Editor’s Review of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
If the mere thought of wrapping up a long theme park day with wired, cranky kids sounds exhausting then we have a solution for you. Soak said kids in the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek's lazy river for several days. Add water rings. Treat with sunblock as necessary. Cranky moods brighten almost immediately and kids come out good as new.
Sitting amazingly close to the Disney World empire, a stay at this beautiful Hilton means you're a quick shuttle ride to the pirates and princesses and a breezy 50-minute drive to LEGOLAND Florida. A stay here also means a mile-long list of extra amenities. Turns out the Hilton parent company wisely paired their kid-friendly Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek with their five-star Waldorf Astoria Orlando. (Well hello great
Upon entering the Hilton's lobby we were suitably impressed. The welcoming public areas are spacious teetering on luxurious with a modern vibe. From the lobby my heart did flips -- knowing my boys would go wild for this place -- as I beheld one heck of a colorful scene: an immense, swirling water park looking like something from a movie that you've always wanted to visit.
Opened in 2009, the designers of the Hilton apparently decided that kids are lukewarm these days about floating along in boats watching pirates having the high time. Kids today, they decided, want to be in the lagoon having a raucous great time themselves. So into the plans went two lavish zero-entry pools, a 3-acre lazy river, a commercial-sized waterslide -- all tied together with four Billy-Goat-Gruff bridges. The effect -- while not exactly natural -- has kid-bliss stamped all over it.
Parents, on the other hand, will find their own fun at the neighboring Waldorf Astoria. The elegant pools are quiet and flanked by deluxe cabanas. The spa is brimming with luxury treatments. The daytime Kids' Club and nighttime sitting service await your reservation. And the stunning golf course, considered one of the finest in Orlando, will impress your golf nut.
Keep in mind that while the Hilton is very close to the action, it's simultaneously quite isolated; leaving the resort requires a shuttle or a car. And no, you can't stroll to a local restaurant or deli. Plan to eat out of the room's mini-fridge or dine at one of the Hilton or Waldorf Astoria restaurants.
Discovering that a resort fee is not charged is a special moment in any traveling parent's life. Until the nickel-and-diming becomes apparent. You won't find a resort fee at the Hilton -- instead it's called the Wi-Fi-and-inner-tube fee. (Can you live without Wi-Fi? You'll make it. And it is free in the lobby and pool areas. Can the kids live without inner tubes at this pool? Not in a million years. Be smart and bring your own from home.)
Extra fees aside, the Hilton Orlando is a wondrous vacation for families. Don't make our mistake of fitting in just a slice of lazy-river time into our packed itinerary. Instead, carve out huge chunks of time to let your kids be silly and screamy and go completely wild in the pools and lazy river, while you kick back on a chair watching them be kids.
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Our Editor Loves
- Pools, 3-acre lazy river and waterslide
- Kids ages 12 and under eat free
- Full privileges at the neighboring Waldorf Astoria Orlando
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Children's Program
- Game Room
- Laundry Service
- Onsite Dining
We took our 7 year old son to Disney in late September because it was the same time a friend was going with her four kids which gave our son a group of kids to play with and meant I didn't have to go on the Toy Story ride 3 ...
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Reviewed on 05/10/2013
We stayed at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort in Disneyworld, Florida. The room was first class with a spectacular view of the lake, lagoon-style pool, lazy river and Spanish fort with a pirate ship.
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Don't mention to your kids that you requested a guestroom facing the Epcot fireworks. Simply pull open the curtains at the designated time and watch their little faces light up as the first fireworks soar into the sky.
The Hilton offers two different room arrangements allowing you to choose a guestroom with a king bed or two queen beds. The beautiful bathrooms have either a shower-tub combo or a walk-in shower. Of course, rooms come with the flat-screen TVs with cable and -- music to a parent's ears -- a mini-fridge.
Our family of four stayed in a parlor (or standard) suite, which came with one basic room with two queen beds, a TV, bathroom and mini-fridge. The bedroom was connected to a second immense room that had a dining table for six, a wet bar, another full bathroom, another (still larger) TV, a fold-out couch, and a generous desk.
The Hilton also offers the Executive Suite with 2,080 square feet and the Presidential Suite with a whopping 2,870 square feet. Both include a service kitchen, a dining table for eight and extra bathrooms.
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