The Fountains

It's like summer vacation year-round at this 54-acre resort with barbecue pits, a kids' clubhouse, and a pool area with waterslides and campfire circles.

By Cherylann Taramykin , Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 12:00 PM

(Courtesy The Fountains)

The Fountains, Orlando

The Fountains

About this Hotel

Price From $119

'Hood Flanked on one side by bustling International Drive's shops and restaurants; on the other by picturesque Lake Eve, home to paddleboats, playgrounds, and fishing sites. The Fountains is 15 minutes from Universal Studios, 10 minutes from Walt Disney World, and eight minutes from Sea World and other minor attractions.

The Vibe Summer vacation year-round. There are 54 acres of grounds with paved walkways winding around the lake, and DIY barbecue pits impart a sense of being on your own, away from it all. Kids are catered to with a 20,000-square-foot "clubhouse," complete with centers for teens and kids as well as the popular 75,000-square-foot Wakoola Springs outdoor pool complex, with waterslides, interactive fountains, and two campfire circles.

Rooms Decked out in cream with subtle jewel-toned accents, villas have fully equipped kitchens, ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs, washers and dryers, and Jacuzzi tubs—all for a very reasonable price. While the decor is fairly standard—fluffy white beds, muted beige walls—rooms are bright and airy, and many villas have screened-in porches overlooking the lake.

Plus There is an indoor pool as well as a massive outdoor pool/play area, and the H20 restaurant is true to theme with unique running-water art and accents. Bike and fishing-boat rentals are available.

Minus The staff can be less than attentive. Villas are all nonsmoking, but there are occasional reports of a stale smoke smell. Outdoor breezeways have bare concrete floors that are slick when wet. There's an extra fee for housekeeping.

Free Wi-Fi? No; free hardwired Internet access.

Credit Cards Accepted All.

Details A two-bedroom, two-bath villa from $119. Mandatory resort fee of $11.75 daily.