Wyndham Orlando Resort
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- High-speed internet in room
- Heated pool
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Orlando Resort
Good for families- couples might want another 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.
A Great Stay At Wyndham!
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.
What a Great Resort
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.
Only one word can describe this experience HOSPITALITY! The staff at this resort is excellent. It almost feels like staying on Disney Property. They greet you everyday and welcome your every need and help with anything they can. When we got to our room we had a letter in there from the manager welcoming us to the resort. And the day before we left we got a call from the manager asking how everything was. Their was name brand toiletries, free daily USA Today paper, free coffee and more.
Now onto the resorts grounds. Only one word can describe this AWESOME! You would think being on International Drive this resort would be small. Its over 45 acres. There are three large swimming pools, three restaurants, two tennis courts, basketball court, wedding pavilion and more. The landscaping here is done very nice also. The grand lawn is huge and people liked to go play games on the lawn. At the end of the lawn is a beautiful fountain. There are even man made lagoons all over the resort where ducks come everyday. Every morning my sister and I would go out and feed them.
Now onto the rooms. The room is your typical hotel room but it is so much more. The room is very clean. You wont find dirt here the maids are excellent. There is a very large closet when you come into the room also which is very nice to store things. The bathroom is small but you can live with it. We had a work table that was well lit with two chairs. We also had two phones in the room with separate lines. We also had a great balcony overlooking one of the lagoons. It was a beautiful site to wake up to every morning. We were in building 9 room 955. It was in the back of the resort but was not an awful walk to the front. The resort offers a tram service for those who dont want to walk it.
Well that pretty much wraps it up. But I will close with this. The second we walked into the lobby we knew what we were in for. The lobby was elegant and very clean and the second more then two people were waiting in line to check in another person came out to help. You are really treated like family here and I recommend this resort to anybody. If you have any questions email me at wEATHER@DOG.COM. I would love to help you out. We will be back to this resort.
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.
Wyndham Orlando 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.
Very friendly - lovely gardens
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.
Not what it seems to be
We booked a vacation at this hotel based on the information we received from Expedia.com and the Wyndham site.
Expedia has it rated as 4-star (same category as Embassy Suites and Disney Resort Hotels) but it is not. Definitely 3-star. We could have picked a 3-star with microwave, fridge, and continental breakfast and it would have been a better choice.
Both Expedia and Wyndham sites show pictures of beautifully landscaped grounds. Descriptions include "the resort is surrounded by 42 acres of winding lagoons and lush, tropical gardens. ". Instead, it is right at the intersection of International Drive and another major road. There is no buffer area between the highway and the units. I think the gardens must be somewhere at the back of the property. Getting in and out of the place was always difficult.
The rooms were nice enough but no elevators to the second floors. The desk staff was less than enthusiastic. The other amenities were fine though, for a newly renovated hotel, the furnishings were showing wear-and-tear. It was conveniently located near many restaurants, attractions, and shopping areas.
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