We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived after the long journey from the UK. Check in was really smooth and efficient, and the reception staff were very pleasant.
Throughout our stay, the valet staff at the front door were also very helpful and polite, helping us with our occasional needs for taxis etc.
We ate dinner in the restaurant once. A little expensive compared to other places in the area, but very good quality, good service and good value for money.
The hotel was always spotlessly clean in all areas.
We had 2 rooms on the top (14th) floor (1403 and 1404) and stayed for 15 nights. The domestic staff were unobtrusive and efficient. The beds were INCREDIBLY comfortable. The only slight negative is that the hotel is very close to the I4, and as a result venturing on to the balcony could be very noisy. Our rooms were directly above the I4, but as the noise was constant and the windows thick, we didn't notice the noise after the first day or so.
It was quite spectacular at times, especially when cars skidded off the road on the clover leaf junction opposite our room - we saw 5 cars spin off into the bushes during our stay!
The swimming pool was so warm that it made you feel that you should take soap and a sponge with you!
The location is excellent, only 10 minutes walk from Downtown Disney. It is also only a 15 minute walk to the Crossroads Mall, which has a wide variety of eating places, although this is uphill and has a rather busy road to cross at the top. However, it was spring Break when we stayed, and driving up to the Crossroad would have taken almost as long, especially at around 7-8pm. I think it is better at other times of the year.
To sum up, I would recommend this hotel as a great place to stay, either for couples or families, and may well stay there again for my next trip in 2 or 3 years' time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown. This J.D. Power & Associates award winning hotel is fresh from a $25 million top-to-bottom makeover, making it the perfect place to stay during your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort. With deluxe rooms, lobby and business amenities and facilities, you are sure to enjoy the comfort and convenience of our charming Orlando hotel. Whether you are in town for a weekend getaway, destination wedding or family vacation, our hotel in Lake Buena Vista puts you in the center of it all. Located within the Walt Disney World Resort, our hotel is just a short walk from everything the Downtown Disney area has to offer, as well as several Orlando attractions, golf courses and shopping. If you're in Orlando on business, feel free to utilize our 10 different meeting rooms with space for 18 to 600 guests, on-site audio/visual equipment, catering services and sales & meeting professionals. During your vacation, enjoy our choice Orlando hotel amenities, which include free high-speed Internet access, a delicious on-site restaurant and lounge, brand new 32' LG LCD HDTVs in every room, Bath and Body Works bath amenities in every bathroom, a zero-entry pool and an on-site game room for the kids. We also offer Rainforest Alliance certified coffees. Check out our Orlando hotel room deals, and make your reservation today. ... more less
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