Just minutes from a Disney entrance, this award-winning all-suites (one- and two-bedroom, two-bath) accommodation is perfect for a big family or group on a small budget who want a home away from home. Not only is the hotel close to Disney, it's only a few miles along Palm Parkway from SeaWorld, Universal, and even the airport, so the frenzy of I–4 can be avoided altogether. A free breakfast and late-afternoon cocktails and snacks on some weekdays sweeten the bargain; a large, heated pool makes swimming possible even on chilly winter evenings; and a fitness center lets guests work off any excess energy. The hotel has no full-service restaurant, but lots of nearby eateries deliver, and a supermarket is only yards away to supply well-equipped kitchens.
Unlike so many other properties in the area, this one has no resort fees.
Practical, one and two bedroom suites with contemporary style are clean and well suited to the family on a budget. Every suite has a Queen sleep sofa, in addition to a variety of sleeping options in the bedrooms, from doubles to kings. The fully equipped full-size kitchen mean meals to be cooked in the room, and Wi-Fi, local calls, and a flat screen TV are among the amenities found here. There are on-site self-laundry facilities as well. But be sure to allocate duties, as this is supposed to be a vacation for everyone.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you'd prefer a quiet room, ask for one that doesn't overlook the pool, which is open late into the evening, and is often filled with people having a great time.
The suites feature basic bathrooms, with tub/shower combinations, or a glass enclosed shower. Vanities have one sink, but plenty of room to spread out toiletries.
Bright and simply decorated, the lobby features wood paneled check-in desks and a few cozy seating areas. But the biggest attraction is the complimentary appetizers and drinks (beer, wine, sodas) served at an evening reception held Mon-Wed. A 24-hour convenience store, The Pantry, sells drinks and snacks, and a game room offers a variety of video games.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This three-story property has no elevators, but staff will assist in carrying luggage.
A generous heated pool has ample lounge chairs and is well lit in the evenings. There's also a Jacuzzi to salve those sore, park-weary muscles, and a separate children’s wading pool for the little ones.
The small fitness room contains a treadmill, stair machine and elliptical for cardio workouts.
A complimentary hot breakfast buffet offers a hearty start to a day of park-hopping. The cleverly designed buffet area means lines are efficient and there's little waiting. The dining area contains ample tables and chairs.
The property has no lounge or bar, but does offer complimentary beer and wine in the lobby several evenings a week.
The hotel offers free, scheduled shuttles to the main Disney parks, and to the nearby outlet malls if bargain-hunting is your goal. While the ease and independence offered by having a car is a plus, and parking at the hotel is free, keep in mind that parking at the theme parks is definitely not. Ride-sharing and taxis are readily available.
The dining and shopping extravaganza at Disney Springs (5-minute drive) offers a wide range of restaurants from celebrity chef eateries, to good old American burger and fries joints. The three-story PaddleFish, offers seafood, and the outdoor rooftop terrace overlooks the lagoon and the entertainment at the Springs. Nearby you’ll find Raglan Road, featuring refined Irish fare and lots of music and dancing; Morimoto’s Asia, an Asian Fusion eatery owned by, and often visited by, famed Japanese chef, Morimoto; Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’restaurant, showcasing local, Southern food; and if Mexican fare is what you are after, James Beard Foundation Award winning Chef Rick Bayless has opened Frontera Cocina. TV personality Guy Fieri offers burgers and fries at Planet Hollywood. Further afield is House of Blues, where barbecue and blues reign.
Disney Springs (5-minute drive) offers dozens of places to lift a glass. The rooftop bar at Morimoto's Asia offers high-end sake; Raglan Road's Irish pub pours a mean Guinness; wine connoisseurs can head to Wine Bar George, where a master sommelier dispenses a wide range of domestic and imported wines; and House of Blues is the spot for beer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel is well-located if exploring Disney World and Disney Springs are your main goals. But it also offers roomy accommodations, lots of freebies, and is definitely easy on the wallet.