This luxury style resort is conveniently located within minutes of Walt Disney World (about 1.5 miles from the main gate of the theme parks) and 20 minutes from the Orlando airport. The resort itself is located on 65 acres of land that are beautifully maintained, while the hotel contains a spectacular atrium that fills the entire resort with a sun drenched glow.
The layout of the resort allows you to experience three Florida environments, the Everglades, the old world charm of St. Augustine and the island fun of Key West. Rooms at the hotel are separated by these three sections, with the room’s decor matching the theme of the Florida location. The layout of the hotel also matches these Florida themes, allowing you to walk through the mist of the Florida Everglades (including visiting the alligator bayou), or walk through the Spanish fort reminiscent of old St Augustine.
The resort itself contains over 1400 guest rooms (including 106 suites and nine Presidential Suites). Choose from the Key West guest rooms, with cabana striped fabrics or Everglades guest rooms with rustic and soothing décor. St. Augustine rooms offer guest a Spanish/Mission style décor. For a step up in luxury you can book an Emerald Bay guest room – offering extra privacy and exclusive additional amenities.
Dining options are abundant at the Gaylord Palms. For fine dining you can visit the Old Hickory Steakhouse. Known for its Black Angus steaks, and award winning wine list, they offer the perfect upscale dining experience.
Casual diners can choose from Sora, Sunset Sam’s Fish Camp and Villa de Flora. Two bars/lounges are on site and quick snack options are also available at the resort. You can also enjoy in room dining.
Recreation options at the resort include two pools and a Recreation Park. Clearwater Cover contains the main, family oriented pool with an octopus waterslide, a sand play area and a water play area for kids. The South Beach Pool area is an adult only luxury pool. The Coquina Dunes Recreation Park offers guests a Bocce Court, an Executive Putting Course and a Croquet Lawn.
Kids can also participate in La Petite Academy Kid’s Station, a supervised activity station for kids between the ages of 3 -14.
Adults can visit the Canyon Ranch SpaClub for a deep cleansing facial or island scalp massage. Get pampered with a manicure and pedicure or for those looking to workout – visit the resorts 4,000 square foot fitness center.
Overall the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee Florida is a top notch luxury style hotel, right in the heart of Central Florida. World class accommodations and service make this one of the best resorts in the Orlando Florida area.
Gaylord Palms Review – May 2008
This was actually our second visit to this resort. The first visit being as part of a business convention trip back in 2005. This year’s trip was part of a nine day stay in Orlando, with four nights at the Gaylord Palms. The overall layout and grounds at the resort are truly spectacular. The check in process was handled very professionally; we were even allowed to check in a few hours before the posted check in time. Our rooms were located in the St Augustine section of the hotel, with inside balconies, which were a nice touch. It was nice to sit out on the balcony of the room and enjoy the view – you almost forget you are looking inside the hotel. With the atrium style roof and the lush gardens below you – it is hard to believe you are not outside.
We were traveling with two small children so the family pool area was a hit. The large octopus pool was great and the water splash area was refreshing. The tables by the pool area worked out well for having lunch poolside – the only drawback is that you have to order food at the bar and walk it back to the pool area. Our stay included two weekdays and Saturday and Sunday. The weekdays by the pool were fine, but when Saturday hit – it seemed like the hotel became overrun with children. The pool area was unbearable on Saturday – the size of the pool (although quite large) could not accommodate the number of people using it. Also with no lifeguards on duty – the patrons in the pool were out of control – with children climbing UP the slide from the pool, running around the deck area, moving chairs too close to pool edge, etc. It was obvious the pool area could not handle the crowd. The resort does have a second pool, but it was for adults only.
The service received during our stay was excellent – I would definitely recommend this hotel. The size of the rooms was great for a family of four. Adjoining rooms are also available. This resort is geared for conventions, but often will have special rates during the non-convention times of year. If you can secure a good deal on a room here, you will get to experience a top luxury hotel in the heart of Orlando.