ENDLESS SUMMER RESORT....NEW FOR 2019

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I ended up cancelling our reservation here. I decided on CBBR. For us first-timers it seems like a good choice. We're closer to the park and have multiple options to travel (walk/bus/water) and we will use all of them. We will have to share beds but we have the other room to spread out. Sounds like we would enjoy the food better at CBBR and we'll be eating at least a dozen meals there. Plus the pools/lazy river appeals to us more.

If we end up taking a quick trip back next year before our Seasonal APs run out, I'd like to give Surfside Inn a try then. I still love love love the color scheme and the 3 queen beds!
 

sandam1

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Apr 19, 2016
It’s only my guess that the pool hopping for the new resort will be lifted in time
Here's hoping.

For our September visit, it probably won't be an issue since we are only staying there one night (after a 3-night stay at RP), but the restriction is definitely deterring me from even looking at it for December and February.
 

Dismamx2

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Apr 9, 2011
Is it too early to be concerned about the reviews of this hotel yet? I don't like reading that the rooms aren't being cleaned, just trash taken out and towels changed? We are booked for 9 nights so that's not going to be pleasant :| I'm not so worried about not being able to pool hop but it is nice to have that option.

Thinking about changing to Aventura or Cabana Bay!
 
  • Dis_Fan

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    Is it too early to be concerned about the reviews of this hotel yet? I don't like reading that the rooms aren't being cleaned, just trash taken out and towels changed? We are booked for 9 nights so that's not going to be pleasant :| I'm not so worried about not being able to pool hop but it is nice to have that option.

    Thinking about changing to Aventura or Cabana Bay!
    Endless Summer has a different housekeeping schedule then other resorts because of the Value designation. 9 nights should give you a couple of days of full housekeeping services with the rest being more straighten ups and refreshes. It is a intentional practice for that hotel, not housekeeping doing a bad job (unless they are doing a bad job independent of the policy).
     

    Dismamx2

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    Endless Summer has a different housekeeping schedule then other resorts because of the Value designation. 9 nights should give you a couple of days of full housekeeping services with the rest being more straighten ups and refreshes. It is a intentional practice for that hotel, not housekeeping doing a bad job (unless they are doing a bad job independent of the policy).
    Thank you! I wasn't aware of the different schedule.
     

    Jellybass

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    May 30, 2013
    Can anyone actually explain the housekeeping? I keep reading different things as to when they clean and what they clean.
     

    macraven

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    Usually get guests reviews after they stay at a newly opened resort on the boards here

    Have you checked some of the other sites on the Internet?
    Trip advisor maybe?
     
  • Jellybass

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    I called and got a response. Seems they make the beds, refresh the towels and shampoo/soap every day and empty the trash. The full cleaning only happens once every seven days if you are staying that long.
     

    Dismamx2

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    I called and got a response. Seems they make the beds, refresh the towels and shampoo/soap every day and empty the trash. The full cleaning only happens once every seven days if you are staying that long.
    :crazy2:
    Thanks for requesting the information!
     

    GlendaO

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    Jun 12, 2007
    I’m planning on utilizing the shuttle to the parks most days. But one day, we’re planning on leaving early and going into Orlando. If I drive to the Universal parking garage, will I pay parking as a guest at the hotel?
     
  • schumigirl

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    May 15, 2007
    I’m planning on utilizing the shuttle to the parks most days. But one day, we’re planning on leaving early and going into Orlando. If I drive to the Universal parking garage, will I pay parking as a guest at the hotel?
    You`d be better just going by shuttle bus as normal and taking the shuttle bus back then get in your car.

    The buses will run regularly. Won`t add long to your journey.
     

    lubichan

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    Apr 25, 2017
    Any personal experiences yet? I had to change my dates -- cut the trip short by one day to score the 'Free' Dining Promo at Disney, and there were no Standard rooms available, so I had to switch to Standard Pool View.
     

    EveDallas

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    Does anyone know if the regular rooms include refrigerators? If not, is it possible to request a fridge and a microwave? Or is their a microwave for use in the food court? I am traveling in Dec and one of my family members is in kidney failure and on dialysis, so some meds need to be kept cold and he needs to be able to heat a pad for his back to ease pain after sitting for hours during dialysis.
     

    schumigirl

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    Does anyone know if the regular rooms include refrigerators? If not, is it possible to request a fridge and a microwave? Or is their a microwave for use in the food court? I am traveling in Dec and one of my family members is in kidney failure and on dialysis, so some meds need to be kept cold and he needs to be able to heat a pad for his back to ease pain after sitting for hours during dialysis.
    Standard rooms have a small refrigerator Eve......the two bedroom suites have a microwave listed, so there are microwaves there.

    Not sure about the food court, sorry. Hopefully someone who’s been will come along and tell you. Although food courts usually do have one.
     

    mdsouth

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    I had read that and contacted universal to confirm no pool hopping. Disappointed and now I’m looking to switch to cabana bay even though I love ES theming and suite lay out is perfect. We use pools a lot going in August and since we aren’t going to volcano bay, pool hoppini g would be good for my family.
    I never knew you could pool hop between the resorts at Universal. I have never been to Universal and am just now starting my planning for a trip in June 2020. This is good information to know as I compare resorts.

    I see there's a Walgreens across the street from Endless Summer. Not being from the US I'm not familiar with this store. I'm wondering do they sell wine? Also, do they have grocery items at all? I know they won't have as much as a grocery store but wondering if they would have the basics.
    Yes, Walgreen's will have the basic foods, bread, milk, cereal, lunch meat, some packaged foods (mac and cheese) etc, chips, as well as liquirfood and liquor. It really will be nice to have it so close to this resort.

    I took the advice and checked out Endless Summer Resort on Google Earth. it is exactly across the street from a Walgreens, and it has a crosswalk for pedestrians too. Checking their online inventory, you could easily buy groceries there for a week, simple stuff like cereal, milk, juice, lunch meat, and other stuff for sandwiches. With a lot of rooms having a fridge and a microwave, eating a few meals in means more money to spend elsewhere in the parks! I bet sunscreen is cheaper at Walgreens than it is in the parks!
    Across the street and to the right is an IHOP. Across the street and to the left is a Subway. There was also a local steakhouse, Asian restaurant, and another ethnic restaurant across the street too. I am heading to endless summer in October!
    Good news for the budget!

    Does anyone know if the regular rooms include refrigerators? If not, is it possible to request a fridge and a microwave? Or is their a microwave for use in the food court? I am traveling in Dec and one of my family members is in kidney failure and on dialysis, so some meds need to be kept cold and he needs to be able to heat a pad for his back to ease pain after sitting for hours during dialysis.
    I think all hotels regardless of where you are would have a refrig and microwave available upon request for people with medical needs. So, I would call and check with the front desk directly of any hotel you plan to stay in to confirm.
     

    EveDallas

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    Standard rooms have a small refrigerator Eve......the two bedroom suites have a microwave listed, so there are microwaves there.

    Not sure about the food court, sorry. Hopefully someone who’s been will come along and tell you. Although food courts usually do have one.
    Thanks for the info about the fridge. I think I've decided to change my reservation to Cabana Bay. I've been reading really bad reviews about thin, scratchy towels, hard mattresses, problems with A/C, and bad food at Endless Summer. CB is just a tad more expensive and we really love it there (although every time I talk about it, I mentally apologize to you because I know you think it looks tacky :rotfl:).
     

    schumigirl

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    Thanks for the info about the fridge. I think I've decided to change my reservation to Cabana Bay. I've been reading really bad reviews about thin, scratchy towels, hard mattresses, problems with A/C, and bad food at Endless Summer. CB is just a tad more expensive and we really love it there (although every time I talk about it, I mentally apologize to you because I know you think it looks tacky :rotfl:).
    :rotfl: :rotfl::rotfl:

    Oh that made me laugh!!!! Yes, I do have a rather irrational dislike of the place :duck:.....but I know you`ll have a fabulous stay there!!! It is a popular hotel.

    I don't blame you for moving if you don't feel comfortable staying there........I have to admit I`m seeing mixed reviews of Endless Summer......the ones that are good are very good, but the ones that are bad are very bad!!!

    Maybe you`ll try it there in the future...…..but thanks for the giggle.....:wave2:
     

    Dismamx2

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    We've switched also after reading the mixed reviews. If it was only for a few nights I would've stuck with it but we're staying at Universal for 9 nights. We're not lovers of Cabana Bay so we booked Hotel Aventura. I think my teens will enjoy it here.

    But, I would definitely consider ESR in the future if they can straighten out their issues.
     

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