The decision between a vacation home or a hotel for your Orlando trip can be a tough one. For example, do you want an on-site spa, but enjoy having the incredible convenience of a full kitchen? Here’s an insider’s tip – you can have both! During a recent trip, my family and I discovered Lighthouse Key in Kissimmee, Florida. This condotel is going on my favorites list because of the way it combines resort amenities and condo-style space with a comfort usually only found at home.
Just 4 miles from Disney World, Lighthouse Key is technically in Kissimmee, but so close to major attractions like Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World, that it is competes well in the Orlando hotel space.
Lighthouse Key boasts Mission Revival architecture. The red tile roof, classical columns and refined arches work very well in sunny Florida. When checking in at the clubhouse, I was thrilled to see a variety of snacks for sale. My family and I hit the freezer full of reasonably priced ice cream a couple times a day during our stay. The lobby area feels like a residential great room. It overlooks the U-shaped swimming pool and hot tub. After a pleasant five-minute check-in, we were given our key cards and were off to explore our rooms.
ROOMS and BEYOND
There is nothing smaller than a 1,000 square-foot two-bedroom condo at this hotel! Accommodations range from the two-bedroom to a four-bedroom. All have full kitchens stocked with pans, flatware, plates, cups and a coffee maker. My first impression of our two-bedroom condo was, “Ah the space!” The two boys ran to the first bedroom to stake claim on the beds. Their room had a twin bed and a trundle bed. Their favorite room amenity was the TV they didn’t have to share with my husband and I. I can’t imagine why.
The most impressive amenity in the master bedroom (to me) was the walk-in closet. Even in the numerous high-end luxury hotels I’ve had the opportunity to stay in as a luxury travel writer, I’ve never experienced a room with such a capacity for storage. It was a true luxury to not trip over our large suitcase. Past the closet was a big bathroom with separate tub and shower.
Outside, the family pool and hot tub were where the kids liked to be when not in the room. There is also a lap pool for adults, a café for light bites and a full-service spa. With the exception of daily maid service, the hotel has everything you probably love about a resort.
On our last night, we invited over family staying in a nearby hotel for pizza night (ordered from just down the street). Between the large dining table and the couch and chairs in the family room, we had plenty of space. The boys showed off their room (and TV) to their cousins while the adults talked and relaxed until late at night. The evening ended in the on-site arcade and billiards room. Our Orlando family vacation was ideal. A good part of that was due to our choice to stay at Lighthouse Key.
Just based on the fact that I chose to write about this hotel means I enjoyed it. I give this hotel four stars for its wonderful blending of home and resort. It is a fantastic choice for your next vacation.
For more information on Lighthouse Key, an Orlando hotel or to book a stay, please visit their website.
Examiner’s Note: Thank you to Ted Yeatts for all your help!
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