When I travel I put an equal emphasis on luxury, amenities, and convenience. If you can get these, at a reasonable price, you have a special property. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, is just such a place. I had a touch of remorse when we checked out and will eagerly anticipate another visit.
After many visits to Orlando, I have decided that somewhere near the Orange County Convention Center offers the best access to all of the towns attractions. Rosen Shingle Creek is just a mile or so to the east of the Convention Center and about 10 minutes to Orlando International Airport. Given this ideal location you might think it would be in a crowded area. Wrong. The resort is set on a spacious 230-acre tract butting up to the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. This allows for a very tranquil setting in the heart of the city.
Harris Rosen is a legend in the Florida hotel business and this is his crowning achievement. With 52 years of experience and 6,300 total rooms under his guidance he is at the top of his game. Guests at Rosen Shingle Creek will notice this very quickly with the service found here. When you ask for something from housekeeping or room service the speed with which it comes will astonish most. The only place that I have encountered such service was in the Orient at a Five Star hotel.
This standard of excellence continues into the very large rooms and suites. Granite counter tops, Egyptian cotton sheets, down blankets, and flat screen TV’s enhance the experience. The resort towers some 14 stories above the setting giving most guests stunning views of the surrounding golf course, conventions area, and this section of the Everglades.
This is a very large resort with 1,500 rooms and its own large convention facilities. Yet it is so well designed that it never feels crowded. If you happen to stay here when occupancy is lower you will feel like you have the place all to yourself. Larger resorts mean more amenities. Rosen Shingle Creek has multiple dining choices including sushi, Mexican, and its own steakhouse. They even had a market/deli downstairs and close to the pool area.
The pool area is lushly landscaped and again spacious. The adult and family pools both look out to the golf course and its sanctuary setting. Your group will have a relaxing afternoon here. The Spa at Shingle Creek has every service you could imagine and include a large fitness center with state of the art equipment.
For a small fee guests can upgrade to the VIP level of service and it is well worth it. This covers valet parking and the concierge level access with breakfast each morning and snacks in the evening. The VIP lounge is located on the 14th floor with commanding views to the east. Visit RosenShingleCreek.com for complete details.
This resort merits a special mention for the grand lobby area that greets visitors. The Spanish revival style architecture flows through this multilevel area in a very relaxing manner leading to restaurants, pools, and the spa. The scale and size of this area is reminiscent of some of the finest hotels in Las Vegas. The Palazzo and Bellagio come to mind immediately. As you come and go from the lobby you will be pleased with the speed of the elevators. Just another small plus that has helped the resort earn the AAA Four Diamond award.
Shingle Creek Golf Club is an oasis in this area of bustling activity. The long driveway leading up to the resort offers views of the lushly manicured layout. This course feels like a bird sanctuary with no man-made structures lining the fairways—the routing winds along the Everglades with various water hazards and many bunkers to focus the golfer’s attention. David Harman is the designer and his background includes golf course construction with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and Arnold Palmer.
It is an excellent layout and was in the kind of condition normally reserved for exclusive private clubs. This is a course playable for all levels of ability and enough teeth for even the best. Shingle Creek Golf Club has a large practice range and several putting greens to tune up before or after your round.