If you’re looking for a reasonably priced hotel near Walt Disney World, then oh boy, I have found a new option for your consideration. The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot opened last October at Flamingo Crossings.
I recently wrapped up a three-night stay at the hotel and left more than slightly impressed. This option will be hard to top when it comes to the value for the price point.
This review of the Fairfield Inn and Suites at Flamingo Crossings will go over the hotel in full detail. We’ll look at a standard room, dining options, proximity to the Disney Parks, amenities, and nearby conveniences.
For starters, Flamingo Crossings wins when it comes to location. This long-time Disney World exit has often been forgotten over the years.
Formerly, there were only two hotels available at this stop, the SpringHill Suites and the Towneplace Suites. You may remember the SpringHill Suites is another hotel that I recommend.
However, we weren’t completely sold on the Towneplace Suites. There’s a full review of that hotel available here on the site.
Anyway, Disney began relocating their college program housing to the Flamingo Crossings area this past year. The move has accelerated growth and new construction in the area.
That growth includes multiple new budget-friendly and extended stay hotels. Additionally, you’ll find a Target Grocery, Walgreens, and a few fast food joints, among other things.
Oh, and there’s a Starbucks.
What once seemed like a ghost town is now a busy, bustling exit. Unfortunately, that means more traffic, especially during busier times.
Flamingo Crossings is located off of Western Way.
On the opposite end of Western Way, you’ll find Coronado Springs, one of Disney’s moderate resorts.
Related: Coronado Springs Resort Review
Western Way dead-ends into Buena Vista Drive. In turn, Buena Vista runs through the heart of Disney World.
You’re only other option for staying off-property yet remaining this close is the resorts at Bonnet Creek. However, those hotels cost significantly more.
As far as proximity to the parks, you’re looking at a 10-20 minute drive.
For example, one day, I left the Fairfield Inn at Flamingo Crossings at 11:21 a.m. and was in a parking spot at Epcot at 11:37 a.m. So it took approximately 16 minutes to get to Epcot, past the parking attendant, and in a parking spot.
Not bad at all. Animal Kingdom will be the closest park and Magic Kingdom the furthest away. However, Magic Kingdom is less than 5 minutes past Epcot, so not much further.
Here is a photo of the outside of the hotel.
There were about 25 or so parking spaces immediately surrounding the hotel.
However, there is a large parking deck at the back of the parking lot. One of the perks of staying here is that there’s no charge for parking. So you won’t have to worry about racking up any extra costs for that during your stay.
There’s a small check-in area immediately inside the lobby. Someone was always waiting to greet me whenever I came in or left.
The lobby is tremendous. You’ll find multiple places to sit, dine, or work throughout the space.
Here is an additional look at the area.
A small sundries shop sits in the corner of the lobby next to the check-in area.
You can pick up a variety of snacks, water, and soda here. They will ring you up at the check-in desk.
There were a few options for over-the-counter medicine, and an ATM was available. You might notice in the corner there are napkins and plastic cutlery available.
If you need paper plates, they keep a stack behind the front desk. I had to stop several times and pick up a few.
Around the corner from the lobby sat a small workstation with a computer.
The back half of the lobby is dedicated to dining spaces.
A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning, and you can always expect a crowd.
Here’s another look at one of the dining rooms. High chairs were available along the wall.
Here is the breakfast buffet. Unfortunately, since everything is covered, I didn’t get any good food photos.
However, I ate breakfast here three mornings and got a good idea of what was available. Every morning it was pretty much the same thing.
Items included: bacon, sausage, bagels, English muffins, fruit, cereal, yogurt, and Mickey waffles.
The Mickey waffles were make-your-own. Below is a look at the area where you make them.
I have to note that I also stayed at the Hilton Lake Buena Palace at Disney Springs during this trip. One day during my stay, I decided to check out their breakfast buffet, which costs close to $30.00.
I was a bit underwhelmed when I saw they had the same make-your-own Mickey waffles available for free every day at the Fairfield Inn. But of course, that buffet did have more offerings.
Anyway, after eating all the bacon, sausage, and waffles you can handle for free, there is a gym available to try and make up for it. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to walk mine off in the parks.
But the gym is available all the same, and it has a nice setup.
Walk outside or walk inside?
I appreciated that fresh towels were available and filtered water. In addition, there were cups on the wall.
Across the hall from the lobby is a laundry facility if you need to do a load or two during your stay.
Back off the dining area in the lobby, a pair of double doors lead out to a recreation area. There’s more than meets the eye with this swirl in the concrete.
I thought the pool area was pleasant and liked how it backed up to a wooded area.
There was a bit of a water element on the far side of the pool.
The pool ranged from zero entry to five feet deep.
Towels are available at the pool, and there’s a place to dispose of them when you’re finished.
When I went back around, someone had turned on the splash area for children. I thought this was a nice touch for the little ones. Parents can easily sit in the shade at one of the nearby tables.
The biggest surprise was the outdoor sports court between the pool area and the parking deck.
There was an enclosed soccer field.
What a novel idea.
And here is the half basketball court.
On the far end, there’s even a batting cage. Or pitching, if you desire.
I assume this was designed to accommodate school groups or travel teams. Orlando is such a melting pot, and group travel is a huge business here.
Before we wrap things up, let’s look at the rooms. For this stay, I booked a standard king-size guest room—the rate for this room in mid-May averages $129.00 per night plus tax.
For comparison, a room at one of Disney’s All-Star Resorts averages $190.00 per night, and there’s an additional parking charge if you have a vehicle.
I think we can all agree this hotel room is exceedingly more agreeable than any of the rooms at Disney World’s value resorts.
Here is a look at the room. Everything was modern and minimal.
Here is a view looking across the room in the opposite direction.
Amenities included a microwave, mini-fridge, and an individual cup coffee maker.
The bed was plush, and there were plenty of pillows.
There was a built-in closet that included an iron and ironing board. The only thing I noticed missing was the lack of an in-room safe.
I appreciated the desk and plenty of outlets were available. I wrote a few articles for returning character meets from this very spot.
Related: Meeting Characters at Disney World
This bench doubles as a luggage rack with a couple of storage drawers underneath. I always think this type of bench is an excellent place to remove shoes and store them.
Here’s a look at that mini-fridge. I fit a good deal of items inside and had dinner in my room most evenings.
I cooked baked potatoes in the microwave and kept a few cold cuts in the fridge. If you’re on a budget, you can save money by taking advantage of the complimentary breakfast and having a few other meals in your room.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed with the coffee available in the room. But I was able to get a decent cup at breakfast each morning. Or you could always walk over to Starbucks.
The bathroom had a convenient setup with plenty of counter space.
This walk-in shower won big points with me. First, there were two ledges along the back wall.
You could use the top one to store personal items like soap or razors. And the bottom one provided the perfect space to shave your legs. Ladies, you know how difficult it can be to shave your legs when there’s no place to prop your leg.
And there were built-in toiletries on the shower wall that included shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I’m not for sure about the brand, but I was impressed with the quality of the product.
Final Thoughts on the Fairfield Inn at Flamingo Crossings
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Fairfield Inn at Flamingo Crossings. The pricing was extremely reasonable, and with it being such a new hotel, there are hardly any complaints.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly hotel, I don’t think you can do much better. The complimentary breakfast is a huge perk.
A family of four could easily spend $80.00 or more for breakfast at one of the quick-service breakfast locations at Disney World. And if you did a character breakfast, that could cost an excess of $200.00.
Related: Character Meals at Disney World
With that being said, I do recommend planning one enjoyable breakfast at Disney World during your stay. It is fun to splurge here and there, and thankfully staying at a hotel like the Fairfield Inn will allow you to do so.
Related: Best Breakfasts at Disney World
I hope this Flamingo Crossing Fairfield Inn review provided you with the information you needed to consider a stay here. You can expect a crowd and some traffic congestion in the immediate area. But those can be expected almost anywhere.
We cover a good deal of off-property Disney World Hotels. Here are a few others:
- Volcano Bay View Room at Universal’s Cabana Bay
- Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort Review
- Orange Lake Resort Review
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Review
In the comments: What are your thoughts about the Fairfield Inn after reading this review? Have you stayed in the Flamingo Crossings area before? Do you have any other questions?