If you're planning on spending any time at Universal at all this is a great hotel option. At a third of the cost of staying within the resort but still a short 15 minute walk away (or free shuttle) this place is the bees knees. We basically chose it for those reasons and the free Wi-Fi.
Check in was quick, and not very friendly nor informative, and it wasn't even busy! We got hooked into talking to the Holiday vacations person for a few minutes promising us $90 and only a bit of our time. Avoid the temptation!
You have to make reservations for the shuttle into Universal ahead of time which is no big deal but the shuttle leaves really early and doesn't go directly to Universal in the morning.
The room itself was good, it had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker (with coffee & tea) and was clean. It was also quiet which was welcome.
It was nice having the Fridays attached for the breakfast buffet before the park opened.
My biggest hang-up with the hotel was I left something in the room after we checked out. I noticed in less than 2 hours and called right away. It took all day for me to get a real response back from security. For something that could/should have been solved quickly and easily I was not impressed. I'm just happy it's being returned.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn & Suites Main Gate To Universal Orlando Hotel
- Holiday Inn & Suites Main Gate To Universal Orlando Hotel Orlando
- Holiday Inn And Suites Main Gate To Universal Orlando
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn & Suites across from Universal Orlando is located in the heart of Central Florida's exciting attractions, convention and shopping area. Visit our recently renovated hotel just across the street from the Universal Orlando Resort. Our property features a variety of room types to fit any traveler's needs from Deluxe Guest Rooms with two double beds or a king size bed, and spacious One or Two-Bedroom Suites with nicely equipped kitchenette including microwave and refrigerator. Must be at least 21 to stay. Fabulous amenities to enhance your visit to Orlando such as Game Room, Gift Shop, Guest Laundry Facilities and Valet Service, Fitness Center, Business Center, Outdoor Heated Pool and Kids Splash Zone and the Destination Universal Guest Services Desk with discount attraction tickets to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World and Wet n' Wild. Complimentary Limited Scheduled transportation to Universal Orlando, Sea World and Wet n' Wild. Shuttle transportation schedule subject to change seasonally, service provided through the Destination Universal Guest Services Desk, advance reservations required. TGI Friday's Restaurant on-property serving Breakfast Buffet, Lunch and Dinner, Bar offers Happy Hour daily. TGI Friday's also serving room service. Banquet/Meeting facilities feature 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space including 6,500 square foot ballroom and 8 break out rooms. Our experienced team will make your stay or event with us special. ... more less
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