DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is a welcomed break from the norm.

By Katrice L. Mines, Senior Editor

You don’t have to be a kid to love theme parks or to get excited about a few-days jaunt to the Sunshine State. Spring break has no age restriction; 52 hours recharging at DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld taught me that. It was my first time in Orlando as well as my introductory and highly anticipated trip to SeaWorld. And from start to finish, the destination was in perfect order. Good location … Check. Good food … Check. Unbounded space to sprawl … Check. Add to that recreation built around up-close animal experiences and massive amounts of stimulation — if you have the stamina for an entire day of it — and there’s not much more you could ask for.

Nestled in 28 acres of lush palm trees and tropical fountains, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando is a relaxing haven. Consciously or not, what we travelers want to do first when we hear island tunes overhead is cut through the preliminaries as quickly as possible to the feeling of vacation. We travel to coastal destinations for castaway vibes close to home but far from the monotony. The 1,020-room resort boasts refreshed guest rooms and renovations to the existing 60,000 square feet of flexible outdoor and indoor meeting and event space. I was there for leisure, others for an intermingling of work and play, and the communal spaces outside of private quarters had a drawing effect. The property’s recent transformation is a part of an effort to branch out and accommodate larger groups and events in sophisticated function spaces.

Tucked away from the clamor of the city, the hotel — with its reimagined food and beverage venues, pools, family activities, market and concierge services — is still within easy access to shopping and entertainment for an experience with the locale including SeaWorld® and its waterpark, Aquatica. Whether you book a private cabana poolside or pick up tickets to one of SeaWorld’s special events onsite, how you choose to rejuvenate is up to you; they’ve done the heavy lifting.

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