Metropolitan Resort, not to be confused with Metroplitan Express, is located just off International Drive on Austrian Court. Great location, close to a lot of venues, shops, etc. Their prices are very very reasonable, and when you get there you can see why. The place isn’t being kept up. There’s an air of genial shabbyness as soon as you drive in. However the front desk staff were very friendly and helpful both times I dealt with them. They were sharp enough to ask me what floor I liked and provide one with a view. The breezeway to get to the elevator was slightly alleyish, and the elevator was well into the shabby phase, but while not particularly clean, it didn’t smell and I don’t think it was unclean. Just unkempt.
My room was more of the same. There are a lot of things about Metropolitan that are kind of amusing. There’s a safe in the room—but the key for it isn’t there and probably hasn’t been for awhile. There’s an amoire with a tv and a little fridge, but the door on the amoire won’t close all the way. There’s a vent in the bathroom, but it’s really loud and clattery. Stuff like that just goes on and on. To me, all that stuff is what you get in exchange for a low price, so I didn’t mind. What’s important to me is: does the AC work? Are the beds & bathroom clean? Is it safe? Yes, yes, and yes. I would say the maids at M.R. are one of their better features, they did a good job. So if the towels are thin and a bit rough—well, there’s always the Peabody at five times the rate if that’s a need.
If in the future I was traveling on a budget like I was this time, I’d stay here again. It’s like visiting your friendly, frumpy old aunt, God bless her.
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