We stayed at this property in April, 2008 for 9 nights. We have stayed at several Staybridge properties before and this one was the "least nice" of others we've stayed in. One reason for that might've been the 'feel' of the hotel with the open-air layout and outside entrances of the rooms. Instead of enclosed hallways leading to room doors, there are open (but covered) walkways, which make it feel much more "motel-ish". It rained terribly the first few days we were there and the walkways to the rooms were standing pools of water. The rooms were decent; we had one of the one room suites and it seemed smaller than we thought it would because the bedroom had double doors that opened onto the living room at an angle. Bathroom very small, toilet and shower/tub in one room, double sink countertop and closet just off bedroom, not behind a door. We got groceries for the kitchenette and enjoyed being able to cook our own breakfasts, etc. Hubby went down to the complimentary breakfast room twice and, although it was supposedly past the Spring Break rush, it was absolutely packed and often out of certain foods. Exercise room is super cramped and maybe one window going out to a dark hallway. Went in the hot tub once but got kind of grossed out b/c we all had to evacuate when some kid vomited in the pool. LOTS of families there, including parents who seemed to let their kids run around unsupervised around the pool area. Lots of echoing noise from the pool up the central atrium; we were on the top floor and could still hear quite a bit. Several nights there were very loud people late at night somewhere; could've been on our floor or elsewhere because the sound would echo. Had to call the front desk one night because of noise. Location was pretty good; if you're driving, we quickly figured out to avoid the intersection of Intl. Drive/Sand Lake Road at all costs. It backs up terribly and you can easily get around by using the Austrian Court road beside the hotel and going over to Universal Drive. Intl. Drive North of Sand Lake Road narrows and gets MUCH more congested than South of there; From Sand Lake to 528 tollway, Intl. Drive is very nice; wide lanes and wide sidewalks and medians with beautiful flowers and trees. That area was great for walking and running; we loved smelling the honeysuckle that was in bloom. Universal Drive between Sand Lake and the 528 tollway goes MUCH faster than the length of International Drive at the same area. International Drive South of the hotel is a bit less congested, but still not great. The I-Drive trolley is a great feature to use to get around the area and the maps they provide show all the restaurants, attractions, and shops on the street and which trolley stop coincides with which location. Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant about 1 block from the hotel was really good. Also, the Japanese steakhouse about 1 block North; Kobe steakhouse; at the corner of a strip mall; recommended by the hotel and SOOOOOOO great! We had both entrees and sushi and it was ALL fantastic! If you like sushi and/or sweets, you've GOT to try the kiwi sushi! Absolutely delicious! For shopping, there is a massive Super Wal-Mart at Sand Lake Road and John Young parkway, maybe 2 miles East of the hotel. They even have a complete Disney store in the Wal-Mart with all the shirts and souvenirs. Also, lowest priced, but nice, nails place I've ever seen. A couple other notes; we did Kennedy Space Center one day and really enjoyed it; you really neat two days to see everything, and we did Disney World (Magic Kingdom) one day and, after having been to DisneyLand in CA 4 times between the two of us in the past, we found it CRAAAAAZZYYY! It was just so completely overwhelming; more people at a theme park than we've EVER seen! It would be nice if they would somehow limit the #'s of people to less than what they do. We felt that the experience is really dampened now with the massive hoardes of people. The "fast pass" option for the rides is NOT much of a saving grace, either; we would put in for a "fast pass" and it would be 2-4 hours until we could come back for the fast pass line, and over two hours before we could get another "fast pass" for another attraction. There were lines for EVERYthing; just really amazing. One last note; before you plan a trip to Orlando, be sure to look online at the weather patterns; I was absolutely shocked at how much rain they get there, and we were even there during one of the lowest rainfall months of the year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Choosing Sonesta ES Suites Orlando on International Drive puts you right in the middle of central Florida's Vacation Magic! Located in the International Drive Resort Area, the hotel is convenient to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Universal Orlando, Sea World, and the Orange County Convention Center. Our signature Two Bedroom/Two Bath Suites provide the blend of relaxation and enjoyment for the whole family. Convenience and comfort abound at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando. With its central location you'll find numerous restaurants, shops, and attractions are within walking distance. On property you will find recently redecorated suites, an inviting lobby area, cocktail lounge, beautifully landscaped grounds, courtyards, a heated swimming pool, children's pool, jacuzzi, video game room, as well as laundry facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Staybridge Suites Orlando Hotel Orlando
- Orlando Staybridge Suites