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|Welcome to Coronado Springs Resort!|
Bienvenidos!!!! Welcome to Coronado Springs!!!
Although this is a Moderate resort, there are many highlights at this resort that separate it from the others in this category. Coronado Springs is a beautiful resort. The attention to detail shines through in the wonderful landscaping and perfectly themed villages. With a fun pool, great dining options, and amenities to fill your business needs, this is a perfect choice for families, couples, and business travelers.
|Queen Beds with simple and elegant bedding|
The rooms at Coronado Springs are just a touch more upscale than the usual rooms you might find at a moderate. This was the first moderate to upgrade to two Queen sized beds from double beds; they are fitted with a very simple white duvet cover, and a turquoise and gray bed runner. King Bed rooms are also available to book as a separate room category. All of the Moderates have a privacy curtain by the vanity area outside of the bathroom; however, at this resort, the curtain is replaced by two full length wood doors that slide side to side on the archway leading to the vanity area.
|Sliding wood doors provide privacy in the vanity area|
The table and chairs normally found in a Moderate room are replaced with a work desk, complete with convenient outlets on top for all of your electronic equipment. Two small leather ottomans are provided for additional seating. Business guests wanting additional amenities have the option to book a “business class room”, which has access to the Coconino Cove lounge. Here they will find a continental breakfast, snacks and beverages throughout the day including a coffee maker that does espresso and lattes!! Wine beer and sangria are also served here. Bath robes are provided in the business class rooms for use at the pool or in the room. These rooms are usually reserved for business clients, but when there is availability, they are offered to us regular vacationers!
|Fountain in El Centro, the main building|
Dining options: I think Coronado Springs goes a step above in providing different dining choices to suit a variety of palates and clientele. There is Café Rix for a quick grab-and- go, offering everything from salads, wraps, snacks, baked goods and gelato to a grill area where your food is prepared to order. The Pepper Market is a great food court type of option, and does have some unique selections for breakfast and dinner to accommodate a more adventurous palate. The Maya Grill serves dinner in the Mexican themed restaurant located in the Main Building. The food here is wonderful, as is the warm and personable service. I personally recommend the fajitas along with a glass of sangria. According to the menu it is Grandma’s recipe and it is fabulous!
|Fountains in the Casitas|
Coronado Springs is also home to a convention center, but don’t let that put you off staying here. It is anything but stuffy or uptight. There is a full lounge bar area in between the Pepper Market and Café Rix, called Rix’s Lounge. The lighting here is pretty low, and the bar area and decorations are meant to encourage conversation in small groups. It is a great place for a nightcap after a day of fun in the sun. There are also two more bars- one right outside along the Lago Dorado promenade, and the other by the main pool area. Because of the convention center, a business center is available for guests, providing certain business services such as faxing, computer use, shipping, etc.
|The Dig Site|
The main pool at Coronado Springs is magnificent. The centerpiece of this area, called the Dig Site, is a huge Mayan pyramid that has water flowing down the steps and into the main pool area. There is the Jaguar slide on the side of the pool as well as a smaller water play area for the little ones. There is also a playground, a video game arcade, a volley ball court and of course, my personal favorite, a 22 person hot tub overlooking the pyramid. This is a great way to ease those sore muscles from walking in the parks and relax for a bit. In addition to the main pool are there are three other quiet pools in the villages around the resort.
|Casitas Courtyard at night|
The resort is broken up into three village areas: Cabanas, Ranchos and Casitas. Each one has its own special appeal. The Ranchos section does tend to be the quietest, as it is furthest from the main building. Casitas are closer to the main building but can be far from the main pool area. Cabanas tend to be in between the two. The interior amenities of the room are the same in all three areas, except for the business class rooms. I tend to request Casitas or Cabanas for my room area. The four bus stops are located around the resort and are not a terribly far walk from any village grouping.
The resort, by design, is a bit warmer. While the landscaping is lush and full of many beautiful flowers, there are not many trees or shaded areas located around the resort. This is to evoke the feeling of the Southwestern United States and Mexico. The various fountains, hammocks and beach areas around the resort are lovely and fit the theme of the resort perfectly!!
So the next time your travels bring you to Disney, you might want to stay with this magnificent resort, and enjoy the sun sinking below the horizon as the lighting of the resort shines into the beautiful night sky. Swim in the Dig Site pool area at night under the stars, grab a drink, and take a walk around Lago Dorado as it reflects the lights of the resort in its waters. Special memories are made here!!!