Melia Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration
What We Love
- Free shuttle service to theme parks and outlets
- Suite-style accommodations with full kitchens make it ideal for extended stays
What To Know
- A $16.95 resort fee per night will be collected by the property.
- Room service is limited to Luigi’s Pizza, but takeout is available from Fuego restaurant
- For an additional fee, babysitting services are available through Kids Nite Out, grocery delivery through Garden Grocer
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This five-story hotel in Celebration, Florida, offers easy access to Orlando’s theme parks and attractions: Walt Disney World is just two miles away, and Universal Orlando is 13 miles. The round exterior follows Celebration’s classical design scheme in yellow stucco with white woodwork and a brick façade. The interior gets more creative, with rich mauve accents and Spanish Impressionist murals on select walls that point to Melia’s Spanish roots.
Bed and Bath
This all-suite property has 240 spacious units with one or two bedrooms. Suites come with full kitchens that feature stainless steel appliances, toasters and microwaves, plus white ceramic dishware. The property draws a mixed clientele of business travelers, families and extended-stay European guests. The decor is simple: King beds with white duvets and striped headboards, living areas with brown leather couches, side tables, and round dining tables with four chairs. There are small flat-screen TVs in the living rooms and bedrooms, and tubs in all the bathrooms, along with Melia brand amenities.
Inside the Melia’s round exterior is a large central courtyard with a circular zero-entry pool that follows the lines of the hotel. An island hot tub and deck space with ample chairs and tables make it easy to hang out, and the pool stays open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Just off the small lobby is the restaurant. The downstairs gastropub offers tapas, including camarones al ajillo and ham croquettes. A curved white staircase leads up to Fuego, the formal restaurant, which is open for à la carte breakfast and dinner. Try the grilled New York strip steak with porcini butter, paired with one of the Spanish wines available by the glass or bottle. And, although not part of the hotel, guests also have access to the Celebration Golf Course, co-designed by the Robert Trent Joneses, senior and junior, as well as the three-level Celebration Health Fitness Centre & Day Spa, which has an indoor lap pool, a spinning studio, a Technogym and Life Fitness equipment, as well as a full-service spa offering Eminence treatments. An on-demand courtesy shuttle makes stops at the golf course and fitness center, as well as a Publix grocery store and downtown Celebration.
In the Area
A courtesy shuttle offers scheduled drop-off and pickup service at Disney World’s Epcot (which is connected to the other Disney parks via the monorail), along with Universal Orlando, Seaworld Orlando and the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. Or stay close and explore Celebration, the New Urbanist planned community built by Disney in 1994. Multiple walking and biking paths lead through open park space and down picket fence–lined lanes. The Norman Rockewell–esque downtown features a pretty lake and a few blocks of shopping and restaurants. Don’t miss the Spanish-Cuban paella at Columbia, an outpost of Florida’s oldest restaurant.
How to Get There
Checked a few travel sites for room rates and did a coin toss to decide - thankfully we ended up at Melia! I originally booked the least expensive room. While it was a normal room, I was expecting something a little bigger/better based on reviews I read. I went to the desk and paid to upgrade to the 1 bedroom suite - totally worth the extra $30. The desk staff and concierge were very friendly and efficient. You can tell they work really well together. The bartender, Bryan, was super pleasant and great at his job. As silly as it sounds, it is actually hard to find barstaff that makes a decent martini and is able to make decent recommendations, and he was all of that. Jake, the bartender the next day was also awesome! We felt like he really went above and beyond to make our short experience great. (thank you!!) The pool is nice, the rooms are clean, the staff is friendly... After reading the negative reviews that people have posted, I'm wondering if they even stayed at the same place! Every single thing someone mentioned as bad was absolutely not our experience. Keep doing what you're doing!
I booked through Trivago which listed the hotel as pet friendly. When I checked in they told me the normal pet fee was more than twice the room rate but because I was unaware of it they’d only charge me half the normal rate (mind you still more than the actual room rate) but I was exhausted from driving across the country and just paid it. Later the full amount was refunded but it wouldn’t have even been an issue if it was listed up front when booking the room.
I will say the hotel and room was truly beautiful and relaxing but I would never pay the rate they want for pets under normal circumstances.
The hotel has amazing. My suite had a full kitchen and spacious living room plus the bedroom and bath and 2 balconies. The pool of the hotel is fantastic and relaxing. The bed in the bedroom is comfortable where as the sofa come bed in the living room is very uncomfortable even for a child to sleep on.
The amenities in the room are reasonably good. The location might not suit everyone but we loved it as it is quiet without being dull. There is a supermarket and a choice of restaurants less than 10 minutes away and a taxi to any of the parks is around $30. As we were part of group on the first day for breakfast they allotted us a separate space with limited options and this gave us a feeling of being distinguished and was very upsetting. Even the staff approach on thay day was rude to which we complained and they took care of for the rest of stay. So if you are going as a part of group, please ensure they do not isolate you. Its 5 minutes away from Disney.