Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

If you didn’t know or you haven’t read my previous blog posts from our trip, we spent 16 nights in Orlando. During that time we had four beautiful and very different hotel experiences.

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive was the very last hotel of our stay and this blog post is a full write up from our stay. There will be two further blog posts in the next few weeks specifically about what we got up to whilst staying at Wyndham.

Location

As it hints in the name, Wyndham Orlando is situated in the busy International Drive area of Orlando. It’s closer to Universal Orlando than it is Disney however, it is within such a short distance of all the major attractions and you can reach these very easily. The hotel also offer a shuttle service to SeaWorld and Universal which is handy.

Check In

Check in is from 4pm but we had attended the Disney Magic Kingdom fireworks so it was about 11pm when we got to the check in desk. I had emailed them prior to our arrival to warn them we would be a late arrival.

We didn’t experience the warmest of welcomes, the staff at the reception seemed a bit preoccupied as she dealt with our check in, she also didn’t explain any of the hotel to us like where to get breakfast or dinner, where the pools were etc. This is something we would usually expect when checking in to a hotel.

However, my initial first impressions was that the hotel was very grand. The reception area was clean and spacious. Wyndham Orlando also has a porter who took us (and our luggage) on a golf buggy and around to our room. This was really useful especially at the time that we had arrived.

As we drove round to our accommodation, we suddenly realised just how big the resort was. It is honestly huge and I suddenly realised we may not have time to see it all in the two nights we had left.

Check out for the hotel is 11am which I think is a really good time and saves you rushing around. The hotel has a room to keep your luggage in if you need to after check out, we did utilise this on our last day.

Accommodation

We had a little bit of a drama when we originally checked in. They had kindly arranged for us to be in a Family Bunk Room. It was quite spacious with two double beds then a separate alcove area with bunk beds.

For our guest size it wasn’t appropriate. My Mum was going to have to share a bedroom with us or one of our children. There was no privacy in the alcove, like a curtain or door, I think if there had been it would have been a nice enough room.

I spoke to the reception people over the room phone, after a little bit of negotiation it was organised for us to be moved to interconnecting Premium Rooms. It was really late, past midnight by the time we could get the kids settled for bed.

The Premium Rooms have either one King or two double sized beds. Both of the rooms we occupied were two double beds. As you walk in there is a large wardrobe with safe, ironing board and spare bedding.

The room is spacious, has a desk area with coffee/tea making facilities and a TV. The rooms have complimentary WiFi available in the hotel rooms and pets are also allowed but require a $50 non-refundable fee.

The bathrooms were both a nice sized with an over-the-bath shower. The hotel also provide a selection of toiletries to use and a hair dryer.

Our room had a little balcony area where we spotted a duck and her ducklings both mornings of our stay. The lagoon that we overlooked was a little green despite the website promoting it as a sparkling lagoon.

Swimming Pool

Our last two nights in Orlando were quite overcast so we didn’t actually try out the swimming pools at Wyndham. They looked spacious and relatively clean. One of them is heated and the other is ambient temperature.

There’s plenty of seating and lounge beds around the outside of the pools. It also had music playing.

Food/Restaurants

Wyndham is located in the busy International Drive area where there are loads of different restaurants, all within walking distance. Including the worlds largest McDonald’s, if that’s your thing.

Wyndham itself has a few dining options for all day long. The Gatorville Poolside bar and grill, serves a delicious homestyle breakfast. It had all of our favourites and I think it has to be my favourite breakfast of our entire trip. The staff were very bubbly and friendly too.

Gatorville is open for a lunch and dinner menu too. They even offer room service.

The Lobby Bar was a great place to chill out. It is open from 11am to 10pm. The garden area was gorgeous in the evening time. The Lobby area also has a technology hub too where you can charge your phone or use the computers with internet.

Other Facilities

The Wyndham Resort is really large and a great place to wander around too. 

We stumbled upon a little playground which was sadly closed during our visit but looked to be a nice little place for children to run off some energy. I am assuming it was closed for maintenance reasons.

Wyndham also has a well equipped fitness center which you can see pictured below. This is free to use for hotel guests and you access it using your room key.

It’s also got a fantastic conference facility around the corner from the Lobby. You can hire the conference rooms out for events.

I think my favourite part about Wyndham would have to be the gorgeous scenery surrounding the accommodations. We saw lots of different animals on our explorations and the grounds are well kept.

Nearby

Like I’ve said above, Wyndham is in the perfect location for exploring Orlando.

There’s so much to see and do within walking distance. There are lots of restaurants, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not and so much more.

On our very last day we visited the ICON 360 which is a huge ferris wheel, a little like the London Eye (or Coca Cola Eye in London). This was a great way to see Orlando from above.

There’s lots of other things to do in the ICON park, like the SeaLife Aquarium and SKELETONS Museum of Osteology. 

Overall Thoughts

We had a lovely and comfortable stay at Wyndham. It is a hotel that makes a brilliant base for Orlando fun.

I have to be honest and say that the hotel room didn’t feel as clean as I hoped it would be. But the grounds and facilities were all really well kept. We did spot tiny bugs in the bathroom areas which definitely creeps me out. However, it was a great stay for our last two nights in Orlando.

I think if I was to offer some advise based on our own experiences, I would ring the reception ahead of your trip so that you can make sure the room is correct for your party.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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