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
- 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
I had to bring my husband to Celebration Hospital to treat some medical Issues. We have stayed for 10 days and my least concern was staying at this hotel, since it was convienient and made me and my husband feel at ease.
Great Hotel at a great location. I stayed there for 9 days recently. I had to get a major surgical procedure done at Florida Hospital, which is located just down the street. The hotel staff understood my special needs and worked with me on what I needed. Great place to convalesce. A very special shutout to Luis, Mateo, Elaina, and Harold The Singing Bellhop.
I also have to say that the restaurant was probably one of the best hotel restaurants I have eaten in. Usually at a hotel, I avoid eating the restaurant. The food was great and reasonably priced.
Also the hotel seems to be very much family oriented.
The front desk staff made me feel like I was disturbing them. Had to wait but no one said "welcome" or "we will be right with you" and there were quite a couple of other staff present that did not appear to be doing anything. Had a bathing suit hanging in our bathroom upon check-in. The waiters and waitresses were talking about some of the guest in front of me as I ate dinner at the bar. The food is barely fair. For my travel purpose, it was convenient location and easily accessible.
The positive - this hotel has a great pool. Lots of room in the water, it's an interesting shape, you can play basketball or volleyball, lovely hot tub, plenty of loungers and tables. This is where the 2 stars I've given have been earned.
The negatives - unfortunately I have several. Mainly the fact that they charge a $20 per night resort fee. It's unfair to advertise things like "free parking" and "free wifi" when actually you're charging extra for it. I hate resort fees. Also, our room was quite small and basic. The walls were thin and you could hear people talking at night. There was no bin in the room, only a tiny one in the bathroom. Not all staff could speak or understand English. There was a draconian towel policy at the pool whereby you had to scan your room key and they threatened to charge you $20 for not returning a towel, and yet these were unnecessary threats since there was no possible way they could tell whose towel was whose when they were returned, or even how many had been taken in the first place. I did try to ask a pool attendant how this system worked, but he couldn't understand a word I was saying. Breakfast was quite expensive - yes, that's correct, you have to pay for breakfast on top of the $20 resort fee.
Therefore, I'm sorry, but staying at this hotel is a mostly underwhelming and expensive experience. Two stars for the pool, and minus three for everything else.
I stayed here for one night! I loved the pool and the music they play by it. I loved the little basketball hoops and the water volleyball net in the water, that was a nice added touch! I went to the restaurant on site and had the best nachos I have had in a while. The room was spacious, very clean and had everything I needed! The hard wood floors were a nice touch and made the room look very modern. Thanks Melia, I will definitely be recommending you as a place to stay!