As we are preparing for our trip to Orlando next week for the Disney Social Media Moms convention, I can’t help but reminisced about our family fun escape we had last holiday break in Kissimmee. During that visit we were hosted for a couple nights at the great family resort at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
Luxury Hotel with Family-Friendly Service
I have to admit that I never had any experience staying with the Omni Hotels in the past. I thought Omni Hotels equal four star business hotels or white glove service which typically don’t mix well with family travel. But this preconceived idea is wrong.
Yes, as we walked through the front door and stepped into the bright lobby with shining marble floor, I couldn’t help but held on to my kids and reminded them not to be rowdy. The elegant decoration is prominent but also the kids-friendly service. Everyone from the front desk to the bellman was friendly and genuinely welcoming our kids.
Kids Rule at the Omni Hotels
After check in, each kid will receive their own Omni Sensational Kids’ backpack filled with a mini flashlight, plantable bookmark, dish launcher, flip drum, twizzlers and a kids’ canteen. Miss J and Mr. Z proudly wore their backpack as we trekked to our room.
Within the Omni Orlando Resort, there are many family-friendly activities available that family could literally forget about going out and just spend time inside the resort from family pool with water slide, water playground, lazy river pool, 36 holes championship golf course, par 3 pitch and putt, tennis court, video arcade game and more.
One of our favorite spot was the 850 foot lazy river pool that connected to the zero entry family pool. Kids enjoyed floating lazily along this pool through water canon and water fall along the trail. We had a really hard time getting them out of the pool.
Right next to the family pool is the Camp Omni Kids Escape where kids can escape from their parents for fun kid-friendly dinners, movies, video games, board games and other entertaining activities. This program will set you back $10 per hour, per child and includes child’s dinner served at 7 p.m. We didn’t stay long enough to try out this program.
I have also read from their website that if you plan your date night at David’s Club or ZEN for dinner, you can show your dinner receipt and receive 50% off your first two hours of Camp Omni Kids Escape, while you dine (minimum one adult entree purchased). That’s something we might try next time we visit!
Room with a View for Family
The room in the Omni Orlando Resort is nicely decorated in the subtle yet elegant style with all amenities you can expect from four stars hotel and more. I love the little touch like the turn down service with cookies and milk for the kids at night. The work desk with plenty of room and FREE internet access is definitely appreciated for this travel mom blogger.
Our room faces the pool with the balcony so it was a great place to enjoy our breakfast and for me to savor a little piece of calm before the busy day at the theme parks.
Convenient Location yet a World Away
One of the unique feature of this Omni Hotel is the location. Typically, most Orlando-Kissimmee hotels are mostly along the International drive or US 192 where you will be reminded at every moment that you are in the most visited tourist city in the world. With just a short drive on I-4, the Omni Orlando Resort feels like a world away. It’s far enough to provide us with a real sense of family escape but yet close enough that we can enjoy the theme parks without any hassle.
Affordable Price for Family Travel
If you have read this far, you probably think.. yeah.. it’s good but how much will it set us back? As a budget conscious family travel, I always look for way to save during our family vacation. Even though we received complimentary stay at the Omni Orlando Resort, we checked the list price during our stay. To our surprise, the room was listed at $99 per night (Rate is subject to change based on availability and date), a steal for this level of service and accommodation.
One little note that I would like to make you aware of is the parking fee at the Omni Orlando Resort. It seems weird that you have to pay for daily parking fee for this resort when there are plenty of parking space. I would understand if it’s the downtown hotel in the city. But even with parking fee added to your room rate, this resort is still a great choice for family vacation in Orlando area.
Disclosure: Thank you the Omni Hotels for hosting my family. This post is based solely on my experience and my opinion without any outside influence. I always provide my honest opinion on our stays and won’t write about a place we will not stay ourselves.