Saturday, September 3, 2016

Westgate Lake Resort Hotel and Spa: Beautiful Home Away From Home (Orlando, Florida, Beyond WDW Series 1)

Westgate Lake Resort Hotel and Spa 
Beautiful Home Away From Home
(Orlando, Florida, Beyond WDW Series 1)

After eight days in Walt Disney World, we
checked out at Holiday Inn Lake Buenavista, 

…took a taxi to Turkey Lake,


…and moved to Westgate Lake Resort Hotel and Spa,
 a sprawling resort complex at the shores of Big Sand Lake,


We were overwhelmed on how busy the lobby was as there were just
 too many people that  everything looked like in chaos and in disarray.


So I took photos very early in the morning the
next day where there were few people around,

…and got to appreciate the otherwise spacious lobby.


It had a coffee shop called Sid’s Bistro,

…a gift shop,


…a Disney Planning Booth,

…and a tour desk where one could buy ticket to numerous
Orlando attractions and tours and charge it to their rooms.


Check- in was easy but was made complicated as we were still referred 
to a counter that talked us to attend a marketing meeting in exchange for
some freebees and theme park entrance promo discounts. I declined.

We were then taken by the staff aboard
an electric car to a lakeside Building # 9,

…where our suite room was located,

…and would be our home for the next seven days
on the second week of our Orlando spring vacation.



The initial disappointment that we felt during the
madness in the lobby, instantly disappeared when
we saw our one bedroom suite with everything on it.


It has a full living room,


…where the huge sofa is convertible
to an comfortable extra king sized bed.

It had a small dining area,


…a full kitchen with a huge refrigerator,,

…with a modern two burner electric stove,

…a  microwave oven,


…a dishwasher,


…and complete sets of kitchen utensils.

The bedroom was spacious and had
a huge comfortable king size bed,


…a closet that had an electronic safe
extra pillows, beddings and blankets.

It also has a study table,

…and a spacious screened balcony,



…with the beautiful view of the Big Sand Lake,
and the spectacular tropical Florida sunset.

The bathroom was luxurious,

…and provided with sufficient toiletries.

The suite room had everything a family needs
to feel at home even if they are away from home.


Westgate Lake Resort Hotel and Spa is a huge
resort complex and a tourist destination of its own.

Guests can get around the resort having leisurely
walks thru scenic lakeside concrete walkways.


One can also use the shuttle service that goes
around the resort every 10 to 15 minutes,

…where guests can wait for them from the
numerous pick- up points around the resort.


Guests can also rest E- Cars for personal use,
and these are also used by the staff to transport
hotel guests personally within the resort compound.

There are also bikes for rent that could be used for
leisure, exercise and even to go around the resort.


The hotel also provides complimentary transportation popular Orlando-area theme parks such as WDW

Universal Orlando Resort,

… and SeaWorld Orlando, well as Orlando Premium Outlets.


Hotel Guests would never run out of things to do,
as the beautiful lakefront Westgate Lakes Resort
is a tropical paradise that lies in the heart of Orlando

…and features easy access to world-famous
theme parks such as Universal Orlando Resort,
Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando. 


The hotel had a mind boggling  seven heated outdoor pools,





…as well as seven hot tub at the resort compound, while
children's wading pools can also be found on the premises.




They also offer Boat Rentals on
the scenic lake’s lakeside marina.



The entire family can have
a relaxing  boating excursion,


… and pleasurably explore the pristine Big Sand Lake
either by paddle boat,  pontoon boat and even by kayak. 



There is also the Pirates Miniature Golf Course,


… an 18-hole course with entertaining obstacles
and challenges that would  spell fun for all ages.

There is also a Basketball Courtlocated near the Citrus Breeze Pool,
and four Tennis Courts in front of the 18-hole Miniature Golf Course.

There are also several Game Rooms,
which offers awesome fun for all ages, 



…that features a wide variety of
contemporary and classic games.


For families wanting to have a picinic the resort
also provides lakeside picnic tables and grills.

For those who just want to rest and relax, they can
indulge and rejuvenate at Serenity Spa by Westgate, 
a world-class facility and premium day spa that
offers a wide range of spa services and products.

There is also a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with
premium fitness, cardio and weight training equipment,


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...located right up above the hotel entrance. 




Smokehouse Grill

The resort hotel is home Smokehouse Grill,
known as the “home of Orlando's best BBQ."

This award-winning restaurant offers a relaxed,
casual dining experience for the entire family.


The servings are really HUGE and yet moderately priced.  

Cordovano Joe's Pizza

Cordovano Joe's Pizza is a quick dining to go option 
where guests could order delicious Italian Style Pizza,


…or have it delivered by room service.

Sunset Key Island

Sunset Key Island is an event area,


...that also doubles up as a picnic 
style restaurant in the afternoon 

....and an awesome place to dine while watching 
the colorful and breathtaking Florida sunset.


Sid's Bistro

Sid’s Bistro is a lobby café that serves
freshly baked breads, cookies and pastries.
and they also offer Starbuck’s coffee to go.


Joe's Marketplace & Deli

Joe's Marketplace & Deli is our favorite place in this hotel,

…and since our booking was without a breakfast included,
it provided us an awesome choice for  home cooked meals.


We loved shopping there as this mini- grocery
store seems to have everything that we need.


Poolside Bars

There are three pool bars at Westgate Lakes –
Citrus Breeze, Flamingo Bay and Coral Reef. 


Lounge by the pool and treat yourself to your favorite cocktail
drinks or one of  their draft beer selections or signature drink .



The beautiful Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa
is a tropical lakefront paradise in Orlando,

 …and an ideal place to stay for families in a holiday
as it offers an easy access to world-famous theme parks
like Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World Resort
SeaWorld  Orlando and even Kennedy Space Center.


It is a destination of its own, and guests would
never run out of things to do inside the resort.


It provides guests all the comforts of a fully furnished home, with
accommodations ranging from cozy studios to four-bedroom villas-

… all equipped with full kitchens,


… and private balconies. 


The best of it all, despite the awesome amenities – it is
very affordable with rates comparable to a 3 star hotel.

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