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Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5905 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819   |  
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Ranked #178 of 326 Hotels in Orlando
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“SUPERB!! Seriously!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

As soon as I checked in, my room was upgraded to A SUITE!!! It was impeccable with no smudges. The room was just beautiful.

There were a small shop downstairs that sells basic stuff (shaving cream, sunglasses) in case you forgot to pack them.

Nothing really scenic about the hotel itself, but literally, only a street away from Universal Orlando. (Cross Kirkman Rd and you're at the Parking dock area of Universal.)

Although the only restaurants on the same block was TGI and Crocker Barrell, it is in a walking distance from ALL THE RITZY RESORTS IN THE UNIVERSAL AREAS!!! (TRATTORIA del PORTO, HARD ROCK etc.) You can dine there, and also take a free water-taxi to University Citywalk.

I can recommend this hotel for anyone who wants yuppy for less and with strong legs. Once you get to Universal resort area, you have to walk a lot, as "one-block" there is almost like 4-blocks in New York...

  • Liked — LOCATION!!, accessibility to Universal without a car, Clean room, Big kitchen, Fridges, Small stores
  • Disliked — No hot breakfast, kiosks downstairs have 'siesta' time in mid-afternoon...
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2008

ROACHES in the sink! Aweful smell in the halls. Coke machine, ice machines , coin machines did not work! No continental breakfast. TGIF Friday is attached but breakfast for 4 is $60. Kids 9 and younger eat free but for $5 it is not worth it at all. Spend the extra money to go to a better hotel. They all have the same buses to attractions.

  • Liked — leaving
  • Disliked — arriving
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2008

We came with our middle school band. The hotel was very accomodating. Location couldn't be better. Beds were very comfortable. Bathrooms need to be redone. Hotel rooms could be cleaner. Other than that, we came to do stuff, not hang out at the hotel.

  • Liked — location, good beds
  • Disliked — worn out bathrooms
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

Okay, we have just arrived after a 3 night stay at the HiUniversal hotel on 14Apr-17Apr. We drove from So Flordia with a 3yrd old and a 8month baby. We arrived at the hotel a little after 1pm and simply wanted to drop off our bags since their stated check in is 3pm. We were pleased to know our room was ready for us. The hotel is a bit ragged looking on the outside, however, much to our surprise the hotel WAS NOT dirty, the hotel staff WAS NOT rude but in fact quite helpful with any and all requests or concernes we had. We booked a one room queen suite. IT'S ALL ABOUT PREPARATION PEOPLE. Anyhwere we go be it the RItz Carlton or Comfort Suites, we take some sort of sanittizer and thouroughly spray down the most common surfaces in our room...i.e. telephones, doorknobs, countertops, remote contorls etc. The room was clean, NO WE WEREN'T MISSING CURTAINS, and it was certainly what we paid for. This hotel is older than 5 years and it's one of the closest to the Universal Orlando parks.....conclusion....it's well traveled. Consider the cost and location and one can reasonably conclude "everyone and their momma" has stayed there and will stay there after you. So.....no it's not the newest or best out there but honestly folks. We had a nice expercience at this hotel. It's all about your attitude and being realistic. Hope this provides some helpful and fresh perspective. Good luck and great travels.

  • Liked — The location and staff
  • Disliked — It was a bit old
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2008

Check in took some time although the staff were polite and friendly. The room was shocking with cracks down the wall and damp looking. Carpet was filthy and I couldn't bear to get in the shower, the bathroom was a disgrace. Fortunately, we were only staying for one night. I would have seriously complained if we had more nights to stay. Based on this and the general downfall of all the Holiday Inns we have stayed at in the past 12 months we will be booking at an alternative better chain in future.

  • Liked — Staff politeness
  • Disliked — Cleanliness
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Wynantskill, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

We just returned from a week at this hotel. Great value! The hotel is older and according to one of the staff people, is slated for renovation beginning this month. Our room was cleaned every day - extra towels given every day. The pool area is the very best. Very clean, well kept and open long hours. Fridays is a plus. I would recommend this to anyone - you can't beat the location!!!

  • Liked — Location, location, location
  • Disliked — Older hotel - will be great when renovated.
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2008

We booked a room using hotel points for a one night post-cruise stay. The only reason we stayed the night was because it was free. The bathrooms were disgusting, we were upgraded to a two room suite. Both bathrooms had dark stains in the grout and along the tub. One of the tubs was missing the drain plug and the drain was full with a large glob of hair. The other tub had a drain cover but the water drained very slowly. The sink areas were not much better. The air conditioning was weak, at best.

The main hallways were musty and smelled. We did voice our opinions at the desk and got a very uncaring "sorry".

There are several very nice, new, inexpensive hotels within blocks of this hotel and I would strongly advise to stay at one of those.

Stayed April 2008
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Address: 5905 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in Orlando
#144 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando 3*
Number of rooms: 256
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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