BEST WESTERN PLUS Orlando Gateway Hotel

7299 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, 32819-8353, United States | 3 star hotel
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Movie Day

A travel blog entry by lord13

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Today we woke up and drove to Island of Adventure to see if anyone had turned in our camera. Sadly we didn't have any luck. So we drove to Costco and bought a new one. It was exactly the same but didn't have any of our old memories. Then we drove for a while and got to our hotel. It was raining so much we decided to make it a movie day. My dad went …

Island Of Adventure

A travel blog entry by lord13

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Hello everyone today was alright (sarcasm). We went to Island Of Adventures which is part of Universal Orlando. We went on so many rides! First we went on a small little rollercoaster. Then my dad and I went on the Dragon Challenge which was so much fun. Then we went on the Harry Potter Ride twice. That's when we finished all the rides in Hogwarts …

Universal Orlando

A travel blog entry by jms79


We arose early eager to get to Universal as early as possible to avoid the queues. The park opens at 8am and we were at the entrance a little before eight, by that time there was already a large number inside the park. Again it was evident that the majority of people were heading for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so we hurried to the Flight …

To Orlando

A travel blog entry by jms79

We rose to a rather grey start to the day. The clear sky's of the previous day had been replaced by low cloud and fog over the bay. Before breakfast we decided to get out an explore the downtown area and inner harbor where we had eaten the night before. The fishing fleet had already left for the day but there where one or two boats still in the …

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A travel blog entry by jms79


There are many options when buying tickets to the theme parks of Orlando. Some are expensive and offer you access to a number of separate parks and some are just expensive and provide you access to just the single park of your choice. We opted for a two day pass to both Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The cost of the tickets …

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This 3 star hotel, located in the Florida Center area of Orlando, is near Wet 'n Wild, Pirate's Dinner Adventure, iFLY Orlando, and Congo River Adventure Golf.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Orlando Gateway Hotel

    Wonderful hotel!


    I made reservations at this hotel months ago, a friend recommended that i check out their reviews on tripadvisor. I have to say i was very concerned after reading past reviews, i called the hotel and was assured that those were isolated cases. I have to agree with the hotel. During our entire stay, the staff were amazingly friendly, our rooms was pleasantly decorated, the breakfast was worth the $6.95. The pool was nice and clean, jacuzzi's excellent ant the lady at the pool bar was very friendly and gave great advise on area attractions. I would recommend this hotel to all my friends.

    Horrible stay!


    For a Clarion, I was EXTREMELY disappointed! It had to be the worst place I'd ever stayed. I'm not a very picky person when it comes to hotels..but this one set me off. When we got there we went up to the desk to check in and they had told us they lost our 2nd room reservation and we would have to pay an addional 90$ a person! After hours of fighting and arguing with the management we finally got our 2nd room. The room was absolutely disgusting. The plumbing didn't work, there were bugs in the bathroom, the shower knob fell off in my hand, previous guests' clothes had been left in drawers, the rug was disgusting, and the alarm clock didn't work at all. We were willing to deal with it but then the hot water pipe burst forcing us to repack everything we had and move up to another floor. The new rooms weren't better at all but we were too tired to complain anymore. We went down to the pool, which is very nice. The towles out there are the size of my arm's length. The "snack shop" outside closes at noon, or whenever the bar tender feels like it. there were bugs everywhere in the hotel and all the floors were wet. This is a very very poor managed hotel and I would HIGHLY recommend thinking twice before you book here.

    Needs a Major Overhaul


    We had a reservation for Mother's Day weekend at this property. The only positve thing that I have to say is that some of the staf are very friendly and try to be very accommodating. Now having said that, the hotel is conveniently located however it is surrounded by empty lots and closed down large buildings, making the area look kind of down and unsafe. From the outside it has an old/badly painted hotel. The lobby is OK but could use new furniture and a new makeover. The rooms are a travesty, the spreads look worn and it look like the matresses sag byt the way the bed was made. The bathrooms looked pretty filthy. The grout between the tiles is so dark green that you would not go in without shoes, much less to take a shower. We looked at two rooms that they showed us and decided to cancel the reservation and go somewhere elsethe same day. We did not spend more than 2 hours inside. The hotel is not worth it, specially for the price. There are several other properties within the same area, which are also affordable and are more appealing than this hotel. Would not consider the hotel at all. Too bad that it carries the Clarion name brand.

    Fine Hotel


    Best hotel I have stayed at yet in Orlando. Price was a bit high for my budget but didn't know about the discount hotel websites at that time. Nice breakfast area, nice staff..

    They Need to get New Mattresses


    On arrival - yes - the Hotel's lobby is clean, well decorated with helpful staff. The Hotel is very close to Universal, across from Wet n Wild and convenient to various Shopping areas. We had booked 2 adjoining rooms - no problems there.

    Dirty/stained furniture but Mngr gave discount


    We booked this over the internet at the Clarion website, and as many of you know, it can be a roll of the dice as to what the hotel is actually like when you arrive. We had stayed at this hotel 4 or so years ago when it was a different name(Tropicana?), and unknown to us, was under renovation at that time. In driving up to the hotel we remembered this and had hoped things would be better than we remembered. The main lobby was attractive and clean. The Front Desk staff was Very pleasant and professional. Our reservations were found promptly. We had booked a Suite. Upon entering the room we found large stains on the sofa cushions and the arms were almost greasy with filth. We asked for a different suite and they happpily agreed. This second room was no better.

    Good price, good value!


    Before I chose this hotel on expedia, I've read reviews on tripadvisor... This hotel had many many positive comments.

    Just so so...


    My first impression as i walked into this hotel was good, the front desk staff were great, and very helpful.

    Mom and pop hotel would have been better!


    Firstly staff was courteous and helpful...... The room need to be refurnished and cleaned ! The carpet filthy stained my daughters feet - Ants were all over sink and bathroom floor - alarm clock and other items enough dust where you could write your name...For a "Clarion Hotel " I was deeply disappointed and would not go back.The pool area was nice weather was a balmy 46 at night but pool was so warm and clean we enjoyed our swim... The breakfast @ $6.95 was a joke- save your money go elsewhere- the breakfast buffet was equal to a contintel breakfast!.Location is fantastic but unless they do some serious refurbishing and cleaning stay elsewhere!



    Checked in June 6 as part of a pkg deal. Was told to come back at 7:00 for our Disney passes. Carpet was soaking wet by door. Bathroom fan vibrated and made alot of noise. Was part of light and could not be shut off unless you wanted to be in a dark bathroom. Tried buffet for breakfast, cold tater tots, overdone bacon, not much other selections. Very poor buffet for expensive price. Found Bonanza down the street $3.99 buffet for breakfast and ate there after that. It was wonderful for the price! At 7:00 a.m. was told to get Disney tickets at the park. All the way to Disney, pay the $7.00 parking, get on the tram, stand in a long line, was told no, get tickets at the hotel. Back we went after having to walk to our car because the tram was not going the other way. Went to front desk and demanded the manager. Finally tickets found under main front desk. Lack of concern on hotel staff. Was at pool with a friend who is a nurse. Someone was dragging a child from the pool. Over my friend ran to assist. I ran in and told hotel to call 911. They never came. Friend got water out of child's lungs and he coughed-was ok, Thank God. I could not believe 911 did not come when I told hotel staff. They said a report would be written. hmmmmm Hallways did have an odor to them. One of two elevators was broken. When it was repaired? it jerked and made noise so much the other guests and I joked when it appeared that we would not ride it. Maid service was good. Guy at bellhop station appeared angry we carried our own two bags in. I told him we could handle it because it was all we had. Jacuzzi (s) (2) were not hot in the evening we tried them. Pool was clean and nice. Have been to Orlando 3 times in the past and this hotel was the worse we stayed at.

    TripAdvisor Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Orlando Gateway Hotel

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent