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Vacation Village at Weston

Weston, FL 33326 PHONE: 954-217-0162 Map it / View Street Address
3.7 out of 5
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78% of past guest
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123 Past Guests
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Featured Review: Vacation Village at Weston

by Jason Farlam, Clawson, MI 
First printed in Jul/Aug 2011

The last few years, I have attended the NASCAR season finale races at Homestead Miami Speedway and have always stayed in hotels. Recently the Vacation Village group has been advertising some of their resorts in Endless Vacation Magazine as exchange destinations for several races, so I thought I'd try for a unit. Because it was close to the date, the RCI points exchange was only 9000 points as a last minute booking. When we got there in the second week of November, the resort was only about 15% full. By race day it was nicely filled up.

I had heard mixed reviews, and read some negative statements on the internet, but my experience was very positive. The resort was built in stages, starting about 20 years ago. When they ran out of land around the clubhouse, they would buy another piece nearby and put up one or two of their distinctive seven story buildings. The result is that about half the units are in a central location and about half the units are in a few locations maybe within a half mile, but each group with their own pool and hot tub. The newest shorter building was completed recently.


We spoke to people at our pool and in and around the clubhouse and every unit we saw was either new, or fairly recently refurbished to nearly the same standard, at least low to mid Gold-Crown-quality. One thing several people mentioned was that the property is hard to find. I found the RCI directions to be wrong, although in fairness, nearby interstate road construction may have been partly responsible. If you think you've heard of the town of Weston before, its probably because of golf. There's lots of golf opportunities, including a very nearby PGA course with significantly discounted greens fees for people from Vacation Village.

Units are generally two-bedroom lockoffs. The larger side has a nice living room with seating for 5-6 and a large screen TV. There is a large dining room table for six, kitchen with full size fridge and stove, dishwasher and microwave. Counter space is limited but the kitchen is well equipped for six and has enough pots and pyrex cookware to cook any meal. There is a nice bathroom with Jacuzzi and large bedroom with a large bed and second TV. A nice balcony or patio has a table and four chairs. Extensive use of architectural angles and natural light makes it feel larger than its 800 square feet. The other side has a smaller kitchen, living room and dining area but a similar bathroom, although no Jacuzzi, and bed-room with large bed. Both living room and bedroom have TV's. None of the smaller sides we saw had a balcony and, in spite of the same natural light and ceramic, they felt every bit the 480 square feet the resort claims. Almost all exchangers had either the A or B side only, and not the full two-bedroom unit.

All of the activities you would expect at a Gold Crown resort were in place, although sparsely used due to the initial light occupancy. Some organized trips were available and, interestingly, the resort offers free bus service to the nearby grocery stores and restaurants. Another surprising feature is the ability to check in any day of the week, subject to availability.

You are a little over half an hour from the beach at Fort Lauderdale and less than an hour from the art deco wonder of Miami's South Beach. And yes, the roller blade girls and body builder guys really populate this area along with some odd characters who may have a giant parrot on his shoulder or large constrictor around her neck. Lots of fancy shopping and a broad price range of dining options abound at South Beach. Miami's skyline also looks just like on CSI Miami with dozens of construction cranes and many brightly colored buildings.

Some people from the resort visited the Hard Rock Casino and others went to Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium and the Lion Safari and all seemed satisfied with the various venues. Sawgrass Mills bills itself as the largest outlet mall in America and you could take the resort's free shuttle if you didn't want to drive. There's lots of other stuff quite nearby, and really, you should have a car to fully explore the area.

The speedway would probably be an hour away 362 days a year, but on race day with 100,000 fans converging on a single location, it took longer.

Back at the resort, there is a weight room, full commercial class spa (spa services $55 to $200) and gift shop. In the evening, the outdoor hot tubs by each heated pool were a great way to relax. Wireless internet was available in some units near the club house but for others, and everyone in the satellite locations, it was necessary to drive to the clubhouse and sit in the comfortable chairs. A few resort computers were available to those without laptops.

We found Vacation Village at Weston to be well maintained, reasonably well upgraded, even in the older units, and scrupulously clean which is always important in South Florida. Some Interval International exchangers seemed to have arrived expecting a Marriot-like property and, its not that fancy, but it is a good solid Gold Crown resort close to many South Florida attractions.

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Wonderful

Loved our stay at Weston.. everything is close by and easily accessible! Employees that we dealt with were all very friendly. [more]

Make sure to not leave anything behind. Violates their own policy.

My family and I stayed there for 7/8days. When I left, I didn't pick up my wedding rings of the bed. I called back within 30min., I checked out at 6:25am. [more]

Not that great.

No washer and dryer , my family of six waited forever to get into our room with a booked reservation after driving sixteen hours with four children . [more]


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