We took a chance on the offer from Groupon and after we got settled in upon arrival KNEW this was a great choice for our 3 nt stay. We normally choose a motel/hotel in the area (3-4 times a yr) but decided to spend about $15/nt more as they offer suites w/ a living room w/ small kitchen area and then separate bedroom. For my husband and I and our 2 wee ones this was extra space well pd for. Knowing the boys like to run around and play, they had more than ample room.
The kitchen-area allowed us to bring a small cooler w/ meals we could reheat on the stove and in the microwave = saved A LOT of money on meals that way. Too there was a Publix across the street so we bought some things there as we knew we'd have plenty of room in the fridge/freezer. And in the cupboards we found plates, bowls, glasses, sharp knives (up high, marked in a cupboard above the fridge! kudos to whoever thought of that for those of us w/ small children!), pots and a pan, and silverware for 4. They even supply you w/ packets of soap for the dishwasher and a few small kitchen towels (we brought our own as I wasn't sure and forgot to ask before lving home.)
The continental breakfast each a.m. (from 7-9am) is the nicest of any we've ever had! And the set up is wonderful w/ ample seating (20 or so tables maybe? as opposed to 5 or 6 in the other places we've stayed) and a nice bright atmosphere (not some little nook where you never know if you'll get to sit or not due to it's dinky size and lack of tables/chairs.) The food selection was incredible - I say this because when I think of a "free continental breakfast" I think of hot and cold cereals w/ nearly-stale pastries and MAYBE some type of fresh fruit. Not the case here! All 3 mornings we had (hot!) scrambled eggs w/ (hot!) sausage links/patties, juices, hot and cold cereals, both skim and 2% milk (love that little extra as I have a hard time w/ anything other than skim whereas the rest of the family can do skim but prefer whole), french toast or waffles (depending on the day) an assortment of breads, bagels and pastries... Again, so much more than what I've always considered to be a continental breakfast. Would have loved to have seen fresh fruit offered, but they did have some that looked like it was somewhere between fresh and canned (that our 2 yr old enjoyed.)
The location is hard to beat - right at the on ramp to I-4. From The Palms parking lot to the parks' parking lot took us just under 15mins to Seaworld and 10mins exactly to the Magic Kingdom.
Every one of the staff we came in contact with was friendly. When I called the other nt to ask where I could pitch a bag w/ quite a bit of garbage (and a poopy diaper...) I was told someone from mntnc would be rt over to take care of it. So I left it outside of our door and when I cked a few mins later they indeed must have come rt over to take it! (I was willing to take it but the woman at the front desk insisted on sending someone for it.)
And even though we declined housekeeping during our stay, one of the housekeepers happened to see us going to our room yesterday and asked if we would at least like some fresh towels. That was nice of her (we declined however.)
About the only "negative" we came up w/ was that the carpet and tile were filthy -- they appeared clean (due to vacuuming I'm sure) but one look at our sons' feet told us otherwise. They looked as if they had stepped on a stamp pad in order to then step on paper and lv a footprint! Wow. Don't get me wrong - I try to keep shoes/slippers on their feet when we're at a hotel, but somehow they always end up elsewhere... And I know the carpets aren't getting shampooed so I expect a little grey on the soles of their feet - but black?? Aiiiiii...
Oh - and in a perfect world for those of us w/ small children there wouldn't exist furniture w/ "sharp" corners. We kept the coffee table, for example, stashed by the front door as I was waiting for an ugly accident to happen otherwise...
Again, we were super-pleased w/ what we got for the price we pd. I read all the reviews I could find before making the purchase and then again up until the day we got there. I kept the negatives in the back of my mind and was glad to find we didn't have issues w/ what others complained about. (Sure, the cupboards were outdated and could use some resurfacing, but really? for the price we're paying? they were fine. So the couch had a hole in one of the cushions; did it effect how I sat on it? that was cosmetic as far as we were concerned - we got over it.)
The bottom line is that we know not to have 5-star expectations on a budget like ours. It's all about being realistic. The Palms more than served our needs and helped to make our mini-vacation that much more stress-free!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As an Walt Disney World Good Neighbor(R) Hotel, The Palms Hotel & Villas wants to be your home away from home. When traveling for business or pleasure, we offer the ultimate in convenience, comfort and value.The Palms Hotel and Villas offers great accommodations, where you will have everything you could possibly need during your stay. With 125 condominium style one and two bedroom suites, our hotel is the perfect fit for everyone's sleeping needs.Relax and unwind by our large crystal clear swimming pool, whirlpool, children's pool, sun deck, basketball court, game room, beautiful gazebo areas with picnic tables and gas grills. Wireless internet is available in all rooms. Deluxe Continental Breakfast and Scheduled Shuttle Service to Walt Disney World(R) Resort. These are just a few of the many features that will make your visit a memorable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palms Hotel Kissimmee
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