These hotels are big and splashy, with the full range of services and amenities that you would expect in a first-class resort.
Renaissance Orlando Resort
This property, the closest you can get to SeaWorld, was reviewed earlier in this chapter.
J.W. Marriott Resort
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837
(800) 576-5750 (407) 206-2300 (407) 206-2301 fax
This ultra-luxurious 1,000-room hotel on 500 lushly landscaped acres is the grandest of the Marriott properties included in the Marriott/SeaWorld packages. It has received four diamonds from AAA and three stars from Mobil and is home to a pair of gourmet restaurants. There are 518 double rooms, 418 king rooms, and 64 expansive suites, all with luxurious bedding. And if this isn’t grand enough for you, you can move next door to the Ritz-Carlton.
Price Range: $$$ - $$$$+
Amenities: Golf course designed by Greg Norman, smoke-free policy, business center, paid high-speed Internet access, spa and pool, concierge desk.
Distance to SeaWorld: 3.1 miles
Marriott World Center
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(800) 621-0638 (407) 239-4200 (407) 238-8777 fax
This is a splashy, sprawling 2,000-room convention meeting hotel at the southern end of International Drive. Its proximity to Walt Disney World makes it an attractive choice to families who will be visiting Mickey as well. You might also want to consider the two timeshare properties, Royal and Sabal Palms (see below) next to the hotel. It’s a strikingly modern tower, featuring a soaring atrium lobby and exterior elevators that zip up 27 stories, offering expansive views to the south. The hotel also features what may be the nicest looking pool of all the properties reviewed in this chapter. It is, however, the most distant from the parks and is frequently booked solid with meetings and conventions.
Price Range: $$ - $$$$
Amenities: Several fine restaurants, many rooms with balconies, paid Internet access, golf course on property, large swimming area with many waterfalls, fitness center, fast food court, some shopping on property, spa and fitness center, golf school, concierge desk.
Distance to SeaWorld: 6 miles
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