Oct 19 2011
As part of my trip to the premier of Legoland Florida, I stayed at the Marriott World Center hotel. This upscale resort hotel boasts golf courses, a convention center, ten restaurants, and numerous pools for those who want to enjoy the Florida sun.
My room was on the 24th floor overlooking the pool area. In the distance, I could see the recognizable white orb of Epcot from my balcony, and the Nickelodeon Hotel across the highway.
My room, with a king-size bed, sofa, and chair with ottoman, was comfortable and tastefully decorated. Located on the west side of the east tower, it was shaded in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. The room also included plenty of power outlets as well as various television inputs, a safe, and plenty of closet and work space.
The ride down the glass elevators was ear-poppingly fast, and there was a nice, if fleeting, view of the area during the ride. With five elevators for the east tower upper floors, I never had to wait more than a few seconds for an elevator to arrive.
The pool area is sprawling with plenty of seating in lounge chairs (some with shade cabanas) and umbrella-covered tables. The various swim areas and hot tubs included waterfalls and a 106-foot long waterslide as well as an indoor pool and an arcade. There’s even a topiary-surrounded sandbox for the little tots. My Minnesota friends will understand when I say that the pool area reminded me of the Waterpark of America, except outdoors and without the big waterslides and wave pool.
For those who many have forgotten sun essentials, the hotel’s gift shop includes swimwear, sunscreen, pool toys, and other amenities. The food court is located just off the pool area for easy access late-morning to early-evening eating for those enjoying the pool. The Pavilion sports bar is an outdoor restaurant in the pool area that includes a kids’ menu; my $14 fish sandwich with chips and $10 margarita were not large in size, but were very tasty. A surcharge of 20% was automatically added to my restaurant bill, bringing the total to nearly $35 for a sandwich, chips, and drink.
Other restaurant options include Solara, whose breakfast buffet includes made-to-order omelets and an excellent variety of food, and Japanese cuisine, where I found that sushi is enjoyable and surprisingly affordable. A Starbucks coffee shop is found in the lobby next to a small convenience shop, and there are more upscale options such as the Hawk’s Landing steakhouse on the premises as well. According to Executive Chef Greg Picard, all of the foods and pastries in the hotel are made on-site, and they even have a chocolate room where they make some delightful confections. The hotel’s large convention center has the ability to do a banquent for 10,000 people at one time.
From my room on the pool side of the east tower, I had a beautiful view of the pool area both day and night, and could see the Disney fireworks each evening.
Although the rooms and suites at the Marriott World Center don’t accommodate families of six, connecting rooms are available. To see pricing for connecting rooms, check the “room packages” tab in the online reservations system.
While the Marriott World Center will not be the first choice of budget-minded families, those who are looking for an upscale experience in Orlando will find it to be a well-maintained property with beautiful views and a large, relaxing pool area.
These are all of my photos from the Marriott World Center. Click on each to see a larger picture.
Legoland Florida paid for my expenses to visit Florida for the grand opening of Legoland Florida. I chose what to write and how to share the experience with my readers.