I love the lagoon pool at Doubletree at SeaWorld Orlando

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Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I love visiting SeaWorld Orlando theme park.  It is one of my favorite places in the whole world.  I love staying at hotels nearby.  Two hotels I have enjoyed staying at that are within walking distance of SeaWorld are Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld and Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld Orlando.

But recently we were planning a trip to SeaWorld for their New Year’s Eve event.  We had never been to SeaWorld for New Year’s Eve before but we knew it could get crowded.  We figured it would probably take a long time to get out of the parking lot afterward.  Furthermore, we wanted to be able to have drinks.  So we thought the idea of walking back afterward had huge advantages.

I had heard that Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld was within walking distance.  I had never stayed there before, so I decided to try it out.

And boy am I glad I did.  I absolutely loved this hotel, and I can’t wait to go back.  So today I want to tell you all the reasons I loved this hotel.  And then I’ll tell you how you can save money on this hotel – and at SeaWorld and other Orlando theme parks!


So the location is obviously the biggest reason we chose this hotel.  It is so nice to be able to walk to SeaWorld.  You can also walk to Aquatica but we did not.  Even though the weather was warm for December and January, it was still December and January so we weren’t planning on going to a waterpark.

But in addition to being able to walk to SeaWorld, there is also an I-RIDE Trolley across from the street.  That can get you to plenty of other top attractions in Orlando.

If you don’t want to drive, then included in the price of the resort fee is a free daily shuttle to Aquatica, SeaWorld, and Universal Theme Parks.   You can also pay extra to get a shuttle to Disney World.

And of course, you can walk to SeaWorld.

Walkway to SeaWorld

One thing I like about the walkway to SeaWorld is that there are a lot of signs that help you get there.  I did make a wrong turn the first time I walked to SeaWorld, but it’s easy to correct yourself and get on the right path.

The walkway starts in the back parking lot.  They have plenty of signs in the resort that show you what direction to go if you start from the lobby or the main tower of the resort.  You walk out to the Lagoon Pool and you’ll see signs.  Just keep following the signs.

You can easily use the walkway to SeaWorld Oralndo from Doubletree hotel by following all the signs near the pools

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld is within walking distance of SeaWorld theme park

A picture of the Walkway to SeaWorld sign up at Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida

When you get to the back parking lot, go over to the blue gate.

A picture of the Sea World Gate at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando. The hotel is within walking distance of the theme park.

That is the door you use to get to the walkway.  It is unlocked each day at 8:00 AM in the morning.  It stays unlocked for an hour after the park is open, which meant when we were there on New Year’s Eve it was still unlocked after 12:00 AM.

After that, you’ll walk about 500 feet forward and then safely use the crosswalk.  You are walking to the back of the SeaWorld parking lot.  You’ll see a sign for the guest pedestrian entrance.

How to walk through the SeaWorld Orlando theme park from the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando

Once you get into the parking lot, there are good markings on the ground to show you the walking path.

Walk through the back of the parking lot at Doubletree SeaWorld Orlando to the back of the parking lot at SeaWorld to enter the theme park

You can easily walk to SeaWorld Orlando's parking lot from the Doubletree by Hilton SeaWorld Orlando hotel

You walk down the path and turn to the right, and then you’ll be at the entrance of the theme park.  There are signs to help you get to the park entrance.

An explanation of how to get from Doubletree SeaWorld Orlando to the theme park entrance

Now, when you leave the park, you’ll walk towards the bus pick-up, which is marked by signs.

SeaWorld theme park is within walking distance of Doubletree by Hilton hotel

Use the signs for the bus pick-up from SeaWorld theme park to Doubletree by Hilton Orlando

A neat thing about exiting is you can actually see the main tower of Doubletree in the distance, which is really cool!

You’ll take the same walking path as before, you’ll just be walking in the opposite direction from when you were walking to SeaWorld.

A step by step guide of walking from SeaWorld Orlando theme park to Doubletree by Hilton hotel

Once you are out of the parking lot, you’ll walk across the street to get back to Doubletree by Hilton Orlando.

A picture of the walkway back from SeaWorld Orlando theme park to Doubletree by Hilton hotel

You’ll be looking for the blue gate that will get you back into the hotel.

Resort Look & Atmosphere

When I went here a month ago, I had never been here before.  So I had no idea what to expect.

But when I walked into the lobby, I literally gasped.  The lobby was just so beautiful and perfect.  It has an upscale look to it.

When I came here it was December 31st, so it was still the Christmas season.  The Christmas decorations up at the lobby and around the resort were amazing.

A picture of Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld decorated for the Christmas season

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld has a great lobby with lot of employees ready to check you into your hotel room

The lobby at Doubletree Orlando by SeaWorld has wonderful seasonal decorations like these during the holiday season

There were a lot of interactive aspects of the decorations, too.  Like they had a display of gingerbread houses where you could vote for your favorite.

There are a lot of small touches in the holiday decorations at Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld like these gingerbread houses

They even had Christmas movies playing in the lobby.  While I was there, I saw parts of The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

The Christmas decorations didn’t stop with the lobby.  There were also lots of Christmas-themed inflatables outside that you could enjoy as you walked around the resort.

Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld Orlando has wonderful Christmas decorations both outside and inside

Doubletree hotel in Orlando, Florida by SeaWorld is a great resort with lots of Christmas decorations during the holiday season

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is a wonderful hotel to visit during the holiday season because of all their Christmas decorations

There were also Christmas lights up, which looked beautiful at night.

It is beautiful at night around the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando, a resort within walking distance of SeaWorld

The lobby of the main tower of the building was also beautiful.  The piano is a nice, classy touch.

There is a main tower at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, and it has a beautifully decorated lobby

The resort overall had a very positive, happy atmosphere.


There are a number of different room options you can get when you stay here.  One of the main things you can choose is whether or not you want to be in the main tower.

Doubletree Orlando SeaWorld hotel has a main building, pictures here, and then other rooms scattered throughout the resort

We wanted to, so we paid a little bit more money to stay in the main tower.  What I like about staying in the main tower is that you are very close to dining options.

If you don’t stay in the main tower, you can stay in one of the rooms that are spread out in two-story buildings around the resort.

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld has lots of guest rooms throughout the resort in two-story buildings

After having stayed here in one of the tower rooms, I can see some advantages of non-tower rooms.  For starters, it is cheaper.  But additionally, depending on where your room ends up, it could be a lot easier to unload and pack your car because some of the rooms are close to the parking lot.  And if you have one of the rooms in the back, you are closer to the SeaWorld walking path.

But of course, that is luck of draw.  At any rate, those rooms seemed really nice, too.  And the resort due to its prime location is not that large.  So it’s not like you’d have to rent a golf cart or use your car to get around the resort, like you might at say Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

My family had a room with two queen beds, which I really prefer to hotels with rooms with double beds.  And the beds were incredibly comfortable, too.

I love the beds at Doubletree SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida

The rooms were also really spacious.  They have a nice desk area if you need to go business.  There’s a great TV (which we had on during a nap to catch a college football bowl game in between sleep).

I like the space in the rooms at Doubletree hotel in Orlando, Florida within walking distance of SeaWorld

They also have a nice comfortable chair in the corner with good views of said TV.

They have comfortable chairs and great pictures in the rooms at Doubletree Hotel in Orlando, Florida by SeaWorld

The bathroom was nice, too.  So the guest rooms are a big plus at this hotel.

I almost had wonderful views from my room.  I had a really good view of Aquatica waterpark and I could see some of the roller coasters at SeaWorld, too!


A great thing about this resort is all the dining options.  It really makes your stay even better to have a lot of options.

So we were there on New Year’s Eve.  That’s a really busy day at SeaWorld, so there were long lines for all the restaurants.  We had to stand in a particularly long line for lunch.

But we went back to the room to rest up before we went back out for the night.  Since the hotel is within walking distance, it’s pretty easy to go back and forth from the hotel.

We decided to eat dinner at the hotel before we walked back to SeaWorld.  We were able to get salads and sandwiches without any wait at all.  The weather was nice so we were able to get a great table outside with wonderful pool views and eat our meal.  By the way, they have a lot of tables around the pool, which is great.

It was nice to have a relaxing dinner without having to wait a long time in line before we went back to the park.  The food was good, too, and possibly cheaper than if we had eaten at SeaWorld.

But most importantly, we didn’t have to deal with the lines of the restaurants.  And that was great because when we went back to the park, we noticed the line to Altitude Burgers was the longest I had ever seen!  So if you are here on a busy day, you could consider eating here instead of in the park.  You could consider spending the morning at SeaWorld, coming back for lunch, taking a nap or a swim in the pool, having dinner, and then going back to SeaWorld at night.

So what are the dining options here?  Let me go over them.

The Market/Alberto’s Pizzeria

Alfredo The Market is a combination dining establishment at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

If you want a quick meal then head to the combination restaurant, The Market/Alberto’s Pizzeria.

The Market/Alberto’s Pizzeria is where my family got dinner that night.  They offer a lot of great to-go items like sandwiches and salads.  They have pizzas (which I could expect with Pizzeria in the name!) and you can share the pizza as a family (which saves you money).  And you can get Chicken Wings, Italian meatballs, and garlic knots.  Some of the items (like the Chicken Caesar Salad) you can pick out of the refrigerator.  Others you can get warm, like the pizza.

Ice cream is also available here in flavors like Chocolate, Strawberry, Rocky Road, Butter Pecan, etc.

Delicious ice cream is for sale at Alberto's Pizzeria and the market in Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida by SeaWorld

Most of my family got the Chicken Caesar Salad.

You can get grab and go items at Alberto's Pizzeria at Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld Orlando like this delicious Chicken Caesar Salad

The Chicken Caesar Salad was absolutely delicious.  The chicken was a bit spicy, which I really liked, but if you don’t like spicy chicken you might want to avoid it.

My mom was the only one who didn’t get a Chicken Caesar Salad.  She instead got a Tuscan Chicken Sandwich.

A picture of the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, one of the hot food options available at Alberto's Pizzeria in Doubletree by SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida

She really loved this sandwich. This chicken, by the way, was not spicy.

Free Breakfast

This is also where you go for the free breakfast!

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers a continental breakfast at its quick service restaurant

It’s included in the cost of staying here.  You get to choose between a bagel, croissant, muffin, or danish.

Free breakfast is included in your fees for Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld, and you can get food like croissants or bagels

Now, I am allergic to a lot of nuts, and I thought my muffin had nuts in it.  They insisted the muffins did not have nuts, but they gave me a bagel instead.  I appreciated that they did this.

You also have a choice between an apple or an orange.  For drinks, you can get either get free coffee or free juice.


Laguna is a sit-down restaurant and bar with a casual atmosphere.  You can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.  There is seating indoors and outdoors.  When we were there, they had TVs playing bowl games.

Laguna is a casual restaurant at Doubletree Orlando SeaWorld with indoor and outdoor seating

Here was the menu when we were here looking to have dinner.

Get burgers, tacos, sandwiches & salads at Laguna, a sit-down casual restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando SeaWorld

You can get foods like burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and salads.  Here are some of the foods on the menu when we were here:

  • Paradise Floridian Burger
  • Citrus Cajun Shrimp Taco
  • Blackened Mahi-Mahi Taco
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Caesar Salad
  • Rustic Goddess Wedge Salad
  • DT Club Sandwich
  • Spinach Salad
  • Deserted Island Chix Sandwich

Barefoot Bar

Doubletree hotel in Orlando, Florida near SeaWorld has a great poolside bar that serves frozen drink specialties

Barefoot Bar is a poolside bar, located at the Laguna Pool (more about that later).  It serves light food and frozen drinks.

Sonoma Lobby Bar

A picture of Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld decorated for the Christmas season

You can get a free breakfast here.  But you could also get breakfast and Starbucks Coffee at the Sonoma Lobby Bar.  You can also get lunch items here and juice.  There are a lot of chairs here and plugs so you could work at your computer here.  If you check out of your hotel and you have business work that needs to get done, this is a great place to do it.


They have a lot of fun recreational activities.


A wonderful thing about this hotel is that there are multiple pools.  My favorite was the lagoon pool.

I love the lagoon pool at Doubletree at SeaWorld Orlando

My favorite pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld is the Lagoon Pool

I love the aesthetics with the rock and waterfalls.  I also love the location of this pool near the main tower.  And it is right by a poolside bar.  So you could relax and enjoy a drink while, say, your kids go swimming.

They also have a Family Fun Pool, that’s also very nice.

Doubletree hotel at SeaWorld Orlando has three pools, including this family fun pool

It has a hot tub.  I always like it when pools have hot tubs.

I love all the pools and hot tubs they have at Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld

Hideaway Cove Mini Golf

So here’s the thing.  You might expect pools at a hotel.  But you don’t always expect mini golf, right?  But that’s exactly what you can do right at Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld!  They have a really fun mini-golf course, Hideaway Cove Mini Golf.  It has a great ocean theme which is perfect given that the hotel is right next to SeaWorld!  I especially liked the shells and the turtle.

The Doubletree hotel in Orlando, Florida within walking distance of SeaWorld theme park has a great putt putt golf course

Doubletree SeaWorld Orlando has great recreational activities for families like this mini golf course

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld has a great putt putt golf course

Doubletree Orlando is a hotel within walking distance of SeaWorld theme park and has fun recreational activities for kids & adults like mini golf

Other Recreational Activities

They also have other things, like pool, a foosball table, life-size checkers, etc.

Doubletree by Hilton hotel is more of a resort than a hotel with lots of amenities for guests like this pool table

Doubletree by Hilton is an Orlando resort beside SeaWorld theme park that has a lot of recreational activities like foosball

Life size board games are some of the fun recreational activities guests can do at Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld

There was also a holiday-themed scavenger hunt when I was there.

Laundry Room

If you have a long stay, then you can clean your clothes at the laundry room.  Their laundry room is super cute with once again an ocean and ocean animal theme.

The Doubletree hotel next to SeaWorld Orlando fittingly has a laundry room themed to the ocean & their animals

Doubletree hotel in Orlando, Florida near SeaWorld has great facilities like a laundry room

They had a ton of washing machines, too.

The laundry room at Doubletree in Orlando, Florida by SeeWorld has a lot of washing machines


And finally, I thought the service at this hotel was really good.  The staff was super nice and helpful.

And how can I forget about the free chocolate chip cookies you get when you arrive?  You have to love a hotel that gives you free cookies!

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld gives all guests free chocolate chip cookies when they arrive

Discounted Doubletree SeaWorld Orlando Prices

So I know you would love to stay here, too.  So how can you stay here and save money?

A great way to do that is by booking your stay through Hotels.com.  They offer great rates and sometimes also have a sale for this hotel.

Discounted Orlando Theme Park Tickets

Now, I know if you are staying at Doubletree at SeaWorld Orlando, you are going to want to go to a theme park.

At the very least, you will want to go to SeaWorld Orlando.  Click here to book a discounted ticket to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica water park.

You can get discounted tickets to the Universal Orlando theme parks (Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay) here.

And if you want to go to Disney World during your Orlando trip, click here to get discounted Disney World tickets.