We decided on the Baymont due to its location, value for money and mostly OK reviews.
We were not disappointed.
I know a few people have had a moan on here but, for goodness' sake, if you only pay £21 a night inc. breakfast (as we did) **NEWSFLASH** you will not get the Four Seasons!
On check-in, staff were VERY friendly and continued to be so throughout our ten day stay. We became quite chummy with one of the reception staff as he very much enjoyed our PG Tips! :-) A Brit in the States simply can NOT drink what they dare to call tea - gross.
Our room was on the top floor so the window did not open. This was not a problem as we had arrived in a heatwave of about 99 degrees, unusual for May and the air-con worked very well. There was a bit of a musty/damp smell in the room but, to be honest, we weren't in the room much and just needed to sleep and shower. The bed sheets were clean and, I think, changed every other day. Towels were replaced every day. The room overall really did need a refurb, particularly the bathroom with its discoloured grout between the floor tiles and slightly smelly shower curtain. But otherwise it was good enough and we heard no noise from neighbours.
I must admit, the housekeepers were not the best - I don't think they ever vacuumed (or mopped the bathroom floor) and barely skimmed over the bathroom surfaces but as long as it was only our dirt!! We did not tip them.
Breakfast was fine, although there are only so many carbs one can consume in one sitting. Muffins, toast, waffles, mini doughnuts, cereals, fruit juice, tea(!) & coffee. Basic but, frankly, many other more expensive hotels don't even include breakfast so this was good. Saves time finding somewhere to eat when you should be in the parks.
Free wi-fi did not really work in the room. My husband constantly had to go to the lobby to use it. Didn't matter how many times staff reset the server.
The 'guest laundry' on the second floor was useful. They have a washer and drier for $1.75 per load each. Handy.
I didn't use the pool. When you can't see the bottom it's probably not a good sign but some people were using it.
*LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION* - Brilliant! It took us between 30-40mins to walk to Universal and we did this every day, there and back. The Baymont is about the third closest hotel to Universal (not including Hard Rock and Portofino)but, by the time you've crossed the main road, it does still take another 20 mins or so and that is not walking slowly. This was still great for us and it did save on the $12 parking per day. Plus, you get to work off some of the carbs from breakfast.
I think some people on here have said it's only a 20 minute walk to Universal but they are wrong. I think they must have driven it and just estimated!! :-)
The money we saved staying here will go some way towards having another holiday this year. And, although not absolutely spotless, it was sufficient as somewhere clean enough to lay your head, very close to Universal (by the way, a TGI Friday is halfway between the two) and directly opposite the I-Ride Trolley stop. All in all, we would stay here again and are, in fact, planning to in November.
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