by Whitney Rife
Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center, meaning only military and Department of Defense civilians can stay here. The property has a woodsy setting with waterfalls and tropical gardens. Over 550 oversized guest rooms feature patios and balconies and seating areas. Family suites that sleep up to eight contain expansive living room areas, separate bedrooms and an additional full bathroom. A handful of snack places and cafes are at the resort. Garden Gallery Restaurant is the best bet for a family-friendly dining experience. Mangino’s Bistro is the most popular restaurant, serving delicious pasta dishes. The resort has professional photographers onsite to document family reunions and vacations. Golf players will appreciate that the resort is surrounded by two PGA Championship courses. Also, parents may want to visit the Magnolia Spa (they cater to children, too).
Our Editor Loves
- Family Suites
- Onsite restaurants
- Onsite Dining
by Lisa A
I really want to give SOG a good review, but it’s not the same hotel it used to be. The room, parking and food prices have gone up and you can now stay at a Disney resort for less. They also don’t provide transportation to airport or do bag check. The rooms are clean and the location is good. The grounds of hotel are very pretty with deer and turkeys running around. Only staff I found the was friendly was the bus drivers and the exchange workers.
This is our 3rd time staying at the resort. We feel so fortunate to have a place that we can enjoy the Disney experience with our breaking the bank. My son loves his time here. Clean, great staff. Very helpful and the bus system here is good too. Safe environment which is real important. Cool pools and loads of fun. The exchange on site is a bonus but a little pricey. Plan to say again next month.