As part of a roadtrip around Florida I stayed in a number of hotels/motels on route. This is part of a series of reviews based on the trip. The hotels varied in price however my minimum expectation for the hotels would be to a UK travel lodge standard (I.e clean with basic facilities). This hotel cost $49.99 per room and included continental breakfast, free parking, free WIFI and free shuttle bus to Universal.
We found the hotel to be very clean, the beds were comfortable and there was very little noise. We saw a few pets around and a few dogs barked occasionally however this was not a bother.
All staff were very friendly, every time you walked past reception they would say hi. Unfortunately the WIFI was down for the first 24 hours so I couldn't connect in however the manager was very helpful in trying to get this resolved.
On arrival the manager noticed we had got a twin room as part of the online booking however offered us a kingsize bed instead as he could see we were a couple. This was really helpful.
We used the pool once. There were a few bugs in it however was ok, a guy came to clean the pool a couple of days later. Some of the deck chairs need some TLC as they were broken.
My major issue with the hotel is as other travelers have stated... breakfast finished promptly at 9am. We would have lover to have a lie in and one day we just decided to miss breakfast because we wanted to relax. You could see many people in the hotel felt the same way (visiting the breakfast bar in their PJ's and taking it back to the room). The lady serving was very helpful and would restock anything empty really quickly and would warn you when she was about to close machines so you could get a final fruit juice.
The shuttle bus to universal was great, a very prompt service. One day we decided to stay late and walk back and it took very little time (unlike some of the other reviews have commented). I would say it took us about 20-30 minutes from downtown universal entrance. If you decide to do this make sure you are clear of the route back to the main road and also take a shortcut across some of the hotel car parks once you get to the universal entrance (Head towards holiday inn on left hand side as you walk out of universal) - it you follow the route the way the shuttle goes it would be nearer 2-3 miles due to the road layout.
Whilst we missed being closer to the main area on the international drive there were a number of restaurants really close including TGI's, Golden Corolla and a Japanese Steakhouse. There was also a Walgreens (pharmacy/mini supermarket). We drove to the outlet mall (3 miles drive ad fantastic bargains) however I bet its just as close to walk it as its the road system that gives you this mileage. The millenia mall is also a similar distance away.
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