Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
International Drive, Orlando, Central Florida

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
We will update our photos and review as soon as we can.

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Pros

Cons

  • Small, musty guest rooms
  • Old, tube TVs
  • Late check-in; early checkout
  • Mediocre, overpriced food options on-site
  • Poor sound insulation; especially noisy corridor-facing rooms
  • Daily fee for hard-wired Internet; no Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

THE WYNDHAM ORLANDO RESORT COMPLETED A $50 MILLION RENOVATION IN 2013. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AS SOON AS WE CAN. It might be billed as family resort, but this sprawling 1,052-room International Drive hotel is more like a mishmash of roadside motel, convention center, and a budget resort with three mediocre pools. Given the old, musty guest rooms and lack of security (no gates or apparent monitoring), both families and business travelers can do better elsewhere -- at least until the $50 million renovations are completed in 2014.

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 Scene

More like a huge, roadside motel than a family resort -- minimal security; musty rooms; lackluster features

Well-kept, landscaped grounds
Well-kept, landscaped grounds

Though it calls itself a "Floridian-style family resort" on its website, the sprawling, 1,052-room Wyndham Orlando is a mash-up of convention center, roadside motel, and a few token "family friendly" features like its pools and landscaped grounds. Most of the musty guest rooms face exterior corridors, overlook parking lots, and have dingy bathrooms, chipped paint, and old tube TVs. Given the hotel's location between Universal Boulevard and International Drive (two busy, strip-mall and car-dealership laden thoroughfares) and its lack of a security gate or consistent monitoring the property (anyone, guest or not, can come and go as they please), the property tends to feel like a larger-than-usual roadside motel.

Unlike most other family resorts in Orlando, the pools are just pools -- there are no elaborate water parks or themed play areas. Other on-site features and dining options for the family are minimal, plus there are no park services other than infrequent shuttles, and seem to be overshadowed by the large convention center and business-oriented amenities (including a large business center).

Families can actually do far better than the Wyndham at a similar price point by staying at one of Disney's "Value" resorts (such as Disney's Pop Century Resort or Disney's All-Star Movies Resort), or off-Disney, at the Nickelodeon Family Suites. But business travelers too can fare better at the nearby Doubletree or the Westin (often for a little more cash), as both have far nicer rooms and facilities.

However, renovations are planned for 2012 through 2014 totalling at $50 million. About 300 of the hotel's guestrooms will be converted to retail space as part of the larger I-Shops shopping center that is being constructed next door. The remaining hotel rooms and meeting spaces will be renovated by 2013, and a new lobby is also in the works. A new hotel room tower will be added by 2014, and may feature spas, formal restaurants, and coffee bars, but exact plans are not finalized.

 Service

Adequate, but many services are only by request

Check-in and dining are the only times that you really feel "served" at this hotel; much like a motel, once you check in you're pretty much on your own. Staff members are posted at restaurants and at the fitness center, but otherwise the service is very basic.

  • Bell services, but only available by request
  • Turndown service, also only available by request
  • Room service available throughout the day

 Location

Renting a car is a must, even with its close proximity to Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

The Wyndham Orlando's location, wedged between busy Universal Boulevard and even busier International Drive, is a good compromise between proximity to some of Orlando's most popular business and theme park hubs. It's a five-minute drive to Universal Studios and the Orange County Convention Center, a 10-minute drive to SeaWorld, and a 20-minute drive to Disney, give or take (depending on traffic). Shuttle service runs between the resort and Universal, SeaWorld, and Disney World, but it runs infrequently, and renting a car is a must anyway -- the roads are loud, busy, unsightly, and far from pedestrian-friendly.

  • Five-minute drive to SeaWorld and Wet 'n Wild parks; the hotel provides a free shuttle, but it runs very infrequently
  • Five-minute drive to the Orange County Convention Center
  • Five-minute drive to International Drive (aka I-Drive), a 14.5 mile road parallel to Interstate 4 that's full of hotels, strip malls, outlet shops, restaurants, including the Pointe Orlando Shopping Center and its good selection of shopping and restaurants.
  • 20-minute drive to downtown Orlando; Orange Avenue has a notable dining and nightlife scene, and non-theme-park attractions like the Orlando Science Center and Harry P. Leu Gardens, but otherwise there's not much to see.
  • 25-minute drive to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom parking lot, followed by a 15-minute ride on a tram and monorail to the park itself; similar commute to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios
  • One-hour-and-25-minute drive to Kennedy Space Center
  • 20-minute drive to the Orlando International Airport

 Rooms

Small, musty, and outdated

The Deluxe Room
The Deluxe Room

The guest rooms might be more affordable than those at many other Orlando resorts, but the reason for the low rates shows in the rooms. Expect improvements as all rooms are slated to be renovated by 2014.

  • Dank, musty smell in the rooms; unlike most Orlando resorts
  • All rooms are inside two-story buildings and open to exterior corridors (much like a motel).
  • Poor noise insulation
  • Standard rooms are 300 square feet; a comfortable size, but somewhat small for Orlando.
  • Standard rooms have either one king- or two double-size beds. The hotel claims they can squeeze an extra rollaway bed into any room, but there isn't much space for one, even in a room with a single king-size bed.
  • Beds are basic: conventional mattress (not a pillow-top); cotton-polyester-blend sheets; thin, synthetic quilt bedspread (not a duvet).
  • Old, tube TVs; cable and pay-per-view movies
  • Small, but functional bathrooms; True Blue Spa brand toiletries
  • No minibar or mini-fridge; just a coffee machine
  • Daily fee for wired in-room Internet; Ethernet wire must be requested from the lobby

 Features

Large, staffed fitness center, convention center, and business center, but little for families aside from the three, rather ordinary pools

Large, staffed fitness center
Large, staffed fitness center

 Family

Limited security and dingy rooms make this a poor choice in general.

West Pool, one of three large pools
West Pool, one of three large pools

It might have three pools and it's close to Universal Studios, but the comparitively small guest rooms and poor security make the Wyndham a less-than-ideal choice for families. For the price, you can get a far more kid-friendly resort inside Disney World -- the Pop Century Resort, or any of the All-Star resorts, for example, are also a bit basic, but they offer bigger rooms, more kid-friendly dining, better pools, and a few more on-site activities geared toward children. Also, consider the Nickelodeon Suites Resort or check our our picks for the best kid-friendly resorts in Orlando.

  • All standard rooms have either one king- or two double-size beds; cribs (free) and rollaway beds (charged per night) fit in the standard rooms, but just barely.
  • Kids' menus at some restaurants and on the room service menu
  • Noisy exterior corridors and no security gates make the property feel less secure.

 Cleanliness

Musty rooms and outdated facilities, but well-kept grounds and pools

I wouldn't call the rooms unsanitary -- housekeeping visibly cleans the property all day long -- but they're consistently musty, and furnishings are worn and dated. However, the grounds are very well kept and the pools are routinely cleaned.

 Food

Five options and all-day room service; the quality of the food, however, is generally mediocre.

Lunch at Augustine's Restaurant
Lunch at Augustine's Restaurant

 Bottom Line

THE WYNDHAM ORLANDO RESORT COMPLETED A $50 MILLION RENOVATION IN 2013. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AS SOON AS WE CAN. It might be billed as family resort, but this sprawling 1,052-room International Drive hotel is more like a mishmash of roadside motel, convention center, and a budget resort with three mediocre pools. Given the old, musty guest rooms and lack of security (no gates or apparent monitoring), both families and business travelers can do better elsewhere -- at least until the $50 million renovations are completed in 2014.

Things You Should Know About Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

Address

  • 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Orlando Wyndham
  • Wyndham Orlando
  • Wyndham Orlando Hotel
  • Wyndham Orlando Resort

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Extended Junior Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Sitting Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 1052
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: International Drive, Orlando
Address: 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
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