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*(Disclosure I was given a complimentary night stay at the hotel, however all opinions in this article are my own)*
Orlando is one of the busiest cities during the holiday season. While most families look for hotels within the theme park areas, I urge you to look outside of the city and submerge yourself in the beauty of Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Nestled in a quiet area on Universal Blvd, you will be minutes from all of the major attractions, yet have the peace and quiet you want.
One of the things that we enjoyed about our stay at Rosen Shingle Creek was that the hotel had everything we needed. We have stayed at other hotels in the area; however, we usually have to leave to either get a bite to eat or to enjoy some type of family entertainment. This time, it wasn’t the case. The Rosen Shingle Creek has something for everyone in the family regardless of their age.
First Class Accommodations
From the moment you arrive at the Rosen Shingle Creek, you can expect the best quality of service. From valet service to housekeeping, the service is outstanding and they go out of their way to make sure their guests enjoy their stay. For an even more amazing experience, I recommend upgrading to the VIP lounge package, which includes a suite on the 14th floor of this beautiful hotel. It not only has an amazing view of the hotel property, the package includes daily appetizers, unlimited drinks (such as coffee and hot chocolate) and some deliciously delightful desserts! The rooms are very spacious and perfect for a large family. We stayed in one of their Executive Suites. It was amazing to have lots of room for the kids to play in, for us to lounge in and we had our own kitchenette so that we could prepare snacks/meals if we wanted.
Swimming in December
One of the great things about Rosen Shingle Creek is that the hotel features two large pools which are both heated, so yes, you can swim in December. They have a lap pool and a recreational pool that has a zero entry. This was great for us because we have small children. Most hotels do not offer heated pools, so it was a nice surprise for us and of course, the kids absolutely loved it. There is also a nice whirlpool and a pool bar for those wanting to indulge in adult beverages. After we spent some time swimming, we took the kids to the Ice Cream Shoppe which is nearby and then we strolled around the market shops.
When we think of the holidays, we think of time with our family and friends, Christmas trees, and holiday songs. We were amazed by the amount of holiday entertainment the hotel offered. On one of the nights that we were there, we were able to see “The Nutcracker”, which was performed by a local dance studio. It was really good! During the holidays, there is live entertainment performed in the lobby of the hotel at 6:30 pm nightly. The performances are usually put on by local schools in the area.
On Saturdays during the month of December, you can also enjoy the hotel’s Winter Wonderland. This is an event designed for the whole family which includes face painting, arts and crafts, and has something for every age to enjoy. I also recommend taking a tour of the charity trees that the hotel has on display around the lobby. Each tree represents a local charity and they are beautifully decorated with the holiday chocolates they have on display for the 25 days of Christmas. Your family will enjoy this.
One of the things we look for when we book a hotel are the dining options, and what type of plans they have for the kids. The Rosen Shingle Creek has you covered in that area also. They have twelve different restaurants and lounges which offer everything from sushi to Mexican food to American fare. We had the pleasure of eating at their newest restaurant, Tobias Burgers & Brews. The food was delicious. Try the chicken pesto sandwich. It will melt in your mouth! If you don’t want to eat at the restaurants, you always have the option of in room dining. The room service menu is quite extensive. The hotel also offers a Christmas buffet and New Years buffet.
Even if you decide not to stay at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel, I urge you to check out the other Rosen family hotels. There are four in the Orlando area and all offer different experiences for the whole family.
Mr. Rosen is a local philanthropist and was one of the only hotel owners in the area to offer hurricane Irma victims and evacuees special rates to stay at the Rosen hotels. He also just returned from Haiti where he spent a day meeting many of the families for whom he rebuilt their homes after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in Sept. 2016. In total, he rebuilt and repaired more than 100 homes. While he was there, he also dedicated a new school that he had built, that opened two weeks prior to Hurricane Matthew. The school is named L’Institution Mixte St. Jean de Jonc L’Abeille Harris Rosen. It’s quite incredible that the school opened just two weeks prior to the hurricane, providing much-needed shelter to families during the storm.
Fun Fact: You may wonder where Rosen Shingle Creek got its name. In the early 1800s, settlers would log cypress trees down the creek and use them to make shingles for the roofs of the settler’s homes. Thus, the settlers gave the creek its name, “Shingle Creek.” One of the first settlements in the region was called Shingle Creek and was located east of the Shingle Creek waterway. Shingle Creek is known as the headwaters to the Florida Everglades In 1840, a trading post opened near Shingle Mill at the low water crossing point on Shingle Creek, which is a stone’s throw away from the hotel. It is Rosen Shingle Creek’s intent to bring back the old Florida Frontier.
Book your reservation at one of the fabulous Rosen hotels today. You won’t be disappointed!! https://www.rosenshinglecreek.com/