Last time we visited the Kissimmee area, we stayed in the vacation rentals of Windsor Hills. And, while they were definitely nice, with a full kitchen, three bedrooms, a nice pool and other amenities–this time I really wanted to stay in a luxurious hotel. I wanted to be able to order room service, valet park, not deal with cleaning up and be able to get service at the push of a button. I was feeling the need to be pampered. For this reason, we decided to stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee.
If you have never been to the Gaylord Palms, prepare to be amazed. This place is massive and there are new places to explore around every corner.
As you enter the main lobby area, you get a glimpse of the atrium and the world that it holds. Like I mentioned, the place is huge and filled with beautiful plants (all real!), rivers and waterfalls, fish and alligators. Many of Florida’s landmarks are recreated here–including the Spanish Fort in St. Augustine, the Everglades, Key West, and even South Beach. On certain days of the week, they feed the baby alligators and invite the guests to watch the show.
It seemed like every corner of the atrium had a different restaurant or shop to explore. That is restaurant seating in that sailboat and there are real live Florida fish in the water below.
The Gaylord Palms has recently undergone millions of dollars worth of guest room renovations and is currently building a huge new pool/waterslide complex.
We were a bit disappointed that their themed pool was closed but the South Beach pool was just as much fun as we needed. Cypress Gardens, which will include a treehouse water slide/water play area is scheduled to open in Spring 2012–and we are looking forward to that. Judging from the sketches of the new pool–it will be pretty awesome!
Gaylord Palms is very centrally located. We were very close to the Disney Parks with easy access to Hwy 192 to explore other Kissimmee attractions. It seemed that we were about 10 or 15 minutes from every attraction. Even Universal Orlando was only about 20 minutes away in traffic.
The Gaylord Palms also has some great rates for Florida residents and special packages including the “DreamWorks Experience Package” and the “Buy One Night, Get One Free” for your birthday!
If you go, let me know what you think!