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Caribe Royale Resort Suites

Reviewer's Name:

Michele Z.

Reviewer's Email Address:

Spankyzee@aol.com

Date(s) of Stay:

May 15th - 25th, 1998

Location:

International Drive Area

Ease of WDW Park Access:

The Caribe Royale is located 1.5 miles from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.   A free park shuttle is available.

Address:

14300 International Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821

Phone Number:

(407)

Facility Type:

Resort, Hotel, Motel, Condo, House

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Condo, Multi-Bedroom Condo, Suite, Home

Accommodations Review:

The "standard" is a two room suite, which houses 2 queen size beds and pull out sleeper sofa in the 'living area'.  The hotel is set on 40 beautifully landscaped acres, and is a really impressive sight, especially at night with the lighted waterfall and pink facade.

I thought the facilities were extremely well kept...we upgraded to a King Suite upon arrival, which included a king sized bed and Jacuzzi tub. The location was convenient to Disney as well as I-Drive, and many other local attractions.  Included with the price of the room is a complimentary breakfast buffet, and free shuttle to all the Disney Parks.

My husband and 6-year old son especially enjoyed the breakfast.....we stayed at the Embassy Suites the year before, and to be honest, their "cooked to order" breakfast and Mickey Mouse pancakes were more my speed than a sometimes lukewarm buffet, but that's just my personal opinion.

The suite itself was very spacious and clean (which is most important to me!!) They have a great pool with waterfalls and a water slide for the kids - it was hard to get my son out of the pool even to go to the parks!!

Rate/Night (for your stay):

Room rates have been advertised on the Hotel reservations network for $120/night, but I was told there was a convention in town the latter part of May and they could not honor that rate. The rack rate is $199, but don't pay it. Check for deals on the travel sites on the Web.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

The Caribe has room service, 3 restaurants and two bars.  Also there is a poolside bar serving delicious frozen cocktails - you are able to charge anything you "consume" to your room key, to be paid at checkout. This was a big convenience, since most bathing suits don't have pockets!

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

Last year they were running a great promotion - we got $180 in "Caribbean Cash" upon check-in. This "money" could be used for room service, restaurant meals, purchases at the gift shop....basically anything on hotel property. Unfortunately, they're not running the special this year...if they were, we'd sure go back! Although the restaurants didn't see us, room service sure did!! The food was really good....we had everything from pb&j sandwiches to lobster tail...and no complaints whatsoever.

Activities/Facilities Available:

There is an on-site gym as well as a game room.

Pool Description/Comments:

There are Jacuzzis out by the main pool, as well as a children's pool with interactive toys.

Amenities Provided:

Additional amenities include 2 cable TV's, climate control, an in-room safe, wet bar, kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. The hotel does have wheelchair access.

Other Comments:

For a family traveling with children, as we have almost every year, the value of a "suite" hotel can't be beat! Mom and Dad can have some privacy after the kids go to bed, and there's room for everyone to spread out and relax when the Disney thing gets to be overwhelming.

We'll be staying at the Buena Vista Suites this year (for the first time)...and I'll be happy to report on our stay when we return. It sounded like quite a deal....we got a king suite with whirlpool for $112 a night......Can't beat that!!
 

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