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“NEEDS FACELIFT”
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Floridian Express
Ranked #292 of 342 Hotels in Orlando
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Went with family and a bit worried re all negative reviews (have been on I Drive twice before). Basically the motel needs a serious facelift, and if that happens then this is a serious motel in ideal place on I drive.
Wifi avaliable in lobby and bar, rooms adequate size for upto family of 4 and only 2 storoes set round small but adequate pool. As mentioned ideal to walk along I drive and to wet and wild (across the road) and Universal only 15 minute walk so save $15 parking.
Staff all friendly (apart from miseable one one on breakfast - shes the thin one not the happy older one) Re the breakfast it is ok but spoiled by the ones who leave the area a mess and not throw their trash into bins!! Only takes a second and they have to walk past them.
To say there is negative reviews all I can say is that they were turning folks away as they were full.
As mentioned before I have been to area before and if this motel gets a facelift will definately go back.

Room Tip: ground floor facing pool
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2012

Thank you for your review of the Metropolitan Express. We appreciate the time you took to let us know your feedback and it appears we have failed to meet your expectations. For our shortcomings, we sincerely apologize. With comments and feedback from our valued guests, we will work harder to improve and show we can meet and exceed all of your expectations. We have recently started renovating the rooms and hallways to be completed by Summer 2013. We sincerely hope you give us the opportunity to show we can improve and be your host hotel again!

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Nice motel style place on International Drive, reasonable price per night,
and a decent place to lay your head at the end of the day.
Breakfast include - grab a bagel and cup of coffee and look over the quaking ducks in the pool before heading the parks.
The location is great, Restaurants across the street, transportation for the parks and the
I-Trolley stop is nearby, definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Rooms in the 1st floor, next to the pool area.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thank you for your review of our Metropolitan Express! We do appreciate all reviews; especially our valued return clientele! With comments such as yours, our entire staff can feel confident they are accomplishing the goal of making the Metropolitan Express as special as we feel it is to our guests. We will continue to strive to improve to be the hotel everyone wants to come back to! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!!

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We have stayed here several times over the years have to say does need to be updated and redecorated but Great hotel really friendly staff and the lovely lady who runs the breakfast room is a diamond always laughing and has a word with you. Location is excellent with Dairy Queen next door yummy. We contacted hotel before we arrived and requested certain room which they very kindly gave us. Breakfast was basic but was enough but you had Western Steer near by and also the Ponderosa if you want something else....... The shuttle was very handy also and I ride stops outside hotel also Lynx bus which is Fantastic service to use gets you to Disney for $2.00 with a transfer pass and takes you to Outlets also.....

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thank you for your review of our Metropolitan Express! We do appreciate all reviews; especially our valued return clientele! With comments such as yours, our entire staff can feel confident they are accomplishing the goal of making the Metropolitan Express as special as we feel it is to our guests. We will continue to strive to improve to be the hotel everyone wants to come back to! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!!

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I stayed in room 1394.
Pros: Excellent location near iTrolley stop 10 on International Drive, opposite Wet 'n' Wild waterpark. Comfy beds, air conditioning in room, safe in room, friendly staff, free shuttle to Epcot, can buy tickets from Reception, Reception clean and free wireless.

Cons: Dirty run down hallway carpets and shabby wallpaper, same for rooms. Rooms smell of cleaning fluids, no free wireless in room.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thank you for your review of the Metropolitan Express. We like to hear from our valued clients to see how we can improve and appreciate all comments both good and bad. It is only with comments such as yours that we can continue to improve. Please come see us again soon!

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Went there for 2 weeks, it was a good hotel. Comfortable beds, good pool, pleasant staff, clean and overall nice. Only problem was that a mouse ran into the room a couple of times! But as the room as sliding doors that we opened to sit outside it's not the hotels fault the mouse came in, and it's certainly not because the hotel was dirty, cause it really wasn't! We alerted reception who offered to move us room, however we said it was fine as it's roaming somewhere in the hotel, just wanted to alert them incase anyone else discovers it and it's as compassionate as we were. Anyway, over all hotel, right next to Dairy Queen!! and within walking distance to Universal Studios. I'd recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thank you for your review of our Metropolitan Express! We do appreciate all reviews; especially our valued return clientele! With comments such as yours, our entire staff can feel confident they are accomplishing the goal of making the Metropolitan Express as special as we feel it is to our guests. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!!

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This hotel is disgusting. We stayed here for two nights last week. Our first room was on the second floor but it smelled so bad we asked for a different room. The outside doors are not locked, so anyone can go in and out of the hotel. I felt very unsafe. The carpets were so dirty looking I did not take off my shoes. The first morning there the fire alarm went off for over twenty minutes. We didn't know what was going on. Then I was washing my hair in the bathtub (which was so dirty, rusty and mildew-y (is that a word?) there was no way I was going to shower. The water turned to a trickle. By calling the front desk we were told that a water pipe on the second floor had burst and that the water was turned off. Nice.

We went for the continental breakfast, which consisted of bagels, toast, danish, and cereal. Waste of time. Before heading to Universal we packed up all of our belongings and put them in our rental car for the day, because that was safer than leaving our luggage in the room.

We were afraid to swim in the pool as the water was cloudy. The landscaping is in need of maintenance. I don't know when the professional pictures were taken, but that is NOT what the property looks like today.

This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed at.

P.S. If you look at one of the other poster's older pics, you'll see the vending and ice machines have "out of order" signs. They're still out of order. Probably the same signs.

Room Tip: My tip for choosing a good room is to find one in a better hotel.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thank you for your review of the Metropolitan Express. We appreciate the time you took to let us know your comments and we believe we have failed to meet your expectations. For failing you, we sincerely apologize. We appreciate comments and feedback from our valued guests, as it helps us work harder to improve and correct our failings. Hope you give us another opportunity soon to show we can meet and exceed all of your expectations!

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Let me first start by saying I hate leaving anything but sparkling reviews, and do not need much as a world travelor. First, the pros: the location is almost across the street from Wet n' Wild and within a 5 minute walk to many restaurants and bars, the beds are super comfy, the water is hot, the a/c is very cold and the staff is wonderful. The cons: the hotel is very dirty and dingy, there is only one elevator at one end of a very large hotel, the security entrances do not work so anyone can come in and out (and do), the carpets have not been cleaned in ages and the hotel is generally falling apart.

We had holes in our blackout curtains, the stairwell spelled of vomit and fresh carpet cleaner, our door keys reset themselves every 12 hours and the toilet ran...every night. There was a fire alarm at 4:40 in the morning, and we did not once see anyone from the hotel giving any type of guidance. Five fire trucks showed up, the alarm was shut off and we eventually wandered back to bed. The tv only has 12 channels, and none of them get good reception. The continental breakfast consists of a tiny room crowded by dozens of people fighting over bagels, bread and cereal. The shuttle is not continuous, only going to and returning from area attractions once a day.

However, the bed was clean, and the staff was very helpful. Since we had to get our room keys reset twice a day, we got to know them fairly well. When we asked if they could check the doppler for us, they were happy to do so. Also, when we asked that someone come out to repair the toilet, a maintainence man was sent out (both nights).

All in all, I have had better stays for less money in Orlando on I-drive. I have also stayed in much worse places, though I have never paid as much for them. I do not think I will be returning here unless the hotel is renovated sometime in the future.

Room Tip: There was no fridge or safe in our room.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Met_Management_Team, Director of Sales at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thank you for your review of the Metropolitan Express. We like to hear from our valued clients to see how we can improve and appreciate all comments both good and bad. We appreciate the time you took to let us know your feedback and it appears we have failed to meet your expectations. It is only with comments such as yours that we can continue to improve. Please come see us again soon!

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Additional Information about Floridian Express

Address: 6323 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-8213 (Formerly The Metropolitan Express)
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando > Florida Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #292 of 342 Hotels in Orlando
Price Range: $60 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Floridian Express 2.5*
Number of rooms: 218
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orlando Floridian Express Hotel is located on world renowned International Drive, offers 218 spacious guest rooms and is conveniently located at the entrance to Universal Orlando. We provide a high-quality alternative for a wide range of travelers because we offer added amenities not found in many other hotels. We offer free daily Continental breakfast, free Internet and complimentary scheduled shuttle to Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort daily. We are within walking distance to an abundant number of shops, restaurants, and nighttime entertainment. Visit our heated pool and Tiki Bar! All guestrooms at the Floridian Express Orlando Hotel boast large windows, blond-wood furnishings and tropical-style décor in shades of teal and pink. Amenities include 25-inch televisions with premium cable channels and personal safes. Microwaves and mini fridges in all of the rooms. Your stay includes free deluxe continental breakfast, transportation to the parks, free safe box in rooms, free local phone calls, and wireless internet access in every room including the lobby and pool area. ... more   less 
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Metropolitan Express Orlando
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