There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in Orlando, but at the Orlando Suites Holiday Inn Resort, your room comes with access to a big water park complex and large swimming pool.
No matter how much research you do and how many special deals you find, taking the family to Disney World for a few days can cost a fortune. You can easily bring down the per-day cost if you spend one day just hanging out at your hotel. For many of them that would be kind of boring, but at this Orlando hotel with its own waterpark, it’ll be easy for the kids to stay entertained all day.
Here’s what you get to experience at this Holiday Inn’s pool complex:
– Olympic-sized swimming pool
– Zero-entry pool the little kids can easily enter
– 7 water slides and flumes, some starting at four stories off the ground
– 400-gallon water dump
– climbing nets and water jets
– two whirlpools
– spray and play area for toddlers
There are plenty of lounge chairs on the perimeter, but if you’re willing to pony up a little extra, you can get your own cabana with a water-filled fridge and a ceiling fan. In addition to all the water activities, you also have free access to a miniature golf course, billiards, ping-pong, an arcade, and a basketball court. Scheduled activities include water relays, competitions, and free movie nights by the pool on weekends.
Next to the complex is a restaurant and bar, where you can order the expected kid-pleasing items and a few more for more expanded palates.
The other dining options are the Lakeside Cafe and a food court area with a coffee/bakery shop, a pizza place, and a Subway sandwich shop. There’s also a gift shop and movie theater on site.
Rooms at Orlando Suites Holiday Inn are advertised as “all suite,” which is true since each has a living room. Just understand that the second bedroom in the 2-bedroom suites is meant for kids: it’s a small room with bunk beds and shelves for clothing, with no door. Go up a couple categories and there are larger options. You could potentially sleep more than two kids in even this one though since there’s a fold-out sofa in the living room with TV.
Each suite also comes with a kitchen that has a full size refrigerator, a microwave, a small dishwasher, and a small selection of cooking and serving utensils. This is an older hotel that has been spruced up, so there’s a bit of a retro vibe to the decor and furnishings.
There’s a shuttle running to Epcot, Disney World, Disney Springs, and other locations at scheduled hours.
You have to look past the rates you see at first online because those don’t include the $30 resort fee per night and 12.5% taxes. So the real room rates you’ll pay start at close to $140 for the two-bedroom suites. That’s still a good Orlando value for four people using a waterpark all day and having a kitchen to use as well. Go here to check all the Orlando lodging specials they have running and book direct, or if you have IHG status, check rates at the Holiday Inn site.
Photos courtesy of Orlando Suites Holiday Inn.