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Tropical Palms FunSuites

Reviewer's Name:

Naomi Pardue

Reviewer's Email Address:

npardue@indiana.edu

Date(s) of Stay:

11/96 and 2/98

Location:

Just behind Old Town off rte 192.

Ease of WDW Park Access:

10-15 minutes to parking lots at Epcot and MGM, another 5 or so to the
TTC via car.

Address:

2650 Holiday Trail

Phone Number:

(407) 396-4595, (800) 64-Palms

Facility Type:

Cottage colony and RV campground.

Accommodation Used:

Cottage. (Referred to by the facility itself as a 'fun-suite.')

Accommodations Review:

 

Rate/Night (for your stay):

We paid $39/night on our first visit $69 on our second. (Rates vary with time of year and size of cottage. Discounts available through AAA, Kissimmee Visitor's Bureau, and other sources. Our rate was with AAA discount. For the largest cottage during Christmas, you will pay about $120. Smallest cottages during low season now run $49 with AAA discount.) Both times we paid for the cabana, but on our second visit we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom at no extra charge.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

One outdoor cafe. No lounge.

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

Cafe is an outdoor restaurant right next to the pool. Serves breakfast and lunch only. You can eat at the cafe or bring food back to your cottage.  Standard breakfast menu (eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, French toast, etc.) We never ate lunch there, but menu was various hot and cold sandwiches. Prices VERY cheap (most breakfast items under $3), and quality was good, if not extraordinary. (Comparable to any other place you would be likely to eat breakfast...)

Activities/Facilities Available:

Shop sells souvenir items, necessities, and basic food stuffs.
Two pools. (Adult and kiddy.)
Playground.
Pleasant walking trails.
Outdoor grills and picnic tables.
I THINK they rent bicycles, but I'm not certain.

Pool Description/Comments:

We never used the pool (always too cold or too busy), but it looked pleasant if not extraordinary.

Amenities Provided:

Transport to theme parks available, but I am not familiar with the details. (We always had a car.)  LARGE laundry room.  All cottages include full kitchens. (Stove with oven, fridge [full-size in large cottages, waist-high in small cottages], microwave, ample dishes, pots, dishtowels and cleaning supplies.) Food can be purchased at the shop [prices are fair]. Only thing I found lacking in the kitchen was salt/pepper shakers. (We 'borrowed' packets of salt/pepper from the cafe...)  I don't recall if the TV had cable or not, but it did have a channel with info about Disney.  Non-smoking cottages available.  Don't know if there are handicapped accessible cottages, but the paths from car to cottage would be hard in a wheelchair so it is probably not the best choice for the disabled.

Other Comments:

Tropical Palms is a cottage colony. Cottages range in size and price from one room + loft ("cabana"), to two bedroom plus living space and loft.   There is also a large grassy area for RV travelers.

No cottage contains more than one bathroom. Cabanas technically sleep 6 (2 in the bed, two in the convertible couch, and two children in the loft), but I wouldn't put more than 4 in unless they are VERY friendly and don't have much luggage.... (Once you open out the couch, there is NO floor space and there are only 4 drawers in the bureau.)

In the cabins with separate bedrooms the bedrooms are small, but adequate, with ample storage space.  6 would fit comfortably here (they technically sleep 8...). Lofts have very low ceilings and are only suitable for fairly small children. (But they have to be old enough to climb the ladder.) My daughter absolutely LOVED the idea of sleeping in a loft.

Cottages have only one TV (so you can't watch TV in bed if you have a bedroom), and no phones. There is no routine housekeeping service during your stay, but you can request it, and if you bring your towels to the office they will give you fresh ones. (We always started out with ample towels that we never had to do this. If we had used the pool we probably would have needed more towels.)

Parking is ample, and you can usually park very close to your cottage.

Staff is friendly and helpful and noise was never a problem.

The biggest problems we encountered were that we tended to get lost driving to our cottage. (Lots of unmarked paths and the cottage numbers can be hard to see in the dark).   Also, the cottages are fairly close together so you will want to keep your curtains shut for privacy.

Tropical Palms are NOT luxury accommodations by any means, but they are very comfortable, attractive accommodations, and for a family wanting more privacy than is available in a typical hotel room, they are an excellent choice at a VERY fair price.

 

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