Have you ever wondered where to stay in Orlando with a large family? I mean, obviously there’s no shortage of places to stay in the area with everything from hotels to fancy vacation houses. After all of our trips over the past decade, we’ve found that condo-type accommodations are what works the best for our family in terms of having enough space to enjoy where we’re staying and not breaking the bank. Sure, Disney hotels are super fun and the theming can be ah-mazing, but it would cost a small fortune for our family (of SEVEN!) to stay in one, especially considering how often we go to Florida!
Located right off of I-Drive, Floridays Resort is a perfect choice, especially for larger families. They have 2 and 3 bedroom suites that sleep 6-8, amazing pools and the location cannot be beat!
Thank you so much Floridays Resort for hosting us- we received a complimentary stay but all opinions are honest and my own.
Floridays 3-Bedroom Suite Tour
The three-bedroom suite at Floridays Resort is absolutely PERFECT for our family of seven (and it technically sleeps up to eight!). There’s a full kitchen with plenty of room to cook for our crew, along with a dining room table that seats 6-8 and two stools at the counter if you don’t want to squeeze everyone around the table.
The living room, while fairly basic, was comfortable and worked just fine for our family. The couch is actually a sofa bed (and a super comfortable one at that!) so there’s room for everyone!
The master bedroom was spacious and had lots of drawer space which is definitely appreciated since we always unpack once we’re settled into our suite.
The master bathroom featured a walk-in shower AND a giant jacuzzi tub and let me tell you, that tub was a godsend after a long park day! There was a cute little window by the tub so that you can watch the master bedroom TV while you’re soaking– or if you’re Ellie so that you can play Starbucks drive-thru!!
The second and third bedroom each have 2 full beds, a dresser and TV, and a small closet. They’re basic but totally perfect for kids (or even adults if you’re traveling as a group!).
The hall bathroom was surprisingly large and had a HUGE vanity with double sinks and a big, walk-in shower. This unit did not have a bathtub in the hall though I know other ones do so make sure to check on that if you absolutely need one!
Floridays Resort Amenities
One of the best parts of staying at a resort is taking advantage of all the amenities that are offered. The Palm Café and Marketplace is a great place to grab a quick meal to enjoy by the pool or take back to your suite. With breakfast options, made-to-order pizzas, and an assortment of sandwiches and burgers, there’s something for everyone. Plus, they carry basic grocery selections and everything you need for a day at the pool!
For the gamers in your group, Floridays has a game room that’s sure to excite! It seemed to be the cool place for teens to hang out in the afternoons but was nice and empty first thing in the morning.
Probably the most important resort amenity, to our crew at least, is the pool and the ones at Floridays Resort did NOT disappoint! The main pool, which is huge in and of itself, also has a play area for kids, and all of the pools are heated to 83° year-round.
Hanging Out at Floridays Resort
We checked into our room right at 4pm so that we had time to get situated before dinner. After unloading all of our stuff, making a quick trip to Publix to pick up groceries, and braving a tornado warning (!), we ordered pizza from one of our Orlando faves, Flippers Pizzeria (the SeaWorld/South I-Drive location delivers to the resort), for a relaxing pizza and movie night.
One of my favorite things about staying in a suite with a full-kitchen is that we can buy ice cream for an after-dinner treat. It’s not like we don’t buy ice cream at home, but it tastes even better when you’re on vacation and the typical mini-fridges in regular hotel rooms don’t keep it frozen enough.
Since we had a three bedroom suite, we were able to put the girls in one room and the boys in the other and it worked out perfectly!
We always make sure to pack a few games when we travel, and since UNO is Ellie’s current fave, the kids played A LOT of UNO on this trip!
And because we had a fully-stocked kitchen, Jacob made a delicious breakfast for the whole family! Cooking meals in the suite is a great way to save a bit of money while traveling, and it’s a chance to eat healthier since you’re able to completely control the meal.
Fresh fruit is an easy way to add some nutrients (and color!) to your basic eggs, sausage, and toast!
Sometimes I swear that our kids would live off of just fruit! They polished off a whole pineapple and a couple of pounds of strawberries while playing ANOTHER round of UNO!
After fueling up for the day, we headed to the main pool for some fun in the sun! There’s also a quiet pool on the other side of the property but since our kids are anything but quiet, we skipped that one!
Ellie loved the water play structure and the big kids took turns playing with her amidst the shooting streams of water.
And they all loved playing in the big pool! There were beach balls and inner tubes floating around the pool that I’m assuming belonged to the resort because they didn’t seem to belong to any of the guests and our kids had a blast floating around and playing keep away.
We lounged on beach chairs and enjoyed the peace and quiet while we sipped on our fruity drinks from the pool bar. The prices were reasonable and the drinks were well-made so it was win-win in my eyes!
We had a fantastic time during our stay at the Floridays Resort and it will definitely be one of our go-to options when we’re in town. With 3 bedroom suites for less than $200 a night including tax and resort fee (depending on the time of year), it’s hard to beat Floridays! No, it’s not quite as magical as staying on-property at WDW, but for a family of seven at WDW, the only options are two rooms or a 2-bedroom villa which could easily run over $1000/night.
Floridays Resort is well-maintained and clean, the 3 bedroom suites are roughly 1300 square feet so there’s plenty of room, and the location is perfect whether you’re going to Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando or SeaWorld! And with all of the money that you save by staying off-property, you can splurge and attend hard-ticket Disney events or enjoy an expensive dinner at ‘Ohana (our family’s FAVE Disney restaurant!).