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Choosing the right villa (part 1)
There are many factors involved in choosing the right villa for your stay in Orlando. Many of the choices we have in choosing the right villa can be a little daunting at first, however the end product of being able to stay in your own private villa more than makes up for the time spent researching.
Obviously one of the main considerations when choosing your villa is location, location, location. All of the villas advertised on this site fall into what is called the STR (Short term rental zone). This means that nearly all are within the golden 20 minutes to the front gate of Disney, and approx 30 minutes to Universal. The 3 main areas to choose from are Kissimmee, Championsgate and the US27. Each area has different communities and each one has many different ways to get to Disney. The largest areas of villa communities are along the US27 and I-4 intersection. There are also many different types of community, those being complex types (those with central amenities), Gated (those with extra security) and normal, those without security.
A lot of the communities are in more quiet areas, so once in them you could be a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Some are more busy than others and on average the quieter ones can be a little further away from the parks. But on the whole they are all normally set back from any busy roads.
Once you have decided on the location of where you would like to stay it is time to choose the size of villa that will best suit your family. The majority of villas in Orlando are between 3 – 7 bedrooms in size. With 7 Bedrooms being able to fit 3 families in. Each villa size will mean a different price you will pay. All villas charge for the villa and not per person which makes them very good value for money. The price difference between a 3 – 7 Bed villa might seem expensive at first, but when you see how many extra people it can hold this cancels out the price difference. The majority of villas (all sizes) will have 2 en-suite master bedrooms, and then mainly single rooms for children.
Your budget and how many people are going will normally dictate your size of villa. Although it is a nice feeling to have booked a large villa and not fill it up fully. The feeling of extra space is something that a hotel just can’t match. We have often stayed in a villa with just 2 people as it works out only a little more than a nice hotel room.
By now you should start to have a rough picture of the area, size and type of community you would like to spend your time in Orlando. To continue our search of finding our dream villa we will have to look at Part 2 to this guide to choosing the right villa.
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Page added on: 6 August 2006
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