After reading a lot of the reviews on tripadvisor about this hotel, I was very worried about the hotel that I'd booked for two weeks from June 1st in 2013, but all of the terrible reviews were completely untrue from my experiences.
The hotel was great value for money- I knew the prices were cheap and from previous reviews I felt that the hotel would be shabby at this cost; however, the hotel was in great condition. Although the outside of the hotel doesn't look very enticing or homely, the bedrooms were well taken care of. The rooms were very clean and well presented as well as spacious, with ample room for relaxing. Personally, I stayed in one bedroom for two with my partner and although we shared a large double bed, there were two double beds in our bedroom. Meanwhile, my parents and younger brother stayed in the room next to ours which had the same layout. My sister stayed in a further third room with her partner and they had one double bed but an equally sized bathroom and desk/ dressing table.
All of the bathrooms were equipped with a bath and a powerful and always well-heated shower. The sink was just outside of the bathroom door, which seemed a little odd at first but caused no inconvenience.
The wifi was fully accessible at all times in all three of the bedrooms that my family and I stayed in, including one which was as far away as possible from the hotel reception. There was televisions in each of the rooms with a plentiful list of channels- all worked very well.
The staff were very friendly and helpful when we did speak to them, but aside from checking in and out, as there were no issues or problems, we didn't often speak to the reception staff. The maids were also fantastic. They did a brilliant job at maintaining the rooms every day, replenishing towels and soaps, etc whenever necessary as well as their normal duties.
The location is perfect! International Drive is a fantastic place that is full of restaurants and bars as well as museums and fun attractions all within walking distance. There is also a brilliant water park, Wet N Wild just 10 minutes down the street. All Disney and Universal Parks are very close as well and there are free shuttles to get to the parks, although we rented a car and this made things a lot easier to get around.
The pool was a quite small but always had free sunbeds- with so many water parks nearby I think these are a much better choice and often included in Disney/ Universal tickets when prebooking.
The price is unbeatable, especially for such a great location, and the quality of the hotel was surprisingly fantastic. Overall, it was a brilliant stay for a brilliant price and I will definitely return to this hotel again and again and I will definitely recommend this hotel to friends!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heart of I-Drive. Welcome to the all new rooms Heart of I-Drive - Orlando. We are centrally located on International Drive in front of Econolodge and just minutes from Universal Studios, Disney World, SeaWorld and all the other wonderful attractions that Central Florida has to offer. The Heart of I-Drive is just a few miles away from some of the finest shopping in the world, including the Mall at Millenia and Prime Outlets. A complimentary shuttle service to and from all the major theme parks is included in your total room price. We look forward to having you visit the new Heart of I-Drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orlando Knights Inn