Friday, May 11, 2012

Oh so grand, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort!

We just came back from a great trip to Disney!  Before we left my 6 year old (going on 16) said "when we get back from Florida our house is going to seem so lame"  What??  After staying at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, I have to say I think he had a point.  This hotel is amazing!

Located inside the Walt Disney World gates, The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort is just a short shuttle ride to all the excitement.  We did two days at Disney parks and two days at the resort, it was the perfect balance.

Even if you are not planning to go to any of the parks, Wyndham Grand has so much to offer you don't even have to leave the resort.  Fabulous restaurants, pools, spa, gym, arcade, bar, lounge, business center and luxuriously comfortable beds!  Here are the details that make this resort such a great escape.

Our room - two deluxe queen beds and an alcove with bunk beds and a TV for the kids.
our room

A view of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.  This tortured my golf-loving husband.  Maybe next time he will get out there.
view from our room
I love lovely details and special touches.  This hotel was full of them...
 "Bath & Body Works" toiletries 
Wolfgang Puck in-room coffee
Starbuck's Coffee at The Barista in the main lobby

And the decor, the beautiful, unique decor...I loved it!

Sean a little tired here?  

funky blue chandelier
different sitting areas at every turn...

The Blue Harmony on-site husband had the best massage here.
The gym...never made it...LOL...but it's looked great!

Our room was on the concierge level (floors 12-14) which allowed us access to the concierge lounge-- another beautifully decorated area that included two large flat screens, a computer, fresh fruit and ice cold water...a great place to hide, I mean, relax!

And the pool, the fabulous pool...

a hot tub at every corner of the pool area
Nana escaped to the hot tub
We rented a cabana that was equipped with lounge chairs, fruit, water, a fridge, fan and TV.
My mum peeking out
Mike and the boys taking a break in the cabana
So many activities to entertain the kids!
games at the pool everyday
an arcade!
Kids club
Kids club has babysitting (ages 5-12) with loads of activities, in the evening if you would like a quiet kid-free dinner.  We didn't do this because Sean is only 4.  Next year!

Speaking of dinners...the restaurants were top notch.  We had dinner one night at Tesoro Cove and had breakfast there each morning, which fueled us up for Disney!  The food was delicious and service was great!!

There is also a 5-star restaurant, Deep Blue, that we unfortunately never made it to, but we heard from other guests that it was phenomenal.

Thanks to my Mom, my husband and I did enjoy some kid-free time.  One night after spending the day in Disney, we went to Bar 1521 for a much needed drink and enjoyed a calamari appetizer.
Then the next night after a 12 hour day at Disney's Hollywood Studios (yes, that's right 12 hours...yes we are insane), my mom and kids went to bed and we hit the outdoor Back Bay Pool Bar & Grill.  We had drinks, nachos and chicken quesadillas that really hit the spot!
Poolside bar during the day
Everyone we came in contact with was extremely courteous, friendly and helpful.  From Lisa at the front desk who checked us in, to the girl at concierge desk who was so nice and helpful in trying to track down our lost luggage at the airport (thankfully it arrived very early the next morning).  Sweet Foresia, who cleaned our room everyday and gave us extra towels and a great smile...Ron Presman, the manager who checked in with us to make sure we enjoyed our stay...the very nice Omar who took our picture and packed our luggage in our rental car.

On our last day we checked out and had a few hours before heading to the airport.  We were able to store our luggage and hang out at the pool one last time.  I can't say enough good things about this hotel, I absolutely loved it!!
Bye bye Wyndham Grand, we had a grand time!
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort - Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32830

I received a complimentary stay at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort to facilitate this review.


Loopy said...

This place looks amazing. I love that the whole family can fit in one room without being squished. I can't wait to hear more about it in person.

Kelly said...

Great post! This hotel has now moved to the top of my list for our Disney adventure. Thanks for all the information.

Anonymous said...

We have found a GREAT (and I mean GREAT) rate for President's day weekend. I would be really interested to hear, however, how you thought the shuttle service compared to the standard Disney bus system. _IF_ we rent a car, park it ($13 a night), pay for theme park parking ($14) we suddenly are NOT far ahead.

Kelly said...

The shuttle worked out great, it would save you a bunch $$

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