A Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld
Upon entering Hilton’s DoubleTree Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld, you might not be surprised to learn that this property is one of the larger DoubleTree’s in the country. However, at check-in, you’ll feel like you’re their only guest as a staff member reaches into a warming drawer producing a fresh chocolate chip cookie with your name on it.
Whether here for a family vacation, a long weekend getaway or a working conference, you have the choice of staying in the 17-floor tower or the more family-friendly Balinese-inspired rooms surrounding courtyards and lagoon pools. The philosophy is to not mix business suits with bathing suits so, whether you’re there for work or play, your comfort is priority number one.
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You will also find an impressive gift shop in the lobby, as well as a large business center that includes The UPS Store, just in case your vacation purchases need to be shipped. Guest room sizes vary from a roomy king to two-room suites, either in the tower with awesome views of the area or in the tropical-themed resort.
With recent additions and renovations, there are over 100,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating any size gathering, whether it be business or a special family event. The ability to utilize both indoor and outdoor space creates a flexible atmosphere from which to plan a wedding fit for royalty or a small, intimate occasion.
Surrounded by meeting venues and ballrooms, a grassy courtyard area provides fire pits and fountains along with a covered pavilion for beautiful outdoor weddings. A recent destination wedding brought hundreds of revelers from India, including a traditional wedding elephant. After rearranging some flora, room was made for the gentle giant to enter the courtyard for the festivities. Obviously, no request is taken lightly by this venue.
On the other side of the 28-acre lushly landscaped property is a family-oriented pool area complete with outdoor ping pong, foosball and pool tables. An oversized checkers or chess table, playground and nine-hole miniature golf course give the kids plenty of activities when taking a break from the theme parks.
Speaking of kids and breaks, Friday is parents’ night out, when you can free yourself of the little ones at Hideaway Cove from 6 to 10 p.m. For a nominal fee, you can drop them off at the clubhouse for a fun night of activities both inside and out. Dinner is included so feel free to enjoy an evening to yourselves. Don’t worry, the kids won’t miss you, although you might be tempted to join them.
Whether walking or taking the shuttle to Sea World, you won’t need your car to visit the home of Shamu. As a SeaWorld Partner Hotel, this DoubleTree allows the convenience of purchasing tickets at your hotel. Extras, such as front-of-the-line access with Quick Queue, free Rescue Tour of the rehabilitation facilities and Priority Entry, are exclusive benefits you’ll enjoy along with free shuttle service and dining discounts.
Dining options at the resort are plentiful, including a breakfast buffet at Laguna. With so many unlimited choices, including an omelet bar for custom-made options, the whole family will be happy. If you happen to be in the lobby during breakfast hours, you’ll be greeted by staff offering mini-Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas to start your day with a kick.
Laguna is also a tasty choice for lunch or dinner, but there is the option for a more casual stop at The Market which offers Starbucks products, sandwiches, pizzas, flatbreads and salads. The Market is open from 6 a.m. until midnight for that late night snack craving.
Other options include the Barefoot Bar, located alongside the Lagoon Pool, and the Sonoma Lobby Bar. The massive lobby is home to a variety of premium wines and global beers plus a Tapas menu for a relaxing break.
Whether arriving for a destination wedding, corporate conference or a family vacation, this property satisfies all your needs, situated in a bubble of lush palm trees and restful surroundings. As a staycation for locals, you will forget you are in the world tourist mecca just down the road from Orlando and relax without ever having to leave the resort. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld is the best of both worlds.