This is not a bad looking hotel on the face of things, our first impressions were good considering this was a 3 star. The lobby and bar were a little shabby but we got this for a snip on hotwire(but 80% customer recommended? I suspect not) so couldn't complain. The rooms are nice, expansive, with a decent bed and nicely furnished with a flat screen TV, kitchenette and good little bathroom, all nice and clean.
The very,very bad news is that this hotel is let down terribly by its location, and also some poor design choices. Its location is slap bang next to a busy interstate/freeway/motorway, which carries traffic all night long supplying a repetitive drone but not quite consistently enough to qualify as white noise. The far side of the freeway is a railway track, with freight trains periodically trundling through and blasting their deafening horns. Having heard a freight train before checking in, we were assured by the receptionist that another train was not due till the afternoon of the next day, however this seemingly arrived several hours early, waking us from an already troubled sleep at 2 am. The problem is compounded by some ill fitting "patio door" style windows, and aircon units mounted directly through the external wall, both of which contribute to the unhindered passage of outside sounds.
If you are hearing impaired,I'd counsell you to give it a try as a stop-over, otherwise be sure to pack a sturdy set of earplugs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown, the newest choice among downtown Orlando hotels. Located off I-4 in downtown Orlando, this address provides easy access to everything to see and do in Orlando. The urban, chic Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown is walking distance to downtown's impressive entertainment venues such as Amway Center home of Orlando Magic, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 6 miles from Universal Studios, Sea World Orlando and 15 miles from Walt Disney World Theme Parks. The Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown is 4 miles from Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), fabulous shopping, and a vast array of restaurants and nightclubs. We are only 13 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and 10 miles to the Orange County Convention Center, Daytona 500 is only 48 miles away, and we are only blocks from Camping World Stadium home of the Russell Athletic Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl, and the Florida Classic. Known as The Place to Meet, the Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown Hotel is a premier venue for meetings and groups, and is located close to industry leaders such as Sun Trust, Wells Fargo, HD Supply, Orange County Courthouse, FAMU Law School, and Orlando Regional Medical Center. We are proud to be a Green Lodging hotel and our dedicated team of professionals look forward to providing the ultimate in service. We are a 100% non-smoking hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown Hotel Orlando
- Holiday Inn Orlando