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Questions for Sheraton Vistana Resort and Village Owners

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My wife and I are interested in buying our first timeshare. I joined Tugs to get some expert advice. I think I have narrowed my search down to Orlando and I think I would like to purchase a platinum season so I can use it during school breaks because my wife is a teacher. I have also narrowed it down between Marriott and Sheraton. I have not been to any of the resorts but I have compared both resorts by the many reviews on this site. With today's economy, I have seen a wide difference in values between Marriott Orlando Resorts and The Vistana Resorts. Why such a wide divergence? How do you SV owners enjoy your resort. If I were to purchase a platinum float, would there be problems getting a unit at my home resort during the floating period assuming I act very early. What has been your trading experience within and without Sheraton. The current prices on ebay are very attractive for SV. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

EZ
 

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For the cost of a rental in the overbuilt Orlando market, you should just go there and evaluate both those resorts and several others. You might also look at the Wyndham properties (Bonnet Creek is new and Star Island is cheap, plus they have 2 more) and the Disney Resorts.

Consider all the resorts locations, highways connecting everything, and dining spots outside the properties. And also consider the costs of trading - making some chains, like Wyndham, a better choice in the long run.

You might just find that renting is easier and cheaper overall.
 

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And also consider the costs of trading - making some chains, like Wyndham, a better choice in the long run.
Well, that is a very subjective opinion. Why is Wyndham a "better choice in the long run" than Starwood or Marriott? I haven't seen a Wyndham t/s, but do you really believe they are on the same level as Marriott and Starwood?


I have also narrowed it down between Marriott and Sheraton.
I recently bought two weeks at Sheraton Vistana Resort, but haven't been there. I have, however, stayed at the Marriott Royal Palms in Orlando. Though it is one of the oldest Marriott properties, I thought it was nice. That said, it doesn't compare with any of the new properties.

I think you'll find Marriott and Starwood very similar in most respects, with distinctions at the newer resorts.

I also suggest that you visit before buying, since this is your first timeshare. Orlando is an easy market to rent, though school holidays will be difficult. Search this forum and you'll find lots of comparison's between Marriott & Starwood (there's at least one with lots of opinions about the two in recent weeks).

And, of course, read the FAQ above to familiarize yourself with Starwood policies before buying.
 

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i own multiple units at SVV and we love it. we visited there first and loved the feel of the place. it is very close to markets, disney, university drive for restaurants. we have stayed there 2 times since we became owners.

we have gotten great trades with SVV, we went to lake tahoe area this summer . used 1 small bedroom to gat a 2 br.

we are going to williamsburg VA next week also from a trade.

you can't trade into a disney property with it though.

we have been very happy owners.
 

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We own at Vistana Resort, Cascades section but this may not be a good time to buy at Vistana since they are renovating the resort and there's some big special assessments going on the next year or so. We've rented our unit during spring break since we bought it two years ago but have stayed at Vistana Villages and Marriott Grand Vista on Getaway deals the past two May's. We've also been through Vistana resort. I second the opinion that you should rent at a couple places from another owner a couple times before you buy. I personally would not pay a lot of money to buy at TS in Orlando since you can usually rent one for close to the cost of the M&T's most times of the year and less than M&T's in offseason. Vistana Resort will be the lowest cost alternative and one of the Marriott's or VV's the most expensive. I personally liked VV more than MGV. If you have small kids, Vistana Resort might be the best due to their activities.
 

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Getting a home resort reservation at SVV has always been easy, any week,any season. Following the school sched and reserving at other resorts is a challange.I have made some good internal trades with my SVV unit and have seen good trades within II.There are many locations that are much better traders but if you want the advantage of a low cost unit that trades in Starwood or Marriott SVV or MGV would work although trading during times when school is out are more diffiicult. Orlando has alot of great resorts and is usually easy to trade into. SVV and MGV are in a great location easy access to all the Orlando attractions.
 

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i own multiple units at SVV and we love it. we visited there first and loved the feel of the place. it is very close to markets, disney, university drive for restaurants. we have stayed there 2 times since we became owners.

we have gotten great trades with SVV, we went to lake tahoe area this summer . used 1 small bedroom to gat a 2 br.

we are going to williamsburg VA next week also from a trade.

you can't trade into a disney property with it though.

we have been very happy owners.
I thought there was a sneaky way to request that Sheraton bank a non Florida week for you. I was told this by another owner, that this is what they do to get a disney reservation.
 

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When we bought a resale Vistana Fountains II unit at SVR in year 2000, we had not seen the resort before purchasing other than seeing it off the freeway (I-4??) and by word of mouth and reviews here on TUG. We've only stayed there twice, trading all other times. Places we've exchanged into via RCI have been Hawaii (3), Las Vegas (2) and Myrtle Beach. We own a floating week 9 but never had a problem reserving a summer week at our home resort. We really enjoy Vistana when we visit but rather visit other places because our children are older now. I currently have an on-going search (RCI) for 2010 for Aruba, Bahamas or Jamaica and am hopeful that something will come through!!

The only regret is that I believe we could have found a place other than Orlanda that had less Maintenance/Tax and the same or better trading power. But we were set on Orlando because of the kids.
 

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The title of the thread is questions for SVR and SVV however your post really focuses on SVR. Understand that they are 2 completely different resorts, and just to confuse you further, SVR and the newest development at SVV are voluntary resorts so if you purchase resale there, you will not be part of SVN. The Bella and Key West sections of SVV are mandatory and you will have most but not all of the benefits of buying from the developer if you purchase resale there. Regarding the earlier posts for seeing Disney, if you are part of SVN, you can get them to deposit a week outside of Orlando so that Disney can be traded into. Also, you will likely be using II for future trading not RCI, although there could be exceptions.
 
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