I had the pleasure of touring CoCo Key Hotel and on-site Water Resort the other week. I was pleasantly shocked at how great they are equipped for groups and the value they are for families.
CoCo Key Hotel And On-site Water Resort is located on I-Drive in Orlando. I-Drive used to be the place families stayed when visiting Orlando. It took a slide over the years when Disney and Universal started building their own resorts but has been on the upswing in the last few years. They have a GREAT a 54,000 sq. ft. canopy covered and outdoor water park, 3 on-site restaurants, a convenience store, and are a short drive to Orlando theme parks and shopping.
Pools and Water Park
The pools and water park are amazing! There are a total of three pools. The first is their “quiet” pool and it is located near the lobby and has lounge chairs and canopies available on a first come first serve basis. The second pool is located in the Water Park area. It is called the Minnows Lagoons and has no height requirements and has small slides for little kids. This pool is also under a glass canopy. The third pool has a height requirement of 48 inches. The main park of the water park has height requirements of 36 and 40 inches. Different slides have different requirements. All pools are heated and operate during most winter months.
Coco Key has two sections for a total of 391 double queen and king guest rooms. The first section is what I call Motel rooms. All 279 rooms open directly to the outside. The other is called the Tower and has 112 guest rooms that are all interior corridors and is used for the group bookings so there is more security for the sports teams and school groups.
The rooms all have a mini-fridge and coffee maker along with the other usual amenities. The room I toured was next to their ”quiet” pool but I didn’t hear a thing while the door was closed. The window and door are VERY thick and sealed.
The best part about the main buildings is the fact that you can have a room that connects to the room next to it and behind it! The room behind it could connect to the room next to it! So you could have four rooms connected!!!! How great is that for a large family, girls weekend, small school group?
Sadly I didn’t get to tour the Tower because there was a group staying there but we did get a tour of the group meeting room. When a group is checking in there is a separate entrance that their motor coach can pull up to. The staff has a separate check-in desk setup just for the group so they don’t take over the main lobby and other guests can’t get helped. It really is a brilliant idea that more hotels should do! The group is free to use this room as a gathering place.
The groups are also provided a room for a catered breakfast while staying there. So the group doesn’t have to take up space in the Tradewinds Restaurant with the other Resort guests.
After touring the group room we went over to the where guests can get a breakfast buffet. It is a large room and has a good selection. Right outside the restaurant is the . They also have Callaloo Grill Food Court, a grab and go convenience store and a Pizza Hut Express. Great items if you’re sitting by the pool all day.
Next door to the restaurant is the 6,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Key Quest Arcade. This arcade room is AMAZING! I know lots of kids who would stay in here versus going out to the pool.
There are daily activities for the kids if you choose to not visit a theme park during your stay. They also allow for birthday parties and locals can purchase daily water park tickets.
This hotel is a Universal Partner Hotel so there is a shuttle over to Universal. They also are a partner of SeaWorld and provide a free shuttle there also. They have a Universal Desk where you can purchase your park tickets and ask any questions you may have. They operate only until noon. There is Disney transportation for a fee provided by Mears Transportation.
Now with everything I’ve told you about this Resort you probably think it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. It’s NOT! Rooms start around $87 a night in the low season! As I said this is a VERY reasonable resort for your family or group if you are looking for an offsite resort because you are planning on visiting more than one theme park.
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