Price and location make this all-suites, Hilton-owned hotel a reasonable choice for families and business travelers, as there are amenities for both, and a free bus takes you to any of the Disney parks. The front of the hotel faces Hotel Plaza Boulevard, about a mile from Disney Springs. Suites offer one or two bedrooms, each with two flat-screen TVs. Some suites have an eight-person conference table in the dining area, and the hotel has a free business center and fitness center. Guests also have access to Disney golf courses.
Each one-bedroom suite has a bedroom and living room separated by a sliding door. Sleeping accommodations are either a king bed or two queen beds, with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Dressers in the living room and bedroom hold flat screen TVs and offer ample storage. A coffee maker with complimentary coffee fixings, along with a refrigerator and microwave are on the wet bar, and the table and four chairs offers dining or working space.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the front of the hotel is on the quiet, tree-lined Hotel Plaza Boulevard on Disney property, the back faces the busy intersection of Interstate 4 and State Rd. 535. Ask for a room facing the boulevard to avoid the busy traffic noise of the highways.
A practical, no frills bathroom, with a single-sink vanity, WC and shower/tub.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bathroom facilities are all in one room, with no separation of the vanity area from the WC/tub area, making it a little crowded if you have six people in the suite.
Spare, modern and functional lobby, with a few seating areas, but mostly a place to check in, or shop for Disney souvenirs.
The heated pool is not spacious, but big enough for a relaxing dip after a busy day at the parks or Disney Springs. A pleasant patio area with lounge chairs, a pool bar, and a few umbrellas benefits from thick landscaping blocking views of passing I-4 traffic.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The landscaping may block the view of I-4 traffic, but it doesn't block the sound, reducing the peacefulness of any time spent lounging around the pool.
Small fitness center, but there's also a jogging trail and tennis courts.
You can get breakfast, lunch and dinner at Evergreen Café and cocktails and snacks are available at the lounge and pool-side bar.
The Evergreen Lounge, just off the lobby, offers a full bar and snacks, as does the poolside bar.
A free shuttle takes you to the Disney parks and attractions, and Disney Springs is a walkable mile away, so you don't technically require a car. But if you want freedom from bus-lines and crowds, ride-sharing or taxis are available. If you have a car, a daily parking fee applies at the hotel, and parking at Disney parks is $20 a day.
The resort is close to Disney Springs (10- to 15-minute walk) giving guests easy access to the vast shopping, entertainment and dining area. Of the nearly 50 eateries at Disney Springs, the ones closest to the hotel include the three-story PaddleFish, a modern take on the American traditional paddleboat, where seafood is king and the outdoor rooftop terrace offers striking views of the lagoon and the entertainment at the Springs. Nearby you’ll find Raglan Road, an authentic Irish Pub, featuring refined Irish fare and lots of music and dancing; Morimoto’sAsia, an Asian Fusion eatery owned by, and often visited by, famed Japanese chef, Morimoto; and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant, showcasing local, Southern food.
Disney Springs(10- to 15-minute walk) is home to 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
If you want the Disney experience without paying full Disney hotel prices, this lodging has a lot to offer. It’s close to Disney Springs, meaning world-class dining and entertainment is just a stroll away from the comfort of your room. The suites offer enough space for a family or group, and complimentary transportation means a car is not required. But, if you have a car, the hotel is just as close to Universal Orlando as it is to the Magic Kingdom.