The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful and allocated me a mini-suite with a balcony, overlooking the nice swimming pool and pleasant inner courtyard. The room was well furnished with two comfortable queen sized beds. The only problem with the room was the quite noisy air conditioner, that also proved impossible to adjust. I managed quite nicely with 'on' and 'off', so I didn't bother to report it, but it should have been possible to adjust the temperature.
Breakfast was included, but was very basic with a limited selection and served on paper plates with plastic cutlery. After the first day I decided to pay for breakfast elsewhere. Happily there were many restaurants within a 150 meter radius (Red Lobster, McDonalds, Dennys and Ihop) and I settled on Dennys for the rest of my stay. The hotel does serve food, but this was also very limited, although with the huge range of restaurants available in Orlando, I would not have chosen to eat at the Hotel in any event, even if the range had been better. For those that want to eat in their rooms there seem to be a large number of local restaurants that deliver to the hotel and offer a wide range of different cuisines. There was a small kitchenette in the suite too, with a microwave oven and fridge.
The manager himself was very helpful and service-minded. I was able to change my booking (made via Booking.com) with his assistance, without hassle and he suggested a novel way to help get my baggage to the airport, which worked very well. Check-out was fast and very simple too.
My room was on the second floor and there was no lift, which was not a problem for me, but less able-bodied guests should beware!
The location of the hotel is first class, being a short walk from the Orlando Convention Center, which was perfect for me. International Drive was 100 yards away with an I-Trolley stop right close to the Hotel, perfect for visiting the local tourist attractions and the two excellent Outlet Malls.
I enjoyed my stay overall and believe the hotel to offer excellent value to small families and business travelers alike, from an extremely convenient location. It does have a few flaws, so it's not a place for nit-pickers, but if you view staying there like enjoying a Swiss Cheese, and focus on the cheese rather than the holes, then you should be well satisfied with the service and overall value for money on offer.
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- Clarion Inn & Suites At International Drive Hotel Orlando
- Clarion Inn And Suites At International Drive
- Clarion At International Drive
- Clarion Hotel Orlando
- Orlando Howard Johnson