I’m happy to say that we’ve arrived to our first destination in Florida, The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on Universal Boulevard, Orlando. We have been upgraded to VIP status which gives us access to the Concierge Lounge where a complimentary breakfast is served, snacks are also available throughout the day and sweet treats are offered in the evenings. VIP status at the Rosen Shingle Creek includes a heap of other benefits too!
Leaving our car with the valet team, we made our way to the registration desk where the group of experienced reception staff took care of us. We then elevated up to our room on the 14th floor, the room complete with two very large double beds, a great view of the pool and a large bathroom and grooming area.
The Rosen Hotel Group is the brainchild of Harris Rosen who built his Orlando based hotels from the ground up almost 40 years ago and today the Rosen Group still remains one of the most popular in the area. The 230 acre Rosen Shingle Creek includes an incredible 1501 luxurious rooms and sits on a beautiful 18-hole golf course. It’s just moments from Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and the International Drive entertainment district.
We were exhausted after such a long day of travelling and settled on a quick walk across the road to the Publix grocery store for some snacks before retiring to bed for the evening. When we returned to the hotel room, we were surprised to see that Room Service had delivered a basket of fresh fruits, a selection of cheeses & some crackers to nibble on - this turndown service is included in the hotel’s VIP package. I stumbled across the room to my bed, curled up into a ball & as soon as my head hit the pillow, I travelled straight to lala land and off into a full cycle of sleep.
Feeling refreshed and ready the next morning, I hopped out of bed and navigated my way to the VIP Lounge on the 14th floor of the hotel. I made myself a coffee, spread out on the couch and watched the sunrise in the distance. The breakfast served here is a simple continental style consisting of fresh pastries, cereals, breads and fruit juices. One can also indulge in the delicious breakfast buffet at Cafe Osceola between 7-10.30am on the hotel’s main floor for an additional fee.
My dad and I decided to spend the first day at Sea World and it was incredible. I’m not sure if adrenaline pumping roller coasters & rides are a good idea when one is suffering from jet lag but we powered on anyway and also enjoyed a few of the onsite shows at the park including the famous Shamu Whale performance. Unfortunately the Discovery Cove was closed for the day so we didn’t get the chance to swim with the dolphins!
Arriving back to the Rosen Shingle Creek, we decided to go for a swim and lounge by the pool for a while before dinner. The hotel has four heated swimming pools, a full fitness suite and spa facilities. There is a range of clothing and souvenir stores, casual cafes serving Starbucks coffee and restaurants including the award winning Japanese sushi restaurant Banrai & famed steakhouse, A Land Remembered, where we had the pleasure of dining.
A Land Remembered is the Rosen’s fine dining steakhouse. The restaurant prides itself on offering the finest organic steaks and seafood from their privately owned Harris Ranch in California. Guests have the option to reserve the MacIvey Room at the restaurant for a private dining experience. The secluded room is perfect for business dinners, rehearsal dinners and all other celebrations. Orlando’s premier private dining venue seats up to 24 guests and can be reserved by contacting Catering Manager Emily Grether (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I delved into the Wild Atlantic Salmon with a mouthwatering accompaniment of Sweet Potato Mash drizzled with honey. The fresh catch selection can be prepared in a variety of ways, including blackened, cedar plank, broiled or as my choice was, pan seared. My guests enjoyed the 20oz Bone-in Rib Eye and the 16oz New York Strip, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
My dad is having trouble moving from the table after his wealthy portion but judging from the smile on his face, he’s in steak heaven. Our server Yohan took great care of us, paying incredible attention to detail and taking care of every request with a caring approach.
Back up at the room, we were delighted to receive a delivery of champagne, strawberries and a thoughtful handwritten note from the team at the hotel. Definitely the perfect ending to a great stay at the hotel.
Overall, I must say that my experience at the Rosen Shingle Creek was very pleasant and I’d recommend this hotel to anyone coming to the area. The hotel is situated approximately 10 minutes driving from the Orlando Airport making it very handy for a quick, pleasant and relaxing stopover before moving onto another destination. I believe the hotel is more popular among business professionals attending conferences and events but I’d definitely consider this resort for a family or couples vacation due to the extensive actives offered onsite. I could literally move in here and coup up for a week or two and in fact I may just do that someday!