On first arrival to the hotel, it seemed a bit tired and dated. It was late and to be honest I was dreading seeing the room, especially as we were there for two weeks regardless, but I was pleasantly surprised. The room was well sized, had a nice flat screen TV, a fridge, microwave, a good sized bathroom, and working air con. Also it was very clean.
The house keeping staff did a good job over the course of the two weeks we were there - Rooms were cleaned daily, and bed linen changed every other day.
I had no problems with security, and felt happy to leave my kids android tablets on the dresser when we went out for the day. However the hotel does seem to operate an open door policy, and non residents could probably wander around freely if they wished.
Location wise the hotel isn't bad, although for me I wish we'd been a bit closer to Universal. International Drive is a big place, so be prepared to walk.
If I had one disappointing thing to say, it was about the bar... The Cargo Bay Bar was just not nice. The food was edible, and the drink was drinkable, but it just wasn't a nice place to spend a night. I also didn't like the bar staff, or the chef who sat at the bar waiting for customers to come in!!!
We actually went for a drink on one of the nights, and were told that we could come in, but they were hosting a private party later - We were ok with that, but we were then constantly watched by the staff, and just felt they wanted rid of us so they could get on with things...
It's a shame, because a good bar, with a friendly atmosphere, and nice food would make such a difference to the hotel.
The coffee bar served Starbucks Coffee, and the staff there were very friendly.
Didn't go to the breakfast buffet so cant comment on it.
I did however make the mistake of asking the male concierge for help - I then got the timeshare routine for about twenty minutes.
Thankfully, as I had pre-purchased my tickets I didn't have to go near him again!
The pool was another area that could do with some improving. It's nice and all, but again, it's unstaffed, and to be honest, anyone can walk in - And I mean anyone!!! Also there were lots of people drinking from bottles and cans, and I just didn't feel it was a safe environment for families -especially as it got a bit darker in the evenings - This is a shame, because my kids loved the pool. They were just too young to notice what we were noticing!!!
All in all the Radisson on International Drive was not the worst hotel I've stayed in, and if your a young couple looking for a base, it's probably ideally suited, but for a family who want a family friendly atmosphere you probably wont find it here.
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