I recently stayed here with my partner in july, and had a wonderful time with only one major problem which was sorted quick.
The problem was not to do with the hotel, but the sales desk. My advice, is not to even bother going there. Its a scam to sell you a timeshare. When you are in the RADDISON hotel, they try to sell a timeshare for the SHERATON hotel.... i fail to understand why this is even here. They tell you, you get a discount but infact, you must pay by credit card, NOT cash *unless you're going that very day to the seminar* and why would you want to waste 2 hours or more in a boring sales pitch when you have theme parks to explore?! If you use your card, and fail to turn up to the seminar, you will be charged full price for the tickets, AND a fee, plus other fines too. Next they will tell you, you can buy tickets, at full price (left side of that desk), with no other sales pitch, but tell you, that you have a $5 admin fee to pay, but that this will save you queueing at the theme parks. 2 problems though. First, I went on July 4, queue was so short, we waited 50 seconds! despite the woman saying we would "wait for ages and ages and ages" and second, if you lost your ticket, you would have to forget about it, yet buying at the park, you have a receipt, you can get a new one printed (you need your ticket for fast pass)
The hotel itself though, i can not fault at all. They provide a shuttle service to the parks, although if you miss this, you can walk to downtown disney, approx 25 minutes walk which isnt too bad. We done this most days. The shuttle to the shopping centre is good though! You can see the shopping centre from the window (well, we could) but its not really possible to walk to as its at the other side of the interstate motorway.
We were a little dissapointed that the tiki bar was never once open at the poolside, no matter what time we went, be it morning, afternoon, evening or night so i do not know if this will ever open.
Do check the front desk though, as they sometimes have cookies. Be warned, they are nice! and addictive! lol.
Taxi cabs are expensive in Orlando, but if you do not have your own car, public transport seems to be quite poor so you have to use them. However, the hotel uses a company that gives a lincon towncar, however they are more expensive than a yellow cab. Although, the same price $55 to get to the airport so bear this in mind too.
Location of the hotel though is perfect for everything in my opinion. Its quiet at the poolside despite being next to a motorway, and aslong as the weather stays nice (thunderstorms happen frequently in our experiance) it's such a lovley place to be after a long day out in the parks.
DO NOT use the sales desk (left hand side of check-in front desk) as they want to sell you a timeshare scam. Just buy tickets at the park and save hastle for yourself.
No tiki bar :(
Cookies are amazing! But addictive too :)
I do plan to return to this hotel, next year, only if we get a good deal and will stay for even longer....
One more note, Terry, the GM, is ace. If you ever need to talk to somebody about anything, Terry is the person. As a EGM myself, i felt he delt with the issue i had, very quick, and even followed up the following day!
Sales desk 0/10
Hotel 8/10 (tiki bar, that desk and shuttle schedule stopped me giving 10/10)
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- Located at I-4 exit 68, we are a 1/4 mile from the Walt Disney World Resort & minutes from the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Premium Outlet Mall, Cirque Du Soleil, Legoland & the Orange County Convention Center. All of our 196 guest rooms are 100% Smoke Free, feature 37 inch HD Flat Panel TV, Sleep Number Beds, Free Parking & High Speed Internet Access, & much more! Guests can also enjoy our on-site restaurant, Liquid Bar & Grill, work out in our Fitness Center or relax by our pool & spa while enjoying a beverage or snack at the Tiki Bar. NO RESORT FEES! Also, COMPLIMENTARY Business Center Access! Complimentary In-Room Safe! Convenient On-Site Laundry Facility available also! ... more less
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