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Historical Traveler Reviews Monumental MovieLand Orlando
Basic but adequate
The motel is situated directly opposite wet 'n wild and location is very good for all international drive activities, sea-world & universal studios. Shuttle bus service to universal provided, travel to Disney would have to be arranged independently. Hotel staff coped well with 'Hurricane Charley' and provided special restaurant facility for dining during the hurricane! Breakfast is also excellent value at $5 per adult and free for children.
Rooms are well equpped, decor satisfcatory. However the hotel accepts guests with pets and we suffered from flea bites due to the previous occupancy of a pet. Hotel staff were not sympathetic and the matter was unresolved for 3 days.
Pool is safe for children, pool bar / snack bar not very good.
Providing you get a pet-free room, the motel offers fair value for money- the strongest features being the location & breakfast!
Liked BWM till check out time
At 1st arrival our reservations were not correct. It took a lot of time to get things straightened out, but we were given an upgrade to a jacuzzi suite as an apology. Suite was very nice. At departure time we needed an one hr check out extension because flights were delayed due to G. W. Bush arrival. The management absolutely refused even though
I am very disabled and need to have my feet elevate to alleviate pain. No one there seemed to care, all over 1hr. I also might ad that we had been staying there for a week.
Very damp. not comfortable
I stayed here for 5 nights while visiting Parks in Orlando. The location is good. but hotel I was not too keen on. The room was big but damp. The airconditioning was outdated. Everytime we walked into the room their was a musty smell - I wasnt comfortable at all. It was a case of sleep and get out quick. bathroom was small and basic. price was ok i suppose but I would prefer to pay more for a comfortable room. we left with colds and sore throat.
Very Nice Basic Hotel
We stayed from 6/9/04-6/12/04 while visiting DisneyWorld and Universal. We spend most of the day at the parks so we were looking for a basic room with a nice pool at an exremely affordable price.
Hotel well kept, clean , nicely sized rooms .
I would recommend it if you are looking for cheap digs.
Better than what we were expecting
Stayed 01 May until 15 May 2004
Booked though Direct Holidays, Was a bit worried at first after reading reviews on various websites. But when we got there breathed a hugh sigh of relief.
We were first time visitors to Orlando but found hotel without any problems straight across from wet n' wild.
Staff were friendly and helpful, we had a leak in our bathroom at they were up to fix it in minutes.
Our room was a pool facing one, very clean with modern furniture and TV etc, air conditioning. Could maybe have been painted in a brighter colour. Bathroom spotless with hair dryer and coffee maker. Only complaint about room is that it is tiled when you come in the door and there is a gap of about 1 and 1/2 inches so the sound of people going by gets in. Only time we really noticed it was the first night when it must have been most of our floor checked out at 0530 hours and we could hear all the doors banging, just a pity they do not read the signs in the hall asking for you to be quite in the corridors. Apart from that never noticed much sound.
A bit annoyed that the in room safes were not able to be used, when we asked we were just told that they were waiting on new one to be installed, and no reassurance given that we did not need them. But luckily we did not need them.
Hallways could maybe do with a lick of paint.
House keeping was excellent fresh towels every day and beds changed every 3 days.
Swimming pool was nice always busy though.
Black Angus steakhouse that was attached onto the side of the hotel was great , staff were really friendly and the steaks were value for money and tasty. Had buffet breakfast in there most mornings.
There was free bus to certain parks, did not use as had hire car.
Universal studios was only a 5 minute drive, easy to get to sea world and disney parks.
Lots of shops and restaurants near by.
Will probably stay here again hopefully next year, and hopefully they will have there new in room safes and maybe a lick of paint in the halls.
Good Hotel Great Location
Stayed in this hotel for 2 weeks in October 2003. The location is great - across the street from Wet n Wild, and 10 minutes walk to Universal Studios if you dont want to take the car. There are free shuttle buses to the theme parks and a Black Angus steakhouse on site, although many more restaurants nearby. Rooms are very clean and nicely decorated.
Didnt experience any noise, pool was not that busy either this time of year. Definitely go back again as it is great value.
Good Hotel close to the action
Stayed in November 2003. Excellent value for money. Good location on International Drive for all activities. Nice pool. Just make sure that you stay on the pool side of the hotel & not the motorway side as that its a bit noisy. We aksed to move rooms which they accepted without any arguments.
Not sure would stay here again
We stayed here in 2002 and were slightly dissapointed. Although the room was very spacious, the hotel in general was noisy and the fact that they do not offer any shuttle service to the parks makes getting to them very awkward if you are not driving. Pool was nice, but very busy and there is no restaurant in the hotel at all - or a bar. ok if you want VERY BASIC
Nice, but noisy!
We stayed for 3 nights in BW Movieland early October, after season.
The hotel is very solid, what you may expect from BW. Rooms are spacious, bath room is clean. The pool area with Tikibar is OK and the location on International Drive across Wet 'n Wild is good.
But don't go here if you also want to enjoy your rest.
The doors let through a lot of noise and the tiles in the entree part of the room improve the effect. I woke all days around 7 in the morning because of playing kids and slamming doors, which is not my idea of holiday.
Without the noise it would be a more than average hotel.
Las Palmas is a friendly hotel with clean, comfortable rooms, a good sized pool and a restaurant offering a wide variety of excellent dishes right on the premises. It is an ideal base from which to visit the theme parks and the various attractions on International drive. We were pleased to see the extensive refurbishments and improvements on our second visit in April 2001, just one year after we first stayed in the hotel. I highly recommned it.
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... amp; luckily a guy with an Amtrak shuttle company pointed us to his truck. Would only charge us 25 usd total to drop off, where as the taxis would charge per Person, easily 50 or more. He dropped us off first. We got to Rodeway inn at 10.30am, check in was not until 3pm. She had a room ready so we were lucky to be able to get in early to shower and change. After initially catching up with all our messages having wifi at last, we ventured out about 1pm. ...
... you could see just how high it was. It was only about 10am by this point but it was roasting already, so we decided if we were going to go on a ride and get wet, this was the time to do it. The queue was around 20mins so not too bad and before we knew it we were in our log! I was terrified. As most of you know, I dread going to places like Alton Towers but it was Disney, I had to go on the rides! I was prepared and took travel sick tablets when we woke up, so I knew I'd be ...
... do all of Disney within a day or two and they wouldn't want that.
We definitely still appreciated Fast Pass because between the summer heat and the amount of people in the park, this not only saved us time but our sanity as well. On the second day of Disney, we had decided that we really wanted to go on Splash Mountain twice and so because we didn't have much planned for the second day, we decided we'd bear the hour long line up and ...
... as a tomato tree and a tree growing lemons the size of coconuts. Watch this space for these mutant vegetables heading to a supermarket near you! Next up was 'Soarin', a simulator ride that see's you hand-gliding your way around the world looking at some of the most picturesque landscapes and landmarks. It made us really want to get going on our travels to see some of these beautiful places with our own eyes.
Ollie couldn't believe that me being the big Michael Jackson ...
... good. We had to queue for 70 minutes for this ride. It is another Motion Master but you are raised up and you're like a bird soaring over some of California's highlights (including Yosemite and San Francisco). It also has scents to go with the scenery so it feels pretty real.
It was then time for home. 12 hours of theme parking was plenty. Especially as we have to do it again.
Highlight: Space Mountain, still my fav ...