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The Gardens by EVRentals
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

Was a bit hesitant about this property based on previous reviews about the sketchy area. However, the location was convenient for our business trip and we elected to press forward and try it out. Very glad we did, because this is an excellent property! We had a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit on the ground floor. It provided all the conveniences and amenities of home, and we felt both safe and welcomed. The room we got was exactly as represented on the property's web site, both tastefully decorated and well furnished.

The best draw for this place: most definitely the large size of the unit. Master bedroom had a sliding glass door to the large patio, equipped with a table and four chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Would have liked to have screens on the sliding glass doors so that we could keep them open (and keep the bugs out), but the unit was air conditioned with ceiling fans in all the rooms which negated the need for fresh air. The master bathroom was absolutely huge, with a large 2-person jacuzzi tub and an incredible triple rain head walk-in shower large enough for a party of a dozen or more! The double sinks on opposing sides of the bathroom made for a very convenient experience for two to use the facilities concurrently, brushing teeth and the like without getting in each other's way. In fact, this bathroom was larger than some apartments I've lived in when I was much younger!

Kitchen was well stocked, with everything you'd need to cook for and/or entertain a party of 8 (or more). Fridge with auto ice maker, nice stove/oven, microwave, and all the appliances you'd need. Was a little surprised there was no bottle opener, but that was such a small thing we worked around it. There's a cafe style bar with stools and a small separate dining room.

Lots of electric outlets throughout the place. Was very happy with the ability to plug in chargers and computers, but was a bit surprised there was no reliable wireless. There was, however, a free hard-wired ethernet cable that worked great for my hubs but not so great for me. I have a notebook computer with no ethernet port, so I had to rely on my phone's hot spot to use the Internet. Not a biggie, but worth mentioning.

Laundry facility was on the ground floor and had one washer and one dryer, each for $1.50 per load. They provided soap and dryer sheets, so this was very nice. The laundry wasn't much to speak of but was functional. The dryer stuck ... meaning that the dryer continued to spin while the door was open. I guess if you just waited until it was completely finished, it would have been great. However, the time was extraordinarily long and the clothes were dry well before the expiration of the dryer's timing mechanism. Wasn't a show stopper ... just carefully removed a few things at a time and folded them on a nice table that was covered with a clean sheet (another nice touch).

Parking is free, and it's guarded 24/7 by a small guard shack. The guards were very helpful and pleasant, and they watched over the area and made us feel very secure.

Check-in: The check-in is at The Parliament, which is their self proclaimed "Orlando's premier gay and lesbian hotel/gathering place." We loved the friendly, capable service and the warm greeting. We felt welcomed on check in. You can use all their facilities, including a nice pool, small restaurant, bar, and beautiful "beach" area out behind their facility. They've made a relaxing beach area complete with chaise loungers to watch the lovely sunsets over the lake. We took full advantage of this and enjoyed the peacefulness amidst the area's residences.

Logistically, it's an easy-on to either the local 408 toll road or the I-4 east/west freeway into Orlando or down to Universal, Disney, and all the other attractions. There's a WalMart near by, and it's very close to the Citrus Bowl stadium. We found several restaurants in the proximity, including many fast-food chicken places (Popeyes, Church's). A really good, expansive buffet restaurant is within five miles (Hibachi Buffet) that just opened and is well stocked and affordably priced.

Like previous reviewers (and the property's web site) recommend, use caution when bringing children. There are some wonderful events in the evenings where some alternative lifestyle comes into play, and that merits discussions with children especially if you are utilizing the Parliament House facilities (pool, restaurant/bar, beach area). We enjoyed karaoke night as well as toga night, but we are adults who embrace the uniqueness that everyone brings to bear and, being in the military, we appreciate (and have been well exposed to) diversity among our fellow humans.

Room Tip: Ground floor was great to observe various fauna. Third floor provides a great sunset view over the lake.
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
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3  Thank Navy_Lady
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Staff was friendly and accommodating. I stayed 7 days at the Gardens Resort. The room itself was nice. There was a bug in the couch, but it's Florida so occasionally insects will slip in from opening the balcony door. Fairly new appliances. Security guy was always in the booth monitoring the parking lot. The only flaw is the location of the resort. It isn't in the best neighborhood. If you have a car you'll be fine.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Aliciaa403
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Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

As seasoned RCI members we have traded with last call vacations into Orlando on several occasions. This is a small new building with 18 units total overlooking a beautiful Lake in the downtown Orlando area. The one-bedroom unit we stayed in for the week was gorgeous well-decorated with two full bathrooms and a jacuzzi tub. However as some of the other reviews have stated be aware that this is not the greatest neighborhood that Orlando has to offer. But for those of you without children and don't want to deal with the Disney crazy driving tourist and t-shirt shops, then you should consider this timeshare.

The unit is beautiful and yes it does have high-speed internet access by a single ethernet cable in the kitchen which is a long cable that you can attach to any of your laptops and sit in the living room. In addition we called the hotel and they were very kind to tell us to bring our own router from home which we did which we then plugged in seamlessly and all our phones and laptops have Wi-Fi from our personal router we brought from home so consider doing the same if you come here.

Yes the property is located on an LGBT community and we did go to one of the shows at the Parliament House. We thought it was a great show we are a straight couple and our fifties and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this Resort. Be aware that the only pool does have a nice bar and Club but it is over at the Parliament House which is predominantly a gay Hotel.

I have attached some pictures of the of the large one bedroom we stayed in and The View. This property has security 24 hours a day and we had no issues while we were there. We were there for Daytona Bike Week and I had a very expensive Harley-Davidson in the parking lot with no issues. It is also very closely located to the I-4 exit and easy to access areas for restaurants and shopping nearby.

Do your homework read all the reviews and if you want an excellent property away from the Disney craziness this would be an excellent choice. And don't be afraid to take in one of the shows we had a great time.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Thomas D
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Very modern, well equipped, nice lake view, very clean. Bad area, but not totally without some redeeming qualities, and certain charm.
The service was good, but calling the reception with questions or requests was ALWAYS met with snide and implied expressions of contempt (like if you were bothering them, or like if you were stupid for asking for something).

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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1  Thank drgevan
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

I always read the reviews on this site before i make a booking, and still cannot believe the great reviews this place gets!
It is NO resort!
It has NO Reception area NO garden NO pool No restaurant NO Wifi No full cleaning service etc etc
Its situated next to Parliament House - a tired, if not seedy gay establishment with "resort facilities" such as a pool and bar that the Gardens share.
Its situated in a part of town you don't dare take a walk in.
If your from out of town, or from another country and you don't self drive - stay away!
After paying for Wifi we discovered that reception was poor and Anthony at reception politely told me to phone RCI and have my booking changed when i complained about the lack of a Wifi signal at Gardens!
A huge disappointment!

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank StevieSA
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