: Starwood Hotels

We recently spent 2 amazing weeks in the summer in Orlando Florida. Usually when we go to Florida it's for one reason, to enjoy ourselves at Disney World. This year though we decided that we wanted to do both Disney World and Universal Studios. Normally we would spend our time at a Disney Resort with a meal plan and do a 5 day visit so we could take in all 4 Disney parks. With Universal included I knew that a Disney Resort wouldn't have worked and neither would 5 days. Luckily for me I have a big brother who not only owns a condo in Florida but also a timeshare at the Sheraton Vistana Resort so we had options. He owns 2 weeks of the year and they are one of the best 2 weeks since they always coincide with the 4th of July. If you've never been to Disney World during the 4th of July I truly recommend it. They have the most amazing fireworks display. This is in no way a sponsored post but we fell in love with Sheraton's Vistana Resort and decided that we wanted to share it with you. It's not often that we find a place that we love so much that we want to go back to. This is one of them. I contacted Starwoods Hotel, the owner of the resort to include a few of their photos since we were so busy having fun I didn't get to take as much as I would like, and they were kind enough to send me more than I requested. These will of course be credited.


Now one of the things that I absolutely LOVED about the Sheraton Vistana Resort is that we're right smack in the middle of both Universal and Disney and Sea World isn't too far away either. Checking in was easy and stress free. We were already expected and our room was ready and waiting for us. We were given key cards so that we could get in and out of the property, pool cards which gave us access to the pool and also the gym. When we got there it was very late at night and so we were extremely tired, which is another reason for my lack of photos. However our two bedroom villa (condo) was amazing! We had an amazing view of the water and the balcony gave us a great view of our surroundings.

Credit: Starwood Hotels

When I say that our condo was amazing I truly meant it. And also when I captioned this "a home away from home", I meant it as well. Normally when I go into a hotel, our rooms are generally small and compact. When you visit Sheraton Vistana Resort, it's like being at home. The rooms are just like you would expect when you're in a condo or an apartment. They were actually bigger than a few NY apartments that I've been into as well.

Credit: Starwood Hotels

Above is the view of our kitchen and dining area. Now we had a full kitchen which included a range oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, blender, and refrigerator. This saved us quite a lot of money in terms of eating. There is a marketplace where you can pick up essentials. We however needed a bit more than the essentials so we headed to the supermarket and buy what we needed for the two weeks we were there. Another advantage is everything is close by. There was a Walgreens right outside the gate so we picked up a few things there, then drove to Walmart and got some others. We were able to have breakfast in the morning, go out and eat at the parks, and dinner at home. Our dining table seated six and after dinner we had a dishwasher to make cleaning up so much easier.

Credit: Starwood Hotels

The living room area shown above was equally impressive. It led to the balcony and included a sleeper sofa, a 42-inch LCD TV and Bose home theater system with CD/DVD player. And of course with your stay comes complimentary High Speed Internet Access.

Credit: Starwood Hotels

The bedrooms were luxurious as well. There was the master bedroom which had it's own separated bathroom that included an amazing spa tub. The king sized bed was just what I needed since Madison was sleeping with me and it also led out to the balcony where we would sit before heading out for the day. The other bedroom included two queen sized beds, making the 2 bedroom villa perfect for big families. Remember, the living room also included that pull out bed.

Credit: Starwood Hotels

Now if you don't want to go out to eat you can always eat at their famous Zimmies Bar and Grill. They have an amazing menu with family friendly meals. The kids enjoyed eating there. Service was quick and the servers were amazing.





If you would prefer to just spend an entire day just relaxing at the condo, there is quite a lot to do. There is a monthly calendar showing what can be done daily. While some are free, some do require a minimal fee. Nothing too expensive. You can also take a walk around the grounds, rent one of the colorful bicycle built for 2 or 4, or you can even feed the ducks like my own kids enjoyed doing. There is also a playground and of course you can just chill out poolside at one of the many pools, or at the one near Zimmies like we did so you can get your grub on. Lots to do and all very family oriented.



So if you're heading to Orland Florida and you want somewhere that reminds you of home, not like those stuffy hotels, I most highly recommend Sheraton Vistana Resort, Orlando.



Annmarie John
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  1. We still have yet to make it to Disney World but it's great to see the other options that are out there. I think I'd much prefer to stay here and get to see a bit more of everything than at the Disney Hotel unless I was only going to Disney World. Those rooms do look rather big and I like the fact that it's more like home than a hotel room.

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    1. We love our Disney Hotels, no ifs ands or buts about it, but we would only do them if we're going exclusively to Disney and would also include the meal plan. If we're doing other theme parks then it becomes pretty expensive to stay there. I just love how easy it was to stay here and it was just amazing. Can't wait to do it again.

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  2. Wow! We love our Starwoods hotels here. They are always so friendly and very upkept. I think a stay is overdue! :)

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    1. I think a stay just might be Chloe. I still have yet to make it to your neck of the woods but be sure to share your visit with me.

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  3. That's pretty cool they have duck food there, silly to most but my kids would have a ball with that!

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    1. I think most kids would have a ball, my kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to go back.

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  4. You sold me! I'm definitely going to be looking into this place as we're headed into the area soon and I need something close to the parks. We have extended family that will be rolling with us too, so I'll certainly be sharing this post with them as well. This hotel checks all the boxes and looks fabulous! I wish I were visiting sooner! :-)

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    1. If you do stay you're going to love it. I left a lot of photos out but there is so much to do that you don't even have to leave the area. It's amazing to stay at also if you have no plans on doing Disney or Universal. A great place to just enjoy and spend time with family.

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  5. Whatever it is hanging from the ceiling in that one pic (water drops or something?) is beautiful! I'd love a room like that.

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    1. That's their reception area and it's beautiful. I think they were shaped like teardrops but they're lights. I would love to have a room like that myself.

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  6. I would LOVE, LOVE to stay in that resort for a few days! I love how fancy the bedroom looks! Next year our DS incentive trip is in Orlando Florida! Argh!!! Wish I was going lol

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    1. I just know that you'll enjoy it. We would always stay at a hotel but after staying here there is no way I'll be staying at a hotel ever again. I'm going to make sure our trips always coincide with my brother's 2 weeks. :)

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  7. This resort is absolutely beautiful and perfect for the entire family. I would love to visit with my boys.

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    1. I know you'll enjoy it if you do. It is amazing!

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  8. I wish I knew about this a few months ago when my family went to Orlando. This would have been wonderful. I love that there is always something to do but also make you feel the comforts of home.

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    1. That was one of the reasons why I loved being here. It truly did have that at home feel quite unlike a hotel room.

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