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Old 18 Nov 21, 02:53 PM  
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Accommodation for 1 month stay?

We're looking to potentially stay a month in the Orlando area next August. I need somewhere offsite that has a full kitchen and at least 3 bedrooms. I don't want to have to pay for daily parking or any resort fees.

Weve ruled out a villa. Last time we stayed in one we both just thought it felt a bit soulless. Wed much prefer to be on a resort with stuff going on. Wed like a water park with zero entry pool for the kids if possible.

I've looked at Orange Lake but feel that would be too spread out for us & looks a bit dated now.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Id look for a private villa or condo rental.

I had a booking for Encantada for last summer which was unfortunately cancelled. But it looked nice.
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Windsor Hills has condos, villas and Townhomes, there is one advertised here on The Dibb, I have stayed there and did a review, highly recommended. The THs have a small splash pool. The community pool is zero entry and there is a good play area for kids. The resort is gated and there is plenty of parking.
The condos are roomy, we stayed in a 3 br, but the balcony is quite small.
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Sheraton vistana villages has 1,2 and 3 beds apartments. Lovely spacious grounds. Free parking, no resort fees and is gated.
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I've looked at Orange Lake but feel that would be too spread out for us. Grove Resort has a daily resort fee of around $45 per day
I'm sure when we looked into the Grove Resort I saw somewhere that the resort fee was capped at a certain number of nights? I can't find where now, but maybe someone who has stayed there can confirm?

Next year we are staying at Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek, condos with kitchens, free parking, lazy river etc.
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It never seems to be obvious when conducting an initial search, but longer stays in some AirBnBs often apply a discount rate when you click through having done a date-specific search.

So, my first port of call would be finding a few places there, clicking through the search results and seeing if any apply a long-stay discount when you do.
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Id look for a private villa or condo rental.

I had a booking for Encantada for last summer which was unfortunately cancelled. But it looked nice.
I'd prefer to book through a TA just for added security. This pandemic has made me more cautious when booking anything now.
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I'm sure when we looked into the Grove Resort I saw somewhere that the resort fee was capped at a certain number of nights? I can't find where now, but maybe someone who has stayed there can confirm?

Next year we are staying at Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek, condos with kitchens, free parking, lazy river etc.
Good to know. I've just seen on Travel Republic that it's capped at 5 nights so that's good 👍🏼

I've stayed at Bonnet Creek before but not for a long time. It's lovely though and in a fab location. Did you book through a TA or timeshare agent?
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It never seems to be obvious when conducting an initial search, but longer stays in some AirBnBs often apply a discount rate when you click through having done a date-specific search.

So, my first port of call would be finding a few places there, clicking through the search results and seeing if any apply a long-stay discount when you do.
Thank you, I never think to use AirBnB after years of using Homeaway which has now merged with VRBO. Just a bit concerned that we wouldn't have the same protection as we would with booking through a TA. I just worry that something else covid related could happen and scupper our future plans where we'd lose our money 😣
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Thank you, I never think to use AirBnB after years of using Homeaway which has now merged with VRBO. Just a bit concerned that we wouldn't have the same protection as we would with booking through a TA. I just worry that something else covid related could happen and scupper our future plans where we'd lose our money 😣
Most properties now have very good cancellation terms due to Covid, and you can filter for these specifically in search results.

I don't doubt some people have had bad AirBnB experiences, but we've never had a bad one, including several in Orlando and elsewhere in Florida.

Good luck finding somewhere that works for you!
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