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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Ranked #18 of 152 Hotels in Kissimmee
Boca Raton, Florida, Usa
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

The Gaylord Palms has seen even more improvement since my last stay there - It's is now managed by Marriott and it appears they have invested a substantial amount of time, energy and $'s improving on this already good hotel. The entire place is one huge garden really with meticulous attention to the greenery. It has a light and airy feel to the whole place. We paid a premium for a room in the Emerald Bay section of the resort. In my opinion it is not worth paying that premium and in future I will stick to the St. Augustine section. Food on the premises is expensive but that is to be expected. I would have given this review 5-stars had it not been for the lack of view from our balcony (too low on the 3rd floor) in this premium room location. Never the less I will continue to recommend the hotel and will undoubtedly stay there again as it compares so well to the level of service and ambience of a Disney resort at a fraction of the price.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

This 5 star property in Orlando, Florida is truly one of the loveliest properties ever conceived! Highlights include the soaring Atrium, under which are themed areas showcasing the geography of Florida, from the Keys, to St. Augustine, to the Everglades. I have now stayed at this property three times over the course of 10 years, and each stay continues to exceed my expectations. It is virtually a city within a city, and although you are conveniently located to major attractions, you could easily stay in the hotel for days on end and never want for anything! With a health club, spa, two pools, numerous restaurants and shops, the Gaylord is a destination that will not disappoint.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I stayed at the Gaylord Palms for a conference. This is a HUGE hotel. There are many dining choices of varied price range, though all a little bit pricey. Fortunately the hotel is just blocks away from many other dining choices. The staff were helpful and friendly. I did not use the pool, but it looked great. There is a separate adults-only pool, which is pretty near the general pool, but I appreciate the effort there. The decor is whimsical without being overly tacky. It's nice to stroll around the giant atrium and stop to watch the aligators (there are feedings every couple of days) and the fish in many different ponds. Finally, I don't think this hotel could be any more close to Disney unless it was in the family. It's just a few miles down the road, on the same exit off of I-95. They also offer a free shuttle service to the parks. If you planned this well, it would be very useful (since parking at all Disney resorts is pretty expensive), but the shuttles run once an hour or so, and requires some forethought. This hotel is a great choice for a vacation, and was a nice change of pace for a conference.

Room Tip: Atrium rooms definitely have a more interesting view, but the large atrium can be very echoy and you...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

This hotel had a lot of people staying at it when we went. The breakfast buffet is great. The beds are comfy. My one critique would be that it was really really crowded at the pool, so we went back up to room and second only one elevator was working. The wait was long for the elevator, so a few times, we gave up and took the stairs.

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DeBary, Florida
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Our stay was enjoyable even during a 20,000 parent,child, educator, home schooling convention. We are a 36 & 40 year old couple without children and still had a romantic two days. The Buffet served delicious dinner and breakfast and the day of check out we checked our bags and were able to stay until 6pm for no additional charge. The 4.5 acre atrium is filled with the most breathtaking foilage, fish, turtles, & even gators. Our room was enjoyable with a balcony on the 7th floor overlooking the atrium.

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Ever have your florida vacation spoiled by rain? Not at Gaylord Palms. The huge atrium offers a view of alligators, huge tarpon, snakes, turtles, koi, a treasure, lush landscape with waterfalls and even 3 different landscapes to choose from depending on your mood. Not to mention a wonderful spa, an adult pool with 2 Jacuzzis, and a kiddie water play area sufficient for toddlers and tweens, and yes there is more... a megatron TV in front of the family pool! I could not believe the diversity experienced here. The restaurant selections were delicious and as diverse as diverse as the landscape. The convention center was convenient and meet all of our needs. I can not say enough about how this hotel/convention center met and went above our expectations.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is the first time I write a review on trip advisor and feel the Gaylord deserves every positive word. We just returned from a homeschool convention weekend and everything was amazing. Gorgeous hotel, beautiful and comfortable rooms, clean (and I'm a clean freak), multiple restaurants with delicious food, gluten free options that I wasn't expecting, and every single staff member went beyond my expectations. They were friendly, helpful and even a delight with my children. The chefs would personally walk me through what was gluten free. One of them was so attentive. The other one, not so much. The activities offered for the kids were great. The pool and water park spectacular. The convention center...I can go on and on. The only down side is that the wait for the elevators was quite bad. But overall, I had a great experience and will be returning in the future.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Address: 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Kissimmee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kissimmee
#3 Spa Hotel in Kissimmee
#3 Business Hotel in Kissimmee
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kissimmee
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Kissimmee
#12 Family Hotel in Kissimmee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 4*
Number of rooms: 1416
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just minutes from Central Florida's world-famous theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea World, the 1,416-room Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is the ideal destination for leisure and business travelers alike. This spectacular resort in Kissimmee, Florida features 4.5 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and themed environments beneath a signature glass-covered atrium. On-site leisure and recreation opportunities abound with the Cypress Springs Water Park, featuring a double FlowRider and drop slide in addition to a multi-level treehouse water playground; the adults-only South Beach Pool; Forbes Travel Guide's Four Star Relache Spa & Salon; Wreckers Sports Bar, featuring a two-story sports screen; and a 24 hour fitness center. And with eight restaurants and lounges ranging from fine dining at Old Hickory Steakhouse to casual poolside fare at SandBar, Gaylord Palms offers something for every appetite. ... more   less 
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Gaylord Palms Hotel Kissimmee
Gaylord Resort
Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando
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