I should start by saying my stay itself was the quickie as I have just returned from a one-night business stay at Rosen Inn @ Pointe Orlando (henceforth referred to in this review as 'RIPO'). I usually break my reviews down into the Great, Good, Bad, and Ugly but . . . since there was nothing at either extreme (Great or Ugly) I'll just leave it at Good & Bad and offer some Bottom-Line type comments. Ready? Here goes . . .
* Location: whether you are staying for work or vacation, the location is excellent. You will be situated just off Int. Drive and a several minute walk from the convention center. While I do think this hotel is a far more of a vacation spot than a business stay, it can serve either need.
* New Old-Fashioned Hotel: At its core, the RIPO is a 50's-70's constructed family vacation hotel. I kind of cringed when I first arrived and saw the exterior: all of those rooms and levels looked so cramped together. As a child of the 70's & 80's it reminded me of the many hotels I stayed at on family road-trips on vacations as a child (there is even a video arcade!). All of this is not necessarily a bad thing. But, I feared I would be walking back into one of those decades when I entered the lobby and room but . . . not so. The lobby and rooms are nicely updated.
* Rooms: I found my room to be nicely equipped with a big flatscreen, a refrigerator, and microwave. It was also clean and of generous size. While it had the classic outdoor-access set-up (meaning you walk out of your room and you ARE outside), it was distinguisable from other similar rooms - I liked the sliding pocketdoors
* Lobby / Facilities: RIPO features nice facilities including a convenient and well-stocked store and a festive sports bar. There is some good / some bad here (I'll get to the 'bad' below). The night I strolled through there was kareoke, sports on TV, a pool table and a very convivial environment. There is also a business center - not something I expected to see here.
* Wifi (good): there is free wifi
BAD (Room for Improvement)
* Wifi (bad): while the wifi is free how well it works for you depends on where you are located. I was in Bldg F - as far away from the registration building as you can get and the wifi browsing was slow and painful. My normally lightening quick iPad struggled to do basic surfing. Where I was situated, I would only use the browsing again for quick, almost emergency, uses.
* Lay-Out / Space: This hotel is probably always busy but . . . luckily it wasn't booked in-full crowded during my stay. You might be feeling a bit claustrophic here if it is. While the rooms are of generous size, the 'common areas' feel tight. There are several buildings that feature many rooms in a relatively small area. I stayed on the sixth floor and was surprised for a building with so many rooms how small the elevators were. Couple that with how people seem to like to congregate on the outdoor corridors - often JUST outside of your room (making leaving the windows open for natural light impractical at times) and you could be feeling claustrophobic at RIPO.
* Sports Bar (bad): Again, the bar had a nice, fun feel but be ready for it to be running wild with children and . . . we sat down to take in a football game and were seated for about fifteen minutes with zero service. A member of the staff brought drinks to the table right next to our's only to quickly scurry off, acting like she didn't see us. No "I'll be with you in a moment" - nothing. We left and found a better option very nearby.
BOTTOM LINE COMMENTS
* If you are in town on vacation and don't mind a little potential craziness and a fun family crowd, you will be pelased with the RIPO.
* RIPO can work without a car if you have to but . . . I think you would be better off elsewhere without a car. The hotel lay-out is very spread out.
* Request a room close to the registration building if you plan on using the hotel's wifi.
* My daughters would have loved the convivial sports bar (I was missing them) but . . . if you want a drink and some adult time with good service SKIP the hotel bar and head directly across the street to Miller's where you'll find better brews, more screens, and far better service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando hotel brings you style and comfort at a budget friendly price without sacrificing amenities or service. A top-class and affordable Orlando Convention Center hotel does not have to cost much. We also offer free, gated parking. You can also Rest Assured(R) that our prices never include a resort fee. The Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando hotel is the best choice for a value International Drive hotel. All guestrooms have deluxe accommodations and access to many hotel amenities. Wake up to a Starbucks(R) coffee and fresh-made smoothies at Smoooth Java. After a day at the park or of meetings, gather with friends for karaoke, drinks, and dinner at Zebra's Sports Bar & Grille. Enjoy a variety of food at our buffet-style breakfast and dinner restaurant, the Plaza Garden. Our onsite Lite Bite Mini-Market/Deli sells snacks, drinks, sundries, and toiletries. Planning a meeting or special event on a budget? Our sales team is ready to assist you in drawing out the details of a rewarding program in one of our spacious meeting rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosen Inn At Pointe Orlando Hotel Orlando
- Quality Inn Plaza International Drive
- Quality Inn Plaza Hotel Orlando
- Quality Inn Plaza Orlando Fl
- Quality Inn Orlando
- Orlando Quality Inn