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Polynesian Isles Resort 3.5

Kissimmee, Central Florida, Florida

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Pros

  • Located near theme parks in Orlando, and airport
  • Beautiful, lushly landscaped grounds
  • Lots of space to relax, including two pools, four hot tubs, and plenty of chairs for sunbathing
  • Facilities offer a wide variety of sports activities, such as basketball, tennis, and mini-golf
  • Rooms are spacious, and feature full kitchens
  • Longer stays are available
  • Island-style decor
  • Outdoor grills and picnic area on-site

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi (free Wi-Fi is only available in public areas)
  • No on-site dining options
  • Housekeeping is not daily
  • Walls are thin, and noise can be heard in rooms

Bottom Line

Polynesian Isles Resort is an upper-middle-range, 130-unit property with an island vibe. It offers condo-style accommodations, and looks more like a tropical resort than the average Orlando-area hotel. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with lush greenery and paved paths throughout the property. In addition to its convenient location near Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, the hotel also gets bonus points for their units. The units have full kitchens, as well as washer/dryer combos, which are perfect for families and big groups, especially during longer stays. Rates at the Polynesian Isles are typically much less than comparable properties inside Walt Disney World.

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Scene

Tropical-style island getaway in the heart of Orlando, and near the theme parks

The Polynesian Isles Resort's South Seas island-style vibe is evident from the moment guests walk onto the property. The hotel is set back from a wide street, and colorful flowers and well-manicured grass line the path to the main building. The thatched awning is the prelude to the beachy, wicker furniture that lie inside the lobby -- a bright and airy space with natural wooden decor, high ceilings, and gauzy white curtains.

The units are located in several tan low-rise buildings around the property. Beautifully landscaped walkways -- dotted by tropical trees -- weave between the buildings, and there's even a lake on-site.

Outside, there is a large space with several tables and chairs, and a big palm leaf ceiling fan. Also outside are the community pools, hot tubs, the playground, and several picnic tables ideal for picnics. The resort's location, amenities, and tropical ambiance attract families, as well as couples.

Location

Located within 15 minutes of Orlando theme Parks, shopping centers, and restaurants

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The hotel is located within a 15-minute drive of Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventures. The resort is also just 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport. Within a 10 minute drive are Falcon’s Fire golf course, Cheers sports bar, Godfather’s Pizza, and Subway. There are plenty of dining options -- from fast food to high-end -- close by, and Publix supermarket, Walmart, and Target are also close for those who prefer to stay in and cook.

Guests are able to walk along the pedestrian road on Irlo Bronson Parkway. There are multiple ticket sales venues along the main road for those who want to explore different activities from visiting Disney parks to taking an airboat tour. A car is highly recommended though -- the roadway is busy. If guests require a car, Alamo Rent A Car is near the resort, about a 30-minute walk away.

Rooms

Clean units with island flair and plenty of space, including full kitchens

The Polynesian Isles offers One- and Two-Bedroom Suites with full kitchens, and washer/dryer combos. Two-Bedroom Suites can accommodate up to six guests, and One-Bedroom Suites can accommodate up to four guests. Each unit features a king-size bed in the master bedroom, a queen-size sleeper sofa, and two full baths. The kitchens come conveniently equipped with appliances and tableware, while in-room tech includes flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. DVD players are also provided, and movie rentals are available at the front desk.

Each suite features island-style decor, and comes with either a patio or a terrace, depending on where it is located on the property. Some units overlook the well-landscaped walkways, and others overlook the parking spaces in front of each building. Getting to one's car is easy. One caveat, however, is that free Wi-Fi is not available in rooms.

Features

Lots of on-site activities that cater to families

The hotel's many family-friendly features include two outdoor pools, four hot tubs, a putting green, basketball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a clubhouse, a fitness center, board games, and a playground. There are no on-site dining options, but there are on-site grills and a picnic area. The lobby features free Wi-Fi, and a business center with computers available in 30-minute increments. Self-parking is free, and most guests can park close to their rooms.

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Address

3045 Polynesian Isles Boulevard, Kissimmee, Central Florida 34746-4702, United States

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