best of both worlds
My teen daughters and I accompanied my husband on a business trip and felt we had the best of both worlds: a fine convention venue and a wonderful family spot. The girls loved the pools and workout facility.
Many of our meals were very large groups in a banquet setting, but the food was excellent, nonetheless. We used the shuttle to and from the parking deck and never waited more than a minute or two for a van. The hotel provides a complimentary bus to Universal, but there is a fee for the Disney shuttle. The BEST part of the experience was the staff! From the valet parking and bell staff, front desk and reception, information/consierge, housekeeping, wait staff---all were very warm and personable. They wear nametags indicating their native lands and we were amazed at the nationalities represented. Our waiter "Sonny" left our banquet room (where over 1100 were seated) to go upstairs to one of the bars and prepare virgin pina coladas--garnished with little umbrellas and wedges of fresh pineapple--for my girls. That kind of attention was repeated over and over during our week's stay. I'm not sure we would have considered this hotel if my husband's business had not been underwriting the cost, because the rack rate compares to the better Disney properties. However, this trip included shopping, Atlanta Braves' spring training games, a day trip to Cocoa Beach, and several other non-Disney activities so staying "off-campus" worked out just fine. I can't wait to go back!