Ample event spaces and meeting rooms, plus business center
Included Wi-Fi and shuttle service to Universal Studios, Disney, and SeaWorld
Coin-operated laundry and kids' facilities including a playground
Obligatory resort fee (which covers Wi-Fi and shuttles)
Not all rooms have mini-fridges
No elevators (though accessible rooms are available)
Breakfast not included in rooms rates
upper-middle-range chain hotel offers 613 rooms right in the middle of Orlando's action. Clean, contemporary rooms have modern features like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, some with balconies or patios. The hotel has two outdoor pools plus a kids’ pool, and
there’s a modern fitness center with a sauna and steam room alongside on-site dining options. This hotel is a popular business destination, but the location near theme parks and restaurants draws tourists as well, though there is a mandatory resort fee that covers things like Wi-Fi and area shuttles. Travelers looking for more space might want to investigate the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, which has condo-style rooms, though they aren't as fresh.
Sprawling resort with lovely grounds and thoroughly contemporary style
This sprawling resort offers stylish interiors and a host of features to satisfy family needs,
as well as those of business travelers, leisure tourists, and guests seeking event
space. Composed of nine different two-story buildings arranged in a campus
setting, the property is set on lovely, landscaped grounds dotted with palm
trees, immaculate lawns, and greenery that provides a lush, tropical atmosphere.
Paths meander through the grounds, which include fountains and a large lagoon. The spacious
lobby features stylish, contemporary furniture that includes white and
blush-tone sofas and armchairs paired with striking black-and-white patterned
seating as well as chic coffee tables and bookshelves filled with various
tomes. The soft and neutral hues of the lobby -- mostly cream and beige colors
-- make the space feel light and airy, and provide a good contrast to stylish
wooden furnishings and details. There's a large lobby terrace with white patio furniture, twinkle lights, and lots of potted plants and flowers. The resort does have a busy and hectic vibe throughout, from the pools to the restaurant and other common areas, but that's the case at most Orlando-area hotels, especially those in the immediate area.
Convenient location close to restaurants and theme parks
The Wyndham Orlando's
location, wedged between busy Universal Boulevard and International
Drive, is a good compromise for proximity to some of Orlando's most popular
business and theme park hubs. It's about a 10-minute drive to Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Disney, and a five- to 10-minute drive to the Orange County Convention Center. Shuttle service
runs between the resort and Universal, SeaWorld, and Disney World, though renting
a car is advised -- the roads are loud, busy, and far from
pedestrian-friendly. The new Orlando Eye ferris wheel is just a five-minute walk from the hotel, and there are plenty of chain and local restaurants in the area, plus all of the requisite tourist traps (hello, Ripley's Believe It or Not - Orlando). Orlando International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Sharp, contemporary rooms, some with private balconies or patios
Rooms are sharp and modern, with style-conscious decor that
includes black-and-white geometric print carpeting that pairs well with wooden
headboards, which also feature a geometric design. Beds are topped with crisp,
white linens and large pieces of colorful abstract art adorns the gray walls.
Neutral hues throughout the rooms are invigorated by pops of color, like red
chairs and closet doors. All rooms include flat-screen TVs with cable channels, coffee/tea facilities, iPod docks, work desks, and electronic
safes, but not all room have mini-fridges. Suites offer more space and include large living rooms and
dining areas with chic decor and furnishings, plus some have wet bars and
mini-fridges. Family Fun Suites with bunk beds are also available. Many rooms
have private balconies or patios, some overlooking the pool. Bathrooms are a
bit small, but clean and contemporary, with light-up mirrors, granite-topped
vanities, and shower/tub combos (suites have separate soaking tubs and
showers). Some guests have complained about noisy
air-conditioning units, and prospective guests should also note that there are no
elevators, and those with mobility issues should request ground-floor accessible rooms.
Two outdoor pools, large fitness center, and on-site dining
The hotel’s extensive, landscaped grounds include two heated outdoor pools one of which is adjacent to a kids’ pool and the other paired with a hot tub. Large
terraces surround the pools and are lined with red padded loungers and
umbrellas. There is a well-equipped fitness center with modern machines,
weights, medicine balls, and flat-screen TVs, as well as locker rooms with
showers, a sauna, and a steam room.
The hotel’s lobby bar serves cocktails and other
refreshments, as well as small bites, while breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be
had at the on-site Gatorville Poolside Bar & Grill, which also offers a
kids’ menu. Breakfast is not included in room rates. There’s an ice-cream parlor that serves coffee and breakfast
pastries along with frozen treats, and Starbucks coffee and
pastries are also served in the lobby’s Barista corner in the mornings. An on-site
shop sells a variety of snacks, personal items, and souvenirs.
The resort offers extensive meeting facilities and event
space as well as such services as event planning, audiovisual equipment, and full catering.
There’s also a business center on-site. Other amenities include coin-operated
laundry facilities. Families are well catered for here with lots of kid-friendly
features including a playground and organized activities. There's an obligatory resort fee that covers such services as Wi-Fi and shuttles to Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld.
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