As basic hotels go this one ticks all the boxes, having stayed here before we knew what to expect; although it has had several name changes recently. Situated just of i-drive, but still near all the places you will need for eating and shopping. Rooms are cleaned daily and to a good standard, and towels are replaced when you need them. However the recent refurb was soon to haunt us twice in three days. After 5 days our 'new' bathroom sink feel unto to floor in a deadly crash and flooded the bathroom. The workmanship of the refit is of very poor quality and not fitted properly and with any due care. Then 3 days later in another room my sister's sink dropped, cutting her leg and just missed here 18 month girl who was playing in the bathroom. All the maerials used for the refurb are stored outside the back of the hotel in all the elements, and looks unsightly from the pool area. So I advice caution when you are in the bathroom, and advice you check the unside of your sinks for proper fittings (not two weak clasps, but four one on each corner).
But don't let this put you of as the hotel is otherwise in good shape. The restaurant is okay if you want to eat in, but with so many restaurants on your door step at cheaper prices; why bother?.
Disney is the perfect place for all ages and we can't recommend it enough, and Universal is only a 10 minute walk away; and Wet and Wild right outside the hotel. Although taxi's do seem cheap it does eat into your budget so be prepared to use the brilliant i-ride system.I advice taking the i-ride to premium outlets, then change to downtown disney; then choice the bus to the park of your choice for free. The i-ride is only 1 dollar and kids and oap's are free.Having said that we did use a firm found on the web, he was cheap if pre-booked and set us a rate for every trip including return trip; between 8 of us in his transport it was cheaper, convenient and stress free.[--]
The two shopping malls on i-drive are brilliant and your english pounds will go far, so check your travel luggage allowance for the plane home; otherwise it will cost you dearly(it did cost us).
We found Universal great for teenagers or thriil seekers but not entirely suitable for young children as only a very small porion of the park, caters for kiddies. But Disney is perfect for everyone. If travelling in September be prepared for the daily downpour for 30 minutes around 5pm, but it soon dries out. Enjoy!
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- 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