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JW Marriott Bonnet Creek or Grande lakes?

Jabbas

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Hi all,

Doing a getaway trip (no kids). I’m a Marriott member but have never stayed at these hotels. Disney aside, which one is better? We won’t be doing the park so that isn’t a factor but I heard the new one is super nice. Whole trip will be comped by points so price isn’t a factor either. Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

Lilofan

Well-Known Member
Stayed at Grande Lakes Orlando . The class of service and amenities is first class. GL is about 5 min from Sea World.
 

Animal_Kingdom_09

Active Member
Swimming pool is the difference. Grande Lakes has a lazy river, Bonnet Creek does not.

I haven't stayed at Bonnet Creek, so I can't speak to their service. Grande Lakes turned over their front desk staff during Covid, and the inexperience shows. However, they retained their bell services staff and their level of service remains at pre-2020 levels.

I would not recommend staying at Grande Lakes (either JW or Ritz) on a holiday weekend. They book to overflowing on holidays and the hotels feel (and are) very crowded for those weekends (Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day).
 

Jabbas

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Thanks for all the suggestions, we decided to go with Grande Lakes. The restaurants seemed more reasonable in price, and you can’t beat that lazy river.
 

Snake

Member
Bonnet Creek has a very stuffy, stiff feeling about it. I always felt under dressed, like I was walking into business retreat or something. We've been staying at Grande Lakes since it opened, it is a completely different experience. I would suggest taking a look at Bonnet Creek while you are staying at Grande Lakes. I was not very impress with Bonnet Creek. Grande Lakes might have the best pool on the eastern sea board.
 

Lilofan

Well-Known Member
Bonnet Creek has a very stuffy, stiff feeling about it. I always felt under dressed, like I was walking into business retreat or something. We've been staying at Grande Lakes since it opened, it is a completely different experience. I would suggest taking a look at Bonnet Creek while you are staying at Grande Lakes. I was not very impress with Bonnet Creek. Grande Lakes might have the best pool on the eastern sea board.
Kudos to Orlando Grande Lakes. It is the premier Central FL resort destination. We've stayed there and it is first class.
 

Sans Souci

Well-Known Member
Bonnet Creek has a very stuffy, stiff feeling about it. I always felt under dressed, like I was walking into business retreat or something. We've been staying at Grande Lakes since it opened, it is a completely different experience. I would suggest taking a look at Bonnet Creek while you are staying at Grande Lakes. I was not very impress with Bonnet Creek. Grande Lakes might have the best pool on the eastern sea board.

I've booked Bonnet Creek for the end of January. I'm disappointed to read that this a stuffy place. I chose it because it looked like it would be good for an adult trip and I liked that it was on the smaller side for a Disney-area hotel. Was it the staff who made you feel uncomfortable or other guests? I am only going for a long weekend, so I don't want spend a lot of time driving back and forth from Grande Lakes. Now I am wondering if I should book elsewhere.
 

Benjamin_Nicholas

Premium Member
I've booked Bonnet Creek for the end of January. I'm disappointed to read that this a stuffy place. I chose it because it looked like it would be good for an adult trip and I liked that it was on the smaller side for a Disney-area hotel. Was it the staff who made you feel uncomfortable or other guests? I am only going for a long weekend, so I don't want spend a lot of time driving back and forth from Grande Lakes. Now I am wondering if I should book elsewhere.

You're taking one person's opinion on this.

Relax. Figure it out for yourself.

Or pack a cocktail dress and heels in case of emergency.
 

Benjamin_Nicholas

Premium Member
Bonnet Creek has a very stuffy, stiff feeling about it. I always felt under dressed, like I was walking into business retreat or something. We've been staying at Grande Lakes since it opened, it is a completely different experience. I would suggest taking a look at Bonnet Creek while you are staying at Grande Lakes. I was not very impress with Bonnet Creek. Grande Lakes might have the best pool on the eastern sea board.

If you think BC is stuffy, you'd absolutely die at 4S.
 

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