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Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista
Ranked #17 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 6, 2008

We booked the Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista for a 4-night stay as part of a vacation package with Southwest Airlines Vacations.
Check-in was quick and efficient. The room was a 1-bedroom suite with full kitchen (stove, oven, microwave, full-size refrigerator and dishwasher).
The level of cleanliness at check-in was reasonable but certainly not impeccable (e.g. some food stains on the side of the fridge). It would have been nice if they had provided some spray cleaner with which to clean up after the previous guests as well as after ourselves.
I cannot emphasize how convenient it was to have the full kitchen when staying with our 2 boys (ages 4 and 5). Pizza was an inexpensive dinner and often, the leftovers made an excellent late-night snack. A quick trip to the local Winn-Dixie (across the street) and our fridge was well-stocked with chocolate milk and bottled water, as well.
Because of all the food we had in our suite, we did not utilize the breakfast as much as we would have otherwise. It did seem to contain all the staples: coffee, oatmeal, cold cereal, waffles, eggs, yogurt, juices, fruit and some type of meat (ham, bacon, sausage).
Overall, I would recommend this hotel as a place for families. The price is right, the location is convenient to Disney parks (10-15 minutes) as well as Universal Studios (15-20 minutes on I-4), and the suite setup allows for a little more room and privacy than a standard hotel room.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

Stayed a full week and it was great! We got the 2 bedroom 2 bathroom suite and with 2 teenagers, it is the only way to go. Everyone had their own space, own TV, and (most importantly,) a second bathroom!. Every morning they serve a full hot breakfast buffet that included scrambled eggs, meat, cereals, fruit,yogurt, waffles, bagels, etc.. This worked great for us. They have a shuttle to Disney which we used once. There are a lot of good restaurants close by, Joes Crab, Chevys, Olive Garden, etc. There is also a grocery store within walking distance to stock the kitchen. Good on premise laundry, pool, and game room. Staff was friendly, helpful, and rooms were very clean.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2008

The suite is spacious - we had 1 king, 2 queen. Kitchenette OK, not more. The maid does not clear the dishes. Good loaction to all Disney Parks, orlando downtown and shopping malls. There is a nice Supermarket just across the street. The hotel front desk has plenty of informative handouts with driving directions. The big disadvantage is that because of Orlando weather and humidity the room smelled bad like some laundry that stayed too long in the washing machine..
breakfast was disappointing.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2008

We just returned from a 5 night stay and could not have been more pleased with our visit. Check in/check out was fast and friendly, our room was clean and the perfect size for our family of 5. We booked the 2 bdrm/2 bath suite directly by phone and asked for the Magicard rate. This saved us around $40 per night, so keep that in mind if you decide to book. You cannot get the Magicard rate by Internet.

The pool area was a decent size and never seemed crowded. There are some inflatable pool toys for the kids to play with, and plenty of lounge chairs and tables.

Breakfast was a good variety of hot and cold items, coffee, sodas, juice, fruit, and so forth. There are also several restaurants within a 5 minute walking distance. Across the street you will find Sizzlers, Steak-n-shake, Giordanos, etc. And behind the hotel (another 5 minute walk) there is a Papa John's pizza, an ice cream shop, and a Winn Dixie grocery store which is perfect for buying bottled water and other necessities.

We used the free shuttle service to the parks for both pick up and return. The bus was very comfortable and stops at all 4 Disney parks. You will receive a shuttle schedule upon check in. Make sure you are at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before pick up. The bus comes on time (sometimes a couple minutes early) and it will not wait for you. It picks up whoever is there and takes off without waiting 5 or 10 minutes, etc. So if you're not there, you will be left behind.

A word of advice about return times. The Animal Kingdom closed at 5:00 and the bus didn't arrive until 6:15, so for an hour we basically stood in the parking lot waiting. With the Magic Kingdom, the park closed at 9:00 with fireworks ending between 9:15 - 9:20. The bus pickup was at 9:30, so this left little time to get to the parking lot. We were literally running to get there. ( After a long day and tired feet, this was quite painful!) So if you use the shuttle for the return trip from the Magic Kingdom, make sure you are near the front gate when the fireworks are presented and then make a beeline to the monorail as soon as they are over. Skip the express monorail! Everyone goes there and you will end up in a line. Go straight to the resort monorail and you will get right on. The 2nd stop is the TTC and that is where you will find the bus. If you don't do this, you will most likely end up in a Taxi instead of the bus.

Downtown Disney is less than 10 minutes away but it is not within walking distance. We took a cab for $12 each way. The hotel lobby will call a taxi for you so you don't have to arrange that yourself. When you're ready to leave for the return trip, you will find many taxis waiting outside the Marketplace and West Side so it is easy to get a ride with no problem.

Overall our family enjoyed our stay at this hotel and we will certainly book it again if we return to the Disney area.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 1, 2008

Recently stayed based on excellent location. On a business trip but got in a trip to Epcot and Downtown Disney.
Great location and decent shuttle service to Disney.
Good hot breakfast and nice staff.
Just disappointed that it needed updating. Cabinets in kitchen were sticky and dirty but rest of property was clean. Light switch plates needed cleaning. OK for a night but wouldn't want to take my family there for extended stay using cooking facilities. Icky, sticky. Corners of rugs in bathroom area black. They seem to just surface clean to make it appear acceptable. Clean this stuff up and you will have a really nice property with a great location and friendly staff.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 29, 2008

If you are a couple or single traveler stay away! My boyfriend booked this room, looking at the numerous positive reviews but failed to see it is not recommended for couples.

The place is substandard, and I am surprised at all the rave reviews. It is a Holiday Inn property, so keep that in mind. When we first checked in, there were left over belongings from the prior guests, tv remote and wall clock did not work. We requested room service not clean our room the next day and not only did the maid knock on our door the next morning, the maid proceeded to enter without waiting for a reply.

PROS: Large rooms, hot tub, nice pool, buffet breakfast

CONS: average service, cheap decor, tiny bathroom, no interior room access or elevator (only exterior outside stairs room access). Not really as close to the parks as they say - 1.4 mile away. Shuttle stops running earlier.

Bottom Line:
If you only plan on sleeping here and have kids, then this might be the place for you...But if your accustomed to quality or service, you will NOT find it here!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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StaybridgeLBVGM, General Manager at Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2008

With our location near Orlando’s many attractions, the vast majority of our customers are families who are traveling to the area on vacation. In fact earlier this year our hotel was awarded the distinction of being voted in the top 10 for “Family Friendly Budget Hotels in the United States,” by TripAdvisor. So while many different types of guests enjoy our hotel throughout the year, I understand why we may not always be best suited for a couples getaway or honeymoon type of trip.

Staybridge Suites is the upscale All-Suites division of InterContinental Hotels Group. InterContinental Hotels Group also owns the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, and Candlewood Suites brands. I can assure you that any of the problems you experienced with service are definitely not the norm.

As for our hotel’s location, we are 1 mile from the entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort, 7 miles from Universal Orlando, and 4 miles from Sea World. Our shuttles run to the four Disney Theme Parks and have 3-4 departures to each park per day, and anywhere from 3-7 returns from each park back to the hotel each day (depending on the park’s seasonal closing time). Our shuttle schedule always allows our guests to stay in the theme parks until their closing time.

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Reviewed September 22, 2008

I am a Travel Agent who is very picky about where I stay. I booked directly with the Hotel and was assured after I asked many questions that I would be happy with their property.
I had a 2 bedrrom suite, It is VERY Large, I have a family of 7. Plenty of room for everyone. 3TV's, 1 king bed and 2 queens in the 2nd bedrrom and a sleeper bed... 2 full bathrooms also.. The kitchen is a tad dated (the cabinets) but for the amount of time I spent in the room to sleep and shower that didn't bother me at all. IT IS VERY CLEAN which is IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE! I did buy some snacks for the room and stored them in the refridge which is a full sized one ...supermarket is next to the hotel as well as 24 hour Walmart.
The breakfast each morning is very filling. It is a full breakfast, waffle station, bacon, eggs, fruits, juices, coffee...etc this can save you alot of money which to me is a PLUS.
The pool is NICE; not HUGE but its what you need to cool down, their is a small childrens pool and a hot tub.
The location is GREAT, less than 10mins to the Disney parks, and a few traffic lights from Downtown Disney. Easy to find right off of I-4. Tons of places to eat within walking distance of the hotel. Seaworld is about 15 mins away and Universal 20mins..
I would as a Travel Agent sell this to my clients!
In my opinion Staybridge is a very nice property, If I had to rate it almost a 4star & if you are looking for a close clean place to Disney and dont want to pay DISNEY RESORT PRICES this is it.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Address: 8751 Suiteside Drive, Orlando, FL 32836-6443
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Orlando
#11 Family Hotel in Orlando
#56 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: $159 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista is the perfect spot to choose as your home base for your next Disney Vacation. Located in the Lake Buena Vista Resort Area, the hotel is just one mile from the magic of the Walt Disney World; Resort. Our Signature Two Bedroom/Two Bath Suites provide comfort and convenience for everyone in the family. Other attractions nearby include Universal Orlando and Sea World. Convenience and comfort abound at Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista. With this convenient location you'll find numerous restaurants, shops, and small attractions are either within walking distance or just a short drive away. On property you will find recently redecorated suites, an inviting lobby area, beautifully landscaped grounds, courtyards, gazebo sitting area, a heated swimming pool, children's pool, jacuzzi, video game room, as well as laundry facilities. Our Disney Vacation Packages offer flexibility and money saving options. Magic Your Way Tickets offer each family the ability to customize their tickets for their next Disney Vacation. Getting to the parks is also no problem, with the complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the four Walt Disney World Parks. Our Reservation Sales Agents are standing by to help you plan your next magical Orlando Vacation. Call our Orlando Reservations Office at (800)866-4549 and make Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista, Your Place! ... more   less 
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