We were interested in easy access to Universal Studios Orlando and this hotel covered all of our needs: clean, air-conditioned, inexpensive, and a 15 minute walk to the park entrance. With sidewalks! We saw a family look aghast as we started walking the 1 mile and it was worth it not to deal with parking lots and lines of cars. Sure, there's a shuttle, but we wanted the early park access didn't want to be limited by the shuttle schedule.
The staff were courteous and handled our multiple rounds of bag checks without trouble. While there is a pool, we spent all of our waking hours at the theme park, but I can see that it would be convenient if you wanted to take a break from Universal.