Westgate Lakes Resort & SpaInternational Drive, Orlando, Central Florida
- All condo-style studios and villas feature kitchenettes and modern amenities
- Seven outdoor pools allow for plenty of room to swim and play
- Many kid-friendly activities, including mini-golf and volleyball
- Lovely spa offers a plethora of treatments and therapy rooms
- Dining options include sit-down restaurants, grab-and-go cafes, and room service
- Nice common areas include a lakeside dock with rocking chairs and a fire pit
- Free shuttle to nearby attractions
- Free Wi-Fi
- Daily resort fee
- Free shuttle requires reservations
- Only the pizza place is open for a sit-down lunch
- Some complaints of overcrowded hotel parking lot
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This lakeside property has a serene vibe.
Offering condo-style units, the Westgate attracts plenty of families and groups throughout the year. But despite its popularity, it manages to exude a serene vibe thanks to its massive size and many calm-inducing common areas, such as the lovely lakeside dock with rocking chairs and a firepit.
While the resort is certainly geared toward families with its long list of kid-friendly features, business travelers are not forgotten; free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and conferences are often held in Westgate’s many meeting spaces.
Adjacent to a pristine lake just off of International Drive
With its tranquil lakeside setting, Westgate seems a bit secluded from Orlando’s major attractions. But the resort is actually less than a 10-minute drive from the Orange County Convention Center, Sea World, Universal Orlando, Disney World, and numerous restaurants and shops, thanks to its location just off of International Drive. The hotel provides a free shuttle to Disney World, Universal, Sea World, and several outlet malls, though reservations are required.
The airport is a 20-minute drive from Westgate.
Modern condo-style units range from studios to four-bedroom villas.
An all-condo property, Westgate offers a range of accommodation options. While offerings vary depending on the room type, all units feature pretty, simple decor (picture a red-and-yellow color scheme, leather furniture, and wooden accents), balconies or patios, modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and large flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and sleek bathrooms with separate showers and whirlpool tubs.
Studios are the most basic category. They can fit up to four guests, and feature kitchenettes with mini-fridges and microwaves, and pullout sofas. Upgrading to a one-bedroom villa means the addition of a full refrigerator, as well as a stovetop and cooking utensils, and two-bedroom units also feature washer/dryers and separate dining areas.
Features here are plentiful, and neither families nor business travelers are overlooked.
This resort makes good use of its lakeside location, with activities that include fishing, boating and kayaking (rental fees apply). For those guests who prefer to stay on land, the property offers mini-golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball and bicycle rentals.
Kid-friendly amenities include a playground and a game room, while a small business center and meeting rooms cater to the hotel's business guests. There is also a sizable fitness center equipped with numerous cardio and weight-training machines, as well as a spacious, lovely spa and seven outdoor pools (some with fun water features).
These many activities and amenities come at a cost, though, as the Westgate charges a pesky resort fee.
As is standard for many resorts in the area, Westgate provides a shuttle to nearby attractions such as Disney World, Universal Orlando, and the ever-popular outlet malls. The shuttle service is free, but reservations are required. Guests with their own cars can park at the resort for free, and it even offers charging stations for electric cars. However, some guests have complained of overcrowding in the hotel lot.