We stayed at the EO Inn for several nights for a combination business/pleasure trip. We wanted to stay somewhere that was a bit off the beaten path, away from the typical large resort-style hotels closer to Disney World, and the EO Inn definitely fit that bill. But we ended up being disappointed overall in our stay.
The best thing about the EO Inn is its location in the lovely Thornton Park neighborhood. It sits at the edge of Lake Eola park (although contrary to the Inn's website, few rooms actually have any type of view of the park or the lake, and I would suspect that even those views aren't that great, since the Inn is located at the far edge of the park). The park is beautiful, and a great place for a stroll. You are also within easy walking distance of many restaurants and shops (we recommend the nearby Hue restaurant for a splurge). There is also a Panera bakery/sandwich/coffee shop in the first floor of the building, which is handy.
But aside from the location, I don't have a lot of good things to say about the EO Inn. As many others reviewers on here have written, the rooms are very small. We barely had enough space to walk around the bed. So don't plan on spending any time in your room; it would drive you crazy.
We also experienced a serious noise problem. On our first night we stayed in a room on the second floor (it's a three-story building). We could hear every single footstep of the person staying in the room above us. The floor above us would creak loudly with every footstep. Unfortunately for us, this person seemed to like to walk around the room endlessly, and began doing so around 5:00 in the morning, waking us up and preventing us from getting back to sleep. That day we requested to be moved to a room on the top floor (the third floor), and the Inn was able to oblige. So if you decide to stay at the EO, be sure to request a room on the third floor.
You should also know that the air conditioners in the rooms are VERY loud. The air conditioner in our first room was an older model and it took a long time to kick in. The air conditioner in our second room was newer (it had digital controls rather than the manual dials of the AC in the first room), but it was just as loud as the older model.
Another serious problem was that the Inn's wireless Internet connection - which is highly touted on its website - never worked the entire time we stayed there! The only saving grace was that Panera provides free WiFi, so we had to go down there with our laptop whenever we wanted to access the Internet - helpful but still a real pain.
We found the EO Inn staff to be unfriendly and not very helpful. We seemed to be a bother to them. When I complained about the Interent not working, the person at the front desk seemed like he couldn't care less. As others have noted, there are no staff on duty after 7 p.m., which is rather odd. We happened to arrive on the first night after 7, so we had to access our key from a bizarre little lockbox that we couldn't get to work. (Fortunately for us, another guest happened to pass by and help us out.)
Other tidbits: We found the bed to be OK but not as comfortable as some other reviewers found it. The linens were so-so. They seemed to keep the rooms fairly clean. Our room had a balcony (which overlooked an empty lot), but it's not a private balcony because it's separated from the other rooms' balconies by nothing more than a thin hanging sheet.
Overall, I really can't recommend the EO Inn to anyone.
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