by Whitney Rife
A longtime favorite among guests visiting Orlando’s theme parks, the newest member of the official SeaWorld Orlando partner hotel program offers many attractive benefits for traveling families. In addition to a private resort-style pool with zero-entry, a sports court and a game room, the recently renovated 350-room property offers free breakfast, free parking, free Internet service and a full kitchen in every accommodation. One- and two-bedroom suites accommodate up to five and seven guests, respectively. Shuttle service to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Universal Orlando theme parks is complimentary.
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- One- and two-bedroom suites and a full kitchen in every accommodation
- Free perks, including breakfast, Internet service, parking and theme park shuttles
- Free SeaWorld Quick Queue passes (limited quantity)
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Me and my four children have just got back from a two week stay here, everything was perfect for our vacation, the hotel was clean, rooms were big and staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us! Also a mention to the concierge who were very helpful! Location was perfect, close to all parks yet not busy busy. This was our first trip to Florida and it very scary going alone taking my children but I shouldn’t have worried! We will definitely be returning next year.
We stayed in a one bedroom suite which was ideal to share with our grown up son. The suite was a good size with bed setee the sitting room with TV and kitchen area with dishwasher, microwave, hotplate and fridge. It was great for basic food preparation although the table was only comfortable for two. Housekeeping provided basic provisions including tea, coffee, dishwasher detergent etc. The double bedroom had a TV, plenty of storage space and wash handbasin. Bathroom was good. Our door didn't lock but it wasn't a problem.
The hotel provides pool towels which according to instructions are changed by housekeeping. In practice that didn't happen and we had to swop soiled towels at reception. NB for missing towels there's a $10 charge. No problems with noise and the bed was comfortable so had a good sleep every night.
Elsewhere there's a free breakfast every morning. The breakfast room is excellent, big, modern, airy and with some comfortable seating. Breakfast was more modest though. There was no bacon from Monday to Thursday although there were Micky waffles, toast, muffins, cereals, small pastries, yoghurt etc. Juices, milk. American coffee only. The usual awful stuff.
I'd give the breakfast room 10/10 but the breakfast 5/10. Can't argue it would set you up for a day in the parks ta with plenty of sunbeds. Well maintained.
Gym was good. My son used it every day and was happy.
Laundry room was very helpful. Big, commercial sized machines. The usual $2 wash and $2 dry. Detergent is availablehough. Crowded at weekends.
Pool was excellent. Landscaped are from the reception shop at $2.50.
Also in reception is a ticket desk. You can get park tickets. The hotel is nearest Sea world, is a partner hotel and clearly specialises in that park. There may be special benefits as a result. I've decided never to visit Seaworld again after seeing a worrying documentary about how some orca were treated so can't comment on value for money. However I did enquire about 2 park 1 day tickets to Universal. They wanted $40 more than it would have cost me to go online and collect from Will Call kiosk at gate so couldn't recommend.
Location wise it's got limitations. It's easy to get to Eastbound from the I4. There's no Eastbound entry though so you need to use Turkey Lake Rd to get to Universal. It's easy to get to I Drive.
Our main issue was that theres not many nearby restaurants which means planning a stop on the way back from the Parks or a longer drive North to I Drive area or Premium Outlets at bottom of I Drive. Theres a gas station at a nearby 7-11.
Overall not a bad choice if you're looking for a low cost alternative to Disney property. Helpfully There's no Resort fee although parking is $10 a night.