This is the 2nd time we've stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Lake Buena Vista, the last being 3 years ago, and both times I've found it to be a decent place to use as a base while exploring all that Orlando has to offer.
The room was clean and the bed was comfy, we had no real issues with noise apart from some neighbours on our final few nights who had a tendency to make a bit of noise in the corridor, but nothing that kept us awake. The showers are powerful and there was always plenty of hot water available. The room was cleaned daily with fresh towels delivered (slightly annoyingly even if you left them in the place that indicated you were willing to re-use, got to offset the flight carbon somehow). The room had a fridge which is vey useful for storing some in-room refreshments and a microwave which I guess would come in handy if you wanted to knock something simple together rather than eat out, or reheat some leftovers.
The breakfast, while nothing special, is certainly good enough to fill up on before heading out for a day on your feet, with a reasonable selection of breads, bagels, english muffins, muffins, scrambled eggs, sausage, yoghurts, porridge, fruit etc. If you go early enough 6:30 - 7:30 it's very quiet, but it does get a bit busy around 8:30 onwards, but nothing too traumatic.
The staff, with who we had little interaction because everything went so well, were all very pleasant and helpful. As others have noted, the lifts are fairly slow, so we opted to use the stairs most of the time seeing as it's only a 5 storey building. Each floor has a guest laundry with washers and dryers which at $2 for each was a reasonable price to do the obligatory mid-holiday wash.
Didn't use the pool on this visit, but from what I remember from last time it was a simple affair in the courtyard at the centre of the hotel and is pleasant enough to lounge around in if you really don't have the energy to head out and do anything else. You do also have the option of using the pools in the Courtyard on Springhill on the same complex.
The hotel is within walking distance of a number of restaurants either in the immediate vicinity or 10 mins walk away at the Crossroads Retail area just the other side of the I-4. This time we only really used the Bahama Breeze just across the car park out of the nearby places, mainly because it is awesome, but also because this time we wanted to explore further than we had done on our last visit. To that end, we decided to take a walk to Downtown Disney, rather than drive and discovered that at a moderately leisurely pace it's about a 30 minute walk, which is pretty handy if no one in your party wants to drive but you want to experience the restaurants in the Downtown Disney. The other plus of this is that you can walk to Downtown and then catch the Disney buses to any of the resort hotels which gives you the flexibility to try out the various hotel restaurants and bars without having to pay for taxis.
If I-drive or City Walk is more your thing you can take a 10-15 min walk the other way from the hotel to the Premium Outlet mall and catch an I-Ride trolley up International Drive, or get off at Wet 'n' Wild and take a 10-15 min stroll to City Walk. Due to the I-Ride trolley finishing at 10:30pm this trick only works one way, but a cab from City Walk to the hotel is $30, so it makes a reasonable saving catching the trolley one way.
We had a car for the duration of our stay so I can't comment on the scheduled transportation to the theme parks, but if you have a car you are well placed with easy access to both Disney and Universal, but equally well placed for things to do in the evening if you fancy a drink and don't mind a moderate amount of walking.
So all-in-all a good hotel for those who want somewhere clean and comfy to crash in between the real reason you've gone to Orlando. If I go to Orlando again I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
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