Reading some of the reviews I was very worried about what I was going to find when I got there - especially because of the very cheap rate.
And it wasn't actually that bad. Yes it's old, yes the AC is noisy but it was actually quite clean and tidy (the carpets were cleaned in each room while I was there). Fridge, coffee machine, safe in the room (big enough to store laptop, cameras etc), alarm clock / radio and plenty of lights.
Good powerful shower and plenty of hot water on tap.
Good location almost immediately opposite the Midway. I can imagine it's a bit noisy with the go-kart track if you get one of the rooms facing iDrive. Noise from the i4 is not an issue as there is another hotel between the Travelodge and the i4. Be warned though that the other hotel does result in extra (low speed) traffic noise passing the rooms.
The southbound trolley (to Seaworld etc) stops directly outside of the hotel and is stop 12 on the red route. The northbound trolley is either 12 or 13 and you can use the crossing at Carrier Drive which is immediately outside the hotel.
Loads (and I mean shedloads) of places to eat within 5 minutes walking distance - Pizza Hut next door, Chilis directly across the road, TGI Fridays 2 minutes, several buffet places within the 5 minutes. 5 Minutes by car gets you to every kind of eatery you could imagine.
So, a rating of very good but don't be mistaken in to thinking that this is anything other than a cheap base to use when exploring the parks etc - four / five star luxury it is not. Cheap (even taking in to account the "resort" fee) functional accommodation in a handy location it is.
I would stay again.
- 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