Every time we plan a trip with the kids we get caught up over-thinking everything. At the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, they've already taken the thinking out of the equation and have made it so easy to have a wonderful time.
For starters, we were smart enough to bring a babysitter, though the Ritz can assist you with that. We reserved connecting rooms on the 9th floor with a pleasant view of the lake and golf course. Rooms were spotless, check-in was effortless. The bellman even assisted in locking off the minibar in the kids room as i know that would have been rifled through almost immediately.
The hotel itself is rather grand..with an enormous pool area...great restaurant off the pool (Bleu) as well. This is the first Ritz that i've seen that is not only kid-friendly but fairly opulent at the same time..and without being stuffy at all. Everyone is treated like they belong and are appreciated...and thats what ive come to expect there.
Room service was on time...plenty of movies On-demand for the kids. While we didnt use the Ritz Kids Club...we were made aware of all the activities and programs they had...perhaps next time.
Traveling to the parks was easy...Ritz does provide transportation or its 15-20 min by car...unleass your going to Sea World or Universal and then its much shorter.
I have stayed at this hotel probably 20x or more now...and i have never had a bad time there. I've eaten at Norman's which is quite good...and am awaiting the new restaurant that is supplanting the original one on the lower level.
As i live in Naples, it's a quck 2.5 hr drive to Orlando with no traffic. Its close enough so i dont need to fly but far enough away to feel like im in a different world. More and more restaurants are popping up nearby the Ritz too so the location which was once scorned i believe no longer has any stygma whatsoever. I will be back to this hotel many many times...i hope they continue to shine...i have little doubt in my mind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 500-acre nature inspired luxury resort is located 10 miles from Walt Disney World; 10 miles from Airport and 7 miles from Universal Orlando. Guests can enjoy on-site eco-tours, kayaking, fishing, tennis courts, championship golf course, award-winning spa with adult-only pool and dining by James Beard award-winning chefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Hotel Orlando
- Ritz Orlando