Extensive renovations, though not yet complete as this is being written (which were also rumored to include a name change to the Doubletree Orlando Resort International Drive), have brought this nicely landscaped 28-acre resort back to life -- the grounds filled with flowing fountains, waterfalls, and gardens blooming with color. Located just feet from SeaWorld (and its sibling parks), and just minutes from I-Drive, it's a good option for guests who plan on venturing beyond Disney's World. Rooms, redesigned to include a sliding partition that, if you like, can close off the vanity from the main room, are more sophisticated now -- some even border on being chic and trendy with splashes of color. Select rooms sport laminate wood floors, while others are carpeted; views range from the pool (interior) to the parking lot (exterior). Palm-lined pools (including three main pools and two attended kids' pools), a small mini-golf course, a kid's club, and a full-service spa are just a sampling of what you'll find to keep you busy when staying here. On-site dining options are plentiful and varied, though a slew of restaurants line nearby I-Drive for those who prefer to venture out.
- © Frommer's 2013
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