We visited this hotel in late July and had a pretty pleasant stay. We were going to spend a couple of days in a hotel on our way home from a cruise. We got off the ship MUCH earlier than expected and showed up SEVERAL hours before check in. The room was not ready which was absolutely expected. However, the desk clerk offered to hold our bags and let us either hang out by the pool or suggested a movie at nearby Downtown Disney. We opted to walk over to Downtown Disney for a while and then have lunch before returning to the hotel.
The hotel is fairly close but might be a challenging walk later in the day (late July is pretty hot of course!). It took about 10-15 minutes to walk over. We grabbed a coffee and window shopped (it was very early) before going to a movie. It was very nice to have so much nearby and actually I jogged around the Downtown Disney area the next morning.
When we got back, our room still wasn't ready but a comparable one was so they booked us in there. We had requested a pool view room which I thought was better than the other. We were booked in the tower building. The other building has some rooms facing the Downtown Disney/Pool (although you can't actually see it) and some facing the interstate. All of the tower rooms overlook the pool. My only complaint would be that the pool is open until 11:00 and it was pretty noisy. We almost called down to the front desk to ask that they go out and ask folks to keep it down as it was difficult to fall asleep with all of the noise. So definitely request a higher floor but understand that tower rooms may be noiser later in the evening but the other building you may be facing the interstate. Bad view or noise, your choice.
The room was clean and comfortable and VERY spacious (especially after a teeny-tiny cabin on a cruise). The mattresses may need an upgrade soon but they weren't terrible. There is free wifi and a mini-fridge as well as a quite roomy closet and large balcony.
We did have breakfast downstairs our first morning there. It was pretty good but quite pricey. It is a resort so that is to be expected but $18.95 for the buffet seemed excessive. We ordered off the menu and it was somewhat less but still more than we would typically pay for breakfast.
My son also really enjoyed the pool and game room. The pool isn't really a fancy resort style pool but is large and clean with LOTS of tables and loungers. We were quite happy with it.
The hotels inside the resort also offer free shuttles to the four Disney parks. They arrive every half hour and were very convenient. They were crowded at night but ALL the buses are crowded at night. We were just happy to have the ride.
Parking is safe but not free. But again, it's a resort so not unreasonable at all. I think it was $12 per day which seemed fine to me. The other Holiday Inns in the area look more interesting and fun, but for the location and convenience, this really is a good choice if you are planning a Disney trip. It is right off of Hwy 535 if you want to get away from Disney and convenient to I-4 as well. We'd probably stay here next time we go to Disney.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Downtown. Located in the the Walt Disney World Resort, within walking distance to Downtown Disney we offer the perfect place to stay during your vacation to Walt Disney World. With deluxe rooms, lobby and relaxing pool 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. We are conveniently located to 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 500 guests. During your vacation, enjoy our choice Orlando hotel amenities, which include free high-speed Internet access, a delicious on-site restaurant and lounge, Bath and Body Works bath amenities in every bathroom a zero-entry pool and nightly specials for kids and kids at heart. Check out our J.D. Power & Associates award winning hotel room deals, and make your reservation today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn - In The Walt Disney World Hotel Orlando
- Holiday Inn Orlando
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