My overall feeling on this place is...uhh...Good, I guess. Yeas, it's good, but it doesn't blow you away for what is supposed to be a "signature Marriott property". The hotel is nice and is definitely upscale, very clean from top to bottom, and has lots of grounds that it shares with the Ritz "next door". But it's missing that feeling of luxury or grandeur that I've come to expect in top tier hotels or near-top tier (4 Diamond) hotels.
Check-In: First impressions are important and I was treated wonderfully upon my arrival. The front desk was accommodating to my requests, which were numerous - crib (pack-n-play), fridge, high-floor, balcony, view of Disney. We got everything on the list at no extra charge. They even offered Free Self-Parking for being Silver Elite, which saved me almost a $100 over my 5 days. Can't ask for more than that. Bell brought up our bags quick and was at our door in minutes when we checked out. 5 Stars
Room: SMALL. I travel a lot on both business and fun and I can't remember the last time I had a room so small. Plus, it had a lot of furniture crammed into it before the fridge and pack-n-play arrived. There was a couch, coffee table, lounge chair, and a desk and office chair all stuffed together in addition to the king-size bed, end tables, and entertainment center with LCD TV. When we added the other two items we were packed in like sardines. Even the balcony was tiny with less than three feet of space out from the window. Everything was clean, which was most important to us, and the room itself was nice but nothing special. 2 Stars.
Bathroom: Again clean and again small, and otherwise unremarkable. Old school shower-tub combo, which I see in most of my business hotels, but rarely anymore in resort style "signature" hotels. Good water pressure on the shower, but the tub and standing room are a little tight. No deal breakers. 3.0 Stars.
Bed: Small pillows. I hate them personally, but I recognize that's just personal taste. Bed was firm and comfortable. No issues. Nice reading lamps on the headboard. 3 Stars.
Parking: Self-park lot is a few hundred feet from the main entrance. Nothing radical. Would like to have seen a guard or someone on duty at night. Coming home from Disney after the fireworks show near midnight and I would rather not have my wife and kids walk from that lot. No incidents and standard fare really, but some hotel employee in sight would have been preferred. 3 Stars.
Location: Essentially down the block from Sea World. It was a 15 minute drive to Universal and maybe 20 mins to Disney. 5 mins to International Drive and I4. We could see the Disney fireworks in the distance if out on our balcony. Solid location if you're not staying on a park property. 3.5 Stars.
Pool: Lots of pool. We had no problems finding a spot with four lounge chairs any day we went. $7 floats on sale that everyone seems to buy. You write your name on them after paying and they'll store them in the clubhouse for you overnight. Lot of dead bugs in the pool late in the day. Yuck. Geckos running wild all over the pool property. We had no issues with it, but worth mentioning if it makes any of the ladies uncomfortable. 3.5 Stars.
Food: We ate at the breakfast buffet the first morning. At the high end for prices for a breakfast buffet based on my experience. They made my daughter a pancake shaped like Mickey. Tasted so bad she took one bite and left the rest. I had a made-to-order omelet that I would classify as the worst tasting omelet I've ever had. In total I paid over $75 for a breakfast (2 adults, 1 child) that we hated. At lunch we ordered by the pool. Wife and I split a quesadilla that was good with chips & queso that were awful. Prices were as expected. After that day we had no interest in eating at the property for the remainder of the trip. 1 star.
Overall: Some good. Some bad. All together unremarkable and less than what I expected for my money. Highlight for me was the service at the front desk at check-in. It was downhill from there. Would I recommend it to the average person? Sure. To any of my savvy travelling friends, probably not, unless they got a good price.
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