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After two days at the Gaylord Palms, I packed up my bags and drove less than 2 miles down the road to the Orlando World Center Marriott – the largest Marriott-branded hotel in the world. Featuring 2,000 rooms (including 110 suites) this bustling hotel can seem a bit overwhelming, but is actually very easy to navigate. I checked in, got my key, and headed up to my beautiful renovated suite overlooking the newly-updated pool area.
Orlando Marriott World Center Review
The Rooms at the Orlando Marriott World Center
I was very impressed with my suite at the Orlando Marriott World Center. The linens and towels are very luxurious and comfortable, and the bathroom features a digital shower which controls the temperature and the number of shower heads (up to 3). The room also offers Bath and Body Works toiletries, a mini-bar, flat-screen televisions, a large work desk, and in-room coffee maker. Many of the rooms offer balconies (you can see the view from my room in the quick video below), and WiFi is available at an extra charge. I could even see part of Downtown Disney and Spaceship Earth in Epcot from my balcony, and later in the evening, I was able to spot the Epcot Illuminations fireworks. This is a busy hotel, but I found my room to be very quiet and relaxing.
The Amenities at the Orlando Marriott World Center
There are so many things for families to do at the Orlando Marriott World Center that you won’t even want to leave the hotel. The highlight is the Falls Pool Area, a lively and fun place to splash around. The pool area features a kids’ splash area, a kids’ zero-entry pool, a brand-new slide tower with two, 200-foot winding water slides and one, 90-foot speed water slide (pictured above), the Fall’s pool bar and grill, and a main pool. Guests can get towels from the pool attendants, and there are plenty of waiters and waitresses available to take your pool bar order, right from your deck chair. I hung out at the pool for a while and enjoyed the fun atmosphere – there’s some great music playing and while the pool was busy, it wasn’t overly crowded. An updated interactive game room is also part of the renovation – perfect for those rainy Florida afternoons.
For those looking for something more relaxing, the Orlando World Center Marriott also offers a full service spa, as well as an 18-hole championship golf course. There are also several shops in the lobby and on the lower level.
The Food at the Orlando World Center Marriott
The Orlando World Center Marriott features 10 different eating establishments/lounges, including a new restaurant, Siro Urban Italian Kitchen. I had the chance to check out several of them. On my first day, I ate at the casual Falls Poolside Bar and Grill. While I sat at the restaurant, guests can also get several by their lounge chairs. My server was very helpful in providing me with suggestions, so I decided to try a strawberry mojito, followed by the tuna tacos. The food was great and there were lots of choices on the menu that I wanted to try. If I was staying there on a family vacation I would definitely eat there a few times.
For dinner, I dined at Siro Urban Italian Kitchen. I browsed the menu while sipping on a delicious glass of prosecco, and decided to start with the Ahi Tuna Crudo and the Kale Caesar. Both were excellent. For my entree, I got a half-portion of the
linguine with littlenecks. I love the fact that they offer half-portions – it’s a great way to try a few different things on the menu.
Breakfast was at Solaris, where I chose to get the huge breakfast buffet, which features freshly made omelets, fruit, breakfast meats, several types of smoked salmon, deli meats, corned beef hash, and much more. It’s one of the more impressive breakfast buffets that I’ve seen, and the food was great.
Overall, I had a great time at the Orlando World Center Marriott, and I’ve definitely recommend it to families visiting the Orlando area. Make sure you add an extra day to your stay – you’ll want to spend at least one day at the pool.
Check out the TripAdvisor review here.