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“Good hotel but terrible shuttle bus to Disney”

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Howard Johnson Inn Tropical Palms Kissimmee
Ranked #110 of 152 Hotels in Kissimmee
Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Good hotel but terrible shuttle bus to Disney”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

This is an inexpensive hotel so dont stay here expecting 5 star luxury. However if your just looking for a place to get your head down when your not busy at the many parks, than this is the place for you. The rooms are kept very clean by the maid service and they will work around you, so they will always come back later if your not quite ready for them. The pool is clean and not too crowded. Our room did need a little work as one of the sockets was hanging off the wall, but generally a pleasant place to be. The internet was pretty fast and its free! You do get a full sized fridge which is so handy. Our only real problem with the place was the bus that takes you to Disney from the hotel. It was always well too overcrowded (i mean packed in like sardines), do not use this bus if you have kids. It will take over an hour to reach Disney as it goes via all the other hotels. The return trip bus is also awful as there were always more people waiting than the bus could take, if you didnt make it on the first one than you had to wait an hour and a half for the next one. Because of this arguments between commuters and the bus drivers would happen, making an already unpleasant situation unbearable. I REPEAT DO NOT USE THIS SHUTTLE IF YOU HAVE KIDS!. On a brighter note there is a Steak N Shake right next to the hotel which do the best burgers in Orlando in our opinion. Walmart is also just across the road (so handy). Overall we do reccomend this hotel but not the shuttle bus.

Room Tip: Do NOT use the shuttle bus if you have kids.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

This hotel is great for a very fair price. It is clean - bedding, towels, showers, smells, pool area and grounds. The towels are small, but you can ask for more. The pool is spotless and hardly used. Disney is a 10 minute drive from here and there is a bus stop out front if you want to take the bus. Hotel also offers an early morning shuttle. The people are friendly and the cleaning staff are great! We had spent our first night in a cheaper hotel ($5/night less expensive) and it was horrible compared to this.
Also, they have wi-fi (internet) and you are in walking distance to food - Steak and Shake is on the property. Walmart is across the road (one block up). Huge flea market right beside.
The rooms have a pull-out couch, blowdryer, iron, fridge and a microwave.
Only thing we disliked is the plastic undersheet on the bed; we understand the importance of it, but it makes for an uncomfortable sleep.

Room Tip: Top floors are supposedly in the best condition.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2012

Nice, clean, quiet and pleasant. Furnishings and linens were as expected for an inexpensive hotel, but everything was clean, neat and well taken care of. The shuttle service to Disney only runs once a day, which made it worthless for our needs. Didn't use the pool, but it looked clean and well-maintained. Hotel was a little tricky to find, tucked in behind a Steak & Shake. Overall, very nice for the price.

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New Prague, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

This was the dirtiest and most disgusting place I have ever been. We checked in late after a long day of traveling...slept, and left...forefitted our next 3 (no-refundable) nights and went somewhere else. The room was dirty, the bathroom was dirty, the fridge was wide open and unplugged...YUCK! Do not stay here!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

If you're looking to stay somewhere other than at a Disney resort there are a lot of inexpensive options in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. However, I think you get what you pay for, especially in the Disney World area. For $45 a night we got a dated motel with no amenities such as a fridge or microwave and basics like a heated pool. Overall it is an ok place to stay BUT we had cockroaches in our room both big and small, alive and dead. There weren't a lot of them but the handful we found did not make my wife and daughter feel very welcome or sleep very sound. If you are taking a trip on a budget, there are many motel choices and this won't be on our list of places to stay at if we ever return to the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

We actually stayed at this hotel last April and let me tell you it was absolutly disgusting and dirty.... The first room we got was dirrrrrtyyyy!! Walls had mold... Doors were rusty...bed and sheets were jet black and dusty.... carpet floor was just filthy jet black socks were the results.....Shower was nasty with stains... We complained and got a second room ...the SAME THING... DO NOT STAY there if you are planning a family vacation. We finally gave up after hours of staying at the hotel and went to a much better resort. I was trying trying to get hold of the manager and he would't get to the hotel untill NOON...and that was NO ONE to help me to get my refund that's how nasty that hotel is...and seriously needs to be shut down...We finally got hold of the manager a day later.

Room Tip: Don;t stay there EVER!!!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

Like most people, we were there for WDW and Universal. Don't get me wrong, instead of getting a taxi from the Greyhound terminal we chose to walk (which took a hell of a long time in scorching heat and backpacks) so our expectations and desires were rising with each step...and the hotel lived up to all expectations. A clean bed and a working shower is all we required but what we got was a phenomenally clean room - and i mean each day, not just upon arrival - pleasant staff, useful free internet, a great bath and shower and a decent tv. Your not here for fancy stuff, so why complain if the view is rubbish, or the food is basic? Your hardly gonna be there. Free shuttle at 7am and again at 9 for Universal, and completely hassle free. If we come back, we would definitely come here again.

Room Tip: Tips - we didnt pay the extra for a fridge, but would next time to cut costs on food.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Howard Johnson Inn Tropical Palms Kissimmee
Address: 4311 W Vine St, US Hwy 192 & Bass Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746-6315
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Kissimmee
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #110 of 152 Hotels in Kissimmee
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn Tropical Palms Kissimmee 2*
Number of rooms: 172
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