My experience touring a BlueGreen timeshare

BlueGreen timeshare

Before heading off to Europe, I spent a lovely weekend with my best friend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Last February I was browsing the Bass Pro Shops and ended up chatting with a nice salesman. The deal he was offering was honestly a little too good to be true. Nothing is free, after all. What he was offering was two nights in a hotel in over seven cities in the United States for $100. I decided to buy it. I mean, I had a year to use it. Why not?

Well this year, time got away from me to say the least. Most weekends were spent working my second job in order to save money for Spain. Before I knew it, it was the end of August. So I thought the weekend before I left with my best friend would be ideal. Plus, Gatlinburg is halfway between Cincinnati and Charleston, South Carolina. It was perfect.

So this lovely lady and I went to Gatlinburg …

BlueGreen timeshare

Antes de mi viaje a Europa, fui a Gatlinburg para pasar un buen fin de semana con mi mejor amiga. Este Febrero, estaba echando un vistazo en Bass Pro Shops y hablé con un vendedor muy amable. La ganga que él ofrecía fue honestamente casi demasiada buena como para ser la verdad. Nada es gratis. Él ofrecía dos noches en un hotel por $100 en mas de siete ciudades en Los Estados Unidos. Decidí aceptar su oferta. Tuve un año para usarlo, entonces, ¿cómo no

Pues este año, no he tenido mucho tiempo. La mayoría de los fines de semanas estaba trabajando en mi segundo trabajo para ahorrar dinero para España. ¡Pero el final de agosto vino rápido! Entonces pensaba que el fin de semana antes de ir a España con mi mejor amiga sería ideal. También Gatlinburg esta a medio camino entre Cincinnati y Charleston, Carolina del Sur, donde vive mi amiga. ¡Era perfecto!

Entonces esta preciosa muchacha y yo fuimos a Gatlinburg …

The deal

The deal wasn’t just about the hotel. No, they wanted to sell you something too. In order to receive the discount, they ask that you spend your morning touring a timeshare. The rest of your time is yours. Looking back, I thought “hey what’s a few hours?” However it was longer than I thought.

Kayleigh and I arrived Friday night separately because were coming from opposite directions. We are both running a tad late, so I call the guy at BlueGreen. He says they are open until 9 and as long as I can make it there before then, great! Well while that was my aim, I got a tad lost. But no worries. They set our stuff out in this late arrival box and Kayleigh was able to pick up our stuff. It had her go to this office to check into our hotel and receive our keys. We both had the same experience with the same hotel lady and it was not good …

Kayleigh was the first to arrive and the woman working at the Creekstone Inn (where we were staying) was rude to Kayleigh. Thankfully she let her check in at least. When I arrived, I had the same exact experience with the same woman. Not friendly and not helpful at all. However I got my keys and made it to the hotel with only getting lost once (her directions sucked).

La ganga no solo se trataba del hotel. Lo que pasa es que ellos querían vendernos algo también. Entonces para recibir el descuento, ellos pidieron que miráramos una multipropiedad por una mañana durante las vacaciones. El resto del tiempo era para nosotras. Pensé “¿A qué nos importan una o dos horas?” Pero finalmente duró más tiempo que quería.

Kayleigh y yo llegamos aparte la noche de viernes puesto que vivimos en ciudades distintas. Las dos llegamos tarde, pero el empleado me dijo que si llegara antes de las 9, todo estaría bien. Había tratado de llegar a tiempo pero me perdí en el camino. Pero no pasó nada y dejaron nuestras cosas en una caja al lado de la oficina. ¡Qué bien! Entonces Kayleigh fue a la oficina para recogerlas, ¡pero la recepcionista del hotel no estaba amable! Y peor, ¡también tuve yo la misma experiencia con esta mujer!

Kayleigh llegó primero y la mujer que estaba trabajando en ese Creekstone Inn estaba bastante maleducada. Por suerte la dejó hacer el check in. Cuando llegué, tuve la misma experiencia! ¡No estaba amable ni me ayudó nada! Pero de cualquier forma, obtuve mis llaves y llegué al hotel. Solo me perdí una vez (¡sus direcciones eran muy malas!).

The hotel and tour

The hotel was nice but basic. At least it was clean! The next morning, our tour of the timeshare started at 8 a.m. If we skipped it, we would have to pay full price. So of course we went. And they had free coffee, which was always a plus.

Also you must know that we both had no interest in buying a timeshare. While we both walked away without buying one, we did learn a few things. So we arrive and they tell us to have a seat. They then lead us back to a presentation room where we watch a slideshow about BlueGreen. It seemed as though every BlueGreen salesman was a middle-aged white gentleman in a bow tie. I saw a few women and honestly cannot remember if there were any people of color. That lack of diversity honestly does not sit well for me and could hurt their business.

The presentation is interesting for sure. The woman next to us thought differently, however. Halfway through it, you could hear her snoring! The showed us pictures and explained their point system. The great thing is that BlueGreen does not lock you into one place and one week a year. You definitely have lots of options.

Then it’s time to talk with a salesperson and take a tour. We were with a nice gentleman that seemed to have a knowledge of timeshares and some things in the travel world. However he had no real idea what a hostel was. That came up when were started talking about travel in Europe. It always amazes me when people work in travel and yet don’t have knowledge of things within that realm. However I digress.

The space was nice, and the model yurts and cabins seemed very cozy.

BlueGreen timeshare
The presentation building/el edificio de la presentacion

BlueGreen timeshare

BlueGreen timeshare

BlueGreen timeshare

BlueGreen timeshare

El hotel era bueno pero básico. ¡Por lo menos estaba limpia! A la mañana siguiente, nuestro tour de la multipropiedad empezó a las 8. Si lo hubieramos saltado, tendríamos que haber pagado el precio sin descuento. Entonces desde luego, fuimos. !Y había cafe gratis!

También hay que saber que no teníamos interés en comprar una multipropiedad. Pero aunque las dos salimos sin comprarnos una, aprendimos algunas cosas nuevas. Entonces llegamos y ellos nos dijeron que nos sentáramos. A continuación vino una presentación. Miramos una presentación de diapositivas sobre sus propiedades. Parecía que todos los empleados eran hombres blancos de mediana edad vestidos en corbatines. Vi a pocas mujeres y honestamente no puedo recordar si había algunas personas de color. Les faltaba la diversidad y esa falta no me gusta. No es buena para su empresa.

La presentación fue interesante, pero la mujer al lado de nosotras pensaba diferente. ¡Estaba durmiendo y se podía oírla! Ellos nos enseñaron imágenes y explicaron su sistema de puntos. Lo bueno es que BlueGreen te deja elegir tu semana y lugar cada año. ¡Tienes un montón de opciones!

Luego era tiempo para hablar con un vendedor y dar un paseo. Estábamos con un hombre muy amable y parecía tener conocimiento sobre multipropiedades pero nada mas. El no sabía nada sobre los albergues, por ejemplo. Hablamos de eso cuando estábamos hablando sobre viajar por Europa. Siempre me fascina cuando la gente que trabaja en viajar no tenga conocimiento de cosas así.

De todos modos, el espacio era buena y las yurtas y las cabinas parecían muy cómodas.  

Our thoughts

The idea of a timeshare is interesting but not for either of us at this time. The freedom of choices seems nice but I don’t need fancy resorts to travel. The whole thing lasted until about 11 a.m. and then we were free to enjoy Gatlinburg as we pleased. Honestly this sort of deal isn’t too bad if your vacation allows for that time. Would I do it again? Probably. Would I purchase a timeshare? Probably not.

La idea de tener una multipropiedad es interesante pero no es para Kayleigh ni yo de momento. La libertad nos parece bien pero no es necesario tener centros turísticos muy adornados para viajar. La presentación terminó a las 11 y después estábamos libres para disfrutar de Gatlinburg! Honestamente este descuento no es malo si tienes tiempo en tus vacaciones. ¿A hacerlo otra vez? Probablemente. Comprare una multipropiedad? Probablemente no.

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. I hate when your first experience at a place is a rude person. It really is hard to view the rest of the resort with clear eyes. My parents owned time shares when they were alive. It was the worse investment once they past away. However when they were alive we used them every year. Plus we did use their weeks for our honeymoon for 2 weeks in St. Maarten.

    1. Yeah for sure. It definitely taints the whole experience. Timeshares always seemed interesting but not really worth it in the end. And yeah, once your parents passed then you had to deal with them.

  2. I see the appeal of a timeshare but I have recently discovered there are places where you can go and rent timeshares not being used. That might be the route I would go.

  3. I’ve never had a time share or experienced staying in one. I do find it interesting, and if you find a place that you feel you need to visit every year, it definitely may be the right investment. It’s not for me as I like to see new places all the time.

    I’m sorry you had a rude representative at the hotel.

    1. Yeah for sure! BlueGreen does allow you to pick from many resorts each year, but at the same time you are paying on it for a while.

  4. That sounds like a tough deal to agree on but it was worth a try. Thanks for sharing your experience, I had no idea about this kind of travel.

  5. These timeshares definitely have their hits and misses for sure. We have one, but we like the safety of having a resort all over the world that we can go to.

  6. At least it’s a timeshare that gives you options. I know a family who never use theirs and it costs them a fortune every year with the fees! But this sounds less restrictive.

    Becca | theapresgal.com

  7. I know a few people with timeshares and they do seem to enjoy it but I think you need to be certain you will get enough use out of it before you part with your money! I think I’d be like you and choose not to invest.

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