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Bahama Bay Resort Orlando 3.5

Davenport, Central Florida, Florida

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Pros

  • Located in a quiet, residential area, about a 10-minute drive to Walt Disney World
  • Condos have full kitchens and screened-in balconies with seating
  • Two heated outdoor pools with hot tubs and lounge seating on the grounds
  • Two on-site restaurant/bars, plus a poolside bar
  • Fishing dock on Lake Davenport
  • Children’s activities, including an arcade, jungle gym, and splash pad
  • Modern fitness center, basketball court, and tennis court
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Business center and meeting rooms

Cons

  • Fees for housekeeping, business center, airport/theme park shuttle
  • Furniture shows some wear and tear
  • Mixed reviews for pricy food at the on-site restaurants

Bottom Line

The Bahama Bay Resort Orlando is an upper-middle-range hotel with 498 condo units, each with its own interior design, although most have been upgraded and have full kitchens. All units have balconies and generous living areas. The resort is in a residential area, about a 10-minute drive to Walt Disney World. Restaurants and grocery stores are within a five-minute drive. The resort includes four heated pools plus a children's wading pool, hot tubs, sports courts, and a  playground, all surrounded by colorful plants and shrubs. There's also a small fishing dock on Lake Davenport. Two on-site restaurants have full bars -- but big price tags. Housekeeping comes with an extra charge, as does the shuttle that transports guests to theme parks and the airport. 

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Scene

A family-friendly resort with traditional Floridian design

With four pools, a kids' pool and playground, athletic courts, and tons of activities, the Bahama Bay Resort Orlando offers a family-friendly/kid-friendly environment. Bright-yellow paint coats the exterior of the condos, which have a Floridian plantation-style design, with columns and large windows. Grounds are well landscaped with water features, trees, and flowers, and there is seating provided at the pavilions, fishing dock, patios, and pools. Nature trails also run through the property, providing an opportunity to see wildlife close up. The lobby continues the tropical vibe, with leaf-pattern fabrics on the couches, wicker furniture, and a granite-topped front desk. Modern and comfortable, Tradewinds Restaurant and Bar includes pool tables and darts, as well as island decor and large fans. Plants, sea life sculptures, and ocean-themed carpeting also tie into the waterfront theme. The bar area has tall rattan chairs, while the front of the bar is covered in bamboo. Wood floors and glass sculpture add some trendy features to the otherwise Old Florida ambience. 

Location

In a serene residential area about a 10-minute drive to Walt Disney World

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The Bahama Bay Resort Orlando is in a residential area that's about a 10-minute drive to Walt Disney World. Restaurants and grocery stores are less than a five-minute drive from the property, while SeaWorld and Universal Studios require a 25-minute trip by car. Highland Reserve Golf Club and Orange Lake Golf are about a 10-minute drive from the resort, and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports is a 20-minute drive. Guests who want to visit the sights and restaurants will need to rent a car, as it takes one to three hours to reach the top attractions using public transportation.

Rooms

Comfortable and updated, with a lots of living space, full kitchens, and washer/dryers

Since the rooms are privately owned two-and three-bedroom condos, the interiors differ from one another. Some have traditional wicker furniture, while others have modern, square dining tables and granite countertops. Some of the furniture shows scratches and dents. Bedrooms are large, and most condos embrace a tropical or beach theme with plants, artwork, or floral patterns. Some of the units have vaulted ceilings. Additionally, all units include lovely screened-in balconies with tan patio furniture. Kitchens are fully equipped, but some have extras like blenders, toasters, and coffeemakers. All units have flat-screen TVs and washer/dryers, but housekeeping costs extra. Bathrooms are bathed in neutral tones, and some have garden tubs and walk-in showers, as well as Institute Swiss amenities. 

Features

Outdoor pools and hot tubs, kid-friendly amenities, and on-site restaurant/bars

The water features are the standouts at the Bahama Bay Resort Orlando. Heated pools and hot tubs with lots of lounge seating are surrounded by greenery, and there is a children’s splash pad with water guns and tipping buckets. Additionally, there’s a small children’s pool with a water umbrella and zero-depth entry. A colorful jungle gym offers slides and a climbing wall, and there are lighted tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. A man-made white-sand beach has a volleyball court and seating under thatched- roof umbrellas.

Two on-site restaurants, Tradewinds Restaurant & Bar and Mambo’s Poolside Bar and Grille, serve American-style fare in a casual atmosphere. Tradewinds is more expensive than restaurants in the area and serve lunch and dinner, while Mambo’s offers snacks, pizza, and tropical cocktails next to one of the pools. Guests rate both as only so-so.

The fitness center offers a wide range of equipment -- cardio, free weights, and weight-resistance machines -- and large windows let in plenty of natural light. There's also a Marketplace Grocery and Gift Shop on-site, along with a video game arcade. Lake Davenport has a small fishing dock, and there's a business center in the lobby, which requires an extra fee. Concierge and room service is available (limited hours for room service), and Wi-Fi is free.

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Address

400 Gran Bahama Boulevard, Davenport, Central Florida 33897-8322, United States

Phone

863-547-1200

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