Wyndham Grand Desert, Las Vegas
I stayed in two-bedroom unit at the Wyndham Grand Desert. Furnishings are comtemporary and comfortable. The resort has two pools and one of them is 18+ only, which is wonderful for adults. This resort is located off the strip and far enough away that you will probably not want to walk to the Casinos, with the exception of the Hard Rock Casino which is also off strip and maybe a 10 minute walk. I had my car with me for the last trip so I had no problems getting around and I believe the resort also has a shuttle bus that takes you to the Flamingo. From there you can make your way to other nearby casinos. There are not a lot of timeshares directly on the Strip so I think the Grand Desert makes a good alternative. It also provides a nice break from some of the noise and crowds so common in Las Vegas.
Wyndham Bonnet Creek, Lake Buena Vista, FL
I’ve already written my thorough review of Wyndham’s Bonnet Creek Resort, so you can check that for further details, but if you are looking for a timeshare right near Disney property that is less expensive than staying at a DVC resort, and also has much larger units, then Bonnet Creek is a great choice. The units are spacious and well decorated. I usually stay in a two bedroom here, but you can also get three and four bedroom units if you have a big crowd.
The resort is also very close to Downtown Disney (thought not really walking distance) and it is close to Epcot and Disney Studios as well. This is a huge resort and so they usually have good availability if you are booking directly with Wyndham, but I’m not so sure how good their availability is for exchanges. I usually even have good luck waiting until the 45 day discount window to book here, but it really depends on how flexible your travel plans are.
Wyndham Cypress Palms, Kissimmee, FL
The Cypress Palms Resort in Kissimmee is actually my first pick when I’m in Florida during the winter and I usually stay here at least three weeks, sometimes more. The resort usually has good availability in Last Call or Extra Vacations Getaways for most months, in case you want to save your exchange week or Wyndham points. It can be difficult to get a rental here in February.
Wyndham Cypress Palms is an older resort, but the interiors were recently refurbished and it is very conveniently located on US Hwy 192, about 10-12 minutes from most of the parks. They only have one pool and a small activity center, but you can walk to a half a dozen chain restaurants and an all night CVS, which makes up for the lack of some activities in my opinion. There is also a pond out in front of the resort which makes for a nice stroll.
Wyndham Smoky Mountains in Seiverville, TN
Wyndham’s Smoky Mountains resort is located right next to Pigeon Forge and about a 20 minute drive or so to Gatlinburg. On an hour drive if you are visiting the area during peak times. The traffic here is horrible. The resort’s unit layouts are very similar to the Bonnet Creek resort, with more rustic furnishings to suit the location. This is a big resort split across a road. My only complaint is that depending on where your unit is, you might find it more convenient to drive to the swimming pool and activities complex.
Star Island Resort, Kissimee, FL
Of all the Wyndham resorts I have stayed at, Star Island resort is my least favorite. This is probably because I stayed in the smaller 1 bedroom lock-off unit and it was much too small and I found the furnishings uncomfortable. It also had two double beds in bedroom rather than a king. I wouldn’t stay here again. Also, only part of the resort is controlled by Wyndham (you’ll note it is the only resort listed here that doesn’t have Wyndham in its title), which makes getting support and customer service rather a pain.
Wyndham Ocean Walk, Daytona Beach
The Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Resort is a large resort located directly off the beach. Location-wise, it’s pretty excellent if you like Daytona Beach. There’s the Ocean Walk shopping center attached to the Wyndham resort, which is convenient for dinners out if you don’t feel like getting in the car (not that any of the restaurants here are particularly good, but at least you have the option). I would consider the unit carefully however before decided to stay here. I stayed in 1 bedroom unit with no outside windows. It felt a lot like living in a box for a week. Also, the wireless internet here costs money and the connection is LOUSY. You’ll need to go the lobby for the free wireless and a much better signal. Personally, I don’t think I would stay here again.
Wyndham Ocean Boulevard, N. Myrtle Beach
On the outside, I think Wyndham’s Ocean Boulevard Resort at North Myrtle Beach looks a lot like their Daytona resort. But the similarity ends there. With the exception of Tower 4 which is across the street, the Towers are configured in such a way that ALL units have an ocean view. So if you can book into Towers 1, 2 or 3, you will have a great view of the ocean. The furnishings are not as high end as what you might find at Bonnet Creek, but they are bright and cheerful and I found the 2 bedroom unit quite comfortable, though not as large as Bonnet Creek or Wyndham Smoky Mountains. I believe internet was free here as well.
Wyndham Sea Gardens, Pompano Beach FL
This is another older resort and most of the property is quaint and rather pretty. I stayed in a well-furnished studio unit a few years ago and found it perfectly adequate to my needs. It also felt spacious due to the open layout. There’s a pool located in the center of the complex and as a guest you also have beach access, but unfortunately the beach is on the opposite side of a very busy street and if I’m remember correctly, there was no traffic light. If the beach is important to you, I would stay elsewhere or try and get one of the units on the ocean side of the street (a limited number of units).