Myself, my husband and his son (15, boy) visited Florida during April school vacation week. We are typically a Disney World family but this time my husband really wanted to see the new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Hollywood Studios and I also wanted to spend a day relaxing at the ocean. So we flew into Tampa (cheaper than Orlando, especially during school vacation week) and spent a few days in Tampa and a few days in Orlando. To get my Disney "fix" I booked a hotel on Disney property but not one of the Disney themed resorts. The Holiday Inn at Lake Buena Vista turned out to be a very short walk to Downtown Disney, allowing us to walk over at night and browse the shops.
All the staff we encountered at this hotel were extremely nice. We were pleased with the level of service we received here.
The atmosphere was very average at this resort. According to the website the hotel had recently been renovated but we saw no signs of that. It wasn't in bad shape but, again, nothing really stood out to me as new or different; it was all quite average.
We had a standard room with two double beds, one bathroom. The beds were fine...after a long day at the park I don't typically have a problem sleeping at night. The bathroom was very disappointing. There was NO storage. The sink had an open bottom that was filled with clean towels and there was very little counter space. We stored most of our toiletries outside of the bathroom and had nowhere to put our clothes to get dressed after our showers. The worst part was NO towel racks other than the one where a bunch of clean towels were hung. There was lots of empty wall space so plenty of places to put towel racks but none were there. As a result our room was cluttered with drying towels. Extremely, extremely annoying!
There was a basic fitness room, a large outdoor pool and a hot tub. The pool and hot tub were clean and we spent a nice afternoon lounging in the sun. It was quiet, as not many people were staying there (as far as we could tell). There was onsite parking but the cost to park was $10 per day ($16 per day for valet). Charging to park at a hotel does not impress me one bit so that was a huge turn-off. The hotel also has an onsite Disney store and they sell park tickets. I believe there is also a free shuttle to and from all the Disney parks but we were not going there so did not use it.
Breakfast was not included in the room rate (another thing I was not impressed with....at least include a continental breakfast!). There is a restaurant (called Palm Breezes, I believe) and they serve breakfast, lunch and supper. They also have an indoor bar area for a quick bite and a store with snacks. The buffet breakfast is $14.95pp and the continental is $9.95pp. The food was all right, nothing special. The gentleman cooking up the omelets was very nice.
Overall this hotel was quite average. Other than the great proximity to Downtown Disney there is nothing about this hotel that stands out and we probably will try another hotel in the same area next time around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Orlando-Disney Springs Area. Located in the Walt Disney World Resort, within walking distance to Disney Springs Area we offer the perfect place to stay during your vacation to Walt Disney World. With deluxe rooms, lobby and relaxing pool you are sure to enjoy the comfort and convenience of our charming Orlando hotel. Whether you are in town for a weekend getaway, destination wedding or family vacation, our hotel in Lake Buena Vista puts you in the center of it all. We are conveniently located to several Orlando attractions, golf courses and shopping. If you're in Orlando on business, feel free to utilize our 8 different meeting rooms with space for up to 500 guests. During your vacation, enjoy our choice Orlando hotel amenities, which include free high-speed Internet access, a delicious on-site restaurant and lounge, Bath and Body Works bath amenities in every bathroom a zero-entry pool and nightly specials for kids and kids at heart. Check out our award winning hotel room deals and make your reservation today. ... more less
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