If you want to stay off Disney property to save some money, the Doubletree is a good option. If you’re going to stay off property, you have to be careful about where you go. Many of the hotels on International Drive are in somewhat sketchy areas. When you get there, you’ll see what I mean.
But the Doubletree backs into SeaWorld at the south end of the International Drive strip, so has a better location. The hotel also attracts business events, which brings in a positive element.
Our room in an outside building (not the tower) wasn’t particularly fancy, but seemed reasonable for the price. It was clean. Water pressure was good and we never had any issue with hot water. You do have to pay extra for parking at $14 per day.
The hotel’s amenities are fine, although not up to the standards of the truly first-class hotels. But the pools are decent and there are other activities such as miniature golf for the kids.
Front desk and other service folks were good and plentiful to get you checked in and out or help with services. Here, again, their focus on business meetings definitely helps.
Location is great. It’s a straight shot from the airport on the tollway. SeaWorld is literally around the corner. And if you turn two quick rights out of the hotel, in just a couple blocks, you turn on to Central Florida Parkway, which merges right on to I-4 to get you down to Disney in a flash. Coming home, you just pop off at the Sea World exit.
Also, there’s a small strip mall across the street from the hotel, so snacks, liquor and a couple fast food and sit down restaurants are right there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Conveniently located adjacent to SeaWorld and its water park Aquatica and just minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World and the Orange County Convention Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld Hotel Orlando
- International Plaza Orlando