We stayed at three different hotels in the Orlando area during our December stay (the others being a Holiday Inn and a Hampton Inn), and this was the best!
The hotel has a beautiful atrium in the middle, where you can just relax anytime. It is also the breakfast sitting area and gets busy in the morning. Breakfast itself is very nice, with the cooked to order omelets or fried eggs, but definitely go early.
Manager's reception is a great service to come back to after a day in the park. Chips and dips and pita bread were served with the free drinks. You can have more than one drink, unlike other Embassy's that I've been to where you're given only 1 voucher.
The suites are spacious, clean, with 2 LCDs and 3 sinks, fridge and microwave. There's an extra sofabed in the living room in addition to double beds in the bedroom. So, 4-6 member families should still be comfortable.
One quirky thing about the suites, and it seemed to apply to all the rooms, is that there are glass panels on each side of the front door, and the curtains do not cover or overlap with the door in the middle, so you can see through every room in between the curtains and the door. So, a little privacy issue there. Unless you pull both curtains over the door and clamp them with some kind of clip.
There's one washer and one dryer on alternate floors that are coin-operated. You have to get quarters at the front desk. $2 per load.
Having both outdoor and indoor pools is really nice, especially for winter months. The jacuzzi outside was also heated.
Free scheduled shuttle to the parks, and free outdoor parking.
One major gripe is that the WIFI was not free, but this is somewhat compensated for since the business center offers 4 free PCs with internet and printers.
Though we didn't use it, it's nice to have the attached restaurant. There are many dining options at walking distance.
All in all, this hotel will become a favorite in our book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deluxe, all suite hotel located in the convenient, exciting International Drive area, surrounded by a variety of dining, entertainment and shopping venues. Accommodations are spacious one-bedroom suites with microwave, refrigerator & coffee maker. All guests enjoy a Complimentary Breakfast and free evening beverages daily! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando - International Drive / Orlando
- Embassy Suites Orlando
- Orlando Embassy Suites