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Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

This is a 3 star hotel in Orlando
1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Orlando, FL, U.S.A.
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Cheerful staff, close to attractions, free Disney Parks shuttle service
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free shuttle to Disney Parks
  • Numerous reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to Disney attractions and highway access
  • Many guests enjoyed the hotel's reasonable room rates
  • Some guests reported small rooms and worn decor
  • The food and drink prices were considered quite high at the hotel
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Jun 14, 2013
Located across the street from Downtown Disney and about a 5-minute drive from the nearest Interstate 4 on-ramp, the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, an official Walt Disney World Hotel, is geared towards vacation travellers who require a hotel with a free Disney Theme Park shuttle, easy highway access and an outdoor pool.

This hotel has 626 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering one king or two double beds, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a dining area, a desk, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Rooms also feature a safe large enough to accommodate a laptop.

Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available upon request and pets are not permitted. Some rooms offer a view of Disney parks, and a resort fee of $15 (plus tax) is charged per room, per night.

The hotel also offers two heated outdoor pools, a hot tub, fitness facilities, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, a lounge, guest laundry facilities, a basketball court, a volleyball court, tennis courts, a games room, an aquatic playground, a gift shop, vending machines and free parking. A concierge service to help with planning and booking activities is also offered.

A free shuttle to the surrounding Disney Theme Parks is offered several times daily. Please contact the hotel for scheduling details.

On-site dining is available at the Lakeview Restaurant, which serves breakfast daily and features a Disney Character Breakfast on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Oasis Bar and Grill offers lunch and dinner daily, and Sundial 24/7 is open 24-hours for self-serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Epcot Center is a 12-minute drive west of the hotel, while Florida Mall can be found about a 17-minute drive away. Magic Kingdom is roughly a 14-minute drive northwestward, and Walt Disney World Airport (DWS) is about an 11-minute drive northwest. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible, resort fee $15/night. (Call Date: June 10, 2013)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, location and room rates

Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received, and found the staff to be cheerful, accommodating, knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions and directions.

The hotel's location was praised by numerous reviewers, who found it close to highway access as well as within walking distance or a short drive of many Disney attractions, including Magic Kingdom (a 14-minute drive) and Downtown Disney (less than a 10-minute walk).

Several lodgers were satisfied with the hotel's room rates, describing them as excellent, reasonable, great and outstanding, especially considering its location. It should be noted, however, that some guests found the additional costs associated with staying at the hotel to be expensive (see below for more details).

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and the cost.

While many guests were pleased with their clean and comfortable beds, some reviewers had complaints about their accommodations. They reported some plumbing issues, dated decor, worn fixtures, small rooms and some cleaning issues.

Although many lodgers were pleased with the hotel's reasonable rates, some guests were disappointed with the extra costs they incurred while at the hotel. They reported high food and beverage prices (especially the breakfast buffet), and also mentioned the mandatory $15 nightly resort fee per room. guest reviews ranked the hotel #113 out of 329 Orlando hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 2,914 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with a 76% recommendation rate from 1,006 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 8 out of 10 from 344 reviews.

The author called the hotel on June 10, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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86.30 USD - 0.00 USD Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
Out of 553 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.5 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 17
No. of guest comments: 17
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #22 out of 553 hotels in Orlando ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
Family Friendly
"Great place for families with kids. Pool area outstanding. Lobby a kid-friendly place to hang out. Very helpful staff."
Robert from Kennett Square, PA US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 9 out of 10 on January 01, 2012
Steven a from Saint Petersburg, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 10 out of 10 on October 15, 2006
"Noisy during the early hours due to international vacation guests checking in/out with kids running up and down the corridors. Pool was wonderful, but the Spa looked really grimy (bordering on health hazard)! Having read some previous negative reviews we were pleasantly surprised and would stay again."
Jennie from Port Charlotte, FL AS rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on July 30, 2006
"Hotel was in general o.k, not too fancy/special, however, the transport to the Disney Parks can be improved. The wait time seemed to be too long, and the pick-up at Epcot was not good (especially at night, after fireworks), because we were standing in the meiddle of a bus parking between arriving and departing busses. Not a safe feeling!! Better at MGM! Maybe a better explanation which bus number and were it leaves at the parks would also help."
Dietr from Leverkusen, DE rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on July 01, 2006
"Only inconvenience is bus shuttle to & from parks. Because Groversnor is last stop. When I stayed at the Grovesnor several months ago they had their own shuttle which went directly to parks & directly back to Groversnor which was much more convenient. Otherwise you can't beat the price, accommodations, staff for the money."
Karen from Fort Myers, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 9 out of 10 on June 02, 2006
"We are members of the Disney Club and have stayed at numerous locations in the Orlando area. We find this hotel as the least value of the many places we have stayed in the general area. The best value as far as we were concerned was the breakfast was included in the price. For a room in the $150 per night range this was the smallest room with the least number of in room perks. The grounds of the hotel were beautiful but the room itself very disappointing. We viewed the interior decor of the room as out dated."
Verified Guest from Cape Coral, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 3 out of 10 on April 30, 2006
"Rooms are average. Common areas of hotel are very nice."
Douglas from Lutz, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on April 16, 2006
"They should make the rooms next to the elevator much cheaper as they are quite noisy and disruptive. Also they should make the guest aware that the room is by the elevator."
Ilya from Palmer, PA US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on March 14, 2006
"The shuttle service to the Disney Parks could use a lot of improvement"
Verified Guest from Mcbee, SC US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on February 17, 2006
"Although this started out badly (the room was still not ready at 7:00 p.m., it really ended up very well. We decided to bring in a cot into my daughter's room and cancel this room. I really appreciate one girl's effort (I believe her name was Teria). She never gave up and that means a lot in my book. We will be back!!"
Diane from Jacksonville, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 10 out of 10 on November 20, 2005
Donald from Jacksonville, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 4 out of 10 on July 31, 2005
Verified Guest from Brunswick, GA US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 7 out of 10 on July 17, 2005
Roger from Guelph, ON CA rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on June 30, 2005
"I paid the extra 8.00 dollars per day and in order to get some of the extra ammenities and some of them were not available. I paid for wireless internet connection in order to work on some business while at the resort and when I went to set up in my room I found out that the section of the resort that I was staying in was not equipped with wireless internet and that I would have to come to the cafe or business section to use it. I was still charged with the 8.00 extra a day. Also my family and I setup for extra events through the hotel for some other sights around the Orlando area and found out that the so called discount price that the hotel said they would give us was the same price at the gate of the attraction. In my opinion false advertisement. All in all we enjoyed ourselves at Disney World. But the next time we go there we will stay at one of the resorts actually next to the attractions."
Frankie from Florence, KY US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on June 11, 2005
Cristian rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on December 12, 2004
"I needed a place to get some work done with some time for breaks to ride "Mission Space" and take walks in Downtown Disney. The location coudn't have been better. The Hotel Plaza area is beautiful and is a refreshing contrast to the relentless theming found at most Disney hotels. I usually stay at the Yacht Club or the Swan & Dolphin, if I can get them for $150-$220 per night. This was 90% as good for about 1/2 the price. They were using part of the parking lot as a site for working on sewer pipes. The noise didn't bother me--screaming kids (and adults) would have. The welding noise might have bothered some people. I'll look into staying here again the next time I plan a Disney trip."
John from Oak Park, IL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on May 01, 2004
"We ran into a problem with the parking out front when we checked out. It is very poorly set up. No parking lot attenant was on hand. At check out time it was a mess.(10:30am) A shuttle van backed into our car while we were inside checking out. I would warn anyone that I refer to this hotel about the situation. All the hotel security would tell me was that they were short of help. That is why there wasn't anyone directing traffic."
Gary from Zephyrhills, FL US rated Wyndham Lake Buena Vista 7 out of 10 on December 26, 2003


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Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Tennis Courts
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Playground
  • Photocopier
  • Ticket Service
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Child Pool
  • Games Available
  • Packed Lunches
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Vending Machines
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry

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