Look no further! If you're visiting Disney/universal this beats a villa and is way better than international drive. 15 mins from Disney parks, universal 5 mins more. Great location.
We travelled as couple and just coming to end of 2 weeks here in June 2014. Highly recommend hotel for couples or families. Location is great, within walking distance to old town / bars / shops / restaurants & food for all budgets. We liked Ponderosa for steak & all u can eat buffet. Golden Corale is similar buffet style and do amazing breakfasts!
Pool area is lovely, 24 hours, very pleasant late afternoon or evening after long days in the parks. Jacuzzi quite warm soothes those aching legs & feet! Bar & food available but we didn't use it - bought our own beer & wine from Publix supermarket down the road - they do take out food too! (hot & spicy chicken mmm mmm!)
This Hotel is spotlessly clean throughout and very comfortable spacious rooms. We are in 610 which is one of the smaller rooms (still huge) with a view over old town & fun spot. We have a king bed, 5 drawers, wardrobe (only 10 hangers) iron & ironing board, safe, table chairs, sofa, TV, radio/alarm clock, air con (bit noisy but does the job well and you can turn off!) ample plug points and a USB charging point. Free wifi is hit & miss in the room but always ok downstairs. The kitchenette has a very useful fridge (with small freezer) microwave & coffee machine. Nothing else in the cupboards, I brought some mugs, knives forks & spoons which have been useful, could also bring plastic plates or purchase here if needed. Also brought my own tea bags (& bought little bottles milk from supermarket) as I like my cuppa tea first thing - you can use the coffee machine in the room for tea or just hot water. There are plastic & thermal disposable cups in room and coffee tea sugar etc. also an ice bucket (ice machine near the lifts).
The en suite bathroom has hair dryer, shaver point, toiletries (smell nice) bath & shower and good quality towels, changed daily.
There's a laundry room with washer/dryer on each floor & you can purchase powder etc from hotel.
Reception very friendly & helpful always. Lovely staff.
Security- our room key didn't work one day - the maid wouldn't let us in the room (a good thing!) and we had to answer security questions at reception to re set the key. Very reassuring. Room safe hire (key & block) is only $2.26 per day so worth it. One guy had his truck broken into in the car park but we've had no problems.
Free breakfast is good. Not fantastic but ample and you should find something you like, great start to the day! They have:-
Brown or white bread / toast, bagels, pastries, cakes, cereals, porridge oats, cream cheese, jams / jellies, yoghurts, bananas, apples, oranges, fruit salad, fruit juices, hot food - boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, baked beans, either sausage ham or corn beef hash, (some "biscuits" & white gravy which does nothing for the English palate sorry!!) waffles including Mickey Mouse style, chocolate plain or blueberry, golden syrup, sugar free syrup (nice), squirty cream. Microwave available & TV on the wall just like home! Everything is self service and disposable - knives forks spoons plates etc, if it's busy you can take food outside by the pool or back to your room, we did "food to go" occasionally! Tea, coffee & hot chocolate available 24 hours.
We hired a car from the airport and made our own way to the parks as we like flexibility although there is a free shuttle from the hotel. Please note It's $17 per day to park at the theme parks if you have a car!
TIPS for Smart phone users -
Download sat nav app "co pilot" if hiring a car-Programmed our destinations in back home and it was brilliant. Well worth the £18 plus £6.00 for USA fully off line no data needed.
Disney's app didn't always work for us but we used the Disney website to look at queue times and book our fast passes. Free Wi fi is good in Disney parks & improves the queuing experience. You can swap & change fast passes/ times while in the parks which is good.
TIP- Book popular rides before you travel eg magic kingdom 7 dwarfs mine train - the newest ride- it's 60 mins+++ wait time always and no fast passes available to us while we've been here. Waited 2 hours! That's the main one to book!
TIP be careful near grass/ foliage in the evening - my partner got bitten whilst sat waiting for me by the jacuzzi & We both got nibbled watching "wishes" fireworks stood near a garden area!
TIP book everything seperate, through virgin, we got brilliant rates.
TIP I hate big rides. He loves them. Hollywood Studios was my best park. Busch gardens if you love animals (& big rides). Universal & Islands of adventure also fab & a must for Harry potter fans! You'll love it!!!!!
TIP - you can take your own bottled water into the parks. Freeze a couple of bottles every day. They will keep all the water chilled. Food - only small snacks allowed - buy holiday shorts with pockets they don't search them!!
TIP esp for the Brits - your best pub from this hotel is Brannigans Irish Bar over & down the road. By a mile!! They serve really nice food. Full menu till 10pm, and smaller range after 10 till close which is 1 or 2 am. Beers A1 and friendly Irish service. Look no further! enjoy xx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This newly renovated Three Diamond AAA hotel is located just 2 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort and is a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel. Enjoy the great amenities at this hotel in Kissimmee like flat screen TV's, quad charging stations, complimentary wifi and deluxe hot & cold buffet breakfast as well as the complimentary scheduled shuttle to all major Orlando theme parks. Relax by the outdoor pool or whirlpool spa any time day or night, or have a drink at Barracuda Bart’s poolside bar. The hotel is practically adjacent to Old Town & Fun Spot and close to Osceola County Softball fields, Osceola Heritage Park, Silver Spurs Arena and Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports. Parking is ample and free and there is never a resort fee. Bring the family to Comfort Suites Maingate East where great memories are made! ... more less
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