Radisson's recent acquisition of long-in-the-tooth Metropolitan Resort is not yet up to Radisson standards. If driving, note that "Metropolitan Resort" still appears on I-Drive entrance directory (and inexplicably, is still used on hotel's voice mail system).
At check-in I asked whether any rooms had been recently refurbished, and was advised that "they all have." But our room was not nearly up to snuff: Bedside table lamp had shredded lamp shade and defective switch mount; carpet was heavily stained in one area; tub faucet would not shut off to less than a persistent trickle. Other reviewers have reported excellent bedding, but our matress and pillows were well past their prime. These kinds of room issues suggest the hotel is still behind the power curve, or poor inspection oversight by the Chief Housekeeper. Room smelled musty, but bathroom was exceptionally clean... Tip your housekeeper to acknowledge good work!!!
On the plus side, front desk staff were all very friendly and eager to do what they could to compensate for the property's shortfalls.
Negative surprise: $5/day "Resort Fee" is not disclosed on hotel's website. It was explained to me on check-in (when asked to acknowledge its applicability by initialing the check-in form), "It covers access to the YMCA pool next door, 'Free' Wifi, and 'Free' theme park shuttles." I regard this as a Bait & Switch... if these services are not included in the basic room rate, then they are not "free." However, at my request, staff generously waived our resort fees prior to check-out due to persistent problems with Wifi access.
On checking today, room rates on booking engines come in between $48 (an excellent value) to as high as $79, depending upon dates. I would have been really unhappy to have paid $79 for this property, but $48 is more in line with the hotel's current state of readiness.
Good, safe location on International Drive, but probably best to avoid unlit parking lot on North side. Quick, easy access a host of proximate eateries, and to I-4. 10-15 min drive to WDW.
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