All guests to the family-friendly attractions in Central Florida have countless hotel options available to them. On my recent blogging Florida trip to Orlando, I had the chance to review a few of them (see my reviews of the Gaylord Palms, the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, and the Orlando World Center Marriott).
For those families with plans to visit SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, and/or Aquatica, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is definitely the best and most convenient option. You can easily walk to SeaWorld Orlando from the hotel – it’s a quick 5-minute walk. It’s definitely nice to be able to skip the busy parking lot and walk right to the front gate of the park.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at the Renaissance as part of a press trip to SeaWorld, and then returned for a day trip as part of the BloggingFL trip. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us at no additional cost to you.
On my last full day of the #BloggingFL trip, I drove a few miles from the Orlando World Center Marriott to the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Upon pulling into the valet parking area, I was pleased to learn that they offer complimentary valet parking to those guests driving hybrid vehicles (as a Prius owner, I love this!).
Self parking and valet parking is available for a fee for hotel guests. I had a day stay room at the hotel, so after dropping off my car, I headed up to my room.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend too much time in the room, because I was really there to spend the day exploring the amenities. The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld has 716 rooms, many of which offer a view of SeaWorld Orlando. I had a king bed room with a sofa, large workspace, and large flat-screen television. WiFi is available for an additional fee. The rooms all surround the 10-story beautiful lobby, which offers several restaurants and bars.
After checking out my room, I had lunch at the Tradewinds Restaurant. My friendly server was so helpful and offered food and drink suggestions. The salad he recommended, the Blackened Gulf Shrimp Chopped Salad, was absolutely delicious. Surprisingly, he remembered me after I was there just once several months earlier! After lunch, I changed into my swimsuit and headed out to the pool for some reading and relaxation.
The pool area at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld was recently upgraded to include the R Aqua Zone, featured above. It’s a great splash and play area for both young and older children, and it was very active while I was there. The R Aqua Zone is tucked away behind the hotel, so you may not even realize it was there if you didn’t venture out that far.
However, since I wasn’t traveling with my children, I instead headed to the main pool area, which features an outdoor pool bar. Two ping pong tables are also available by the pool, and I saw several families enjoying a fun family match. I know my kids would love that if they were with me.
After reading by the pool, I returned to my room to get ready for my spa treatment at the Neu Lotus Spa. A quiet little oasis on the second floor of the hotel, the Neu Lotus Spa is a full service spa. I was treated to an exfoliating treatment followed by a massage, and it was such a fabulous experience. I would definitely recommend treating yourself to a trip to Neu Lotus if you get the opportunity. It’s the perfect break from the theme parks. The massage I got was one of the best I’ve ever had.
After my relaxing treatment, I headed down to Mist Sushi and Spirits, the sushi bar located in the beautiful lobby. This spot is open evenings only, and offers delicious food and drink. I enjoyed my sushi dinner as well as the atmosphere. It’s a fun place to sit, eat, and enjoy the hotel.
I was only at the the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld for a short time, but there are lots of other things to do there, including an arcade, fitness center, frozen yogurt shop, Starbucks, and lobby bar. Its proximity to SeaWorld makes it a great place to stay for families – I’d definitely recommend it. You can learn more on their website, and read reviews here.