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“Great value, excellent location for UCF”

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Courtyard Orlando East/UCF Area
Ranked #230 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 17, 2012

I was in Orlando on business, not pleasure. I needed to be in Winter Park, so the location was fine ... about a 20 minute drive. The hotel was a typical Courtyard but the lobby was newly refurbished. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The fitness room has a treadmill, an elliptical trainer and free weights. The pool is typically small. Room had a large desk, 37 inch flat panel TV and comfortable bed. Best of all, a good shower. I'd be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

We have stayed in this hotel three times in the past 3 months. The hotel is under a BIG lobby renovation and their idea of decoration is graffiti on the sheetrock and hallway check in They have a special rate BUT if you do not book with it you will not get it so be careful. You should pay 79 dollars a night but last week I booked using AAA and payed approximately 20 dollars more. (I usually book my own rooms on the Marriott web site). I accidentally found the lower rate this week and returned for a night. The first time we visited we were upgraded to a suite- it was OK but dated (the lobby was not under renovation then). The second time the room was nice (but we overpaid 20 dollars) and did not know about the renovation beforehand. The third time I had found the lower rate--the room was cramped- it was an adjoining room to a suite and I felt as if we were in an interior room on a cruise. My husband agreed and said it was the smallest room we have EVER been in. The restaurant is closed as is the exercise area. The hotel does offer a continental breakfast in a small living room type area. On visit two we were offered 300 extra Marriott points for the renovation. When I asked on visit three the gal stated "You only get those once and you were given those on your last visit". This WAS the reason we returned to them and were putting up with the renovation.??? They also have special gift bags with waters and a candy in them but we were only given one on our very first visit. (We are Marriott Gold Members). The internet did not work At ALL, neither our laptop connected to Courtyard or IBAHN. It did not work on the 4th floor or in the lobby area. I was told to try various ways by the front desk. Their standup computer available to customers did not work either. They kept rebooting it. It was very frustrating. My husband believes they should have shut the hotel down for such a big lobby renovation. I do not think that they want repeat customers. We left our room early and went over to the Residence INN and booked a room for our second night.

Room Tip: Room near elevator on our second trip was nicer-- do not take a connecting room
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank irishtammy
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

This facility is undergoing a major renovation so didn't have a lobby or restaurant and that was not disclosed at booking. Overall, it was a nice room but you could see right through the towells and the in-room coffee maker was broken. Probably would give it another try after the construction is finished as it is a great location near UCF.

Room Tip: Call ahead to see if the renovation is completed. Just started in Late October 2011.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

My husband and I needed a place to stay for Family Weekend 9/10/11 at UCF where our son is a freshman. There was a Holiday Inn and this Courtyard very close. The Holiday Inn was full, so I booked the Courtyard and I am glad I did! The room was very clean and comfortable and even though our room was close to the elevator, it was very quiet. We had breakfast there; it was your typical hotel fare with waffles, eggs, bacon, breads and pastries, yogurts and fruits, etc. The waitress notieced that I only had cereal and coffee so she only charged us for one breakfast instead of two. I thought that was very nice! The price was a little bit more than the Holiday Inn, but it was worth it.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Stayed here on a visit to UCF and could not be more pleased. The location is about as close as you can stay to the University and I was really impressed with how clean the hotel was, especially considering the amount of traffic that it must get.

The breakfast was very good as well.

Typical Courtyard quality.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

This stay was due to bad planning and it being the last resort at 2:30am. Sure, the bed was REALLY comfy and I did have a TV in the room...but thats the only advantages I can see over a hostel which costs 1/8th of the price! Even worse, I had to check out by 12 midday I think so I was paying $16.70 an hour! I got in, I slept, showered and left and that cost me $167! Such a waste of money! I know I'm young (24) and some people have to have the high quality but I really don't see any point at all in staying in hotels when you can stay somewhere so much cheaper and get a far better experience via cooking and interacting with fellow guests at hostels. I was over in America travelling and met so many people through staying in hostels, you don't meet anyone at all in hotels, it's just a pointless waste of money I could've spent elsewhere. The only situation I can see hotels gaining an advantage is with families. Hostels are cheaper and friendlier and more fun.

Room Tip: Just go for a hostel
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

The staff was very accommodating. The room was very comfortable (King w/ couch). Did not eat breakfast on site but rather walked down the street to other breakfast locations.

I am very fair about my ratings. I do expect good service for the price I am paying. This hotel met my expectations and at times exceeding my expectations. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 12000 Collegiate Way, Orlando, FL 32817-2157
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#129 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: $130 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Orlando East/UCF Area 3*
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard by Marriott Orlando East/UCF Area is one of Marriott's premier East Orlando locations. The new state of the art lobby at Courtyard Orlando East provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. This East Orlando hotel features our new lobby with inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather, and airport conditions via our GOBoard. The highlight of our new lobby experience is the Bistro-Eat. Drink. Connect. which provides guests with healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening dinner service with cocktails. ... more   less 
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