My family recently got the opportunity to stay at the CoCo Key Hotel & Water Park in Orlando, on International Drive (which, as you may know, is a very popular and fun area of Orlando to visit and vacation). After dropping off the twins with both sets of grandparents in blustery Indiana, the three of us (Me, Husband Keith and son Isaac) headed toward the sunny skies of sweet, sweet Orlando.
Our first impression was that we drove past the hotel. Oops. From the photos online, it didn’t seem like there could be a cool tropical hotel smack-dab amongst all these buildings, but yes, there it is! We drove in, went to the front desk and were greeted by an extremely friendly young lady who set us up with our room keys and welcomed us to the hotel. The lobby is a welcoming place with things to do for kids and adults of all ages. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and I cannot begin to convey how absolutely friendly and helpful ALL the staff were to us. Very gracious hospitality!
There is a business center (out in the open so kids can be monitored), a corner TV station, a nice open layout lounge area and a kids play area called Club Key!
Our room, which was actually a suite with 2 queen beds, was just as was pictured. It has clean, updated décor and extremely comfortable Serta Perfect Sleeper beds. Truthfully, it was at least 10 times more comfortable than my bed at home! It was clean, comfortable, and spacious. There was a mini fridge, digital safe, flat screen TB, desk, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, full ironing board and free Wi-Fi. Regretfully, I did not take a picture of the bathroom so the third image is a stock photo. I did take the photo of our beds and the couch as part of our suite. Ignore the bed bumps, we had already taken a nap in it! LOL!
I just loved this sign! It felt like vacation! Isaac was holding up a bowling pin keyring he got from a local bowling alley for his first time bowling! So cute.
Because we were here during off-season, the water park was closed the days we were there. Isaac was disappointed but the weather was just not warm enough. We did see people swimming in the pool, but our thin Texas blood just didn’t allow for swimming in 70 degree weather! Too cold! Despite is being closed, we were able to walk around and look at everything and it looks AMAZING! The photos I took were not as true-to-life as the stock photos, so I will share these instead. There is a LARGE canopy-covered water park area (the only one in Orlando!) so kids who can play without the harmful rays of the Florida sun. VERY nice!
There is also a HUGE (6500 sq. ft.) arcade with a mini bowling alley and cool games!
We ate dinner at TradeWinds restaurant next to the arcade and it served affordable, family-friendly meals. There is also a food court featuring Pizza Hut Express and Callaloo Grill, as well as the Wet Rooster Tiki Bar for Mom and Dad to grab some adult beverages.
You may even run into CoCo (the namesake of the hotel and water park) himself!
Whether or not your stay is part of a larger visit to Orlando (2 miles to Universal Orlando Resort, 4 miles to SeaWorld, and 10 miles to Walt Disney World) or a one-stop family vacation, I think CoCo Key Hotel and Water Park can fit just about any family’s idea of a fun getaway!
Disclosure: I was provided free accommodations at CoCo Key Hotel & Water Park Orlando. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.