The common ares of the hotel are very nicely designed and the staff is excellent. The pool area is wonderful; it offers an evening tiki bar and some basic covered cabanas . Wi-fi works very well.
The rooms are a little tired, but we spent little time there. This is one of those few properties where the common areas are so well designed that you actually want to hang around there and meet people. We watched World Cup soccer games on big flat screen TV with others and had a great time.
This location is walking distance to WetnWild (we walked and saved the $13 parking fee) and within about a mile to Universal. There is a free shuttle, but since it takes 30 minutes for that, even better advice is to take a taxi to Universal. The taxi costs $8 each way + tip. This costs less than parking and will drop you closer than the parking. From the hotel you also may walk to mini golf and a couple of family restaurants such as IHop.
I must say that the staff is one of the highlights of this property. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We stayed here for six nights and really enjoyed the hospitality as well as the value.More