Im not giving this hotel ANY stars as if I did I would be exaggerating. I would rate it MINUS 5 if I could. I usually read reviews on hotels we are looking to stay in but think I will make my own judgement. This may now stop. Nearly all the reviews were poor and we thought they cant be that bad but..........
Where do I start? ....
The fact that we had to pay for a rollaway bed even after being reassure it was included in the price. If you pay for 5 people, you should get 5 beds, not 4 and have to pay extra for the 5th person to sleep, if thats the case, why charge the same as the other guests? (Admittedly this is a common occurance in Florida but still wrong)
The water was turned off every day, just about, while they work on neighbouring rooms. We were the only occupied room in our block for almost the full 2 weeks. We couldnt flush the toilet or take a shower when we wanted but we could use a different room just for the bathroom then take the key back to collect again when the next person needed it. Why we couldnt be moved into an empty room in another block where that they wasnt renovating is beyond me.
The surrounding rooms were being renovated around us hence constant banging all day long. If you wanted a quiet day in your hotel room, instead of hitting the parks, you had no chance.
The noise from the surrounding area was non stop, all night long. Dust men emptying dustbins at 4.15 one morning, a crane beeping as it reversed in an amusement arcade over the road from approx 10pm til at least 2 the following morning. You could here the cars, lorries etc going along the interstate at the bottom of the hotel grounds. The music from the reception area was very loud on an evening, from around 9pm onwards.Double glazing definitely needed.
We had to ask for enough towels for 5 people. We were given 3 and had to beg for fresh towels to be told we could only have 4. One day the ''clean'' towels were covered in long black hair, my famly have red hair or short brown hair.We had to put a sign on the bed to ask for the sheets to be changed as they only change them as and if you ask.
They left a container of some kind of cleaning fluid in our bathroom, luckily my youngest child is 14 and knows not to touch it but could have been different if I had a toddler.
Continental breakfast was included but you had to be up early to have it, it was served between 6am and 9am Monday to Friday and 6.30 to 9.30 weekends.
The free shuttle buses to Disney and Universal were available yes but the Disney one went at 8.15 and returned around 10 at night, the Universal bus went at 9.45 and returned around 9.15 at night. No other options were available. Free Wifi only worked intermittently.
Lastly our door key was deactivated twice during our stay. First we were told it was deactivated every Monday and we had to go and get it reactivated, then the following Monday we were told we must have it too near our mobile phone and that deactivates it. Funny thing was it was it my purse all the time, never anywhere different.
All in all our prefect holiday was marred by a very poor hotel. We will DEFINITELY not be going back here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Howard Johnson Inn Orlando International DriveImagine the fun you will have at nearby attractions when you stay at our Howard Johnson Inn Orlando International Drive hotel near Disneyworld, Sea World and Universal Studios. Take the free scheduled shuttle to those sites from our Orlando hotel, and then return for a swim in the outdoor pool or relaxing rest on the sun deck. In your room enjoy amenities like a microwave, refrigerator and free Wi-Fi Internet access so you can post your photos online. If you plan on an extended stay, we offer guest laundry facilities and valet services. Handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel in Orlando, and there is parking space for your RV, bus or truck. After a much-needed rest, join us each day of your stay for free Rise & Dine continental breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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