I had the privilege of being able to stay this past weekend at the Gaylord Palms located on the edge of the Walt Disney World Resort property. I wanted to share my stay with you all and show you exactly what all this resort has to offer! First off this hotel has 9 floors of rooms (1,291 rooms to be exact) 115 suites, and over 100 meeting rooms that total over 400,000 square feet of meeting space alone. Combine this with restaurants, a full service spa, a huge outdoor water playground and more. In my opinion, this hotel has something for everyone.
My room was amazing at this resort. The first thing I noticed about this room was the massive size, and the patio that opened up to my balcony looking over the atrium of the hotel. The room had a nice sized tub/shower, a double sink with a lighted mirror to speed up getting ready in the morning for families, a huge flat screen TV, nice closet space, and a refrigerator for all my snacks and drinks. The two queen beds were comfortable to sleep on and the ceiling fan really made me feel like I was at home! I spent a lot of time sitting on the balcony at the beginning and the end of my day to get ready and chill out after a fun filled day!
The enclosed atrium was what made me fall in love with this resort! This resort has two themed atrium’s. Saint Augustine had a fort, an alligator pool, a steakhouse, the Fountain of Youth, shopping, and more! The second atrium was themed for Key West. This atrium included more shopping, rooms, meeting space, and a crystal clear pond that had a huge sailboat in it that acted as seating for a restaurant. It was also nice to see so much tropical plants, trees, and waterfalls in this atrium, I remember walking around the place amazed at just how beautiful it was and how relaxed it made me feel.
I didn’t get a chance to try out the spa, however I did go get a sneak peek of the place and the services that they have to offer. When I say this spa is full service I am not kidding. Not only do they have typical massages but you can also get a hair cut, manicures and pedicures, facials, couples services, and more! Make sure you go check out the shop in the spa as well to get some awesome hair and body products as well as something to help you relax when you get back home from vacation.
The pool is where I spent most of my time while I was at the resort. This outdoor pool area is huge! There are two main pools here. The first pool is a family pool that has a zero entry way, basketball nets installed in the middle for some games, a outdoor stage with a huge TV and sound system to play music and show events for the day, and a nice outdoor bar that has snacks, food, and of course your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. For the kids there was an awesome water play area that had multiple slides, water cannons, and a huge bucket of water on top that dumped thousands of gallons of water every few minutes! Secluded away from the family play area is the adult only themed area. This area (18 and up) has a nice lap sized pool and 2 large whirlpools that can hold a ton of people in them! If you stay all day at the pool, also check out the cabanas that you can rent! They have nice chairs, TVs installed in them, and a waitress to bring you food and drinks as you need it.
While I was there I decided to try out Wreckers Sports Bar. This restaurant had a awesome relaxed feel to it. There were traditional seats as well as rows of seats that faced the massive 2 story TV on the wall! The food here was really good as well! I had smothered tater tots for an appetizer, ribs for an entree, and cheesecake for dessert. Everything I put in my mouth was amazing here, and the beer was also nice and cold!
After spending two nights in this hotel, I did not want to leave. I have not seen a more beautiful resort around Disney. The atrium alone was enough to make me want to come back! I also have to comment on the hospitality here. After check in, I went out to explore the hotel. When I returned to my room I had a “welcome” gift from the PR department of dried fruits, nuts, sparking water, juices, and bottled spring water. I spoke to many people there who were celebrating something and they had nice things waiting for them as well. They seem to go above and beyond here which is something that you don’t see much anymore. This hotel also hosts one of my favorite Christmas events, ICE! For more on the event click here. Also if you want to see more pictures and learn more about the Gaylord Palms, check out their website here.