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Extended Stay America - Orlando - Convention Center - Universal Blvd
Ranked #155 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
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Hertfordshire, UK
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60 reviews
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“Suite for the price of a Room....”
Reviewed January 25, 2010

We picked this hotel from the excellent Florida4less.co.uk site (part of the Co-op group), and it worked out a lot cheaper than other similar hotels on or around I-Drive.

The location is excellent, with stuff like Wonderworks and Pointe Orlando within easy walking distance. Similarly there are a bucket-load of good restaurants within walking distance (great steak and ribs at Cattlemans).

I have found that the position of this hotel is a lot nicer than anything north of the intersection with Sandlake Road (which has been getting increasingly tackier over the last few years ....).

Also handy is the I-Ride trolley service. There are 2 lines (Green and Red), and both have stops near the hotel. Similarly, the only official Tourism centre in I-Drive is a couple of minutes walk from the hotel (handy for Virgin travellers as I believe they can check in their luggage here the night before departure instead of having to cart it off to the airport).

Okay, so it's not a luxury hotel. Anyone can see this if you do a bit of research before travelling. Also if you happen to know this part of Orlando you will realise that hotels in this price range are all very similar. If you want luxury, you're going to have to open your wallet a bit wider. However, it is clean, the beds are comfy, the room service was good, and the walls were amazingly soundproof !

This was a great room for my wife and myself, because as a suite it has just that bit more square footage than a regular hotel room. It's also nice to have a mini kitchenette and dining area just in case you want to cook for yourself or bring back and consume the basic breakfast that is provided by the hotel.

And the breakfast IS basic ! But it is free and is handy for a snack before scooting off to the parks. If you don't want it then there are pleny of cheap breakfast dining options within 5 mins walk of the hotel.

The shuttle service to Disney was surprisingly quite good. It's a mini-bus, and made on average 3 further pick-ups on the way to Disney. I've used park shuttle services from I-Drive hotels in the past and this is one of the better ones.

Staff were excellent and attentive, especially Ana Maria on the front desk.

So would I stay here again ? Yes, definitely.

Minor issues:-
- air-con was a bit weak (not sure it could handle the summer heat effectively)
-TV reception was pretty awful

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2009

We have just returned from a 2 week stay in this hotel.

After reading the majority of very good reviews on this hotel we were expecting to have a trouble free stay, and generally this was the case.

When we arrived and entered the lobby my first thought was it looked very basic and not very warming. Having said this the young girl who checked us in was very friendly and informative.

The corridors that lead to all the rooms are painted a yellow mustard colour, and both my wife and I felt this made the place look gloomy and unappealing.

The rooms themselves were very spacious and have the standard US decor. With this being a suite the inclusion of a fridge / freezer inparticular was a good bonus.

In the past we have stayed in the formeley named Best Western Plaza, and this hotel is in the same area, but on Universal Blvd as apposed to International Drive. This makes the surrounding are quiter, but still close enough to all the restaurants and bars etc. There are some great places to eat nearby, our personal favourite being Tony Roma's (Great steaks and ribs).

The hotels breakfast is basic, but serves its purpose and it makes a pleasant change from the all you can eat buffets, especially if you are having a meal during the day.

The hotels shuttle service to disney is fine. Departing at 8:05 and 10:30 to Epcot and returning at 18:30 and 21:45. The later shutlle allows you to watch the Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom, as long as you leave soon after. But it leaves to early to watch Illuminations at Epcot. The system they use is strange though as you do not need to book your seats on the bus, unlike other shuttle buses we have used. The down side to this is, it has to visit every hotel it picks up from, even if there is nobody at that hotel requiring it. So this can make the journey as long as 1 hour.

The hotel does not supply transport to Universal or Seaworld but these are easily reached via the I-ride trolley or links buses (although to get to Universal via trolley there is a bit of a walk to get to the entrance). We would recommend you get the number for the Funstop bus. This is a free bus (excluding tip) supplied by Funstop amusement park and they will pick you up from anywhere from Seaworld (before midday, Pointe orlando after) to Universal studios.

To summarise this hotel offers comfortable accomadation at affordable rates, but don't be expecting thr ritz. We would probably choose to stay elsewhere in the future such as Homewood Suites or Staybridge which we have used in the past. They are both a bit more expensive, but offer a better quality product.

Any questions feel free to IM me.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

on arrival staff were very welcoming hotel was clean and comfatable we had loads to enjoy while out there .staff were very friendly and helpfull it was our first time to florida and cant wait to go back thank u

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

When i arrvied at this hotel i was suprised at how close it was to all the restaurants on international drive! a quick walk through the back car park and a tiny distance beyond and you are at the centre of all the fun!

there are loads of places to eat in the local area, tgis, olive garden, steak houses etc. There is a wide variety of dining options. we particularly enjoyed the local caribbean themed place in international drive. There are also many good bars. When we were feeling lazy one night we also ordered food to our room which was easy.

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the rooms are spacious and better than we expected for the price we paid. We had a nice room overlooking the pool which i would recommend. There are adequete kitchen facilities and a reasonably sized dining room table.

The pool is nothing special but kept very clean and tidy and we used it a few times. There are also many lounge chairs available.

The breakfast was adequete, cereals, muffins etc

The location for the theme parks - was great! the hotel had a great central location for reaching all of the parks. Most were only a few minutes away. Sea world was only about 8 minutes away. Wet and wild is just down the road. Disney was also close.

I would highly recommend a car for getting around! we couldnt have lived with out it. There is ample parking at the hotel. We also hired a sat nav! you need a sat nav to make the journeys so much easier! i cant imagine trying to drive everywhere without one. So either rent one from the car hire place or buy a florida card for your sat nav you have at home.

We also visited st petes beach and cocoa beach which were both nice, how ever st petes was alot clearer and the water was also alot nicer.

I would also recommend making the visit to busch gardens if you like thrill rides. The sheikra is very scary!!

If you are in to shopping then i would definately say to go to the millenia mall! it is by far the best. There is a great variety of shops and places to eat.

Overall, i would definately go to this hotel again and i would also recommend it to a friend.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2009

Brilliant hotel to stay in while you're in Orlando. Very central to everything. About a 5 minute walk from the I-ride trolley. Very spacious rooms with maid service daily. Staff are very friendly and are always there to help. Would definitely stay here again the nice time we're in Orlando.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Portstewart Ireland
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

We stayed her June 18th for 1 night when we arrived in Orlando for our trip round Florida. We booked through travelrepublic.com for £50, cheaper than through hotel website at the time. We had a one bedroom suite which 2 beds and a living area with a pullout bed and a kitched area.The bathroom was a good size.The pool area was tidy and got the sun all day.The breakfast was cereals, bagels, muffins, toast, fruit ,waffles, cheese and was eaten in the pool area. The hotel staff were very friendly.
The hotel is located on south Universal Boulevard very close to International Drive. It's close to many restaurants, Friday's, Tony Romas and the new Orlando Ale House as well as Pointe Orlando with all their restaurants and clubs.
It's a great location for driving to Universal Studios, Seaworld and Disney as the road is much quieter than IDirve.
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  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2009

book your tickets now!
if you like space and self-catering, then this is the place for you. i went last year, and i was not disappointed. there is loads of room to park, and the staff are very friendly.

the rooms are a great size, very spacious, and very clean. there is a kitchenette with dining table + chairs, telly, sofa, beds, wardrobes, good sized bathroom. our room was cleaned every day.

you wont get bored-it is right on international drive, woth loads of restaurants, mini golf, etc. and the theme parks are all but 10/15 mins away.
there is an outdoor swimming pool, which is a good size, and not too cold. i guess the only flaw for me would be the breakfast-not much choice at all. but that wasnt a problem for us, because we bought eggs and toast from the grocery store, and ate inour room (self catering, remember!)

i give it 4 stars. v good. i would definitely consider going back there! :)

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Extended Stay America - Orlando - Convention Center - Universal Blvd
Address: 8750 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819-9358 (Formerly Extended Stay Deluxe)
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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#25 Best Value Hotel in Orlando
#91 Business Hotel in Orlando
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Extended Stay America - Orlando - Convention Center - Universal Blvd 2.5*
Number of rooms: 137
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