by Amanda Norcross
The Grove Resort Orlando features hundreds of suites; three swimming pools (one with a kids’ play area); a water park; several dining options, including a grab-and-go market; fitness center; and full-service spa. The resort is the area’s second hotel by BENCHMARK, a Global Hospitality Company; the other is the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando.
The hotel is located on 106 acres of land in Winter Garden — 18 of which are Lake Austin, where guests can enjoy kayaking, paddleboating and fishing. Just outside of Orlando, the hotel’s location is secluded and quiet. Many families may find the location especially nice after a not-so-secluded and loud day at the theme parks; other families (like us) may feel too far removed from the action. It’s all a matter of preference.
When it’s time to go to the theme parks, the resort provides a shuttle (included in a resort fee) to a Disney World Transportation Center, where you can then catch a bus to the parks. If you’re driving on your own, expect a 20-minute commute.
The resort’s suites are especially convenient for families, ranging from one to three bedrooms and offering fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers and patios or balconies.
Our Editor Loves
- Residential-style suites
- Pools and natural adventures
- Quiet location
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The resort's residential-style suites are luxuriously spacious, ranging from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet in size. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, washer and dryer and patio or balcony with a table and chairs. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations and toiletries by Tommy Bahama.
Most suites overlook the hotel's pools and Lake Austin.
Pack 'N Plays are available upon request for those traveling with infants; there is no charge.
Note: As an environmentally conscious organization, The Grove Resort Orlando provides housekeeping services every other day. Guests can receive a $10 resort credit for every cleaning they opt out of. Ask for details at check-in.
One-bedroom suites offer a private bedroom with a king bed, plus a sleeper sofa in the living room; these units can sleep up to four guests. They have one bathroom.
There is one king bed in the master and one queen bed in the second room. There's also a sleeper sofa in the living room, so six people can comfortably fit in the two-bedroom suite. There are two bathrooms.
Two-Bedroom Family Suite
There is one king bed in the master and two full beds in the second room. There's also a sleeper sofa in the living room, so eight people can comfortably fit in the two-bedroom family suite. There are two bathrooms.
There is one king bed in the master and one queen bed in the second and third rooms with the addition of a sleeper sofa in the living area. This three-bedroom suite can accommodate up to eight guests. These units have two or three bathrooms.
First time staying here and would come back again and again. Rooms are big and the water park is great! Lots of different activities to choose from. The parking garage in the middle of each building is super convenient! We parked on the 3rd floor because we stayed on the 3rd floor. So nice not to have to lug all of our stuff up and down the elevator.
My husband & I were doing a 'budget' Orlando holiday this time as we were 7 months pregnant & wanted to get a babymoon in somehow! We normally stay in a Disney reaort but we only stayed here for the last 3 nights of our trip & were so impressed! The room was standard & was huge! 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, kitchen, washer, dryer & so much storage! I could have lived there it was twice the size of a city centre apartment we used to live in! It was clean & the beds were massive & very comfortable. We thought the Tommy Bahama toiletries were a nice touch. The resort itself was gorgeous, peaceful but also lots of families around. We only got milk from the store but it had everything you could need including pizza & coffee! There's a well equiped gym that my husband used twice & was the only one in there - something only delux Disney resorts offer so happy with that. The waterpark looked amazing even though we didn't have time to use it. They offer activities on Lake Austin - again if we'd have had time we would have liked to have gone fishing on there! The parking is a good design - you drive in a multi storey in the centre of either your building 1, 2 or 3 & park on your floor and correct corner labelled H I J and K so your car is always close & kept cool!
As beautiful as this resort is, it definitely has none of that 'Disney Magic' whatsoever so if you crave that like we do then it's something to consider! We also wouldn't stay here without a car as it is on an isolated road even though they do offer shuttles to the parks. We were door to door from the Polynesian within 19 minutes - it can take that long to get from one side of Disney to the other sometimes so it is that close! Our sat nav took us both Western Way & on the 192 but we preferred the Western Way route - it's like driving a country lane in the middle of the madness! We ended up paying around £135 a night for our room including the $15 parking charge & $25 nightly fee - can't go wrong! I will say they put a $50 'deposit' against your card for each nights stay and secure the full amount at once which meant as it was near the end of our trip my card was nearly at it's limit so I wasn't happy about that - why not reset the $50 each day - that would be $700 held (not inc the fee & parking!) if you were there for 2 weeks! Seriously something to think about! If you opt out of maid service every other day they give you $10 off your final bill, but they still come & empty trash so I would think that's a good option especially as someone who doesn't like people touching my stuff! Overall this is a lovely hotel on the quiet Animal Kingdom side of Disney. Lake Louisa is only a short drive away if you want some 'real Florida' and really close to I75 to get to Tampa or wherever! I would stay here again, great place!
The resort has three lagoon-like swimming pools grouped in one area and known as The Springs. One pool features zero-entry access, a play area designed for kids. Covered cabanas are available to rent; costs vary by day of the week/time of the year.
Families can (and should) take advantage of the hotel's location on Lake Austin. You can rent a paddleboat or kayak, or go fishing (either on a boat or on the dock); additional fees apply.
Surfari Water Park
Surfari Water Park features a FlowRider Double surf simulator, a relaxing lazy river, two dueling water slides, a kids' activities pool, BBQ and free entry! It also offers cabanas.
Flip Flop's Family Fun Center is 7,000 square feet of excitement and features a Glow-In-The-Dark Indoor Mini Golf Course! Enjoy cutting-edge video and redemption games and classics like Skee-Ball. Flip Flop’s delivers challenges, laughs and smiles every time! Plus, your fun will be rewarded when you turn your game winnings into amazing prizes at our Prize Hub!
The first dining option to open at The Grove Resort Orlando, the Alfresco Market offers grab-and-go items -- coffee drinks, snacks, pastries, you name it.
This is the hotel's full-service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast includes a full buffet (based on hotel occupancy), as well as an al a carte menu with traditional breakfast favorites. Lunch and dinner feature a la carte American menus. Kids' menus are available.
Springs Bar & Grill
The pool bar, Springs Bar & Grill, serves burgers, sandwiches, salads and the like -- plus cocktails, of course!
Longboard Bar & Grill
Located inside Surfari Water Park, Longboard Bar & Grill serves casual fare by the pools. Expect burgers, sandwiches, salads and the like, plus cocktails and mocktails.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The resort charges a daily resort fee of $35; this covers Wi-Fi, in-room coffee services, access to Surfari Water Park and use of the lazy river tubes and towels; access to the fitness center; unlimited in-room local and toll-free calls; use of the business center including printing; scheduled calendar of resort activities for the family; and shuttle services to the closest Disney Transportation Center.
Wi-Fi is included in the resort fee and works well throughout the resort.
The resort has a small fitness center with cardio machines, free weights, yoga mats/balls and the like. The fitness center is available to guests all day; room key cards are required for access.
Self-parking in a private car garage is available for $15 per day.
The resort offers dive-in movies (free of charge) and other events weekly. Events/offerings vary, so ask about upcoming events during your stay.
The resort has a partnership with the nearby Orange County National Golf Center, which means golf fans can take advantage of packages that combine nightly accommodations with greens fees. Orange County National has the largest driving range in the U.S.!
The Art of Smart Timing
Late-summer through September (excluding Labor Day weekend) is the best time to visit The Grove Resort Orlando in terms of lowest rates.
The Grove Resort Orlando is about 30 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The resort provides shuttle services (included in the resort fee) to the closest Disney Transportation Center, where you can then hop on a bus to the parks. It's about a 20-minute drive to Disney World if you decide to go the parks on your own.
For Mom and Dad
The resort's spa has four treatment rooms where you can indulge in a facial, wrap or massage. Manis and pedis are also an option (for kids, too!) and you can opt to have those done by the pools for a special treat. Reservations are recommended.
Element is the bar to visit, serving handcrafted cocktails and craft beer. Visit for a nightcap after a day with Mickey!