This upper-middle-range hotel has 718 stylishly (although somewhat generically) decorated suites, with flat-screen TVs, marble shower/tub combos, and colorful design touches. However, rooms are on the small side and lack full kitchens, but there are a few dining and drinking options on the property, including a casual, diner-style restaurant. On-site amenities appeal to both families and business travelers.There are two large outdoor pools with a children's pool -- some guests may find the pool area a bit overrun with kids. The business center has several desktop computers, and the convention space and wedding gazebo make the hotel appropriate for larger events. Although the property is not officially affiliated with Orlando-area theme parks, the free shuttle makes it easy to access Walt Disney World without the hassle of parking. Overall, room rates are comparable with other area hotels.
Stylish lobby and poolside tiki bar welcome traveling families
The building’s exterior is a standard peach-colored block, but palm trees, greenery, and a retention pond with fountain make for pleasant views throughout the property. For a chain hotel, the lobby is unexpectedly chic: sconces and large windows provide warm lighting for the mix of neutral and orange decor, as water cascades down a small indoor waterfall. Overall, the common areas are bright and pleasant, although some hallways and outdoor stairways look a little neglected.
Within walking distance of restaurants, with a free shuttle to Disney
The resort is nestled in a tree-lined area near several other hotels popular with theme park visitors, as well as some condos and apartment buildings. Surrounding roads are well-maintained, and funnel guests to area theme parks (Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld Orlando) within about a five-to-10-minute drive or shuttle ride. Within a 15-minute walk are a steakhouse and sushi bar suited to families. A bit farther to the east -- about a 10-minute drive away -- are a pharmacy and fast food joint, plus several other restaurants.
Options run the gamut from basic rooms with two double beds to more upscale suites with private bedrooms. The decor is inviting, with dark wood furniture, clean lines, and bedding in a palette of white, lime green, and chocolate-brown. The bathrooms are equally inviting, with tan-colored marble countertops, light-gray shower walls, and classic white bath tubs. Each guest room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, hairdryer, safe, and mini-fridge. Pool views cost extra.
Amenities please both families and business travelers
While some Central Florida hotels are kiddy-city, this resort achieves a rare balance -- serving both families visiting theme parks, as well as business travelers. Notable family-friendly amenities include a large outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall and waterslide, a separate wading pool for toddlers, and a small jungle gym, all surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. For professionals, there’s a decent-sized business center with several desktop computers and a printer, as well as large meeting spaces suitable for a convention; event catering is available. On-site dining options include the poolside tiki bar for fun cocktails, a diner-style eatery with sandwiches and burgers, a grab-and-go Pizza Hut, and a restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. There's also a smallish gym with cardio machines and windows overlooking the verdant grounds.
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