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.
Full resort - Suits..... 2 Full bathrooms...
I usually play on the Starwood site and find a decent price..
No jeans/t-shirts allowed? Guess I won't be staying there.
Suites or let's call them Villas...
And your Daisy Dukes will be just fine there...
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!
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Anyway, it has been a few years since I visited SeaWorld, and my notes may be out of date, but I hope it helps nonetheless.
They actually just added a Fairfield/Springhill Suites on Sea World property which has a nice pool area....for a value property