Champion’s World Resort is by no means a stellar resort comparable to most of the Disney properties, Hyatt Grand Cypress, Gaylord Palms or some of the other mega resorts in Orlando. It is also not the worst hotel I have seen in the Central Florida area either. It is one of the cheapest properties I have come across (by cheapest I mean average per nightly cost for a room) in the many years I have been traveling to Orlando. But do not avoid this property because of the price, it is a true value compared to other hotels in the Central Florida area I have found priced between $20 and $30. While there we notice larges patches of dirt everywhere. Areas which probably were once home to nice green lawns and some pretty bushes and shrubs. Overnight someone places dozens of plants and bushes in the patches of dirt; this showed us that Champions World Resort is working on improving their resort instead of watching it decay away like so many other dated hotels along 192.
Surprisingly to us, the hotel room was extremely roomy. We have traveled a lot to the Orlando area recently and Champions Gate World Resort was one of the largest rooms we have had yet for a standard hotel room. Even the bathroom, which sometimes seems like a jail cell in some hotels, was rather big and did not feel cramped at all. While on the topic of the bath room, one of the only complaints I had of the resort was the complexity of adjusting the knobs in the bath tub. It took a few tries before I was able to have a nice warm shower without it being extremely freezing or overly hot.
The room its self was a standard hotel room complete with the chest of drawers, television, coffee maker, iron, table and two chairs. Even with these items in the room there was still lots of space allowing for lots of mobility in the hotel room.
The hotel features three pools on the premises, the largest being the covered pool located next to the main building. During winter we were told this pool is a heated pool, but since it was the summer/ fall time it was somewhat chilly seeing how no sunlight ever hit the pool due to its location under the large covering. Next to the covered pool is a children’s pool. There is nothing special about these pools, no water slides, no water sprayers, they are just pool, but those looking for a bargain hotel are probably willing to sacrifice amenities such as those in order to secure a hotel room for sometimes under $25 a night. The other two pool are located in different areas of the property, one even includes a hotel tub which we did not visit on this trip. The other pools are your standard rectangular pool with plenty of lounge chairs circling the pool. The pool we visited had an area for an outdoors bar which looked like it had not been used since the Village People scored their last #1 hit back in the 1970’s which was a shame. My fiancé made a note of how even more awesome the resort would be if they had the pool bad open and served drinks for the guests. Perhaps in the future they will because it was very apparent there were lots of renovations taking place all over the property.
Speaking of the property, the over grounds looked somewhat dilapidated but as we mentioned, it was obvious they were in the midst of improving the over look of the hotel with new landscaping, renovations taking place in several of the building. Give this resort some time and the end result could make for a nice, rather affordable place to stay.
While Champion’s World Resort calls itself a resort, it lacked many of the amenities one would find in a Central Florida resort including a gym, tennis courts, scheduled activities, children’s areas, and an arcade. Maybe over time these resort amenities will be added but for now, Champions World Resorts lacks the above listed items to truly call itself a resort. The $3 Resort fee guest pay seems to only include use of the pool and free internet while visiting the property, which is a bargain since many other resorts in the Central Florida area charge sometimes over $20 a night for Internet and do not have that many options for their pools in the event they become over crowded at one.
The Restaurant/bar area was above average compared to some mid-ranged hotel in the area. They seemed to always have drink specials and the restaurant looked somewhat like a Denny’s overlooking their covered pool area.
The Lobby area was extremely nice and it was apparent that this was one of the first areas that was remodeled when it was reopened as Champions World Resort. Beware of the people in the area trying to pressure you into seeing time shares though. While they are aggressive, one no is all it took for them to leave us alone.
Perhaps the biggest draw back of Champions World Resort is their location. It is approximately 7 miles from the back entrance to Disney World and close to 10 miles from I-4. The drive to and from the hotel could get old very quickly for the vacationer staying for more than one night at Champions World Resort even though it is a comfortable and affordable place to stay. If you are on a strict budget and do have a car accessible to you or do not mind traveling to the theme parks based on the bus times they provide for you (yes, they do offer complementary bus service to all the theme parks) then the distance can be overlooked seeing how there are several places to eat in the mornings and evenings within walking distance of the hotel.
In conclusion, Champions World Resort is definitely a work in progress. While other out-dated Orlando area hotels charge a relatively small fee for their rooms, you usually get what you paid for (dirty rooms, noisy neighbors, rude staff) but not at Champions World Resort. If you can overlook the distance from the attractions, you will easily find one of the most affordable and comfortable thrifty hotels in the Central Florida area, just do not expect a Disney style resort when you stay at Champions World Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Champions World Resort and Nature Park is situated on 15 tropical acres just 3.5 Miles from the Walt Disney World(R) Resort. The hotel offers scheduled transportation to the Walt Disney World(R) Resort Parks, the Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall, Sea World, Aquatica, and Universal Studios.After a long day at the parks or shopping til' you drop, come back and relax at one of the 3 heated pools (one covered for year round enjoyment) or just grab a drink and relax in the Jacuzzi. Uncover the hidden secret that makes this hotel so special by visiting the 5 acre nature and jogging park. Three separate ponds complete with sandy beaches, paddleboats and lounge chairs. You will also find picnic tables, grilles and a Gazebo for family enjoyment. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy our multi- purpose sports fields, basketball courts, sandy volleyball, fitness center and kids playground. Champions Restaurant is open for your dining pleasure or to watch your favorite sporting event in the Lounge. Champions World Resort has something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Champions World Hotel Kissimmee
- Hotel Champions World