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The Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive is located in the middle of everything, quite literally. Situated behind Orlando’s ICON Park, the Wyndham has easy access to plenty of exciting things to do in the Orlando area. If you are coming to Orlando and want something more than a theme park stay, or if you want to take advantage of the number one hotel rewards program, consider staying at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive.
We were invited as press to stay and review the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive. All opinions are my own.
Wyndham Orlando Resort
The beauty of staying at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on I-drive is the fact that while it is centrally located, it still feels like a resort getaway. The buildings are situated so that while you are walking the grounds, it seems as if you are a world away. However, a few steps out and you can easily reach attractions at ICON Park. More on ICON PARK below.
The grounds at the Wyndham Orlando Resort are truly spectacular. It is a well-manicured and thoughtfully landscaped property. Walk amongst beautiful gardens, neatly trimmed lawns, and duck-filled ponds.
The lobby area also has a full bar as well as charging stations and oversized games for kids and adults to play. We enjoyed playing scrabble and connect for while we were relaxing for the weekend.
This trip for us was one to primarily relax and reconnect from our busy day-to-day life. We are local to Orlando and I would stay here again as a quick trip to get away from it all, yet close enough to enjoy the many varied dining locations in I Drive.
While the Wyndham Orlando has 613 guestrooms, everything is centrally located.
On the property, you will find two pools, a fitness center, a hot tub, a convention center, and two restaurants.
The first restaurant is Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located at the opposite side of the convention center. The upscale dining offers a wide selection of steak and seafood style dishes.
Gatorsville Poolside Bar & Grill is part restaurant part pool bar. It is located next to the pool areas, with indoor and outdoor seating. As the temperatures were rather chilly when we visited, we did not take advantage of any poolside service that may have been offered. However, we did enjoy drinks in the bar while watching football. The Gatorsville Poolside Bar & Grill has an extraordinary breakfast buffet at a very reasonable price. This buffet included made to order waffles, pancakes, and omelets as well as a selection of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, baked goods, yogurt, and plenty of fruit.
Our room at the Wyndham Orlando was one of the most spacious I’ve seen. You know how you can stay in a standard double bedroom and you have very little floor space? That was not the case here.
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While this was a room with two bunkbeds, I could see the other rooms had plenty of space as well. I think that makes this one of the best places to stay with a family so that you have room to Spread out. Our room could have easily slept six. The rooms were also a fresh modern decor with wood flooring, bright colorful artwork, and super thick comfortable mattresses.
As mentioned earlier, the Wyndham Orlando International Drive is right behind Orlando’s ICON park. You can easily walk to the ICON park but keep in mind you will need to cross a rather large parking lot. Especially if you have small children and you do not have a stroller, I would recommend getting an Uber or a Lyft just to get it there, only because you were in a high traffic area.
Within ICON park you will find the wheel, the Orlando Aquarium, Madame Trousseau’s wax museum, Skeletons Museum, and plenty of dining and shopping. Click here for the most up-to-date list of restaurants at ICON Park.
We had the opportunity to visit The Wheel. This is a slow-moving all enclosed 400-foot high Ferris wheel attraction. Formally known as the Orlando Eye, it’s quite similar to the London Eye if you have seen that. I have had the opportunity to visit both at night and during the day and each provides a different view. I think I enjoyed the daytime better because you could see familiar attractions farther out. The nighttime view is also nice with the city and I-drive lit up. If you can time it right visit the wheel during sunset, or fireworks shows at either Universal, Seaworld or Disney to enhance your experience.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Skeletons Museum. This is like no museum you’ve ever experienced. They have over 500 real skeletons and a replica of every animal bird a reptile known to mankind. Young children will particularly enjoy the weird factor and my son who is 15, enjoyed the historical aspect of this museum. You can get through the entire museum in about an hour, or you can make it more fun by doing one of the scavenger hunts they have available at the entrance. If you are visiting the ICON Park or staying at the Wyndham Orlando, I would recommend stopping over there to check it out.
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We enjoyed staying at the Wyndham and would definitely look to this property and other Wyndham Hotels the next time we’re booking.
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