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“Great location on international drive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sonesta ES Suites Orlando

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Sonesta ES Suites Orlando
Ranked #27 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
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Cumbria
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59 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great location on international drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here last year when it was still part of Staybridge Suites it was such a great location that I booked again this year. Nothing much has changed, the rooms are spacious (we had a 2bed suite for 2 of us), breakfasts offer plenty of choice but can get busy. I agree with other reviewers the decor is a bit dated, but he staff and location more than make up for this. There is daily maid service, a great pool ample parking and very friendly helpful staff. The I trolley stop s right outside the hotel if going south and 2 mins across the rad I'd going north @ a cost of $1.50 per ride. There is a good choices restaurants within walking distance we only used the trolley to go to the outlet malls. I would definitely book to stay again.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Great hotel in a great location with a great staff. Great value. The heated pool was in the courtyard and like the rest of the hotel very clean and well kept. The kids loved it! The breakfast spread was extensive. If you can't find something to enjoy, nothing makes you happy! Location was great whether you rented a car or not. I did rent a car, but found ourselves riding the trolley quite often. Adults cost just $1.50 and children under 12, free! It goes along both Universal Blvd and International. We took it to seaworld instead of paying $14 to park!!!
Only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5... the hallway outside the room was quite noisy at night, which was a problem for me. You could hear someone "sniff" out there! Kind of like a motel, the hallways are outside and concrete... rolling carts and what sounded like furniture being moved... I don't know... made for a rough night. With this in mind, I would still stay here again, just bring my sound machine!

Room Tip: Maybe if you were further away from the pool and elevator, your room would be quieter... not sure!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Stayed for 3 days , arrived early but let us check in checked in friendly & helpful staff, great location for all parks & shopping , clean & spacous rooms , breakfast ok for a light breakfast would stay again.

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Englewood, Florida
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12 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

This property has just been converted from a Staybridge Suites, to a Sonesta ES.
The property is both in a good location and is in excellent shape.
From the front desk staff to the food and beverage group, everyone is friendly and very accommodating.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed at the Sonesta for two weeks in september, must admit was a little worried before we arrived after reading some of the negative reviews on here, but was pleasantly suprised. We had a spaciously 2 bedroom suite, which was kept clean through out our stay- yes it was a little dated but for the amount of time we spent there it didnt bother us. The free breakfast was a bonus lots of choice. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful especially the bar staff, 1 dollar drinks on an evening what a bargin!! Pool area kept clean and safe for the children. Location was spot on for all the restaurants and central to the theme parks.
We would definitely recommend the Sonesta if you are looking for a base while you explore Orlando.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

My family and I spent 2 weeks here between 22nd Oct and 5th November. We were in a 2 bedroom suite on the fifth floor. We loved this place! Yes, decor a bit tired but refurb taking place over next few months. Our room was immaculate, maid service everyday, comfy beds and clean linen. Free buffet style breakfast everyday was delicious, coffee served all day too. Happy hour in bar in the evening was good value if you were sticking to local beers etc. Pool was nice and warm too. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here and in particular the lovely warm welcome from the staff. A real jem of a place, we will return and stay here, no hesitation!

  • Stayed October 2012
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USA
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127 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

This hotel will be updated soon, the rooms are large and clean. The only draw back (other then it being a little tired in decor) is that the bed in the master is a queen. Not even sure it was a queen, it might have been a double. It was seemed very small, but it was comfortable. I would have rated this 4 stars if the sofa had been a little cleaner. It was clean, but the sofa and dining room chairs had seen much better days. The kitchen also was dated, but everything felt and smelled very clean. The service was good and I would stay there again. It would be above average with some newer furniture and a King in the Master.

The breakfast was good and it was a great value when you consider the size and location of the rooms.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sonesta ES Suites Orlando
Address: 8480 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-9329
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Family Hotel in Orlando
#47 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#54 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sonesta ES Suites Orlando 3.5*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sonesta ES Suites Orlando offers a convenient International Drive location near the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Universal Orlando, and Sea World Orlando. With a fresh modern appeal, all guest suites, public space and dining options have been completely reimagined. Offering brand new One and Two Bedroom Suites (sleeping up to 8 guests), a complimentary upgraded breakfast buffet each morning, a new take on Happy Hour, on-site Shoppe convenience store, and The Pour, our new lobby lounge. The hotel also offers complimentary WiFi, onsite fitness room, heated swimming pool, business services, laundry, a complimentary shuttle to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, and an adjacent I-Ride Trolley Stop which provides transportation to Sea World, Aquatica, Wet N'Wild, and the Orlando Premium Outlets. Guests appreciate this contemporary hotel near restaurants, shops and attractions easily within walking distance. ... more   less 
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