Thursday, March 7, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld



A nice coincidence (if you believe in coincidence) occurred on our trip to Florida.  A few days before we were scheduled to be in Orlando, SeaWorld emailed me with 2 complimentary tickets. The only days we had free to visit SeaWorld were also the only 2 days we didn't have a hotel reserved, so it was a great surprise when we were told we had 2 nights at a DoubleTree by Hilton-located right at SeaWorld!! I was expecting a really nice hotel, but when we pulled up at the DoubleTree, I was amazed.




Upon arrival, we were greeted by the valet, who offered to park. Because I was just checking in and we were heading out for lunch, we waited on the parking. The lady who greeted me at the front desk was super friendly, and had the keys in my hand within minutes. I hadn't even realized we were checking in early, but they worked us in, and were able to give us a room even though we were over an hour early for check-in time. I was also given 2 warm cookies, that were absolutely delicious. Chocolate chip and walnut, fresh and warm...they were the perfect greeting for our stay at the DoubleTree! Unfortunately, we ate both cookies before I could get a picture :) Here's a shot of the lobby though.


Due to the large size of the hotel property, I was given a map and directions on how to reach our room. I hadn't realized the hotel actually went back further than it appeared from the front, and there is a whole actual courtyard-type area that houses one of the hotel's pools, a lovely fountain and footbridge, and a couple restaurants. 




There are several buildings of rooms, and we were in building 1. There are a couple ways to reach this building; we drove into the parking lot, and used a path to get to our room. Once you enter the gate, you really feel like you're in an exotic resort. (I later learned that this DoubleTree is inspired by a Bali oasis feel). 


Our room featured 2 Sweet Dream beds, 32" flat screen tv, desk with free wireless and wired internet, a large dresser, and a sliding glass door that opened out to our own little patio, complete with patio chairs and a small table. 
The bathroom had a large shower, super-big plush towels, and Crabtree and Evelyn bath products (that smelled absolutely wonderful). Additionally, there is a vanity area outside the bathroom, so you can brush teeth, wash your hands, or apply make-up while someone is in the bathroom. A very handy feature of the room! 





After unpacking later that afternoon, we took some time to explore the hotel grounds. Again, I was shocked at the size and layout; it was so beautiful! We discovered the other 2 pools, all of which feature palm trees and encourage that exotic resort feel. The hotel also boasts other on-site amenities including a spa, kiddie pools, fitness center, miniature golf course and putting green, a large business center with numerous computers and printers, guest laundry facilities, and a Thrifty Car Rental desk. All of this is on the hotel grounds, so you can take advantage of all the services without ever stepping foot off the hotel property! You can bring your laptop to the business center or use one of the many desktop computers there to print off your Mapquest directions or SeaWorld tickets. You can rent a car, hire a babysitter, order a delicious meal, enjoy some time at the spa, or take the kids to mini golf all at the hotel! 




The morning after our arrival we were scheduled to go to SeaWorld, so we were up pretty early-oh yes, awakened by my iPod, set into their nifty alarm clock/iPod dock system! The beds were super soft and comfy, and I certainly did not want to get out of bed that morning. However, get up we did, and enjoyed the spacious shower, and the ability to have morning devotions outside on the lovely patio, enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful surroundings.  Then it was off to figure out a quick breakfast-we ended up grabbing a donut from Max's Deli, which also offers coffee, cereal, pastries, and of course, deli sandwiches. We were actually late getting up to the shuttle pick-up at the front of the hotel, but a valet informed us that we could actually walk to SeaWorld by heading out the back of the property. Yes, you read that right. We were actually able to walk from our hotel to SeaWorld, in less than 10 minutes! It was wonderful! And, because the DoubleTree is an official SeaWorld partner hotel, we received 10% off our dining at SeaWorld that day. 


When we left I was honestly sad to go, because we had enjoyed our time at the hotel so much. It was nice to have such a comfortable room to come back to after a day at SeaWorld, and have so many options to enjoy while there. Dining options were plenty without ever having to leave the hotel, and we seriously didn't even use the car at all during our stay. All the staff were super friendly, and ensured that every part of our stay was pleasant, from the valet to the check-in desk, and the cleaning staff to the restaurant employees. If you need a place to stay in Orlando, even if you're not visiting SeaWorld, then I recommend you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld. I guarantee you will enjoy your stay!!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review. I did receive complimentary lodging for my review. I was not required to post favorably about the hotel; all thoughts and opinions are mine.

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