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Hotel Review: Floridays Resort Orlando, Florida
#Family time is the best time no matter where we are, but #Florida certainly has our hearts. We've tried out several properties and decided to try one not in the Disney family, and we weren't disappointed! The feel of the resort was family and kid friendly, with glistening pools and plenty of space to sprawl out at the end of the day. By the pool was pure #relaxation mode, I could have stayed right there all day!
We stayed and played at one of the Traveler’s Choice Top Hotels in the US for Families – Floridays Resort Orlando - for 3 days and 2 nights and here’s what we thought about this family and kid-friendly hotel.
Floridays Resort Orlando – Location
Floridays Orlando Resort is a 15 minute drive from the Orlando International Airport and is located even closer to several major theme parks – Disney parks, Universal Orlando, and Sea World.
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Located on International Drive, it is surrounded a slew of hotels and resorts, strip malls and family friendly restaurants. There’s also two premium outlets within driving distance as well.
Floridays Resort Orlando – The Rooms
Floridays Resort is an all suites hotel. All rooms have separate sleeping areas (guests can choose between 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom suites – max occupancy is 8 people per suite), dining area and full kitchen.
Decorated in gold, maroon and brown tones, there is a homey feel to the rooms at Floridays. There is no particular theme like you’d find at a Disney or Universal resort and the big draw to this place is the amount of space you gain by staying off site.
There is a homey feel to the rooms at Floridays
Our two bedroom suite was located on the 5th floor facing the highway. It was almost triple the size of a room at a Deluxe Disney resort.
We rarely saw or heard our neighbours even though the resort was close to capacity according to the front desk staff.
We loved having a full kitchen and made a few meals in our room.
Both bathrooms were clean and spacious – there was a tub in one bathroom and a stand up shower and jacuzzi tub in the master ensuite.
We made use of the in-room laundry machine and dryer during our 3 day stay and came home with freshly laundered clothes. I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate this amenity until we got home – there was no laundry to do post vacation! A family first!
There was no laundry to do post vacation! A family first!
Floridays Resort Orlando – Amenities
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the entire property – in the room, lobby, parking lot and outside at the pool
Full kitchen in guest rooms including microwave, fridge, stove and coffee maker
In room safe
In room washer and dryer
Free local and 800-number calls
Scheduled shuttles to the theme parks
Two heated pools, jacuzzi and a small splash pad area for little ones
Arcade and Game Room
24 hour Business Center
Weekly poolside activities – movies, crafts, and live music
Floridays Resort Orlando – Dining
The Palm Cafe & Marketplace (a small shop located across from the main pool) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals are made to order and guests can either dine outside on the patio or have their food delivered to their room.
Resort guests can purchase beverages (including Starbucks coffee), pastries, snack items and vacation essentials from the Marketplace which is attached to The Palm Cafe.
If you’re planning on making use of the kitchen, Publix (grocery store) and CVS pharmacy are located less than 5 minutes driving from Floridays.
There’s also many family friendly restaurants and fast food joints in the area as well – Benihana is right next door and McDonalds is a short drive away.
Overall Impressions & Other Notes
Floridays Orlando Resort changed my views of staying at an off-site hotel (non Disney owned property). My family loved the pool, the large suite and the relaxed vibe of the resort.
Floridays Orlando Resort changed my views of staying at an off-site hotel
While I appreciated the spacious room and the flexibility to go anywhere in Orlando with our vehicle rental, I didn’t particularly like the traffic and lineup to get into the Universal Orlando parking lot or airport.
I also missed the in-your-face Disney theming from our family’s previous stays at Disney resort hotels. Take this with a grain of salt because I also like 24/7 Disney holiday music too!
Floridays offers complimentary shuttle service to Disney theme parks, Universal, SeaWorld, Wet ‘n Wild and Aquatica. Seats must be booked in advance and the shuttle services times are limited.
I’d recommended renting a car if your travel group includes young children, toddlers or babies.
WiFi connectivity is hit or miss. While we could connect and surf any time we were in the lobby and pool area, it seemed like our tablets had problems connecting when we were in our room. Internet connection would drop anytime we took our tablets into the bedrooms. It was fine though in the kitchen, dining area and living room.
There is a resort fee ($14/night) which covers the WiFi, parking and shuttle services so make sure you include that into your final accommodation cost calculations.