Road Trip!

Who: Glenda Suarez and her husband, and their extended family, including Stewie, a six-year old Schnauzer mix, and Kika, a three-year old Maltese mix who just arrived from Nicaragua early this year.

What?:  A family getaway near the theme parks in Orlando, FL.

Where: Residence Inn Orlando at Millenia, an Extended Stay property about a 10 minute drive from Universal Orlando Resort® theme parks, it sits just behind The Mall at Millenia® - a luxury indoor shopping center.

When: Memorial Day Weekend, 2018

How: A four-hour road trip with five adults and two dogs crammed in a Toyota RAV4. Shotgun! 

Good to know:  "At an average price of $137 USD per night, we fit perfectly in a Queen Suite which offered two queen beds, a sofa bed, a stocked kitchen and view of the pool."

Pet policy: Residence Inn does charge a $100 non-refundable fee when checking in with a pet. However, there are no size/weight restrictions as long as you keep it two dogs per room. Perfect for those of us with bigger breeds!


 Kika approves of the milkbones provided at check-in! 

 Kika approves of the milkbones provided at check-in! 

Surrounded by lots of land, there was plenty of grass for the dogs to roam around on. Every day, I was able to walk Stewie and Kika in the area behind the pool where the hotel also offers doggy bags in case you’ve forgotten yours. Across the front entrance of the hotel is a lake with a walking/jogging path that also proved perfect for the pups.

During the days that we spent at the parks, we left Stewie and Kika at the hotel with a sign on the door. Marriott has really thought this through - there is a sign that lets housekeeping know there are four-legged friends inside, so that they don’t knock or enter the room.  With the TV on and the window curtains open, Stewie and Kika were safe and calm – and I mention the window because these two love to look out the window!
Residence Inn

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