Just recently back from a 12 nights holiday to Orlando, Florida.
Had chosen this hotel on the account of the positive feedback and reviews it had received on this site, and I was not left disappointed.
Prior to arriving, I had messaged the hotel and asked if they could have a wonderful set of flowers arranged in my room upon arrival for my girlfriend, along with a message. They were more than happy to do this for a more than reasonable price, meaning the holiday started off brilliantly. Staff were easy to contact and quick to come back at me with prices and advice.
Our room once we had arrived was clean, spacious, comfy and had a lovely poolside/downtown Disney view. Furthermore, all the utilities in the room were of excellent standard.
Staff were brilliant, probably the best feature of this holiday. Nothing was to much trouble, from the bar staff serving cocktails to the valet who would welcome you after a hard day of shopping or at the theme parks. Simply sensational. Furthermore, the location of the hotel is brilliant. 5 minutes to the left and your at Downtown Disney, 5 minutes to your right and your at the Crossroads. Your also extremely close to Bus Routes and the Shopping Outlets. On top of this their is a very frequent, and I found reliable, bus shuttle that takes you to all the Disney parks and indeed downtown Disney.
With a Disney shop on site, and a brilliant swimming pool this hotel is almost a steal: excellent value for the price you pay.
However, the two times we did eat at the restaurant - one through room service and one for dinner - we found the food expensive and the quality poor. This is not a gripe at the staff who provided excellent service, but perhaps the Holiday Inn as a whole should think of reviewing their prices. Saying that, I would imagine prices are roughly the same throughout the resort what with it being Disney.
The other major concern which stops this hotel from being a 5 star complex, is the bizarreness of the taxis they order for you. Twice we asked for a taxi to be ordered for us, and twice a large and industrial white van pulled up at the valet. No joke, upon entering the van their was a toolbox on the passengers seat. The driver spoke little English, and their was no taxi meter. I hope you understand that when your in a foreign place, or indeed country, 'taxis' like this thing claimed to be can be both intimidating and worrying. I would urge the hotel to perhaps consider this in future. A 5 minute taxi ride in this van cost us $29 dollars, and the guy was insistent on a tip on top of this.
Still, you make what you will of a holiday. If you go on with a negative attitude and look for faults, you will usually find them. If you approach a holiday with an open mind and the readiness to enjoy yourself, you will find the good things. All in all, we had an amazing experience, and should we visit Orlando again, we would certainly stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn - In The Walt Disney World Hotel Orlando
- Holiday Inn Orlando
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