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“Cheap, Clean and good location”
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Rosen Inn
Ranked #109 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Cheap, Clean and good location”
Reviewed June 10, 2011

Hi, we stayed at the Rosen Inn for 2 weeks. We were on the 8th floor and had a great view from the balcony window across I-Drive and could easily see Universal in the distance. The only issue we had with the room was that you couldn't open the balcony door (for safety reasons obviously) but the air conditioning was great so it wasn't too bad. The fridge was a decent size but as the americans like their juice/milk in extra large sizes we could only fit 1 bottle in - so make sure you only purchase small size drinks. The microwave was handy and the room itself had 2 large beds with a flat screen TV, side table with 2 chairs and a decent shower/bath - with separate sink outside. We had issues with the chambermaids not making our beds properly and changing the towels, but I think this was down to them not receiving a big enough tip from us - we left $5 each day - which we thought was appropriate. A negative which I think could easily be rectified is that the room only offers coffee making facilities - they have no kettles or teabags - just a coffee maker, as I realised once I'd purchased some teabags from Wal-Mart and not being able to make any. We didn't eat the the hotel's reaturant but it all looked very clean . There is a convenience shop to purchase almost anything you might need, an arcade games room Japanese restaurant and a bar. There are machines where you can help yourself to ice - not sure if every floor had one - we were on the 8th floor and there was one on ours. There is acess to the internet but you have to pay for it - its located by the shuttle desk.

The pool was small, and didn't have anyone cleaning it throughout the day so we found dead bugs floating around which put us off using it again.

The porter named 'Chuck' was very friendly and gave us details on how to get to certain places like Wal-Mart and the various shopping malls (Premium Outlets which are situated at either end of I-Drive). He told us which buses we needed to catch and where the cheapest places to eat were.

There is a front desk where you can buy tickets or book the shuttle to Universal, Seaworld and Wet 'n' Wild (which is only 5 mins from the hotel). There was no shuttle service to the Disney Parks and what they will try and do is get you to book their own hotel taxi service - all I can say is, if money is no issue then book it as they drop you off and pick u up so is very convenient, but like us if you're on a budget DONT DO IT!!!!!! We fell in the trap and were charged $144 for 4 days (which you have to take in a row so we couldn't spread the parks out - with a 4yr old child it was very tiring). If you ask them they will say the only way to the parks is by taxi - this is NOT true. The I-Ride trolley runs from right outside the hotel and costs $1.25 per adult per trip regardless of how far you want to go - children under 12 travel free with a paying adult (you can also get 5-day, 7-Day passes from the Vistors Centre which is across the road from the Hotel - but beware as they will also try and sell you Timeshares!!!). You can get this trolley to a stop just before SeaWorld, tell the driver when you get on you want to get the Lynx Bus number 50 to Magic Kingdom Disney Park and they will tell you where to get off - you simply cross the road and hop on the Number 50 bus which will take you to the Transport and Ticket Centre at Magic Kingdom. The bus runs every 30mins so make sure you check the times, and on Sunday they run every hour. The hotel offers free WiFi so if you have an iPhone or laptop check the golynx.com website for times.

From Magic Kingdom you can get further Disney buses (which are free) to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney - you can only get these buses from Magic Kingdom, so each day you will need to start at Magic Kingdom.

Also to save on money and make full use of the fridge and microwave we shopped at Wal-Mart (American ASDA) for items to make sandwiches, breakfast cereal, drinks etc - DO NOT buy groceries from the I-Drive shops as they cost over 100% more. We asked one shop keeper where the local Wal-Mart was and she told us there wasn't one. We decided to check on the internet and were shocked to see that there were 2 nearby - 1 is in walking distance but if you intend to purchase a fair bit then take a taxi (but not the hotel taxi as we were charged over $60 for 2 trips - there is a yellow pages in the room so it's best you phone for one yourself). We purchased all our Disney gifts from Wal-Mart as they were so much cheaper - and they had everything, staff were very helpful. As you will prob find out Americans love their fizzy drinks and Juices, we wanted to get some squash for our son - they dont have squash and we got a few puzzled looks when we asked where it was. Luckily there is an aisle in the international foods section, where you can get well known English brands, although they are a bit pricey - we paid $5 for a bottle of Robinsons Squash.

For shopping I would suggest you only visit the 2 Premium Outlet Stores which are on either end of I-Drive. They have shops such as DKNY, Gap, Lacoste, Burberry, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Ed Hardy, Guess etc at great prices. We visited Festival Bay Mall but it is very pricey and only spent time in M&M World!!! so avoid if you're after bargains.

There are plenty of places to eat around Rosen Inn- from McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut to Perkins, iHop and Ponderosa (which did great buffet breakfasts at $3.99 per adult and Kids eat free with the 'Kids Eat Free' card - the only snag was that each adult had to purchase a drink, otherwise they charged $4.99 which we thought was a bit of a scam as drinks in most restaurants were refills and 2 adults could easily manage with 1 soda).

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

Stayed at the Rosen Inn near Universal with my daughter, and the first night after checking in, had to go to front desk to ask for tv to be fixed, wouldn't come on. The next day we noticed a few ants by the microwave and refrigerator and by the third day they were worse and also on bathroom sink. We had to tell the front desk so they could
have someone come spray. The Kleenex box was empty,
housekeeping didn't change until I
put the empty box on the floor for
them to see. One day they didn't
give us washcloths and then on the last day we got black hairs on one washcloth and on the towel in the bathroom. During our stay the tv stopped working again after a rain (they said all the tv's in the motel were out), and 2 other times, which they had no explanation for.

  • Stayed May 2011
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New York City
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

I would just like to say that this hotel was great! and the price reasonable. Not one complaint. Your in the middle of everything................right on the strip.........I will definitely be back......the pool isn't that big, but each building has it's own pool, regardless it was CLEAN........as the hotel. And the bed and pillow was soft and again CLEAN!!!! WE loved it!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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hollywood birmingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights before a cruise we chose this hotel because it was close to universal and excellent value £25 per night.
Bit hit and miss with the cleaning - but had a fridge to keep drinks cold - beds were comfy, we didnt use the pool as we were out all the time but it looked nice.
Hotel had a restaurant which we didnt use, the hotel is the old Rodeway Inn so good location - they did have a shuttle to universal we only used it once - by the time it stopped at other hotels it was quicker to walk only took 15 mins.
Hotel was basic but friendly staff and if on a budget you wont go wrong and if not taking a car then you have got hotel shuttle (not sure if they did disney as we were only doing universal) and there are bus stops and I ride close to the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed May 24, 2011

My room key did not worknd I got locked out going to the ice machine I had to go to front desk from the 8th floor, NASTY attitude the little gal acting real ghetto rolling her neck and asking for ID when I clearly told her that my ID was in my room and I was locked out. Microwave did not work, refrigerator not mounted down and tilts over while trying to open. Bathroon the size of a small closet. If you looking for a place to sleep with no luxury and being treated like illegals, this is the place to go. Communication barriers. Breakfast buffet was great and the staff is very profesional, but that little thang at the front desk needs to be released and sent back on the first boat leaving. I got stuff with this place through priceline and not knowing the location 1st time visiting Orlando for graduation.

Room Tip: Replace negative unprofessional gal. Name unknown
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2011

We stayed at the Rosen Inn over the 2 week Easter holiday and we were really impressed.
The rooms have recently been rennovated and were to a good standard. There was still work going on on the roof but this didn't inconvenience us at all.
The only problem we encountered was with a noisy and inconsiderate party of school kids but the hotel soon sorted this by placing security guards on the floor.
Good points worth mentioning are the fantastic location, the decent breakfast (9 and under eat free) and Alan the bar manager with his happy hour (5-7).
Would definitely go back if we are lucky enough to make it back to Orlando.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2011

Pros: the hotel is in a great location for universal studios (walking distance) and family restaurants on international drive.
Staff are lovely.

Cons: although there is a balcony with sliding door it is sealed "for your safety" which makes the room stuffy and unbearable.
The shower did not drain for half an hour after you finished and the toilet barely flushed.
There were two beds in the room we stayed in, I stayed in the one closest to the door and 3 days later am still covered in giant welts from bed bugs. DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL

  • Stayed May 2011
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Property: Rosen Inn
Address: 6327 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819-8213
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Orlando
#85 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#112 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rosen Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 315
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Rosen Inn, an affordable hotel conveniently located in the heart of world-famous entertainment and shopping in Orlando. Stay with us and experience the resort atmosphere and quality that is the standard of the Rosen Hotel & Resorts family of properties. This Rosen Inn hotel closest to Universal Orlando(R) Resort and near Wet n' Wild(R) Orlando offers more than convenience in location. It also offers comfort, security, and its own set of luxuries. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Rodeway International Inn
Rodeway Inn Orlando
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