When the kids clamor for Orlando, but Mom and Dad prefer a more luxe vacation experience, what’s a family to do? One option is a stay at AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek, which was just named a top 10 U.S. hotel in Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ first-ever I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards — the only property in Central Florida to receive the honor. What’s so special about Rosen Shingle Creek?
For one thing, the location is a natural for families looking to be in the center of the action. Situated on Universal Boulevard, near International Drive and just 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport, the property is front and center for the activities you and the kids will like want to do.
For another, the Spanish Revival-style property recently underwent a refurbishment of all 1,501 guestrooms, which overlook the extensive, 255-acre resort grounds.
You won’t experience dining fatigue, thanks to a whopping 15 on-property restaurants and lounges, including two AAA Four Diamond dining options: the A Land Remembered steakhouse and Cala Bella Italian bistro. You can also choose buffets, poolside dining, sushi, Mexican food and the new Tobias Burgers & Brews restaurant, featuring specialty burgers, local craft beers and premium bourbons.
When it comes to family fun, the hotel has just about every family member covered. Hit the links at the 18-hole Shingle Creek Golf Club, designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Company; explore the nature trail; play tennis, basketball and sand volleyball; or cool off at any of the four outdoor swimming pools.
You can also unwind with a relaxing treatment at the full-service Spa at Shingle Creek or work out at the state-of-the-art fitness center.
The property does not charge a resort fee and offers free WiFi in all guestrooms.
To make it easy for families to enjoy Orlando’s most popular attractions, the property has a number of packages that combine upscale amenities with kid-specific fun. You can book an inclusive stay that bundles in admission tickets to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or Volcano Bay, along with accommodations and air travel. When booked through the hotel, the vacation package also includes such special benefits as early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter an hour before the theme park opens to the public.
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