- Clermont, FL (west of Walt Disney World, just off Highway 192)
- 3-, 4-, and 5-bedroom homes with private pools, full kitchens, and plenty of room to stretch your legs after a day at the theme parks.
- Prices vary according to season and number of rooms. In 2008, 4-bedroom homes average around $150 per night.
- 2-night minimum
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It may be a small world after all, but if you're visiting Orlando as part of a family reunion or a gaggle of friends, do you really want to pack into a small hotel room and listen to Aunt Betty yell at Uncle Ernie to stop his hellacious snoring--at 3:45 a.m.? It may not have seemed like such a bad idea when you were planning the vacation (how much time, other than sleeping, do you need to spend in a hotel room, you rationalized), but right around 3:46 a.m. it's probably not going to look so great.
For just a few dollars more (or, quite possibly, less), you and your posse could rent an entire vacation home. You'd get your own bedroom, and you could banish Uncle Ernie to the other side of the house. Rather than spending as little time as possible in cramped quarters, you might actually enjoy lounging around the breakfast table kibitzing with your relatives and friends. That's part of the appeal of the Best Western IPG Florida Homes.
I stayed in a 5-bedroom house with my immediate and extended family for a communal theme park vacation. 13 of us were more than comfortable, and any snoring episodes were safely ensconced behind closed doors. Our house included a spacious living room with a large-screen television, a couple of couches, and some cozy chairs. A second common area offered a couch that converted into a queen-size bed. (3- and 4-bedroom homes have one living room.)
An enormous eat-in kitchen included a full-size refrigerator, oven, range, microwave, and dishwasher. The cabinets came stocked with utensils and dinnerware, although preparing a large dinner proved a bit challenging when serving platters and a few other key food-prep items were missing. In addition to the kitchen table, the home offered a lovely, formal dining room.
A huge master bedroom offered an exceptionally comfortable king-size bed, two walk-in closets, and an elegant, massive bathroom. It's no exaggeration to say that the master bathroom alone was as large as some hotel rooms. It included a whirlpool tub, a separate stall shower, a stall toilet, and two sinks.
Two of the other bedrooms had twin beds, while the remaining two had full-size beds. Every bedroom included a cable-equipped television. The house offered two additional, albeit smaller, bathrooms, both with tub showers.