Friday, December 15, 2017

Our Family Hotel of Choice: Stay Sky Suites I-Drive Orlando

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my Stay-Sky-Suites-loving own.


Looking for a weekend getaway? Going to Orlando for holiday shopping? Need a great suggestion for a family hotel in the Kissimmee/Orlando area? We felt right at home from the very first second that we stepped into the Stay Sky Suites I-Drive Orlando, and I'm so on board with recommending them to anyone who is in the area, looking for overnight accommodations.


The lobby was very welcoming. :)
Check-in was easy. The gentleman who met us at the desk was attentive, informative and considerate, and not just at the initial check-point. In fact, he gave us a greeting, or asked us how we were doing (or if we needed anything) every single time we saw him. The lobby was very welcoming too, with an area to sit and lounge, and a beautiful Christmas Tree to help usher in the holiday season. We took several family photos in front of that tree, and they came out so lovely!


We booked a one-bedroom suite, complete with a couch that pulled out into a double bed; a plush arm chair with a foot stool and a table and chairs. There was a television on the wall if you wanted to hang out and watch it. There was also a dresser, which was great for the two in our party who were sleeping on the couch: it gave them a space to put their items in, and didn't clutter the area that was meant to be a living room during daytime hours. There was also a closet so clothes could be hung up and kept wrinkle-free. There were six of us in the hotel, and we never felt cramped once. This room was perfect for allowing us all to get together to visit, and later in the day on Day #2, when my oldest and his girl stopped by for a visit, we all had a home-cooked dinner in the room as well (courtesy of my oldest son with his awesome culinary skills).


The kitchen had everything we needed to make family snacks or meals. A microwave, working stove top, and full-sized refrigerator/freezer were in there. We like to go out for at least one meal while on a weekend endeavor but the other meals we like to cook ourselves. 


Everything you could ask for and more was in the fully stocked cupboards.The dishes were supplied, which was great...


including a variety of beverage glasses for whatever it was you were drinking.


Silverware, pots, pans and serving utensils were there too, as was a can opener and more. 


If you didn't feel like cooking, there was an extensive room service menu. You could order in with choices like sandwiches, pizza, full dinners (and more). We didn't use this option, but it is always nice to have it in case you have the need.


The double beds in the big bedroom met us with folded towel geese (always a fun touch) and there was a television in the room as well.



The bathroom could be accessed from the bedroom or the kitchen area, which was definitely convenient. We all also appreciated that the shower/commode area was entirely separate from the part of the room that held the sink and mirror.


There was a gym if you wanted to get some cardio in. My oldest son doesn't like to miss a workout, so we went down to check it out. If you look super carefully, you can see him way in the mirror in the background. ;)


The first morning we were there, I took pictures of the complimentary breakfast buffet. Each day the items offered were different for both the hot and cold food selections. This day we had among many other choices, pancakes...


eggs, and ham. The fam. took advantage of the hot meal and filled their bellies before we took on a day of adventure.


I opted for a bagel and coffee. :)  We all went outside to eat, but there was plenty of inside seating available as well.


The second morning we were there, we discovered a basketball court on the property. My second youngest had just driven up to spend the day with us (he had work, so couldn't be there overnight) and he and his little brother went at it. He likes to call little man a 'bench warmer' to get his blood boiling. It always works too, and gets my youngest out there trying his hardest to kick big brother's rear end. The way he (little man) loves the sport, I have no doubt that some day soon he'll be able to take on both of his big brothers in a game. They don't believe it, but I've got my cards on him. ;)

You have to have your own ball to play (I think, though we didn't ask). Not a problem, my youngest son goes nowhere without his bball these days (insert laughing eye roll here).

My oldest son and his daughter in the pool.
Later in the day my oldest and youngest two kiddos went to the pool, as did my granddaughter. You can see her and her daddy in the pic above. I took that photo with my phone, so the quality is not that great, but I still love it.


You can see the hot tub too, in the background just behind the loungers.


There's a little room for gaming entertainment. What's a game room without the claw machine? Not a game room at all. ;) The retro vibe in this room made it equally fun for adults to take a turn. Who doesn't like a bit of nostalgia thrown into a little gaming time. I'm a big fan of all forms of PacMan, including Ms. Pacman, so even for this mom/grandma, it was time to get my game on. ;)


There was a rather large business center at Stay Sky Suites as well. There were seats for lounging/studying/working, 


and there were computers that were hooked up to a printer too. We used this room to print out Blue Man Tickets for my son and his girlfriend who were going to see that show in the p.m. before they headed back home.


It's silly perhaps, to put up a photo of one of the elevator doors, but this one was so cheery and holidayeee (made up word) that it made me smile every time we used it.


On a more practical side, if you wanted to do a load of laundry (or two) they had a place to do that too. Three washers, three dryers and a folding table made it so you didn't have to take home a stitch of dirty clothing, if you didn't want to do so. :)

There were also certain amenities we appreciated, like the free parking, unlimited free WiFi, and a concierge desk where we could purchase theme park tickets if we wanted. They also had one of those pamphlet stations with a bunch of flyers/brochures for things to do within the city. We took a couple home to remind us of what we'd like to do the next time we go back. Orlando definitely has no shortage on family entertainment options.

You could walk to many places from the hotel, including this 3-story McDonald's
where the kids had a blast in the playroom.
The location of this hotel was great as well. We literally had everything we needed within walking and driving distance. One of the evenings we were there, we walked over to the main strip that was close by and did a little gift shopping. There were restaurants and fun places to visit very close by (including a three-story playhouse McDonald's that sold gourmet pizza and cake...say what?!?), a dinner nightclub we have visited before, gifts shoppes, sit-down restuarants, places of interest (the museum-type places intrigued me and we will be back!) as well. For the location aspect of this hotel, as well as every other area you could be looking for in a family weekend getaway, you simply could not go wrong booking this hotel. We loved everything about it. 

Learn more by visiting the Stay Sky Suites website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

58 comments:

Sandee said...

What a neat place. I love having a kitchen when we book a room. Eating out can get very boring after a bit.

It has everything including a laundry room. Very nice when traveling. Beats going home with tons of dirty clothes.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Pat Hatt said...

Sure sounds like a great spot indeed. Like that the kitchen has all you need. lol I'm sure the benchwarmer remark must get him going.

Gladys Parker said...

I love that they had everything you needed right there already. The amount of space is awesome and add that to the pool, gym, room service and machines to entertain the kids you have a sweet place to stay. The Christmas tree is an added plus!

kelly reci said...

I love traveling and most of the time I'm looking for good place to stay.I always make a quick research for the best to stay of the place that I want to visit. Your post really helps me a lot.

Theresa Mahoney said...

It does look like a really comfy place to stay. I love being greeted immediately by friendly staff. It really makes you feel welcome as soon as you step foot in the door. Here I sit, all jealous of your pool photos. We've got a ton of snow on the ground here up north, so I hope you guys take advantage of all the pools days that you can!

Joyce Lansky said...

It looks like a wonderful hotel, but as a member of the minority that does not celebrate Christmas, a tree in the room would not go over well with us. I hope they are considerate and ask people if they want this in the room? Did they ask you about the tree in the room before you checked into the hotel? Christmas decorations are beautiful, in the lobby, this time of year, but a tree in my room would go too far. I hope they left some rooms without for the non-celebrating guests.

Elisha Elyssa said...

These are beautiful! They look so cozy and comfy for a family vacation. And you are so lucky to still have pool days lol Those are long gone for us

Coralie said...

This is a beautiful hotel and I drive is such a fun place to place. We loved that area when we were visiting.

Ada said...

Looks like you had a really great time! Definitely looks like a cozy little getaway.

mail4rosey said...

The tree is only in the lobby, not in the room. I wrote that in the review. :)

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place said...

Perfect place for the family if you're ever in the area! I love that they have fun activities for the kids!

Dogvills said...

This really looks like a great place to stay when in Orlando! I love all the amenities and the room looks so big and comfy. They kitchenette is a definite plus too!

Jenny Thompson said...

I've never been to Orlando, but if I'm ever in the area, I will look this hotel up!

Enjoy Freebies said...

I love rooms with kitchens in them. It feels much more like home but with room service! Looks like a great place to stay.

Ai Sakura said...

Wow I love the big Christmas tree.. so welcoming and festive :) and the old arcade games!! I'd prob spend a long time there haha

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Karlee said...

I wish I didn't live as close to Orlando as I do because I would be at this hotel all the time from the way you talk about it!! Glad you had such a good experience!

Miss Fely said...

Looks very cozy & clean which is something I look for in a place to stay. Will keep this one in mind if I ever visit the area.

BlueMoon UniqueFashion said...

I've never been to Orlando, but if I come, this hotel is a wonderful choice.

Masshole Mommy said...

That looks like a great place to stay. I will have to keep this in mind when we get down to Orlando next summer.

Stacie said...

Stay Sky Suites looks amazing! I always love to stay at hotels that have a homey feel like this one does. The laundry area is a BIG bonus, too!

Terri Beavers said...

I prefer suites when I travel because I travel alone and sometimes feel weird about going out to eat alone and also due to chronic pain, I usually eat at the motel so I can rest my back. I will check this place out the next time we go to Orlando for a family reunion.

Danielle said...

I honestly never heard of this htoel beofre but I did see the towel swans and i know my kids would go crazy for them!

ingrid said...

Seems like a nice place to visit. An easily accessible kitchen plus a gym; that seals the deal for me

Liz Mays said...

This looked like such a nice place to stay with family. I definitely like the kitchen and living space.

Alexi R said...

Wow this hotel looks fantastic, I've seen tons of hotels but this one has it's own place where people can wash their clothes that's really awesome. It looks like an apparthotel looking on those facilities you have in the kitchen, that's really a good point. I would say this is a great hotel!

Our Family World said...

Looks like you hit the jackpot finding that family friendly hotel! I will have to take note of that so we can book a stay the next time we travel to Orlando. Thanks for the fantastic review and tour of the place.

Sara Welch said...

I had not heard of this place before. It sounds very nice!

Marissa Zurfluh said...

I love when we stay at places that provide cups and such. It's so convenient and saves us money.

Deboshree Dutta said...

If i ever visit, I'll be sure to check them out! Thanks for sharing the details!

Joyce MommyTalkShow said...

Suites are a great way to stay, especially if you like a full kitchen and plenty of room. The game and fitness options for kids are a plus!

Kaitlin Ryan said...

This is awesome! I love the fully stocked cupboards! What a great place to stay with the whole family!

Claudia Krusch said...

Stay Sky Suites looks like an amazing place to stay. I would love to stay in one of their beautiful rooms.

Pam said...

This sounds like a great place to stay with the family. I love that they have a kitchen in the room.

Veronica Solomon said...

Nice hotel. It seems to have everything you would need

Binky said...

Looks like an nice place, and... pancakes!

Christie said...

What a wonderful place to stay. I like how they had all of the items you needed right there for you. The lobby was nicely decorated to make you feel right at home too!

musingsonmotherhoodmidlife said...

I love hotels that have everything you need within walking distance. The worse is when you check into one that feels isolated. This looks like a great option for traveling to Orlando.
Estelle

Jen Sky Walker said...

Sign me up! It looks like a great place to stay! I especially like having my own kitchen when traveling, in part to save money and also when I need food, don't want to order from room service, and want something easy and quick in the comforts of my own room.

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

This hotel looks amazing! Such a great place to stay and spend the holidays with the family!

Carol Cassara said...

I love the amenities and the size of the room! I think it's awesome that you shared your experience with this place, it's really a great choice!

AnnMarie John said...

It's definitely the kind of place that I'd pick for me and the kids! I really like that it has everything that we need!

Ruthie Ridley said...

I havent been to Orlando since I was a child! If we ever go back, this is a great option for the kids and I!

Amber Stanfield said...

Such a nice and spacious room! I love staying in suites with kitchens because it saves so much money to be able to cook your own meals. But that breakfast buffet looked darn good though!

Anonymous said...

This hotel looks like a great place to stay, so much to do in the hotel itself. The food for breakfast even looked delicious. The hotel seemed like it was well kept. Thank you for sharing, I will have to keep this hotel in mind if I ever go here.

Savannah Pham said...

Love that this hotel has a laundry and arcade room! I have yet to stay at a hotel that has that. Will look into this for our next trip to Florida.

alissa apel said...

That does look like a great place to stay. I so need to get away!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

This sounds like a great place for a family getaway. I prefer suites because of the ability to cook and relax. I love that they had a Christmas tree in the suite!

mail4rosey said...

It is an awesome place to get away. The tree is in the lobby. ;)

Ronnie E. said...

Looks like a great place to take a break and relax! The beds look ridiculously comfortable and I like that they made those towel swans. It's a nice touch. :)

Lavanda Michelle said...

This is truly a move spot. I always drove by, but never stayed. It looks like a comfortable place for the entire family. I only get room with kitchen and I am adding this to the list.

Elizabeth O said...

I have heard about good things in Stay Sky Suites. When my friend visit her friend in Orlando she stays in Sky Suites for 2 days. She really love the ambiance and the hospitality that which the people gave her.

Terra Heck said...

That looks like a fun place to stay. I especially like that they provide the silverware and dishes to cook use. It's the first I've heard of Stay Sky Suites. I can see why you like it.

Jennifer Quillen said...

I like the look of this hotel! To have a hotel with a laundry room is a great addition!

Scott said...

Very, very nice. So nice to have a stocked kitchen so you don't have to search for paper plates and plastic utensils!

Kristi said...

Looks like the perfect place to stay in Orlando. I am to the point where I look for places that offer a kitchen area, saves a ton of money when traveling. The laundry area looks great too, who wants to come home with dirty clothes after a vacation!

Marysa said...

What a nice place to stay! My kids would love it here. Lots of great amenities, like the breakfast, pool, and fitness equipment. It is really hard when there isn't a breakfast at hotels and we have to go searching for food when we are out of town.

Brandy Ellen said...

I can see why you may pick this as the family hotel option. Looks like a fantastic place for family!

Maryann D. said...

Stay Sky Suites does look lovely and clean to visit. I would have a nice time staying here with my family.