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I was invited to an all-expense paid trip to Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld, courtesy of Hilton, to attend the #DTResortOrlando Event in exchange for my coverage. No other compensation was provided. All views shared are completely my own.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld last month. They recently renovated their property and have done an incredible job. This is the perfect setting if you want to have a destination wedding with that all-in-one package or just enjoy a wonderful family vacation or a weekend getaway. The hotel also offers options to accommodate groups of any size and has plenty of board rooms for even small meetings.
My family had the chance to explore the hotel property and we found that there truly is something to do for the entire family. Once you enter the hotel, make sure to grab a delicious warm chocolate chip cookie. Yum! The lobby now features a new space, SONOMA, which is a great place to grab some drinks and tapas, especially after a night out on the town. It is also great place to meet up with friends after work. You can also enjoy the news or football game as they added a high definition projector TV in the lobby.
There are two sections to the hotel. One is a tower which is made up of 17 floors and then they have what I call small bungalows. We stayed on the 9th floor in the tower and the view was absolutely amazing! You can see most of Orlando, so if you want an amazing view make sure you book your room on the 9th floor or higher.
My family has allergies, and many times when we stay at a hotel, we wake up with puffy eyes or itchy throats. Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld offers Pure Allergy friendly rooms! These allergy-friendly rooms feature mold resistant surfaces and special A/C units with medical-grade purifiers that remove 99% of pollutants from the air. We could tell the difference every morning. Some of the other rooms that are not in the tower offer the same amenities as the tower. You can book a king bed or two queen beds. The rooms were recently renovated as well. Ask for a suite if you are looking for a larger space.
The tower also features a gym that was recently renovated to include some of the newest equipment on the market. Whether you like lifting weights or using the treadmill, you will like what the gym has to offer!
The hotel offers 3 other dining options for you, which is great for families with children. We have stayed in hotels before that do not offer any type of dining and it sometimes is inconvenient to pack up the kids to drive somewhere to get a bite to eat. I was excited that they offered a variety of dining options. One of the restaurants is Laguna. We had breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. Their breakfast buffet is fantastic. They offer a variety of food, including made to order omelets, French toast, fruit, pancakes, and more. For lunch, I recommend the wings. They truly are finger licking good. For dinner, try the DT Club. Aside from Laguna, you can also visit Market, which is good for a quick bite before bed or something fast if you want to head to theme parks early in the morning. Another option is Barefoot Bar. It is located next to the first pool once you cross the hotel lobby, and they offer some really good quick bites and drinks.
When you travel with kids, it is always important to look for a hotel that offers entertainment for them. One of the things I loved about the hotel was that they have a kid’s club where you can watch movies with your kids, color, and play board and arcade games. You can also play putt putt golf for free! As an added bonus, on Friday nights, the hotel offers a service where you pay $12 an hour per child and they will watch them at night so you can enjoy some adult alone time.
Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld has two pools; one for adults with a nice little waterfall and a second pool which is geared more as a family pool and is a bit larger. In the lobby, they have a billboard which shows the activities that they have planned for the day. They usually have a family pool party from 1pm-4pm on the weekends, and a pool movie night.
If you are looking for a complete package which includes hotel and theme park tickets, head towards the lobby and visit the Vacation Package Office. Because the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld is a hotel partner with Seaworld, they offer some really good packages for Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and Seaworld.
During our stay, I had the pleasure of visiting Discovery Cove. What an awesome experience! You feel as if you are on your own private island. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive theme park, which means that all of your food and drinks are included in the price of the tickets; however, if you want to swim with dolphins you will need to pay extra for that. My husband swam with the dolphins and it was an incredible experience. Something he will remember forever. You can also visit the aviary where there are more than 75 different types of birds from all over the world. If you can’t swim with the dolphins, you can still swim with tropical fish, stingrays, sea eels, and sharks, but don’t worry, as they are enclosed behind a glass. This is a must do on your bucket list. It is a once in a lifetime experience!
Seaworld offers a variety of entertainment for all ages with different festivals throughout the year. One of the things we really enjoyed was the Dine with SHAMU. It is a lunch or dinner buffet, and while you’re eating, you are entertained by pilot whales. After you eat, you can head over to Shamu’s stadium to have a more intimate encounter with the killer whales and learn more about killer whales, what they eat, how they exercise and how Seaworld is helping different animals through rehabilitation.
Overall, I was very impressed by the cost of the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld. You can travel on a budget with your family yet have an experience of staying at a luxury hotel. If you are coming to Orlando on your next vacation, check out the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld at http://www.dtresortorlando.com/save.