We are fortunate to live within day-trip distance of several great locations in the state of Florida, so combining a girls’ weekend with an Orlando staycation is an easy task!
When Meghan asked me to join her for a girls’ weekend in early June, I was thrilled. I had plans to be in town anyway, for the Best Damn Race Ambassador party. Adding a hotel stay meant I wouldn’t have to drive four hours in one day and could enjoy some time with one of my favorite people.
I arrived in town right after she got home from work, and we hopped in her car for the trip to International Drive.
Location, location, location
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive is set right in the heart of the action on International Drive. It’s a sprawling resort, covering 22 acres with its lobby and main building, rooms and conference space. In fact, it’s so big we got a little turned around trying to park. We figured it out quickly and checked in with the extremely helpful front desk clerk.
The resort is close to plenty of shopping and dining, and near to all the major theme parks. Guests can stay onsite and take advantage of everything the hotel has to offer, or venture out for some Orlando adventures.
We found the rooms ideal for pretty much any travel needs. For girls’ trip purposes, there were two queen size beds, plenty of closet and floor space, a mini fridge and fairly spacious bathroom.
For traveling families, there is an option to book a room with an additional alcove boasting a set of bunk beds and an additional TV. I love that kids can have their own space, and there’s still plenty of room for luggage and moving around.
This particular property features almost everything you need for a trip of any length. There are two pools, heated spa, renovated fitness center with sauna and steam rooms, and a concierge. The lobby area provides plenty of cozy seating,
as well as giant board games and activities perfect for down time.
Dining options include the Gatorville Poolside Bar & Grill, a lobby bar, coffee barista, and in-room dining.
The conference center attaches to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, where we snagged some bubbly cocktails before starting our Saturday.
We gave the fitness center a try on Sunday morning and were thrilled to find fresh towels, infused water, and plenty of treadmills and other equipment available for use.
There was also time for a dip in the pool, between afternoon showers. Both pools were large and clean with plenty of shade, lounge chairs and pretty landscaping. I especially loved the lagoon areas.
The Walkable Neighborhood
One of my favorite aspects of the hotel was guests can walk EVERYWHERE. Once the car was parked, we didn’t touch it again until check out. Restaurants, attractions and shops line the two mile strip of International Drive so we took advantage of the power of our own two feet.
On our first night, we trekked a little over a mile to dinner at an Italian restaurant. The weather cooperated and we enjoyed the light breeze along the way. We stopped at Icon Park after dinner, to see if we could take a spin on The Wheel at Icon Park. Meghan had only ridden during the day and I had never been on it, so we turned in our passes and hopped in line.
For 27 minutes, we absorbed the breathtaking views of Orlando at night from our air-conditioned pod.
About a quarter of the way up, the fireworks at Disney began exploding, and we had the perfect seats for the show.
Each day of our weekend we ventured out and got in some really nice walks on our way to our activities. The wide sidewalks and abundance of streetlights make for a safe and well lit trek at any time of day or night.
Enjoy your stay!
Whether you are looking for a quick girls’ weekend getaway or a longer family vacation with plenty of nearby activities and room for relaxing, the Wyndham Resort Orlando International Drive is the place for you. Book here and receive 20% off the hotel’s Best Available Rate for your stay!
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My hotel stay was complimentary for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.