We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn from June 1 - June 3. We paid $38 per night, using Hotwire - they call this a 3 star hotel in the Universal Orlando - I-drive North area. We had a quiet 3rd floor room near the elevator, overlooking the parking lot, which I liked since I could always see my car below. There are no additional charges for parking, WiFi, use of the business center or fitness center. There is no free continental breakfast, but the breakfast buffet was $12.95 and looked extensive. Coffee was free in the morning. I think this rate was incredibly inexpensive due to our stay being Monday - Wednesday, and school still in session. I was very surprised at how close this hotel was to Universal Studios, and yet still close to restaurants & shops. There were no hidden "additional fees" except Orlando's hotel taxes, but many nice amenities.
There were 2 shuttles to Universal at 8:30 and 10:00 and 2 returning at 4:15 and 7:20. Universal opened at 9 and closed at 7, so we thought this was perfect since we planned to stay all day. Shuttles to/from Universal Studios arrived about 10 minutes earlier than the posted 8:30 time, and waited the full time for all to arrive at the pick-up points, but left promptly. So don't be late! It was wonderful not to have to pay for parking at the park, and the hotel does not charge a parking fee either. We brought my daughter's manual wheelchair with us, and the shuttle driver simply put it in the luggage compartment beneath the bus ( a big Greyhound-like bus). We arrived at the Universal entry gates well before the opening at 9 am even though the shuttle did stop at the hotels across from Universal first.
Check in/out was very smooth. Clean and welcoming atmosphere everywhere. Shower/bath was clean, had good water pressure and drained appropriately. Cold A/C. Double beds were comfortable with fluffy comforters. Ask at the desk how to use the sleep number beds. Having the microwave, coffee maker and larger mini-fridge in room were a nice plus. We ate in the room or at nearby restaurants on International Drive because that's what the kids wanted. The hotel restaurant was small, but dishes looked elegant - served inside or by the pool. Walgreens & several restaurants (I-Hop, Denny's, Red Lobster, Sweet Tomatoes, Ponderosa) all within walking distance. The outdoor tiki bar and large hot tub were a welcome sight after a long drive and long days at the park. Pool was heated and towels were free and always available. My children especially enjoyed the "babysit a goldfish" option, available from the front desk. It made missing our pet at home a lot milder. Front desk always took the time to speak with my children and inquired regularly as to whether we were enjoying our stay. They also offered a free cookie.
Didn't use the fitness center, but noticed that several guests did. It, too, looked clean and fully operational with newer equipment. WiFi worked great in room and lobby. This hotel met and exceeded our expectations because of the kind, helpful staff and overall cleanliness. On the first day, I went out the back door to the car, after giving my room card key to my daughter at the elevator. A maintenance worker saw me do this, and gently asked, "Did you know that you need your key to re-open this outside door again?" Then, he offered to wait at the exterior door until I retrieved the items from my car so that I would not be locked out.
I could not find a single negative comment about this hotel and have none to offer myself. Fabulous!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North hotel. Our hotel is five minutes from Universal Orlando Resort®, and twenty minutes from Walt Disney World®. Make the most of your time here thanks to the complimentary scheduled shuttle service to and from Universal Orlando® theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando®, and Wet 'N Wild®. Situated off Interstate 4, this International Drive hotel is within walking distance or a short drive to shops and restaurants. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is just 20 minutes away.Stay in the loop during your visit to Orlando with complimentary high-speed internet access in all guest rooms and public areas. Enjoy a variety of complimentary services at this Orlando hotel including a 24-hour Business Center, fitness center and swimming pool. Relax poolside with your favorite beverage from Tiki bar or indulge in hearty cuisine at the Great American Grill®. For meetings and events, the hotel offers a range of meeting rooms with audio/visual equipment and an excellent catering menu.Unwind after a day of business or fun and adventure in Orlando in one of the hotel’s comfortable guest rooms or suites. All rooms feature a hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker for your convenience. Relax with a movie on the flat screen television or contact family and friends back home with complimentary high-speed internet access.Rejuvenate at this Orlando hotel by plunging into the outdoor pool or enjoy an invigorating workout at the fitness center. For a delicious meal, the Great American Grill® restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day. Meet up with friends for pre-dinner cocktails at Tiki Bar or catch up with work at the 24-hour Business Center. The Pavilion Pantry® is open 24 hours a day, serving a selection of beverages, snacks, and microwave dinners to enjoy in your guest room or suite. Host a business meeting, function or wedding at the hotel and enjoy delicious cuisine in relaxed surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North Hotel Orlando
- Hilton Orlando