Friday, August 19, 2016

Coco Key Water Resort: Everything You Could Want in a Family Hotel and More! #Orlando

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

THIS is a great place to celebrate back-to-school OR
one last hurrah before school starts (depending on where you are located). :)
This is a hotel review for Coco Key Water Resort in Orlando, Florida, but let me tell you right from the get-go, this is not an ordinary hotel!!



The front lobby is huge and has a lot going on, not to mention it has a huge table full of hotel awards and honors. I took a picture, a few in fact, but the glare from the glass of the frames kept...well, glaring. I knew we were in for a treat though, just by seeing that display. You'll also find a ticket desk, to assist you with getting discounts on area park tickets and events, a small arcade and relaxing area for the kids, seating areas all around, a concierge desk, and a list of resort activities. Yep, they had activities and events going on for the family each and every day. They also had the mascot (Coco the Parrot) running around from time to time, stopping to see the children and take pictures with them too. :)


There is a pool right off of the main lobby. If you want to get an early start or late finish on swiming, this pool is open before and after the water park in the back closes.

There was traditional seating, covered seating, and cabana areas by this pool. There was also a big hut with towels for your convenience.


The rooms were nice and clean. We reserved a double bed room. It was a little larger than a normal hotel room. It had two double beds, a flatscreen television, two separate desk areas, an easy chair and ottoman in the corner and a seating bench. We had company come to visit our last day there (two adults and two children in addition to our two adults and one child). Everyone fit in the room nicely and had a place to sit. Four of the water park bands come with the room reservation (good for your entire stay) and you can buy an all day wrist band for guests to experience it too, for just $10 a piece. It ended up raining that last day though, so they didn't get to join us. Next time, defiintely!


The beds each had four pillows. Oh yes, that did make me happy. Happy enough to take a close-up. ;)


This small sitting area was my favorite. Though the other area was larger and had a full-sized desk and chair, this one was more out of the way, so others could sleep while I got up to do some work. The charger strips on this table were a nice touch too. The rooms had free high-speed WiFi.


This is the full-sized desk, just so you can see it. It's nice but at the end of the beds, so if I sat there working I'd have gotten everyone else up too (I'm an early riser). You can see the microwave and coffee pot. There was also a laptop-sized digital safe in the closet, along with a hair dryer and ironing board.

The refrigerator was half-sized and perfect for keeping our drinks cold.

The bathroom was nice and clean, and a bit larger than a typical hotel too. The granite-top sinks were pretty to look at, and the beauty supplies were top notch. Housekeeping did a great job, each and every day that we were there too. They were noticeably polite when you passed them in the hallways. Not sure if Coco Key puts them through training to be that way or not, but it really was a nice touch.


There's a convenience store on-site. We got milk for cereal there and saw that they had all kinds of things for the hotel guests. They even had swimsuits, swim gear and pool shoes, in case you forgot and left something at home.


There were meeting rooms down one hallway,


a huge conference room down another...


and there were places to host birthday or celebration parties. Believe me, if you have children and live in the area, this is THE PERFECT PLACE to throw a birthday party!!


The walkways in and around the hotel were all so peaceful. They had such a nice, natural and tropical feel to them.


What made this hotel extraordinary though, was the on-site waterpark and the HUGE arcade!!


The children's water park had a zero entry swimming area, multiple smaller scale slides,


and these cool mushroom rains to run through. There were wheels to turn water on and off too, that were easy for little hands to navigate.


Life jackets were provided at no charge, as were towels. In the background you can see there are pool-side rooms available, so you could just walk right out to the water park. The waterpark itself is huge. There are 4 separate areas (for little children, mid-size kids and adults, a play and splash area, and the big slides for adventurers).


I loved the pineapple dump. You know it's going to be a good day when the tilting pineapple starts to fill with water.


The water park has 14 different slides, and lots of space to splash and play. I did notice there are a lot of sneaky pete things to soak other people. My son found the cannons instantly and was had no qualms at all about shooting innocent passerbys with water. ;) There were miniature dump buckets that filled too and of course that big pineapple I mentioned above. That's the best one and people run under it to get soaked.


We opted to do that too (the pineapple soak), several times. It's really just too hard to resist, and you're on vacation, so why would you??? :)


There are two big slide options for those who like adventure. One is enclosed like a capsule and sends you shooting out at high speed towards the opening at the bottom. That was my youngest son's favorite. Rafts were available for one or two riders.


The other was this open-ended slide that my boy was too chicken to try, lol. Everyone on it was definitley laughing. Maybe he'll try it next time. I know my daughter and older boys would have tried this one. All of the above were otherwise occupied though, and didn't join us on this trip. I'm def. re-booking when I can make it a full-family weekend vacation. I'm thinking maybe around Christmas when everyone gets a little time off.


Seating was abundant and everywhere. You could get it inside, or outside. In the sun or out of the sun. You could even get it with a netted cover to keep little ones from getting too much sun. The park was covered on the little chilren's side, and open on the splash zone and big slides side. I love that because it kept it from being muggy and unpleasant (like so many indoor water parks at hotels can be). Such a refreshing change!


If you're hungry, there are food options everywhere. I did notice a lot of people chose to dine in for big breakfast buffet in the mornings. We didn't try it because we had groceries in the room. It did look good though. For lunch on our last day there, we did eat in at one of the on-site restaurants.


The 6,500 sq. ft. arcade was a blast!! Literally everything you could think of that should be in an aracde was there.


The seats on one side of the room overlook the waterpark area. I thought that was convenient. This is a good place to come in and chill for a bit if it rains. We went down early morning too, when no one else was awake yet, and played some of the games.


I was delighted to see a little bowling alley (where my early riser son decidedly did kick my behind).


And they had a life-sized candy crush. Ha!! I used to have such a thing for that game! These days we're playing Pokemon Go, but I did still give the Candy Crush a go for old times sake. :)


There were options for little kids, bigger ones, teens and adults.


We were going to play a game of pool, but some dimwit (*ahem* *me*) swiped their card on the only table that wasn't packed with billiard balls. )


We're always up for a good game of air hockey, and my son's been practicing this in camp, so he's gotten pretty daggone good at it too.


The laser room was of course, awesome. That's my little James Bond you see wiggling around on the floor there, trying to make it to the safety buttons without tripping off a laser in the process. Stealth little fella he is too!

 

We stayed so long a few others finally started to meander in. That was fine by my son, kids his own age are always fun to come across on vacation.


Coco Key also has a rather large work-out-room. I like that some of the cardio machines face the windows.


The weights were in the same room, but separated behind a wall. I thought that was  a nice touch. There was a wall-sized mirror for folks there to see themselves getting their swoll on. Hey, if I worked hard to get pretty muscles, I'd want to see them too. ;)


This hotel was just the absolute perfect place for us to stay on our vacation to Orlando. This trip took us to Sea World, and in addition to the free shuttle offered to and fro, they also sold the tickets on-site too. Very convenient, and very easy to do too.

If you're going to Orlando with kids (ever!) this is a very fun place to take them!! We stayed in the big buiding, close to the waterpark entrance. It was super convenient to just walk out of our room and over to the water park or arcade. I can fully recommend this resort, especially if you have children.

If you're looking for a way to celebrate back to school, or just want to have one last hurrah before school starts THIS could be the perfect way to do so. As I noted above, I'm thinking ahead to Christmas (don't groan, it's going to be here before you know it!) and thinking a trip here would be a great way to enjoy time off this winter too!! Of course if you live in Florida, any time is a good time to pop on over and enjoy all that the resort has to offer.

You can learn more about the Coco Key Water Resort  by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

87 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of fun stuff to do there.

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  2. We take the grandkids to Orlando often, so we'll have to check this place out. The boys would love the huge water park and the arcade. Looks like loads of fun!

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  3. Looks like an amazing hotel for the whole family! We travel to Orlando often Ill have to check this out the next time we go.

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  4. Looks nice. The kids would love this.

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  5. There are so many amenities which makes your stay here more awesome. I like that the rooms are clean and spacious. The whole place is perfect for the family.

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  6. That place looks amazing. Truly a destination in its own right! I like that they have some things for younger kids, too!

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  7. That's a lovely hotel, perfect for families! It's awesome because aside from the usual, you have a lot of things to do here and I like the fact that they have meeting rooms, perfect for business trips!

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  8. We've never stayed here but did pass by it a couple of years ago. It sounds like a fun place for a family.

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  9. Wow, you sure find the best spots and you'll never want for a pillow there. That open slide would be neat to try.

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  10. This looks and sounds like an absolutely great hotel

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  11. My boys love water parks and this one looks good. I like that it has a hotel so you dont have to drive.

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  12. This is such a nice hotel. Perfect for the family. I will check it out, my husband and son will love this idea for our next trip.

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  13. I enjoyed every picture, this place looks perfect to spend good family time!

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  14. This looks like a fab place for a family holiday x

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  15. Wow. This does look like a great time. Thanks.

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  16. That is a nice place to get away to. I'd love to visit.
    Beautiful photos!

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  17. Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. I'm sure it is something my entire family would love <3

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  18. Seems to be a great place for the family to enjoy and bond together, something there for everyone.

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  19. Looks like so much fun for Family Weekend!

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  20. That looks like a ton of fun. This would be great for my whole family. My girls would certainly love it there.

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  21. Seeing these amazing pictures is torture!! I want to be there in the pool and on those soft, clean-sheet beds. I need a vacation in this water resort, too!

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  22. We used to have a similar stay on our WA. Coast and then it closes down. Everytine we stay in that town at a regular hotel I miss the family center hotel

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  23. The one in our area does not look like this one! I love yours! So pretty!!

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  24. All of this looks like so much fun! Those beds look so comfortable too after a day of all that crazy adventure.

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  25. It looks like a great place to visit with family.

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  26. Wow, this is my kind of place! I want to bring my family there!

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  27. How delightful! We are big on indoor water parks too, and would love to visit Coco Key Water Resort. That $10 add on is a fantastic bargain for guests! Honestly, I would be excited about the 4 pillows too. I have been to many hotels over the years and get really upset when there are only 2 on each bed. Last time I asked for extra and the guy only brought one and insisted that was all he could find. I highly doubted it and it really put a stain on my impression of the hotel. A minor thing to get upset about, but pillows are a big part of how I sleep comfortably, and if I don't get a good night sleep, I get upset!

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  28. Thanks for this as we prepare to travel more with my granddaughter.

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  29. This looks like a ton of fun!! I love visiting water resorts. It is always a ton of fun for kids!

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  30. I have been looking for something like this to take my kids too. We might have to take the little drive and visit here.

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  31. What an amazing place to stay! So many fun things and amenities! I would have been happy about 4 pillows on the bed as well!

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  32. I always love taking my kids to Water parks as they are so much entertaining for kids anytime. The Coco Key Water Resort looks amazing with some great amenities which has almost everything a family needs!

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  33. Looks like an amazing place! My boys would love to visit. (We are actually heading to a water park on Friday. It is outdoors, so I hope the weather cooperates!

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  34. That looks like a fantastic place for a break for the whole family. A very comprehensive list of amenities!

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  35. Wow. They're not just using "resort" to make it sound better. It's a true resort! My family would love it there. Thanks!

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  36. OMG that open ended slide looks like SO much fun! I will have to check out this place the next time we are in FL!

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  37. What a great hotel. I always love hotels that have water parks at them!

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  38. Wow what an incredibly fun time! My family would have a ball here. I am loving the sound of the 6,500 sq ft arcade, I could be in there all day.

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  39. You had me at the water resort and arcade room! My kids would love this place! I will definitely have to check it out!

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  40. This looks like a really great resort. The rooms are beautiful

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  41. I sure do love Orlando! This hotel looks awesome. Now... just to show the husband and convince him we need a vacation!

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  42. I don't live far and I always drive by this place on my way to Disney or Seaworld. It looks great I will have to check it out!

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  43. The water resort park at Coco Key looks like so much fun. What a gorgeous place to spend some time with the family.

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  44. What a great place to stay at! I love that they have a lot of slides and other amenities that kids will enjoy!

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  45. It's nice that there are so many things to keep you busy there. It sounds like there are plenty of ways to relax there too.

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  46. My twins would be over the moon if we went to Coco Key water Resort! It looks like the perfect vacation destination!

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  47. I live in Orlando and have been meaning to check this place out. Thanks for the inside look.

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  48. Wow this resort looks amazing! I don't think I'd want to leave it! I'm going to have to check out availability when I head back down. Thanks!

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  49. This looks like such a fun place! I know our family would love it.

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  50. This resort looks great. My family would love that water park.

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  51. Wow. This is one awesome place! Everything in one fun filled resort. I will have to make sure we get to stay in Coco Key Water resort when we get to visit Orlando next summer.

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  52. What a fun place to visit with my family! I bet my kids would enjoy this

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  53. That's a really awesome hotel to stay in. I really like the comfy and colorful looking rooms, it's perfect for the summer. There are many things to do here, which is great!

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  54. Looks like a great place to visit! I know my whole family would enjoy something like this especially my kiddos! - Jeanine

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  55. Wow, this is my kind of hotel! I want to bring my family there.

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  56. This would be a perfect resort for my family. We love to go to water parks. I will have to plan a trip here this winter.

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  57. Such a nice place to spend weekends with family. i love the idea that it has a lot of amenities and services available. makes staying in a lot convenient.

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  58. Wooow! This place looks gorgeous! I've never been here before but it's now on my list to try when I'm in the area!

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  59. My children would totally love Coco KEY WATER RESORT they are water park crazy and I definitely love taking them to such places. Marked this on my list so thanks for sharing!

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  60. This is a fun place! My son will surely like to visit this place and make a few days of stay.

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  61. I can definitely see my butt planted in one of those seats by the pool. Then if I had a nice cold drink and a good book, I would be completely satisfied.

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  62. What a great hotel for a family staycation! We just came from one but it's not a resort and we didn't have those slides. My kids would love having a playground in the pool.

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  63. We didn't get to do anything fun this summer. Wish we lived near a Coco Key Water resort! My son would love it!

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  64. What a fantastic place to vacation. I feel relaxed and refreshed just looking at the pictures! The Coco Key Water Resort looks so impressive.

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  65. This looks like such a fun place for the whole family. I'd love to go here!

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  66. Seems like a cute place to stay! I bet my boys would love this water resort!

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  67. I would have so much fun at that arcarde lol. Really place, i would love to visit with the family and experience the fun you clearly had there.

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  68. Now that's what I call a happenin' place to be!! It's got everything your family could possible want in a vacation. WOW

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  69. That pool looks fantastic and I love the bed linens. Thank you for sharing!

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  70. WOW! My Kids Will Love This. Just Gorgeous & So Much To See & Do I Must Book It For Our Next Vacation!!

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  71. What a beautiful resort! That water park looks unreal!!

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  72. I wish I knew sooner! We need to get away this weekend, and this would have been perfect. I am bookmarking this post, your pictures definitely sold me, this looks perfect for my family!
    thanks,
    Mitch

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  73. Wow. That is hardcore awesome! The water park is fantastic by itself, but that placed also has an arcade? Epic.

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  74. This looks like such a fun and nice place to visit! This would make a great family vacation for us!

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  75. We have a Coco Key here in Omaha. I have yet to go there. We totally should.

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  76. Omg what a nice place? Every kids love that place, i'm sure. That place is so perfect for the summer.

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  77. We have driven by this hotel a million times and wondered what it was like. Looks like my kids are the perfect age to enjoy it one weekend.

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  78. Waterslides and lounging poolside? Yes please! I want to go!

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  79. This place rocks. I see everytime I drive down to Orlando and can't wait for our stay in March. So happy it is as fun as it looks.

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  80. Waterpark AND arcade? I can't wait. We go every winter to escape our New England snow and ice. The beds look comfy.

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  81. wow, how fun! Those slide pics look so great! I wish I were there right now! I do not want summer to end.

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  82. I thought Coco Key Water resort looked pretty awesome but when I saw the water park...I just knew where I was booking my next Orlando stay.

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  83. The lazer tag looks fun. We actually saw this the last time we were driving down International Boulevard. I had no idea the waterpark was so big though. We'll be staying for Thanksgiving break!

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  84. What an amazing family vacation! My kids would love a hotel with a water park!

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  85. What an awesome family vacation! Glad you had some fun!

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  86. What an awesome place to stay and play! I would love a turn on that open ended slide too!

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