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
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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: Guests staying four nights or less receive daily trash removal and an amenities refresh. Guests staying five nights or more receive a full-service cleaning every third night of their stay. Additional full-service cleans desired can be arranged in advance for a daily fee.
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.
We stayed here three nights, following a cruise with the plans to go to Disney for 1 day and spend the first two relaxing and doing laundry.
4 of us, two adults a 5&6 year old.
We arrived at 11 and they were gracious enough to check us in the into a 3 bedroom instead of a 2.
The places are very new and clean. The furniture is stylish but on the low end of quality, including the beds and bedding.
Showers are nice and products too.
The toilet seat lids were very loose.
The laundry machines were good quality.
The lay out is very confusing and it is easy to get lost wandering the halls in this place. The halls and elevators are small and do not accommodate for a lot of travelers.
The pools are VERY nice and warm, which was nice because we could swim when it was cool.
The restaurants were good, not cheap, but not too bad. Lunch for the for of us was 60$ including a 13$ margarita.
Pizza was normal priced and nice to have on site.
The water park was a nice feature. The water is warm, EXCEPT THE KIDS AREA where is was extremely cold.
The water slides only operate one at a time, which is annoying because standing in line is cold. They also allowed a few kids to go and then the net staff said they couldn’t. Try explaining that to a 6 year old after he’s gone down and loved it.
The shuttle: we didn’t use it because they only drop off at the transportation center for Disney and The earliest was leaving at 9am. We wanted to be walking in the park at 9 when it opened. But an Uber/Lyft was 12-30$ depending on time.
Flip Flop family fun center: meh. 40$ spent in less than 30 minutes. The games were few and most were prize grabbers, which don’t usually grab much. But it was a neat evening.
Check out was great. We left I’m a rush and thankfully didn’t have to clean the place too to bottom.
I’d stay here again.
Hotel is brand new (2018) and rooms were spacious with all the amenities need for a 2 week trip to Orlando (Kitchen, bathrooms etc)
Grounds of the hotel were also great, with pools, Water Park, mini mart (expensive), lake and bars / restaurants.
The hotel is huge though and finding room / parking can be a challenge. Good location if going to Disney theme parks.
Rooms are NOT well sound proofed so very noisey with families going to and from theme parks.
The Staff were the pits. Rude, unhelpful and absolutely no customer service skills – we had multiple issue with booking that we had to escalate to management – this really took away from the hotel and the holiday.
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
- Resort Fee
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.
- Fitness Center
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 $18 per day.
- Organized Events
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 Best Time to Visit
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.
- Escape Spa
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! Hours vary by season.