For Seaworld Orlando, what is the best hotel to stay at?Sea World Orlando: When visiting Seaworld Orlando, what is the best hotel to stay at? Both in terms of price, and shuttles to and from?
From Michael HudsonMy crew of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids) is hoping to visit Seaworld Orlando in early 2014. We all have Platinum Passes, so we don't need tickets. There are so many hotels in the Orlando area, it's hard to make even an educated guess as to the best value for one's money when staying there. In particular, my constraints are:
Posted September 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM
1) hopefully pay for just one room suite ( maybe 2-3 queens and a pull-out sofa bed? )
2) don't want to drive. So need a shuttle to/from airport, and shuttle to/from Seaworld. If possible, would love to also be close enough to a Mears stop for one of their free shuttles to Busch Gardens Tampa.
3) Inexpensive, but not Travelodge cheap.
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From Brian Emery
Posted September 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando
Full resort - Suits..... 2 Full bathrooms...
I usually play on the Starwood site and find a decent price..
From Mike GallagherBrian said: "Full resort - Suits..... "
Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM
No jeans/t-shirts allowed? Guess I won't be staying there.
From robert morrisDoubletree SeaWorld...has direct access to the parks...great suites and multiple pools and resort amenities and a great deal at its price point
Posted September 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM
From Brian EmeryNice Catch Mike.... Swing and a miss by me...
Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Suites or let's call them Villas...
And your Daisy Dukes will be just fine there...
From Michael HudsonThanks for the suggestions so far...
Posted September 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM
Doubletree definitely sounded convenient to Seaworld, but the only suites seem to be 1K + sofabed, or non-suite with 2 Q. With 6, I need at least 2Q and a sofabed. Also, I was hoping there was a good hotel with free-ish transportation from the airport. The price point at just above $200 a night seemed a bit much... Was hoping for more like $150 or so.
Sheraton Vistana has good big suites at a good price point (1K, 2DBs, 1 Q sofabed for $179). But the website says the park shuttles have a nominal fee. And again, all airport transportation seems lacking.
I'm definitely spoiled by my visits to Disneyworld hotel vacation packages... where airport/hotel is free, and hotel/parks shuttles are free. So, I guess there's nothing quite like that outside of Disneyworld, or is there?
Thanks again for the suggestions. Sheraton seems like the closest winner so far. I'm keep looking!
From Oak AFloridays Resort is a bit further from Seaworld, but offers free theme park shuttle service. I am unsure about airport shuttle connections, however. The rack rate is 188, however if you friend the resort on Facebook, the site says the rate will drop to 159. Also, there is a non-refundable rate of 150. Hope this helps.
Posted October 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM
From James RaoWe stayed at the Sheraton Vistana resort back in 2007 - it was wonderful. We used a relative's timeshare points and the cost was only about $250 for a two bedroom for a week. Loved every minute of that stay. Beautiful resort.
Posted October 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Also, there are plenty of nearby options, like Comfort Suites and Holiday Inns. All are decent hotels for a day or two at SeaWorld.
For luxury accommodations there are several options within a couple miles of the park that would compete with Disney's Deluxe resorts, IMHO. Renaissance Orlando Resort, Marriott's Grande Vista, The Peabody, and Rosen Shingle Creek.
SeaWorld used to offer travel packages that included transportation and other perks if you booked a stay at one of the various Marriott hotels in the area (about a dozen). Of these it is likely the Fairfield Inn on International drive (about 4.5 miles from SeaWorld) is the least expensive option.
Anyway, it has been a few years since I visited SeaWorld, and my notes may be out of date, but I hope it helps nonetheless.
From robert morris@James
Posted October 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM
They actually just added a Fairfield/Springhill Suites on Sea World property which has a nice pool area....for a value property
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