The hotel is located just off of I-Drive. You are about a 5 minute walk to I-Drive and just right behind Wet and Wild Water park. There are plenty of restaurants in the area.
The hotel is an older property which could use a refresh in the rooms. We arrived late at the hotel around 1am and was assigned room 135 which is at the end of the hallway on the ground floor right next to the exit door and ice machine. When we checked in it was the only one available. This was definitely one of those rooms I'm sure they have on file as assign last! In the morning all you hear is the door opening and closing outside. In addition, it just had this really horrible musty smell in it. In addition, the bathroom ceiling was also covered in dead bugs. It definitely felt like this room wasn't inhabited very much. The next morning we asked if we could change to another room which was accommodated with no no problem. We got moved to another room on the 4th floor which was better minus the air conditioner that didn't really work. It had the same old decor but just had a much cleaner feel to it without that horrible musty smell. There is free wi-fi which worked quite well. Parking is also free at the hotel but if you arrive at the hotel late at night it's tough to find a spot.
I would say the that the staff really were extremely helpful and that it was no issue at all for them to accommodate the changes. They tried to get someone to fix the a/c to no avail but at that point I couldn't be bothered to change rooms again. When I checked out the agent asked me how my stay was and I said it was ok except for a few hiccups. I explained what happened and it seems like the resort fee was not charged for my stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at this stylish Orlando, Florida hotel situated close to SeaWorld(R), Universal Studios(R) and the Disney(R) Theme Parks. Welcome to the Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel, the "Gateway to Orlando Attractions" in Central Florida. This full-service hotel offers the best in customer service for both business and leisure travelers. Guests will be minutes from Universal Studios, the Islands of Adventure theme park and the Hard Rock Amphitheatre where visitors can enjoy local concerts. Each well-appointed guest room and suite at this Orlando hotel features cable satellite television with HBO(R) and free high-speed Internet access. Hotel guests will find great dining onsite at the hotel's restaurant or cocktail lounge. The hotel is also ideal for group travel with full-business services and meeting facilities, perfect for conferences, family reunions and other events. The Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel also features a fitness center, guest laundry and tennis and basketball courts. Guests staying at the Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel will be less than ten miles from local attractions such as the Walt Disney World Resort and Theme Parks, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Disney's the Wide World of Sports. Corporate travelers staying at this Florida hotel will be close to the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, Coleman Aerospace, L-3 Communications and Lockheed Martine Missiles and Fore Control. Hotel guests will also enjoy sky diving at the indoor Sky Venture, less than one mile away.The Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel is proud to offer superior customer service and a convenient location in Orlando. Make a reservation today and save! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Orlando
- Clarion Orlando
- Clarion Hotel Universal
- Orlando Clarion