We stayed in the Windsor Hills Condos (not homes) back in 2018 during our Universal trip. At the time, the pool area was closed because they were building the new pool and water features section, which seems like a big improvement.
Well, the trouble with judging the condos is that they have individual owners. That means the quality of the furniture and such will differ. The one we stayed in was okay, but we did have some issues. For one, there seemed to be a bug problem because we found the place smelled of bug spray, and one of the bedroom windows was left open. The same bedroom had a lot of dust on the ceiling fan, so it seemed it hadn’t been cleaned as well as it should have. As soon as my son turned on the ceiling fan, dust and dead bugs on the fan blade rained down on the bedspread. So, we immediately ended up washing the bedspread ourself.
The other bedrooms were okay, but the owner had not done a good job of maintaining it. Cables for the TVs in the different rooms were easily exposed and accessible, which if we had young kids, I wouldn’t have liked at all. There were also burned out light bulbs.
Still, once we got past those issues, it really was a find place to stay. Certainly not as nice as plenty of other places we’ve stayed at before (rentals through homeaway.com), but the price was VERY low, so we could overlook some of that. I did notice that many of the other condos in Windsor Hills seemed to be much nicer looking inside…but they were also more expensive.
The building itself was nice enough, although in the era of COVID, I’m not sure if having access to a pool table or arcade is something I’d want to bother with, so I’d call that a wash. Still, in 2018, we did make use of it.
We also were surprised at how many feral cats there were. Like, a lot of them. Every time we’d leave or come back from the parks, we see two or three. They were never a bother, but just an odd sight.
In terms of location? Well, in practice, we found getting from Windsor Hills to the parks took MUCH longer than anticipated. This is because the main route out to the highway to take us to Universal or Disney would get seriously backed up with traffic. We’d get stuck at one of the lights for as much as 10 minutes, which was pretty much unavoidable. As such, despite being PHYSICALLY close, I think you might be able to find properties that are further away but still take the same amount of time to get to the parks.
Would we stay there again? Maybe. Although, probably in a house, not a condo, if we did, so we could get a private pool. The nice thing is there are a lot of options there that are quite inexpensive. You get a lot for the money.