The Marriott Residence Inn at SeaWorld is SeaWorld Parks version of a moderate resort that offers plenty of benefits when SeaWorld’s attractions are a part of your vacation itinerary. From a zero-entry pool on property, free breakfast in the morning, full kitchen in the hotel rooms, complimentary shuttle to the theme parks, and SeaWorld Parks discounts, the Residence Inn will provide you with a place that reminds you of home while you are celebrating your Orlando vacation.
The Residence Inn
The Residence Inn is within a short shuttle ride to the SeaWorld Parks of SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica Water Park. The hotel offers free shuttle service to the SeaWorld Parks throughout the day with most departure times running 50 or 60 minutes apart. The Residence Inn also offers free shuttle service to Walt Disney World and the Universal Studios Florida theme parks two to three times in the morning and two to three times in the evening.
As for the hotel itself, the Residence Inn is a newer hotel in the area with many modern amenities including a business center where you can print out your theme park tickets, a convenience store, gym, arcade, full-court basketball court, conference rooms, vacation help desk, swimming pool with a zero entry area for children, and a hot tub for adults. There is also the Castaway Bay Poolside Bar & Cafe to grab a bite to eat outside and full complimentary breakfast buffet (see video below).
The Residence Inn Hotel Rooms
The rooms at the Residence Inn are great for families or business travelers with free wi-fi throughout the hotel and Ethernet access within the rooms. The room that we stayed in had a nice living area with a couch, flat-screen HDTV, kitchen table, work desk, full kitchen, and a separate master bedroom with a door (two rooms total) with a queen size bed, closet, and bathroom. The couch has a pull-out bed that comfortably fits two children. With a complimentary pack-and-play provided by the hotel, our family of five had a very comfortable stay during our weekend stay-cation. Pets under 30 lbs are also allowed to stay with you in the room with a $75 non-refundable fee for the length of your stay.
Breakfast Buffet Included
Breakfast is provided by the hotel each day that is included with your nightly rate that includes a large assortment of items including scrambled eggs, sausage, muffins, pastries, oat meal, grits, breakfast fajitas, cereal, and more (see video below). The dining room is a very large dining space with flat screen televisions throughout and the morning USA Today available to read.
SeaWorld Official Hotel Partner
The Marriott Residence Inn at SeaWorld is a SeaWorld Official Hotel partner that provides several other perks outside of the free shuttle rides including Free Quick Queue, a service that allows for front-of-the-line access for popular rides at SeaWorld, a Free Rescue Tour that provides a behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld’s rescue and rehabilitation facilities (on select days). At both SeaWorld and Aquatica, Residence Inn at SeaWorld guests also receive early park entry on select days, 10% off dining, and 10% off merchandise sales with purchases of $50 or more.
The Residence Inn at SeaWorld has an official stop for the trolley that stops along International Drive called the I-Ride Trolley that is an economical and fun way to visit the different attractions, shops, and restaurants along International Drive. It is also a great option for accessing the convention center without needing to pay for parking with the cost of being $2.00 a ride for adults, $1.00 for children ages 3-9, and $0.25 for adults age 65 and older. The bus drivers on the I-ride trolley during our trip were very helpful and friendly. the I-Ride Trolley hours run from 8am-10:30pm daily.
Outside of the on-site restaurant options at the hotel and the plethora of dining choices on International Drive, there are several casual and fast-casual restaurants around the hotel that have dedicated parking lots outside of the busy hub of the attractions. Within a short drive from the hotel is a Bonefish Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays, Panera Bread, and Wendy’s. The Panera Bread was a great option for our family after a long day at Aquatica staying until the park closing at 8pm with our family needing something a little bit quicker than it would be to visit one of the restaurants in the busier section of International Drive north of the Convention Center.
With it’s many amenities, SeaWorld Perks, and competitive rates, the Marriott Residence Inn at SeaWorld is a great hotel to stay at when planning for a SeaWorld vacation, or in our case, a SeaWorld stay-cation.
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author from Orlando Local Guide. This article was sponsored as part of Marriott’s Wish You Were Here – Florida! promotion.
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