Given that we have been to Orlando so often, I was a bit surprised by the amazing experience we had at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort. The Resort is conveniently located quite near the Disney complex, so a nice plus was the nightly display of the fireworks from Epcot. Although Bonnet Creek does offer a shuttle to most of the major parks, with a frequent schedule of drop off and pick-ups, there is a charge for this service. It can be convenient if for example you want to send your teens to the park without having to bother with taking them, or if you have a small party (i.e., 1 or 2) it might be cheaper than paying for parking. But that said we typically choose to drive ourselves, it’s just more convenient. Also, even though the resort offers so many on-site amenities that there is no compelling reason to leave the resort, there are distinct advantages to having a car at Bonnet Creek. First of all, the added mobility makes it easier to enjoy all that Orlando has to offer, like being able to stock up on groceries and other shopping (Walmart, Target and Publix are just a few of the nearby stores, and don’t get me started on the Outlet Malls) or enjoy a night out at one of the hundreds of superb restaurants located within a fairly short drive. For example, Downtown Disney is a 2.5 mile drive or about 10 minutes while Discovery Cove & Sea World are about 7.5 miles which equates to less than a 15 min drive. Just note that drive times can be much longer after the parks let out due to all the traffic trying to get to the same places. Second on-site parking is free so there is no downside. We stayed in a beautiful 2 bedroom condo which overlooked one of the pool complexes. The condo offers an enormous living/dining area, with a fully equipped kitchen. The master bedroom has a King bed, jacuzzi tub and private bath with a shower. Whereas in the 2nd bedroom the boys had 2 queen beds. We had a nice flat screen in the living room and both bedrooms, as well as a DVD player. Internet was OK, but sort of hit or miss except during the day when most people are gone. An added plus of being in a condo is being able to do laundry with the washer & dryer in the room. This means you can pack lighter and don’t have to lug around as much baggage. This is a good time to point out that this resort is a Time-Share - meaning that unlike a hotel there is no daily maid service (hence the negative comments from uninformed guests). But we’ve always considered having to wash our towels a fair trade off for not being confined in the small space of a hotel room. Also although check in is typically very easy, you’ll be sent to retrieve your parking pass from another desk where you will be asked about their resort tour (translated as time share sales pitch). You should politely decline unless you want to be tied up for 2 or 3 hours. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. For example, when we had a problem with our dishwasher they were very quick to send someone up and also did a call back to make sure the problem was resolved.
One of the best amenities is you have use of all pools and lazy rivers on the entire resort. The kids gravitated to the pool complex with the slide, while we tended to walk across to the main pool near the Pirate Ship which was generally a bit quieter and more adults. The bar serves up great drinks. You can also pick up Putt Putt clubs in Tower 6 and enjoy complimentary Putt Putt on property. Another really nice feature are the gas grills - very handy if you want to save a bit and grill a steak or burgers. They also have the La Cocina Pizzeria where you can grab a bite to eat, or they will also deliver to your room. Another option is the Deep Blu Seafood Grille at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort hotel next door. Although expensive, it is very nice with an incredible menu featuring great sushi. We will definitely return to this property, especially if we are just looking for a place to kick back and relax.
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Bonnet Creek Hotel
- Wyndham Orlando
- Fairfield Orlando At Bonnet Creek Resort
- Bonnet Creek Resort Orlando
- Orlando Wyndham
- Fairfield Bonnet Creek
- Bonnett Creek Resort