Welcome to the second in my series of articles on Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. My overview article can be found here. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is one of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resorts, and this is my review of the 2-bedroom lockoff villa.
What is a lockoff villa, you ask? In DVC parlance, there are two types of 2-bedroom villas. The first is what’s called a “dedicated” 2-bedroom. That simply means it is a 2-bedroom villa with one door. A lockoff villa is a 1-bedroom villa and a studio villa that are next to each other and have 2 separate entrance/exit doors and connecting doors in between. We usually don’t stay in 2-bedroom villas when we travel, but the points required for this villa are fewer than at other “on property” resorts at Walt Disney World Resort so we decided to go for it. Since we are not owners at the Vero Beach property, we had to wait until 7 months prior to our travel date to book our accommodations, and that is why we weren’t able to get the dedicated 2-bedroom. It wasn’t a problem to have two doors, but I’m guessing that if one has littles it might be worrisome that they could leave if not watched closely.
We were in Villa Building 14, and we were able to park in a garage underneath the building. Parking is complimentary, and there were several luggage carts available in the garage. We grabbed one, loaded up, and took the elevator up to our rooms.
The studio was lovely. It is a great choice for a couple or if you have one child (or two small children). I can imagine that it would get pretty cramped if a family with two larger kids were to use it, although it does say on the Disney website that it can sleep up to 4 adults. There is one queen-size bed and one double-size sleeper sofa. Here is the view of the bed taken from the doorway that adjoins the 1-bedroom villa with the studio. The doorway to the left near the head of the bed leads to the balcony.
Below is a view of the studio taken near the door to the balcony, looking back into the room. The main door is on the left, and to the right of the TV cabinet is the small hallway that has the closet on the right, the kitchenette on the left, and the bathroom straight ahead.
The kitchenette has a microwave, a small refrigerator, and sink. There is also a cabinet with paper plates and bowls and plastic utensils, and a coffee maker – with coffee. There is only a small supply, though, and unless you bring your own, you’ll need to pay to have it replenished.
The closet is a full-size closet, and it has extra blankets and pillows, a pack-n-play, hangers, a luggage rack, iron, ironing board, a safe, and a fire extinguisher.
The bathroom is small, but it has a shower and a tub, which is a plus if you’re traveling with little ones. There is a sink with a decent-sized counter area, and there is a full-length mirror on the bathroom door.
There is also a small table and chairs in the studio. The door to the right is the door to the balcony, and to the left of the table are the adjoining doors to the 1-bedroom.
The balcony is small, but there is enough room for a table and two chairs. Our view overlooked the miniature golf course and the pool area.
All in all, the studio is very nice. I’d love to stay in one if it were just me and my husband. My son loved having his own room, bathroom, and especially the TV – and although we kept the adjoining doors open all of the time, my husband and I enjoyed being able to be in our own space too.
The 1-bedroom villa is very spacious. It can sleep 5 adults (two in the bedroom, two on the sleeper sofa, and one on the sleeper chair). The living room has a regular chair in addition to the sofa sleeper and sleeper chair. The sleeper sofa is queen-size, and the sleeper chair is twin-size.
I personally think the sleeper chair would be too small for a large adult, but I’m sure a kid would love it.
As in all 1-bedroom DVC villas, there is a full kitchen, with a full-size refrigerator, oven/stovetop, and microwave. Not pictured are a dishwasher, full-size sink, coffee maker, and toaster. Like the studio, there is a limited supply of coffee. The dining area has a table that seats four, and a door that leads to the balcony. Also, the island in the kitchen cleverly doubles as the cabinet containing the TV.
This is a picture taken from the living room looking at the entrance door. To the left are the adjoining doors to the studio, and just past the picture on the right there is a small hallway that has the closet containing the washer/dryer unit and leads to the bedroom.
Here is a picture of the laundry closet. In addition to the washer/dryer unit, there is a laundry basket, a vacuum, iron and ironing board, fire extinguisher, and a broom and dustpan.
The bedroom was also very roomy with a king-size bed and a chair, a TV cabinet that also had drawers for storage, and a full-size closet that had a pack-n-play, hangers, extra blankets and pillows, a luggage rack, and a safe like the closet in the studio. There was also another door out to the balcony.
The balcony was quite large, with a round table and four chairs.
The bathroom in the 1-bedroom is interesting. There is a door in the villa entrance hallway that goes to the main bathroom, which has a sink area, shower, and toilet. Opposite the first door is a second door that leads to the other part of the bathroom that has a second sink and the whirlpool tub (the sink isn’t pictured – it’s to the left of the whirlpool tub).
Then there is a third door that opens into the bedroom. One could have complete privacy in the main bathroom, and then a second person could have complete privacy in the whirlpool tub room at the same time, if they closed the shutters to the bedroom.
We really enjoyed our stay here. The 2-bedroom lockoff configuration was fantastic for us. If you are a DVC member staying on points and want some extra room, I highly recommend splurging on the 2-bedroom villa.
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