Me and my partner have just arrived back from orlando and we can honestly say this hotel was excellent.
we spent two weeks at the doubletree from the 18th september to the 2nd october, we were given a double room which overlooked the back car park and although this doesnt sound great it was fantastic as it was very quiet at night and in the morning and because the pool near our building was open till midnight there was still music playing till the pool closed which in my opinion would have been very annoying.
the rooms were spotless and the beds made everyday, very polite maids who always said good morning with a smile which was nice as ive been to some hotels where the maids look as if they want to chuck themselfs off the side of the building and are extremely rude.
2 great pools to choose from the pool with the waterfall was beautiful to sit at during the day and the other pool was good for sitting out late at night and have a little aftersun dip.The jacuzzi was extremely hot though so i'd take note haha as me and my partner sat right in and got the biggest shock of our lives at how hot the water was lol.getting sunbeds at the pool was not a problem either and they provide towels so no need to carry your own down to the pool
We ate out on international drive everynight of the holiday but on our last couple of nights we decided to eat in at the bamboo grille which was absolutely emmence better than any of the restauraunts that we ate out at, just wish we had went more times cause the food was delicious and reasonably priced, the buffet breakfast was good aswell and although it is 15 dollars each which seems expensive for 2 people at breakfast the choice was very good.
the reason i say the breakfast seems expensive is because me and my partner could eat breakfast across the road at the village inn for under 20 dollars but both are lovely.
the i ride bus stops are located right outside the hotel which are great for getting to international drive, the malls etc and good for coming back home.
the only thing i will say is that the i ride was ridiculous at night for about 7 nights we waited upto 30 mins- 45mins on one trolley coming and by that time there is a massive queue at the stop and the bus is packed so unless your right at the front then sometimes they dont let you on this was so bad it actually made us eat in the bamboo grille in the final week as we were sick of it
the more i think of it was a blessing in disguise so not too bad :)
my advice for getting onto international drive at night if you find yourself in this situation is get the LYXN 42 BUS, the bus stop is to the left of the i ride stop, its 2 dollars for a single ride and not alot of people ride it so you'll be in the middle of i-drive in about 5 minutes as opposed to the the half hour bus journey we endured only going about 6-7 stops.Well worth it if you can't be bothered waiting in the humid night air.
along with the i trolleys the LOVEBUGS are an absolute nightmare they are 2 little flies which are stuck together which crawl and fly around they are a nightmare and it actually made us go up to our room early one evening as their was so many of them they are not dangerous or dont bite just extremely irritating when you are trying to catch the rays so i'd suggest a good bug squatter lol
the hotel does shuttles to both disney and universal and they pick up at the hotel at reasonable times and there is very few stops which is good but since your the first on the bus going to disney that makes you the last to get off and they pick up from 4 other hotels but it was nice to catch a nap on way back to hotel.
on that final note i would recommend this hotel to anyone who was planning a trip to orlando as it made our holiday so much better having the comforts of the doubletree.
just remember to enjoy your warm cookie on arrival the bad thing is they only give you one per person lol haha
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