Wyndham Orlando Resort
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... the next "land" which is the UK. We strolled into one of their shops, and to my total surprise there was a whole display wall full of Doctor Who merchandise. I could not believe it, and it was all stuff I did not recognise so it must be just for the US market. And I did not buy a thing. I just did not know what to choose, so chose nothing. We can't take too much on the ship anyway. But well done Disney and well done Doctor Who.
We did a couple more ...
Did you know that Disney's Hollywood Studios (or Disney MGM as was) originally started out as an idea for a pavilion at Epcot? Well, you do now, and to the Hollywood that never was, and always will be is where me and my intrepid band of mouse fans were headed on this fine day. Let's face it, it's pretty much always a fine day in Orlando. The first business of the day was to get fastpasses for Toy Story Midway Mania, which were already ...
... showing the actual footage of astronauts working inside the shuttles and doing space walks to make repairs to the telescope, and all in 3D. Really cool !
After the movie I headed across to the 'Shuttle Launch Experience' which is a simulation of an actual shuttle launch complete with all the noises, movements, etc. You are tilted 90 degrees as if you were in a shuttle vertically as you would be in real life. It was okay but probably not worth the 30 minute wait in the queue.
... breakast and went to wake Matt and Lara. I had a look at several places I had earmarked before we came - but none appealed as much as the place we went on our first morning - so we headed back to Perkins.
... t sure if my new Nikes would rub. I stretch out my legs and lean on the wall – the guy behind me speaks up and says “Sore feet?” I turn around and I’m staring at a very cute (but far too young) dark haired guy who’s also by himself. I agree and tell him I’ve just walked around New York for 8 days and now I’m here, walking more. We chat all the way to the front and I find out he’s 16. I’m wishing Christy was here at this ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Orlando Resort
My husband and I stayed here in March'03 with out our children. The hotel is clean the grounds are nice and well manintained for the most part. I suggest asking for a room that faces into the resort. We were first given a room that faced into the parking lot and Universal Blvd- not a pleasant sight and the noise can be a little bothersome. We asked to be relocated and they did so with out hesitation. The overall service was fine. The food in the restuarants was good, nothing spectaular, but the price was more than fair for what you receive. I think for a family stay this hotel is above average. The hotel is right on the trolly stop so you can get up and down Int'l Drive with out a problem. The hotel is about 10 minutes from Universal so it is a short shuttle/cab ride there and the Trolly will take you down to Wet and Wild in about 10 mintues. The only drawback to this hotel, for some people, would be that it is spread out over a lot of property. If you have a room on the far side it can be a hassle to get to the lobby or pool. If I were to return to Orlando with my family I would consider staying here with them. As for a quick get away with my husband, I would probably stay at another resort.
I just returned from my trip to Orlando and I stayed at the Wyndham from Feb 27 to Mar 3. There are several aspects I would like to cover the hotel, getting around orlando, and restaurants. THE HOTEL - The hotel was GREAT. As soon as we arrived the clerk at the desk was very nice and courteous. The bell hop took our bags and drove us on a golf cart to our room. The hotel consists of at least 16 different buildings with rooms. There were a lot of ammenities on the property that were really nice. There was a bar and grill located next to the main pool which made some pretty desent drinks and had a nice atmosphere although I did not eat there. The main pool area was right next to the bar which made it very convenient to have a drink and relax by the pool. There was also an ice cream parlor, massage room, and a desent sized exercise room which I did not use because after all I was on vacation :). The beds in the rooms were very comfortable. They also had regular pillows on the beds not those cardboard things that bounce back to the original shape after you lay on them. There were also two tennis courts and a basketball court next to the main pool. We got our tickets from a package on "..." so when we arrived they said we had to give our credit card to make long distance calls which was fine because I didn't want that service anyway. We did find out however that you can not even make a local call unless you give them a credit card at the front. They didn't charge for local calls but apparently they lock out the phone completely except for the ability to call the front desk. The TV came with HBO, showtime and some other local channels for free. For additional charges you can use the internet, get pay per view movies or play video games. I didn't use these ammenities but I would rather have extra ammenities than to little. I would have to say I was not left wanting anything. I would not classify this as a hotel at all. It is more like a resort, which was very surprising quiet and big being so close to International Drive. GETTING AROUND ORLANDO - The hotel offers a shuttle for $13 per person round trip to Disney World this is why I gave them only a four star rating. Because you have to set up a pick up time from Disney world and a lot of times you would end up waiting for the bus at the ticket center. My wife and I used the public transportation. I recommend getting a multi day I-RIDE pass that goes up and down international Drive. You can take the I-RIDE to stop 38 which is right next to sea world and got to sea world, or from stop 38 for $1.25 per person you can take the Lynx #50 bus straight to the Disney World ticket Center. My wife and I calculated we saved about $100 in fares by going this route. The Lynx bus runs every 30 minutes so there is no need to coordinate pick up times. We did try taking the bus to the airport at the end of the trip which again saved us some money but the bus ride was over an hour where we could have riden in a cab for 20 minutes. RESTAURANTS - The breakfast buffee at the hotel was a little pricey for what they serve. It was 11.50 for the breakfast buffee at the Wyndham at there really wasn't much to it. We ate at Perkins on the other side of Sand Lake blvd and the food was pretty good and reasonably priced. We also did breakfast at the ponderosa 3.99 buffet which was a 3.99 buffet. Don't expect the food to be to good here. We did have dinner at Ausies on the first night, which is across the street, and I have to say I haven't had a steak that bad since college when I bough the 1.49 steaks at Walmart. Overal I would have to say I had a great stay at the Wyndham. My room was very comfortable and the people were very nice, I just wouldn't eat there. One last comment I would not recommend going to Ripley's. It was $15 per person and no where near worth it. Also there are a lot of coupon books on the I-RIDE buses with some pretty good deals.
First let me tell you all my family is picky and hard to please when it comes to hotels. This resort was excellent. I was really nervous after reading reviews here but I am sure glad I did not cancel. We are a family of four and fit comfortably in this room.
Loved the Wyndham and the party they catered at a friends home
My wife and I arrived in late afternoon and were greeted by a smiling agent of the hotel. We were assigned our room and enjoyed a very well appointed room with more than adequate accessories (extra towels, hair dryer, white chocolate treat, etc.).
After refreshing ourselves we then attended a party at a friends' house catered by the Wyndham staff. They excelled at the presentation, selection of food, drinks, desserts and the service of the staff of the Wyndham Resort.
I stayed at the Wyndham Orlando Resort the in September this year and I had a brill stay. The Hotel is very nice. We had a room overlooking one of the small lakes and also one of the pools. We were about 5 mins from the main reception but right next door to the pool bar/restaurant, shop and ice cream parlour. The rooms were average, but the maids were very nice and replaced all the towels every day. We had room service a few times and also dined in the hotel restaurant and pool bar/restaurant - food very nice. I liked the idea that the Hotel was a resort and not one large block of rooms. This way you didn't hear the hustle and bustle of International Drive, it felt like you were in a resort in the Caribbean. There is an I-Drive stop just outside the front of the hotel which runs up and down International Drive. We found this very useful as we didn't hire a car. I found that some parts of International Drive was quite tacky looking but up towards Ripley's Believe It or Not it looked alot better. I could go on and on as I had a real brill holiday. If anyone has any questions about the Hotel, shopping or any of the parks feel free to email me.
4 Star Hotel... HAHA
I agree with the fellow family from New Jersey... The Wyndham Resort was not near any 4 star hotel I've ever been to. From the information I recieved on Expedia it was nothing like the pictures or description when we arrived that afternoon. My husband and I were on our honeymoon that week and we DO NOT recommend this hotel at all. The rooms were like boxes, the service was terrible and there was no 42 acres of beautiful gardens or lushious lagoons. Put it this way you get what you pay for.
I stayed at the Wyndham in November 2001, the staff were very friendly, the gardens were lovely. I wanted to stay on International Drive but not to be in a high rise hotel right on the edge of the busy road, it was lovely to wander out of the room into beautiful gardens. Our room was located to the back of the grounds so it was a short walk onto International drive (just along the side of Ripleys museum), we didn't hear any traffic noise and the room was large and very clean. The buffet breakfasts were great but not particularly good value so we only ate breakfast there a couple of times. The fitness room, sauna and steam room were very nice and were a great way to relax after a busy day at the theme parks. This hotel was in a great location as it meant that lots of bars, shops and restaurants were only 5 mins walk away. The shop directly opposite also sold fantastic subs which made for a cheap and filling lunch! The free shuttle buses to Seaworld and Universal were reliable and the I-ride buses ran from right outside the hotel so it was great as there was no need for a car. It is easy to keep track of the meals/drinks you have put on the bill through the personal account feature on the tv. The only word of warning would be do not use the phone in the room to make international calls - we arrived very late at night on our first day and made an extremely short call home (2 mins max) and it cost us about $30!!!
Having booked a family room at the Wyndham we were extremely disappointed to be given a single room with two ordinary sized beds. There was no privacy. There were no opportunities to enjoy fresh air whilst in the room and it was necessary to close the curtains every time to stop the gazes of on-lookers passing by the room. Effectively an expensive box.
On a positive note the grounds and amenities are excellent.
Not a 4 star hotel
I agree with the opinion of the person from New Jersey. I booked this hotel through Expedia which rated it as a 4 star hotel. This hotel is no where near a 4 star hotel. I complained to Expedia not to misled people with this 4 star rating but they continue to rate it as 4 star.
Although they renovated the rooms, you can see that it is old room. It also had a smell. I would not stay in this hotel again.