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Great peaceful getaway resort
Opinión escrita el 8 de Junio de 2021
This is a great getaway location for a peaceful stay! The staff was very friendly and helpful. It is off of the main roads, quiet and secluded. That said, the road it is on easily connects around, and through, Branson traffic. We will be back!
Nice Condo Fully Equipped but Thin Walls and Ceilings
Opinión escrita el 28 de Marzo de 2021
Stayed March 2021. We are not time share owners but rented this place for a week. We had a 2 bedroom unit with full kitchen (oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, blender, etc), laundry, gas fireplace and gas grill. The grill is connected to the gas line so no need for propane tanks. Living room had large TV with satellite, blu ray player and mini stereo system. Main bedroom had queen bed with TV and shower/spa tub. 2nd bedroom had 2 single beds and TV. 2nd bath had shower/tub. There was also a queen Murphy bed in the living area that folds up into closet. Unit was in good condition with new appliances and kitchen ware. The only wear and tear was signs of water damage and poor caulking in bathrooms. The biggest negative is walls and ceilings are thin. Noise from outside and other units is pretty bad - bring ear plugs for sleeping. We had a first floor unit and every foot step from upstairs sounded like an elephant wearing lead shoes. We could easily hear people moving around and banging things even with our TV on. Noise from outside the unit was clearly heard inside. The area itself is rural and quiet but you will hear your fellow residents. Other negative is the bed and furniture is not very comfortable but tolerable. A bigger concern is the bedrooms only have blinds - no drapes. As soon as the sun is up it is bright as day and outside lights are intrusive. Hanging a spare blanket made it a little better. The common areas include tennis and basketball courts and an outdoor pool (closed for the season during our stay) and a hot tub. Inside the recreation center was a small fitness room with 2 treadmills, 2 ellipticals and a few dumbbells. There was a small arcade room as well as air hockey, pool table, ping pong table and foosball. I believe you had to check out ping pong and foosball stuff from the front desk. Air hockey and pool table needed tokens. There was lots of tables and chairs so if you wanted to have a large gathering you could do that. There was no organized functions (this was during the Covid Pandemic though) Two computers are there for residents to use. Check in was easy but they do put a hold of $100 on a credit card. I was told there was a wi-fi charge and you can select your data package when you log in. However, I connected to the internet fine and never was asked to login. You are then turned over to another person that provides local information and eventually asks you to sign up for a 90 minute timeshare presentation. The hook is $10 show tickets (as many as you want apparently) but only if you sign up for the presentation at check-in. Some of these shows are $50 each or so but you can probably get them at a discount in town (there are places advertising discounts) depending on demand. You pay for your tickets right there. We have never bothered with these sales pitches since we are aware of the hard sell but we decided to do it with the plan of walking out if they got rude. We knew we wouldn’t buy but were curious about the “point” system and thought maybe we would get some info on future vacation spots. I put a seperate review of the sales presentation below. Overall we really like all the amenities - we made extensive use of the kitchen and grill and the fireplace was nice since it was still chilly - and it was a short drive to town (definitely need a car). If only the units were better sound proofed. I hesitate to stay there again because there is obviously no way to know who your neighbors are going to be and how considerate they will be. I'd have to be guaranteed a third floor unit (top floor) at least.
Here is the sales pitch review (not included in the property rating): Note I am reviewing the sales pitch not time-shares themselves since we have never owned and they didn't give us enough information to judge. The sales center was a short drive away. We checked in and got our ticket vouchers right away that you exchange at the box office. This was a relief as we were afraid they would hold them until the end. After a brief wait a salesman takes us to a cubicle and engages in small talk for about 30 minutes clearly trying to be our friend and to get an idea of our vacation preferences. You then go to a presentation with all the other folks that lasts 30 or 40 minutes. Mostly it is about the high cost of hotels, why Wyndham is a great company and you need to travel as much as possible before you die. I thought it was a bit depressing as she kept up the theme of traveling now before it’s too late. Not much about how the whole thing worked except that unused points are rolled over and you can even borrow points from future years if needed. No talk of what membership costs were though or how much travel you got for your money. After that you go back with your sales person who continues convincing you that condos are better than hotels. I tried to tell him we agree so let’s move on but he had trouble deviating from his script. He then tried to get us to come up with costs for all our vacations for the next 20 years. We said we didn’t know but eventually we agreed on some hypothetical numbers to move things along. Of course the total amount was astronomical and based on lots of assumptions which makes the suggested points package look like a bargain. For 200,000 points per year it was $55,000. I couldn’t nail him down for how many points I needed for specific properties so I don't know how much travel or what kind of travel you can get for those points. I then asked how much we would pay per year after the 55,000 (annual fees, taxes, etc). Again he evaded saying it depends and it varies. I thought that it was a huge whole in their pitch to come up with numbers for the cost of a 20 years worth of travel as a non-owner but they couldn't tell you the total cost for 20 years AS an owner. He made hypothetical numbers for everything else why not this? Then I said OK what is the average amount people have paid at this level over the past few years. Again he couldn’t answer but if we filled out a form on his tablet then he could discuss financial details. This form - no kidding - asked for social security numbers and mother’s maiden name as mandatory fields! I said no way - this is identity theft information. He said they needed it to continue so I agreed to make up false info. But then we were asked to sign at the end and we refuse “we aren’t signing anything today”. He briefly tried to convince us then said OK we'll go look at a property then my manager will talk to you. By then we were over the 90 minutes so we told him sorry we aren't going to commit to anything and we don't need to go visit a property since we are staying at one and have stayed at others in the past. We said we were past the 90 minutes we had agreed to and needed to get going as we were attending a show that afternoon. He says these presentations are scheduled for at least 2 hours. Well, that's not what the rep at the resort said (in fact I heard them tell another couple it was only 60 minutes). He insisted we needed to talk to his manager which sounded like a bad car dealership situation. I thanked him for his time then we quickly headed to the elevator. He chased after us and told us he needed to take us out a different way. Instead of leading us to an exit he took us to his manager's desk. When we realized what he was doing I said - NO, we are leaving and we quickly went to the stairs and out the building. The folks were all very friendly on the surface but they definitely do a gradual buildup to get little pieces of info and try to get you to make an emotional decision. Would have loved it if they just gave a brochure with all the information up front. If it really was a good deal it would sell itself without the sneaky salesmanship. By the way there are multiple places in town that offer legal services to get you out of your timeshare so there must be a lot of buyers remorse. I suggest being cautious if you decide to attend and have a plan of how to handle the personal information requests and be ready to walk (or run like we did) away. At least you get some cheap tickets and have a story to tell.
A great resort and close to the shows!!!
Opinión escrita el 24 de Marzo de 2021
We loved the accessibility to the many shows and other available Branson activities. The rooms were great, clean, and they had an extremely friendly staff. The rooms were well stocked and provided more than enough room for us.
Opinión escrita el 18 de Octubre de 2020
We stayed here for 2 weeks, Sep 26 - Oct 10. Loved this place, pool and hot tub is open till Nov 1st, went everyday only 1 other person there in the mornings when we went. Resort and Rooms are super clean and quite. Beds were very comfortable. 2 Bed room has lots of room, nice view of golf course and trees off the balcony, with gas grill. Shelley, who checked us in, is a super person, very friendly with excellent above and beyond service. She gave us a top floor end unit just like we wanted. Always makes sure you have the supplies you need, and delivers them super fast. Highly recommend this place, we will be back. Worldmark is the best always. Had no sells pressure from anyone.
Opinión escrita el 14 de Octubre de 2020
This resort was so nice! We were so comfortable and loved staying here! The staff was great. The rooms were clean. The location is beautiful. I would highly recommend WorldMark Branson and hope we are able to stay here again soon!