We selected this Holiday Inn as part of a Southwest Airlines vacation package and I was a bit concerned over the potential quality of the hotel given its Kissimmee location. I was pleasantly surprised by the visit. This HI is “closer” to Disney than many of the hotels on the Kissimmee strip and in my opinion, is on the slightly nicer side of town, toward Celebration. The hotel itself was originally built in the early 80s, but you can tell it has been remodeled. The hotel consists of two towers with a food court and pool in the center area. It appeared that all “inward facing” rooms had a balcony. Our room was third floor, facing inward, and unfortunately we had a good view of the food court roof instead of the pool.
The room we had was two queen beds. Furniture was newer style and television was flat screen with HD. Plenty of cable channels, including kids channels. The bathroom vanity was not enclosed as part of the tub/toilet area and was a bit small. The tub/shower and toiled were in a rather small room and a bit difficult to navigate. The shower had a newer surround. The room also had a refrigerator. No odd cleaning or chlorine smells either in this hotel, which was nice.
The food court included a Pizza Hut and A&W, which would cook up your selections after the order, so add some time. They also offered a daily breakfast buffet in the $10 range. A small bar was also next to the pool/hot tub area in the courtyard, with nightly drink deals. The hotel also has a gift shop stocked with snacks and souvenirs. Alamo Rental Cars has a desk in the lobby as well for renting vehicles.
There are plenty of chain restaurants in the area as well as a McDonalds right next door.
The hotel also offered a shuttle to the Disney locations, albeit not continuous and with limited times.
My one complaint would be the air conditioner. No matter whether you were on high, low, or auto, it was the same loud fan speed. On auto, the AC seemed to be on 5 minutes and off five minutes. The first night, it kept us up, but after days of walking, you didn’t notice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Devote your time to fun activities at Holiday Inn Orlando SW - Celebration Area (formerly Holiday Inn Main Gate East), located in Kissimmee, Florida, off U.S. Highway 192 East (also known as the Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway). We are an official Walt Disney Good Neighbor full-service hotel! Enjoy our newly renovated rooms, kid suites, meeting facilities, pool, kids theater, and business and fitness centers! Reminisce with M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E at the world-famous Walt Disney World resort in nearby Orlando. See the characters come alive at the Magic Kingdom. Travel to futuristic times at Epcot center. Witness pure movie magic at Disney s Hollywood Studios. Visit Osceola Heritage Park, a 120-acre multipurpose complex that offers exciting sports and entertainment shows. Catch a concert or event at the Silver Spurs Arena, or a baseball game at the Osceola County Stadium. Shop at the Loop, a large outdoor strip mall housing major department stores and smaller retail stores, casual restaurants, and a movie theater. Rev your engine and head to Old Town, a vibrant, family-friendly shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Enjoy live entertainment each night and don t miss the Classic Car Cruises. Rejuvenate with a tasty hot breakfast at our Trattoria Cafe. Eat hearty from our Best-4-Breakfast menu. Enjoy a leisurely, peaceful vacation or comfortable working environment at our hotel, where Kids Stay Free and Kids Eat Free. Relax, it s Holiday Inn Orlando SW - Celebration Area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Main Gate East Hotel Kissimmee
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Orlando Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Kissimmee
- Kissimmee Holiday Inn