Hidden just past Walt Disney World is the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate. But it’s not hidden, really. It’s a massive resort filled with everything you need at prices you’ll like and a location you’ll love.
Haven’t heard of it? Neither had I. That’s why I love sharing hidden gems in central Florida so you can score great deals and avoid the crowds and nickel-and-diming techniques of the most-well-known places to stay.
The Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is actually in Kissimmee, Florida, not Orlando. That’s important to note because Kissimmee is at the footstep of the Walt Disney World Resort, not the city of Orlando. But Orlando is where everyone thinks that Disney is, so maybe that’s the reason for the name.
Located off of I-4 just past the Disney exit headed towards Tampa, the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is a luxury resort where you can sprawl out at really great prices (for instance, the day after Easter – during one of the busiest weeks of the year in the Orlando area – was just $149). It’s part of the Omni Hotels and Resorts collection (which also includes the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, and other southeast destinations) and offers really impressive guest perks if you join their free Select Guest program.
I was instantly impressed with the resort the moment that I stepped inside the gorgeous lobby. It’s elegant and spacious and the staff were very friendly.
Beyond the main lobby, you can look out onto the secluded pool. Nearby is a fire pit, which is an amazing location for sipping drinks and making s’mores (yes, the Omni provides the supplies!).
Outdoors, there is a family pool, too, as well as a lazy river.
I could see all of this from the balcony of my room, #475. Underneath my room was the playground, as well as the basketball courts and tennis courts.
When I stepped inside my room, I was really surprised and impressed. It had a great, modern color scheme and the bed was oh, so comfortable!
The only problem that I had was being able to hear my neighbors through the walls. We were there at the same time as a huge life insurance agents conference. These life insurance adjusters sure did like to party, and commandeered the lobby and pools most nights with private parties full of booze. The rooms on either side of me had party animals that came back at 2 a.m. every night. Then I heard their cell phone alarm go off at 6 a.m. in their room to catch their flights back. I didn’t sleep well until they were gone.
Below is a video room tour of Room 475, where I stayed for three nights.
A huge draw of Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is the golf course. I captured these pictures on the path surrounding the golf course at sunset. It was stunning!
The paths are great for walking, surrey bike riding and running, which is really nice to be able to stay in shape and enjoy the surroundings while at the property.
Check out my friend Amanda’s photo diary (from WheresAmanda.com) of her stay at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
Disney transportation is provided, as are plenty of activities, from liquor tasting to arts and crafts, every day. Just look at the activities list given when you check in.
When you’re staying at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, be sure to enjoy their wonderful breakfast buffet at Trevi’s!