Living in Florida, we do not spend a great deal of time at theme parks in Orlando. We had a last minute, one night's stay in Orlando in September 2006 that was not theme park related and so I looked online at the last minute to find a clean and safe place to spend a night.
Utilizing the trip reviews on this site, I learned there were 2 Rodeway Inns in the location we needed and that most Trip Advisor readers said this International Blvd location was the better of the two Rodeway properties.
Within half an hour of getting into our car to drive to Orlando, I read the reviews on this site and did a quick check of the rates. Rodeway is a mid-level motel and the rates quoted on a few sites were within the range of $40-$50 dollars a night. This is about an average rate for which I would expect a clean but by no means luxurious motel.
We arrived in the early evening and found the Rodeway just off the Florida Turnpike/ I-4. It is a high rise property overlooking the highway. The lobby area was busy with tourists and children milling about. There is a little game room area with video games and a convenience mart adjoining the main lobby. There were ATMs and a few computer terminals that appeared to offer pay-to-play internet access as well.
The advertisements in the lobby promoted an all you can eat breakfast buffet with a note that "kids eat free" at the bottom. We did not visit the buffet but this may be an option for families with kids. Our check in was simple and the rate advertised on the net ($42+ taxes) was honored at the desk. I had read online of some bait and switch scams at hotels in the area but we booked direct with the Rodeway website and had a confirmation e-mail in hand at check in.
Our room was 509 on the 5th floor and overlooked the highway. Road noise was minimal. The room was furnished with 2 double beds as advertised, was non-smoking as requested, and was entirely adequate to my expectations. There was a color TV with plenty of channels, a small table and chairs, a mini fridge for our drinks and snacks, a small microwave oven, and a coffepot by the bathroom sink with 2 free packets of coffee and sugar for the next morning. We stopped at a Walgreens and bought fruit, coffee cream and a few snacks for the drive and the morning "wake up" and everything fit into the clean little fridge nicely.
We found the bathroom area small but adequate. The sink and vanity mirror and opened closet bar make up the front door area as in most motels. There is very little in terms of bathroom counter space. There were 4 clean bath sized towels and a few small wash cloths provided, 2 tiny bars of soap and a single bottle of all purpose shampoo/rinse product we did not use.
This is all "bare minimum stuff" in terms of economy hotels. The room itself was simple and clean. There was a metal "safe" bolted to the wall that was little more than a metal capsule of some 18 inches width by about 4 inches depth with a key lock. We did leave a few things in the safe that evening but there is a notice inside that the hotel presumes no liability for items left in there. I have stayed in places with a computerized safe that allows you to key in a secret code to lock up valuables - this was just a key lock one could assume SOMEONE has a pass key to... but we had no unpleasant surprises with the things we locked inside during the stay.
The enclosed toilet and shower area are indeed small and provide adequate area for a single person to wash and go back to the open vanity to dry and get dressed. I would say the bathing area was not entirely spotless, but it did not feel unsafe - just not new and fresh. I am not complaining nor singing praises - it was worn and a little dingy/run down feeling but not unsanitary.
The bed sheets were white and clean and the entire experience from check in to check out the next morning was completely uneventful. The hotel would be acceptable for a one or two night's stay if you are looking for a location near Universal that is within walking distance to the International Blvd. area. If you are visiting for a longer stretch and want a clean safe place that seems to have a few extras for children, this would probably be fine if you are not looking for luxuries.
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- Also Known As:
- Rosen Hotel Orlando
- Rodeway International Inn
- Rodeway Inn Orlando
- Rodeway Inn International Orlando Fl
- Orlando Rodeway Inn