Located just a few miles from the gates of what some people consider to be the happiest place on Earth, nestled among orange groves, is The Grove Resort and Spa Orlando, Florida.
The resort opened March 10, 2017, and was still undergoing some construction, which did not disturb our time on property at all. The completion of the additional rooms will happen in Summer of 2017 and the water park is set to finish by early 2018.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by an extremely friendly staff and a breathtaking lobby, it’s simple elegance was welcoming and made you feel instantly at home.
Our family was fortunate enough to stay in a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom suite. There are all sizes available from 1 bedroom up to the 3 bedroom accommodations that we were staying in. Each of the rooms at the Grove, feature a full kitchen outfitted with utensils, living room (with a pull-out sofa), a dining area and perhaps my favorite feature a screened in porch. I liked it for two reasons, it helped calm my anxious mama heart because for some unknown reason my children like to become extra adventurous when they are out on the balcony of a hotel room. The second reason I liked it so much was because it kept the bugs out, so I didn’t have to constantly swat away pesky mosquitos.
Below are a few pictures of the room and a link to a Facebook live tour that I did.
My family and I arrived on a Wednesday evening which was particularly fortunate for my kiddos because each Wednesday and Saturday at the Grove they host ‘dive in movies’, the event is geared for kids and they show family friendly movies. On that Wednesday evening, the featured movie was The Secret Life of Pets, weary from traveling, we grabbed food at the on-site restaurant, Alfresco’s, and relaxed by the pool.
Alfresco’s the on-site cafe was perfect. They were willing to make the type of sandwiches that each boy requested (one wanted just ham, the other turkey, and tomato) my husband had a hot Cuban and I had the pasta salad. They also have made to order pizzas, and amazing gelato as well. Beyond the food, you never thought I would say that, did you? Is the fact that I fed my family of 4 some amazing fresh grub for less than $50 in Orlando.
They also serve breakfast in the morning, my husband and I got a breakfast croissant with egg bacon and cheese for $5.99 each, talk about a great deal before heading off for a full day at the parks.
Also on the property, they offer a wide variety of water activities. My family was fortunate enough to try our hand at fishing, a peddle swan boat and Go-Float an electric float boat (I could have easily wasted my day away sleeping in the sun in that thing!)
While the activities were very enjoyable, the staff that assisted us in these activities, really went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible time. My kids woke up in the morning, chomping at the bit to head to the parks, but the fun we had on the water captivated them for a long while. I adored that we could be so close to Disney but it felt like we were so far away.
A Few Things to note:
- The Grove does offer a shuttle service between the parks that is complementary.
- There is a $20 per day resort fee that covers WiFi and use of the exercise room.
My youngest said that this resort is his new ‘Disney hotel’ and asked if we could stay here each time that we come to Orlando. To be totally honest, I felt the same way about the resort myself. The only thing that I didn’t like about our stay was that it was such a short visit. We can’t wait to return when the water park is open and stay longer!
We were given a complimentary room in exchange for a review of the property. As always, all opinions are our own.