I would consider myself reasonably well travelled, having visited a dozen different countries across 3 continents in the last 5 years and this hotel sits proudly at the top of the list.
It is in a great location very close to all amenities, at the intersection of Sand Lake Rd and Turkey Lake Rd. The I-4 to Disney is only 1 block away, International Drive is about 1 minute away by car, or a leisurely stroll and other attractions, such as Universal Studios, Sea World, Wet and Wild, Discovery Cove etc are all less than a 5 min drive away.
There are ample car parking spaces, which are also well sized, for larger American vehicles, as opposed to UK car parks, where you get about 1 foot space to open your door and squeeze in and out of your car.
The hotel entrance is pretty basic and nothing fancy, but the staff more than make up for it.
Rooms are spacious, with large, very comfortable beds and a selection of soft and firm pillows. Plenty of lighting options, a microwave, mini fridge and a large flat screen tv, with a good selection of channels, including Disney, Nickelodeon and Movie channels.
Bathroom is the usual bath, shower and a very powerful hair drier, which my wife likes.
The hotel facilities are excellent. Free easy connection to wifi internet access, free telephone calls within USA, a laundry, well stocked fitness room, indoor and outdoor pool, with hot tub and a free ice machine in the lobby, which is great for filling a cool bag to leave in the car and having cold drinks on the way back from a hot day at the parks.
The free breakfast includes scones, burgers, amazing scrambled eggs, diy waffles, porridge etc.
The 5.30 kickback includes chilli, chicken strips, hot dogs, macaroni cheese etc. Again it is a help yourself buffet and lasts till 7pm. You also get 3 free alcoholic drinks per adult during this period, incluing beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.
Free help yourself soft drinks and freshly made popcorn are also available till 10pm.
Last but by no means least are the staff. I am only on the 3rd day of a 2 week stay and typing this whilst my daughter is swimming, so I don't yet have all staff names, but the Reception staff are very friendly and helpful and the restaurant staff are incredible. Vivien (from the UK), Jamil and Robert the Manager, despite being very busy, always find the time to stop and spend some time with guests.
Vivien in particular has some great advice and nothing is too much trouble for her.
In summary...... Great hotel, great location, great facilities, great food, spotlessly clean and brilliant staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drury Inn & Suites Orlando offers a free, scheduled shuttle to Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ - and you can visit the Attraction Ticket desk at the hotel for boarding passes and to purchase tickets! Our hotel near International Drive offers plenty of free extras like free hot breakfast and free hot food and cold beverages at our evening 5:30 Kickback®. ... more less
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