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Avanti International Resort
Ranked #81 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Tinley Park, Illinois, United States
1 review
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“Fantastic Vacation Destination”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014

My significant other and I stayed here just this past week. It was a 5 night stay in the King suite. First off, lets start with the check-in. The lobby is gorgeous and very welcoming. The front desk staff was courteous and very helpful. Off to a great start. We went to our room which was located right next to the pool. The room was simplistic and clean with plenty of stocked towels and toiletries. Was it the Ritz-Carlton? No. But for the price and overall affordability This room far exceeded my expectations. After unpacking we decided to lounge by the pool and have a relaxing cocktail. The pool is stunning. Its large enough so you are not shoulder to shoulder with other guests and has a great play area for the kids. There is plenty of seating and umbrellas to accommodate all of the guests which to me was very important. The pool area has a walk-in cafe/convenient store as well as a outside bar/grille. The food was fairly good and the drinks were delicious. Was it expensive? It was a bit, but the convenience makes it worth it. I would rather buy a drink for $7.50 located 10 ft from the pool then walk back and forth from my room whenever I want a drink. I would like to give a special shout out to Ronnie who was absolutely fantastic working behind the counter at the Cafe. He really went above and beyond in providing a level of customer service rarely seen anymore. Now lets go over the location. The location is UNBEATABLE. Avanti is smack dab in the center of International Dr. which is packed with restaurants, clubs. shops and convenient stores. Want some seafood? Joe's crab shack and Bahama Breeze are within walking distance. Want a cool piano bar with buckets of delicious alcohol? Howl at the Moon is right across the street. In the mood for some Mexican? Don Pablo's is also right across the street. The list goes on and if you are curious pull up Google maps and take a look. The Hotel also has a shuttle service to and from the major attractions like Universal, Disney etc. I had to pay for a few cab rides but the rates were reasonable and I never really traveled more than 6-10 miles. All in all this was a fantastic stay at a superb location. Don't spend more at another resort for ugly shag carpet and a disgusting FREE continental breakfast.

Room Tip: King Suite by the pool is the way to go
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Tony B
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Hayley C, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
Tony, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with the TripAdvisor community! Your thorough description of your stay will prove to be very helpful to other travelers. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed relaxing with a delicious drink from our poolside Bar & Grille while you lounged around the pool. Thank you for also mentioning how perfect our location is as well as everything located nearby. We appreciate the recommendation and sincerely hope to serve you again in the future!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014

First time in the Avanti hotel & resort, recommended by friends/colleagues in the airline industry.
Fabulous wide open pool area complete with sandy beach! Plenty of sunloungers.
Special mention to Lisa G at the poolside bar & grille who makes the best cocktails ever as well as being very professional friendly & knowledgable at the same time.
Rooms spotless and large but we do miss a balcony. Bathroom bit on the small side too however overall a great value for money hotel and we would definitely come back.

  • Stayed August 2014
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1 Thank AmyCrainie
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Hayley C, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
Amy, we are so glad that you decided to stay with us. It is great to know how much you enjoyed relaxing at our large pool area with a refreshing cocktail from our poolside Avanti Bar & Grille. Thank you for also mentioning how clean your room was. We appreciate you taking the time to write such a great review on your stay at Avanti Resort, and look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

My stay has been wonderful, and I fully expect it to continue to be that way. From the moment we arrived I have felt blown away by the level of service and exceptional staff. One staff member in particular, Ronnie from the Avanti Bar & GRILLE. He went above and beyond to ensure our stay was superb! Thank you to Ronnie and all the Avanti resort staff and personnel for making a new customer a repeat customer!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Thank triptakingdude
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Haping L, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
It means a lot to us that you had a wonderful stay at Avanti Resort! Thank you so much for recognizing our team member for the superb service you experienced. It is so fulfilling to know that our exceptional service has left you with a great impression of our resort and has encouraged you to revisit us in the future. We are grateful for your excellent review and we are already looking forward to serving you on your next stay with us!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great location! The lobby was beautifully decorated with bright, happy colors! Excellent customer service at the front desk! Met with the The lobby and the room were beautifully decorated! My room was also very nice with modern colors and very comfortable. But I wish I had had the chance to enjoy the pool...so inviting for kids and adults! I will definitely stay there again and take my clients to Avanti Resort so they too can experience this great hotel!

Room Tip: Stay on the second or third floor facing the pool...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Maria G
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Haping L, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Maria, thank you for sharing your great experience with the TripAdvisor community! We are pleased to learn that our rooms were very comfortable throughout your stay. It is also nice to hear that you enjoyed the modern look of our lobby and rooms. We are thankful for your compliments regarding the excellent service you received from our Front Office team. We are thrilled that you will return to stay with us again! Next time you visit us, we hope that you will have the chance to fully experience our beautiful pool as well.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a newly renovated resort in the heart of International Drive in Orlando Florida. Very comfortable with a fun pool area. But the best thing was the customer service from everyone that works there. Especially from Jimmy and Alexander both front desk clerks as well as a front desk manager Danny. Thanks Avanti staff.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Sergeo R
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Haping L, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
We really appreciate your awesome review, Sergeo! We are delighted that our guest service along with our beautiful pool area contributed to a great stay. Thank you for recognizing our team for the excellent service you received. Here at Avanti Resort, we strive to provide all of our guests with incredible service and its means a lot to us when that is accomplished. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

A gem in Orlando! Everybody is extremely helpful. We had a problem with our car (after driving from NY) and the night security went way out of his way to help us, and all the time carrying a smile. Front desk: amazing!!! Pool area: Unique! Housekeeping: neat!.
Thanks, will be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Rebel G
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Haping L, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
We are happy that the great service you experienced from our team encouraged you to write us such a nice review! Thank you for mentioning how helpful you found our team to be throughout your stay and please know that it was our pleasure to assist you. It is terrific to hear that you will be back to stay us again! We look forward to your next visit to our resort.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014

I had lowered expectations. One does seem to equate quality and amenities with price, right? This kind of managed expectations keeps up from being disapointed at no stadium-style seating at the $2 theatre or leather seats in our hotwire-bid rental car. This was the case with Avanti. I figured it had to be a newer motel being on I-Drive, and the newer looking hip colors and funky furniture in the pictures helped give that some credibility. Still, this was one of the hot deals on Cheaptickets, and I had some reservations (about making reservations!) at a place that was willing to discount itself so much. I must say when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. It is like a private hotel that is ran like a Marriott resort. The front staff aim to please, from the all-important front desk staff to the ever-ready Bellman outside. There is a concierge desk inside to help you with show tickets, getting around, etc. who Praise God turned us on to some coupons in the nearby flyer rack, and a barista and quick meal cafe in the lobby whose fresh-baked cookies fill the lobby with scintillating smells several times a day. Post-lobby, you will find an older style 3 or 4 story motel layout with exterior hallways and drive-up parking. Think Days Inn-style. It is clear this is a slightly older basic motel that Avanti has put alot of money and thoughtful touches into. Sometimes this is just spraying Axe on B.O, and other times, very infrequently, it pulls it off in to something that actually works. This is the case most of the time at Avanti Resort. The rooms are recently redone and feature wood floors instead of the usual thin carpeting. Beds are decent for Orlando lodging and not overly-springy, and a hip armoire (sans closet) and media chest, plus the requisite desk and nightstands completes the look. While I would prefer lighter colors in interior furnishings, this is subjective and is not meant to be a negative for a prospective booker. The bathroom has plenty of vanity space, but here is where space gets tight... have you ever been on a non-Carnival cruise?? That's right- the bathroom. This is where this property shows it's age- and if you are over say-6'6, it may be more of a "bath" place than a "shower spot." For anyone limber and under, it's doable. I'm adding this as a heads-up (no pun intended, but I like it!), but would not keep me from staying at this property again. We did have one unexpected issue- the alarm clock seemed to be going off in the room next door- at 1:15 in the morning. It didn't wake us up- we had just gotten in from a casual night in Citywalk (the rockin' band at Jimmy Buffet's is great!), but feared having a hard time going to sleep. We called down to the front desk and within about 10 minutes somebody on the security staff was knocking on the door, and the alarm was quickly quelled. We don't think the room was occupied and we were thankful for the quick response. We kept cool-headed thanks to the quick and relevant response. Even without it, we could stay pretty cool with the a/c unit in the room, with a digital thermostat and well-balanced cycling throughout the night- despite one of the hottest days of the year for Orlando. If you really want to cool off, though, head to one of the highlights of the Avanti Resort- their pool area. More than a standard sqare-in-the-ground pool, this resort-style watering hole allows for people to swim around and do their own thing, with zero-entry gradual beach-style walk-in areas, ladder or just jump in areas, deep areas (over 6 ft!), and sit and lounge areas. Speaking of watering holes, they cover it in every sense of the word, with a nicely-done bar just off the pool area (think 20 ft) that is open from 12-12am most nights. There is also an air-conditioned cafe right off there that is open from sun-up to sundown with friendly staff and need-in-a-pinch sundries and small toiletries, too. The nice thing is the bar is on the opposite side of the splash area (in shallow water, for the younger set) so to seperate the more adult side (with the deep end) from the area that will naturally attract more kids. The gym and game room are adjacent to the cafe and are steps away from the pool area as well. We stopped in both just to take a look around and both appeared clean and with contemporary games and equipment. It wasn't a Dave and Buster's or Planet Fitness, but more than we expected. The equipment looked pretty recent and had a nice view overlooking the pool area. The fact that they have thoughtful touches, like clean towels by the pool and a bar open until midnight tell you they are aiming to please and have intuitive options that make sense. For being in a location (Orlando) where most people are there to do things outside of their lodging, like the parks, I-drive/Old Town, and outdoor activities, Avanti is a place that invites you to hang out by the pool a little, have a drink, have fun with the kids, and if you need to leave, there are some of the best places in Orlando within walking distance. If you wanna go a little further, they have a shuttle to and from Disney Transport Center/ Epcot, Sea World, Universal (with the last pick-up at 8:15 pm) Wet and Wild, and other nearby attractions. With a Friendlys, Pointe Orlando, I-drive trolley and Pirate's Cove mini-golf all just steps away, you might just forget you rented that car and use the "outdoor" fitness center, too with good old-fashioned exercise- it can ease some of the stressors of travel-and saving on parking and traffic can't hurt either. Whether you choose the Congo RIver Golf or the Pirate's Cove, you will feel like a swashbuckler who just saved a buck, and still got to raid the Black Pearl, too at Avani International Resort. Budget-friendly, and just plain friendly. Near a Friendly's... and there is nothing wrong with that. :)

Room Tip: Ask for a room over-looking the pool and you'll have a great view of the pool area from end-to-e...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Tacoman4u2
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Haping L, Guest Relations Manager at Avanti International Resort, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
We would like to extend our gratitude for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay at Avanti Resort! It sounds to us that you had a great time in Orlando. We are delighted that you were pleasantly surprised with our resort. We are glad that our Concierge team was helpful in providing you with information of the Orlando area. We appreciate your nice comments regarding our Front Office and Bell staff. We are grateful for your compliments as we truly do care about the stay of each and every one of our guests. We would like to offer our apologies in regards to the alarm clock however, we are pleased that our team was able to resolve this immediately. Thank you for describing all the amenities you enjoyed at our resort including our beautiful pool area. As you mentioned, our spacious pool features a unique waterscape playground that is perfect for the kids to play in. You are absolutely right, we are here to please our guests as we want our guests to have a pleasant and comfortable stay. Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to serve you and we hope that you will revisit us when you return to Orlando!
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Property: Avanti International Resort
Address: 8738 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819-9317
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Best Value Hotel in Orlando
#55 Business Hotel in Orlando
#55 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#63 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Avanti International Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 652
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a total renovation, the Avanti Resort is a shining beacon in the heart of activity and dining options on International Drive. This new resort features 652 renovated, comfortable, and contemporary-style guest rooms and suites. All guest rooms are equipped with an in-room coffee maker, mini refrigerator, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, as well as a safe. The oversized pool complex features a kids water play area, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard court. Enjoy casual dining and beverage options without leaving the resort at the Avanti Pool Bar & Grille, along with property-wide WiFi. Avanti is located within walking distance of a variety of dining and shopping, and only a short ride on our shuttle away from major theme park attractions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites International Drive Hotel Orlando
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Best Western International Drive
Best Western Plaza International Drive
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