Terrace Ridge Resort, Davenport, Florida
Last month, I stayed at the Terrace Ridge Resort in Davenport, Florida, whilst in Orlando for a week. Before visiting, there was little information about the resort available on the internet and few visitors to the accommodation there had reviewed their stays on Trip Advisor. Below is the account of my enjoyable stay there, which does also appear on the popular travel review website.
I was after some good quality accommodation in Florida at a good price and after endless hours of searching, I stumbled across the Terrace Ridge Resort using Opodo. For around £37 a night, I was expecting to get a 2-bedroom apartment on this pleasant looking complex.
On arrival, we had to visit the holiday rental company’s office on the US highway 192, which was very easy to find. It took about 10 minutes to check our paperwork and to talk us through our rental before the keys were handed over and then we jumped in the car for the short drive to the resort, located in Davenport – a little over 13 miles away from Disneyworld.
The resort was located away from the hustle and bustle of touristy Orlando, which was a definite bonus. I have visited Orlando before and did not want to be surrounded by holidaymakers, gift ‘outlets’ and theme parks. It was a perfect, almost rural setting, just seconds away from the roads that led to everywhere you could ever want to go in Orlando.
We arrived at Terrace Ridge shortly after 9.00pm. What was nice was that the resort was accessible only via a secure gate, which required a code for access. The clear signage in and around the resort and on the buildings themselves meant that we could easily find our apartment. Just as was requested, our room was on the top floor of a three storey building – that was as big as the buildings got.
The apartment itself was of an excellent size and more than adequate for the two of us staying there. Despite requesting a 2-bedroom apartment, we were surprised to be given a third bedroom, which we had little need for. We entered through the front door into a large open-plan living area; kitchen, living room and dining area. The full-size kitchen was equipped with everything you would expect to find there – oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and more. Behind a door in the kitchen were laundry facilities. The living area offered two large settees (with seating for five), a coffee table, a large television with a wide selection of channels and a CD player. The large dining table offered seating for six and was set up with place-mats, cutlery and napkins for our arrival.
As you enter the apartment, the master bedroom is to the right and that was also of an excellent size, complete with en-suite shower facilities and a walk-in wardrobe. There was plenty of storage in the room, a large dresser and another television.
At the far end of the apartment was a huge bathroom and two further bedrooms. Both were again of excellent proportions. One of the rooms offered two twin beds, whilst the other other a double. All of the three bedrooms in the apartment offered televisions of varying sizes.
Throughout the apartment were no shortage of cupboards, all holding various surprises, whether it was the many freshly laundered bathroom towels or beach towels, cool boxes, ironing boards and irons, soaps, laundry detergents and more. Many of these were items that more expensive hotels don’t provide, so it was nice to see that the owners were taking good care of us.
Also included in the price were local calls on the telephone and wireless internet access.
The resort itself was nice, modern and clean, and the apartment buildings were arranged in a circle, with the resort pool and hot tub in the middle of the resort, along with the clubhouse. Both the swimming pool and the clubhouse required a keycard for access, which meant that if anybody managed to gain access to the resort, unauthorised persons could not make use of the facilities. The clubhouse and swimming pool could both be access between 6.00am and 11.30pm.
Inside the well-equipped clubhouse was a kitchen area, a compact but adequate gym, a lounge area, a full size pool table and table football (both free), an arcade-style games machine (also free), a TV area and wireless internet access. The rear of the clubhouse opened onto the square pool area, complete with hot tub (in a shady area). The endless supply of sun loungers meant that there was plenty of room for everybody to enjoy some sunny fun by the pool.
My stay here was most enjoyable. The apartment offered exceptional value for money, the facilities were second-to-none and, based on this visit, I doubt I would ever stay in an Orlando hotel again. For considerably less money than a 3-4* hotel in Orlando, you too can enjoy this home from home.
My only recommendation would be that you don’t stay here without access to a hire car, unless you are happy to spend lots of money on taxis. The Orlando attractions are not close by and public transport is not available in the area. The nearest supermarket is Publix and that is approximately 1 mile away. The roads between the resort and the supermarket are not well lit and there are no footpaths to walk on, so it probably isn’t worth walking.