My Experience with Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld Orlando

hilton grand vacation keyFor  those of you who read my initial post, you know that I went to Orlando on behalf of Hilton HHonors for a #HHGetaway vacation!

It is quite obvious in my day one and day two blog posts, that I had an incredible time! Not only did I partake in delicious food and awesome adventures, I also stayed in fantastic accommodations!  I just have to tell you about it!

The incredible hotel we stayed in: The Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld International Center, Orlando Florida.

When I first found out where we were staying, I immediately looked it up online. I was all kinds of curious about the hotel. The pictures on the main website were lovely, and the amenities sounded incredible, I couldn’t wait to check it out!

hilton staff is wonderfulWhen I arrived, I was greeted with a smile and got the most superb service from Milka! When I saw her a few days later, she remembered me and asked me about my stay. She and all the rest of the staff I encountered were very welcoming.hilton seaworld orlando lobby

Once I settled in, I walked around the grounds, I quickly realized that the images online don’t do justice for the place itself. In fact, I was so impressed with the Hilton Grand Vacations that we paid to stay there one more night!

If you are headed to Orlando in the future, I HIGHLY recommend staying at the Hilton Grand Suites at SeaWorld. Now…. let me tell you why I recommend the Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando.

coffee bar in provisions hilton

Food

As a flight attendant, I stay in a lot of hotels, and I can attest that most of them have a similar bar and room service menu. Options always feel limited and most of the time I end up walking somewhere to get something to eat. Well, at the Hilton Grand Vacations I was impressed with the non-standard options. While they do offer room service comforts, they don’t stop there. They have a mini market and restaurant right on site!

provision market and deli

Having a market with all the essentials was VERY handy during my stay! The Provisions Market & Fresh Deli provides an excellent selection of groceries, spirits, and specialty food items. When I realized I forgot a razor? I just picked one up at the mini market – without firing up the rental car and driving to the nearest shop! How convenient!

Now, I know having a mini market onsite is familiar in many extended stay hotels, but are they ever affordable? I can seriously tell you that getting a breakfast and coffee in the morning here was cheaper than anywhere nearby! The croissant with ham, cheese and egg was my go-to in the mornings! I liked it so much I got it two days in a row! There was an option to combine it with a grande Starbucks coffee for only $5.95. Not a bad deal, right?

breakfast at provisions market hilton Beyond the market, there was a poolside restaurant that I had breakfast in as well as late night pool cocktails. The Coral Reef Bar and Grille is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour! The breakfast was pleasing to all at the table, but the drink service was slow at night (mind you there was a lot of people at the pool still).

I was so impressed by the unique menu dishes, the snacks and conveniences at the market.  Having such great options at the hotel is rare, and when it is affordable too? Almost unheard of.

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Rooms

The bedroom suite that I stayed in was immaculate. When I first entered, I was in awe of the spacious condominium-style accommodations. From first sight, this suite had it all!

The suite didn’t fall short on any level. There was a stackable washer and dryer and provided laundry detergent that came in handy for drying soaked clothes (read my trip post to read about the rainy weather we had).

kitchen suite hilton grand vacations The kitchen was large enough that it was ideal for cooking and eating in comfort. There was a full size refrigerator (great for restaurant leftovers), oven with range and microwave! The kitchen was fully stocked with utensils, mixing bowls, serving dishes and even a blender! This kitchen had more in the cupboards and drawers than what my husband had in his kitchen while we were dating!

kitchen in hilton vacations suites

Next to the kitchen was a large dining room table that seated six! Along with a spacious storage closet and couch with chair, the living spaces were similar to the convenience of your own home. This is great for families or week long trips!

Maybe the best part of this elegant room was the large bath and contemporary bedroom. The bathroom included a giant whirlpool tub and separate shower. There were two sinks and gorgeous marble everywhere. The bed was a heavenly bed – one that was hard to get out of, even if the activities for the day were very enticing. The bed felt just like sleeping at home – comfortable, clean and cozy!

hilton grand vacations bed orlando

Staying at the Hilton Grand Vacations felt like home. With the multiple separate rooms of the suite, it was basically an apartment. It included everything you’d need down to the laundry basket! The suite was elegant yet allowed for practical living.

Oh… and as a blogger a HUGE perk was the complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

 Location

Like many others, one of the most important aspects of a hotel is location. I have decided where to stay solely based on this alone. hilton grand vacations orlando directions location

The drive from the Orlando International Airport is just 15 minutes to the hotel. Once there, the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld is surrounded by some of the world’s most famous attractions, including Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando. It is very centrally located.

Walt Disney World FloridaWe spent a day at SeaWorld, and it literally is right across the street. You can even see the fireworks from the hotel room balcony! While we opted to take the complimentary shuttle to SeaWorld, you could easily walk right there!

The complimentary scheduled shuttle is a great way to get to and from SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Studios in Orlando. We also spent a day at Disney World, it wasn’t but a 15 minute drive there.seaworld free willy

Some additional local attractions nearby include:

  • Florida Mall
  • Prime Factory Outlet Mall
  • Discovery Cove
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Port Canaveral
  • kids room hilton grand orlando

For the Kids

There are some excellent perks for the little ones to enjoy at the Hilton Grand Vacation SeaWorld. Whether the children are itty bitty or teens, there is plenty to do within the hotel property.

I got a sneak peek (thanks to the manager at Hilton Grand Vacations) of the Kid’s Club. This colorful big playroom is an air-conditioned fun zone! There are games, computers, toys and crafts. I got to check it out before the kids came in for the day. The crafts were still on the table from the day before. The kids had just painted some ceramics! kids activities hilton grand orlando

The Kid’s Club is a good option for the adults that want to leave their kids in good hands for an afternoon or two. It is supervised and the kid’s will surely have fun with all the cool activities that are planned.

Outside of the Kid’s Club they can also enjoy the 2 children’s pools, the movie theatre, children’s playground and other recreations around the property. activities board hilton grand vacations

Just outside the door is a bulletin board of exciting events happening around the grounds. There are daily activities for kids of all ages. From competitions to crafts.

The Dance Lessons, Ice Cream Floats Social, Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and the Wine Tasting sounded fun to me! There is a lot happening everyday to keep the whole family entertained. jacuzzi at hilton orlando

Pools

I was so impressed by the pools that I made it its own section! The hotel has 3 expansive swimming pools, 5 whirlpool spas and 2 children’s wading pools. The main swimming pool has a large waterfall feature, that I had a relaxing time getting drenched under.pool at hilton seaworld orlando

When I was walking around the grounds in the morning there was a swimmer peacefully and uninterrupted doing laps in the pool. At night the pool area was active until 11pm, when everything closed. This is my sister and me enjoying some late night Piña Coladas!  Hilton Grand Vacations Poolhilton grand vacations seaworld review

Movies at the Pool! One really unique activity is on Tuesdays and Saturdays the hotel plays a movie outside at the fountain pool! The movie calendar for the month in which I stayed included Toy Story, Warm Bodies, The Sandlot and Escape from Planet Earth. This neat program is called “Dive In Movie”, cute right?hilton grand vacations orlando propertyhgv seaworld florida

Resort Property & Amenities

Designed to evoke the style of a Bermudian seaside village, the sprawling 30-acre resort features an extraordinary collection of on-property amenities! Beyond the above mentioned pools and kid’s programs, the property also features spacious lounge areas that are great for meeting a group or relaxing in a comfortable sitting area (or if you are my sister – falling asleep on the couch while waiting for breakfast!). I was pleased with the amount of comfortable public seating both inside and outside. It is a huge pet peeve of mine when staying at a hotel – finding nowhere to sit when meeting a party in the lobby.

computers business center hilton grand vacationsRight off of the lobby there was a complimentary business center. We used this daily to print off park tickets, check in for our flight home and search for a place to eat. Having complimentary use of computers and printers is a nice feature that I always appreciate in a hotel. hilton grand vacations movie theatre

Although I never got to watch a movie on the screen, there is an on-site 50-seat movie theatre you can for rent for private showings. I think this is also where the movie night happens when it is not by the pool. shuffleboard games at hiltonhilton activities orlando

When I walked about, I kept running into awesome features that I had wished I had time to enjoy – like the tennis courts, sports courts, shuffleboard, pool tables, barbeque grills and playground. I walked around all of the  gorgeous buildings and the trail behind the lake on the property. The walking or jogging trail is a quick quarter-mile right behind the buildings. This resort had it all! workout room hilton orlando seaworld

While I usually don’t partake in workouts (just me), I did check it out the workout facility to see how it compared to other hotels I’ve stayed at. The rectangular room was a simple, had new-looking equipment and was clean. The fitness center was right off of the pool area and included an adjacent massage room – awesome!

Overall

The accommodations were incredible! From the food options to the staff, everything was comfortable and clean. The whole experience we had at the Hilton Grand Vacations was extraordinary (We even booked an additional night there so we could stay longer! We didn’t want to stay anywhere else!)

What a memorable stay I had!hilton hhonors hotel

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorldWebsite
6924 Grand Vacations Way  Orlando,  FL  32821  Phone: 407-239-0100

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About Karissa

Karissa is a flight attendant who loves people and adventures. She grew up in Seattle, moved to Anchorage and is currently in Denver. When she's not blogging or traveling she can be found thrift shopping, crocheting, gardening, & snowshoeing with her hubby and dog.

Comments

  1. Wow – as a flight attendant, you really know the scoop! I’m definitely going to keep this in mind when friends are talking about where to stay and for me, too! excellent detail!

  2. All I can say is wow!! I wish I had a vacation as close to this. Its great you had a good time.

  3. Wow, great place. Lots of amenities to keep one occupied. The food looks great :)

  4. I want to visit Sea World so bad. If you asked me where I’d like to go anywhere in the world, it would be there. This looks like a great place to stay when I finally get to visit my dream vacation spot!

  5. WOW! I want to go! What a great vacation!

  6. What a great place to stay! I will keep this in mind when we travel to Orlando next year. The lobby is beautiful and I love that you had a kitchen in your room!

  7. Wow! What a hotel! A washer and dryer in the room would be so handy!

  8. This looks like such a nice hotel! They seem to provide for everything!

  9. This seems like a great hotel. It’s nice that it’s so close to the airport and other attractions.

  10. This place looks so cool! You could have so much fun and the hotel looks amazing.

  11. YVONNE WOODSTOCK says:

    Wow that hotel is really beautiful and has so many exceptional qualities. I also love that it’s so close to both Sea World and Discovery Cove because my husband and I crazyyyy love animals so much and both of those locations are on our to visit list within the next few years. (we are from Michigan). As a matter of fact swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove is the #1 thing on both mine and my husband’s bucket lists above anything else. We hope we’ll get to kiss them too. : )

  12. Sandy VanHoey says:

    What a great place to stay. I’ve only been to Sea World once and it was awesome and if we go again in the near future, I would love to stay there.

  13. I love all the nice little touches that the hotel does – the towel swans, the fountain in the lobby, and even the design of the key cards.

  14. Marti Parks says:

    OMG! That place is beautiful, I would love to stay there.

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