This is a guest post written by Kristen Stewart. Kristen is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Parenting, Parents and AARP: The Magazine, and I feel very lucky to have her writing here. Kristen's kids are 13, 10 and 6.
Yesterday I gave you the lowdown on the Amenities and Activities at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando Florida. Today I'll go into detail about the rooms.
It's important to keep in mind, the Nickelodeon Suites is not a hotel but a resort—777 suites on 24 acres. The upside of this is all the activities I mentioned in my previous post. The downside is depending on the timing of the visit, there can be a lot of people there. (In fact, when we went to check in we almost felt we were at a theme park complete with designated line guides showing us where to queue up. Even the next night when we needed to stop by the front desk to pick something up my husband ended up in line for 15 minutes waiting his turn.)
The resort was originally a Holiday Inn until Nickelodeon converted it in 2005. After learning this it made a few things more understandable. While there are a limited number of 1 bedroom suites and 3 bedroom suites the vast majority are 2 bedrooms (coming in two configurations—see the website for specific information on floor plans). However, the term "2 bedroom" is used somewhat loosely.
The two bedroom suite is a living room with fold-out sofabed, one bedroom with a door and a third sort of open room type arrangement. There is no door or curtain to this open room which is obviously where the kids are meant to sleep (one floor plan has bunk beds, the other two twin beds). We commented on this arrangement to a resort employee who explained the issue was there are no exterior doors or windows to these rooms so code prevented placement of a door on them. As for the curtain he said they had tried it a few times over the years but they were getting pulled down a lot so for the moment this is the configuration.
My kids are pretty sound sleepers so it wasn't a big of deal for us but for kids who wake up easily the parents will be locking themselves in their bedroom come the kids' bedtime. (Also note the bathroom is accessible only off the living room so anyone using it will be walking past the sleeping kids.) One other challenge we had was there was not wireless Internet in the rooms--and the ethernet cable was, you guessed it, in the open living room.Some rooms face the parking lot while others open to the courtyard. We had the courtyard and while it was great to see all the action as you came and went you definitely could hear the fun even when inside the room. Again, it didn't bother us—and the kids' alcove is the furthest from the windows—but anyone in the bedroom or on the sofabed in the living room could definitely hear what was going on down at the pool.
The rooms themselves were clean and brightly decorated but the big highlight was the painted characters! My youngest got quite a kick out of watching SpongeBob SquarePants in the SpongeBob room…
Nickelodeon Suites Resort Amenities and Hotel Grounds
LEGOLAND Grand Opening Part 1
LEGOLAND Grand Opening Part 2
Orlando With Kids
LEGOLAND California with Kids
Kristen was the invited guest of the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Neither the resort, nor LEGOLAND required that she express a particular point of view, and the opinions expressed in this article are her own.