Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Orlando-Maingate At Calypso
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... get through it and that was with our serious game faces on! (We actually shopped separately to ensure we could cover more ground in less time haha) After we shopped up a storm, buying gifts and the odd treat for ourselves we headed bank to our hotel for lunch by the pool. So much for my healthy eating starting today as I indulged in a veggie pizza and celebratory glass on wine! What was I celebrating? Being in Orlando if course! I love it here- the palm trees, ...
... I picked the filet as it was the smallest and I thought the most manageable. One of my table mates went straight for the wagyu beef. Once our food arrived and I tasted his, I wished I had too. The filet was very good, but the wagyu melts in your mouth. I couldn't believe that anything could taste that good, tender and flavorful and live up to it's $50 price tag, but it did. We ordered plenty of sides, too, so by the time we were ...
... For this he let us skip the queue and put us in the fast track lane, which meant we walked straight on the ride. What a nice guy! We really enjoyed the roller coaster as you got to choose a song that you would like to play as you went round. We chose Kanye West's 'Stronger' which was a fitting song as we were whizzing round the track. The only part I didn't enjoy was the start as they had you climbing up the track at a completely vertical incline, not fun.
Well the family gathering went without a hitch and a new part of our holiday trip has begun. We left NewYork JFK early and after minor confusion at Orlando Airport we boarded our Disney Magic Express bus to WDW Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The Sutherlands were waiting of for us and helped us through checkin which was down by a young girl from Blacktown!! We were having lunch went the Fullerton's Limo arrived to we raced out to greet them ...
... Well, that explains that then.
Before we actually got on to the ship we had to have our "happy family photograph" taken. We have since seen this picture and I can report that it is indeed a picture of Min and me, but "happy" is not necessarily the adjective I'd use to describe it. And if we wanted a copy it would cost us $20. And so the rip offs began.
At last we moved onto the gangplank and through the huge doorway into the ship's atrium which is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Orlando-Maingate At Calypso
We stayed in a suite and found the hotel excellent value for money. The location is ideal as it is relatively quiet, but within a few minutes drive of plenty of restaurants and shops. All the main parks were within 15-20 minutes drive. The heated pools were very popular with our two daughters and although the breakfast was simple, it was reasonable for the price. We found the staff were efficient and helpful. We would be happy to stay here again.
So many NEGATIVES
Pros : a) Good location - very close to Disney... Thats it.
Cons : a) Continental Breakfast is very ordinary. Its the same menu every day.. If you are going to stay there for more than a day or two , it becomes very boring...
b) The mattreses are so soft that it is annoying..
c) The shuttle stuff to all the main attractions is crap.
Just so No to Calypso Cay
Just got back today from visiting Florida and I don't recomend that anyone stay at Calypso Cay and do the time share deal. First of all if you are into hearing the 90 minute sales pinch it will break-up your day and will take your morning or afternoon. ( no evening sessions offered ).
I was told that their where shuttles to Disney all day long, in truth one, or two. ( so you will need a rental car ) I waited for the one shuttle and it was a half hour late in the morning.
When we booked the trip we where promised a suite, what we got was a regular room with two beds.
Disaster from the word GO
Well...although the hotel and surroundings were great, there was another side to this "lovely" hotel. First I was greeted by a grouchy host at 1AM in the morning after a 18 hour drive, it took almost 30 minutes to check in. Then, we were told twice that there laundry facilities on site, sure - they haven't been built yet so we had to go to a laundromat. They were shooting tourist video after tourist video and we were unable to use the pool and golfing facilites 3 out of the 4 days we were there. Their hospitality was horrible and the staff rude.
I will never return again!
What a wonderful place to stay. We definately will be back. We had a coupon for the Ameri-Suites but they were booked. The Country Inn and Suites gave us a discount all the same. The only rooms available were smoking but it didn't have an odor and was not a problem. Funny, someone else complained about lack of laundry but it was a couple doors down from our room and worked just fine! Free breakfast in the morning, wonderful pool area with live music and three pools and jaccuzi, water slide in one, free 18 hole putt-putt golf, exersize rooms, game rooms, free children activites(definately take advantage of these. They're really fun but very little participation from guest and that's a shame)...it was my kid's dream come true. Just down the street is a Publix grocery store and in the other direction an outlet mall and many nice restaurants. Heck, it was my dream come true. Our room was clean, view was great, and the staff was very friendly. It was a very busy weekend with lots of big groups but it never affected our stay. It was just great.
Very Clean, Nice Hotel
This hotel made our Florida stay just that much more enjoyable. It's an extremely clean hotel, large rooms, nice pool and mini-golf. Breakfast was OK, nothing hot, but all we needed. Tip: Get to breakfast early or it gets EXTREMELY busy. Location was excellent, not far from all the action. We would definately stay in this hotel next time we go.
We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Country Inn at Calypso Cay (May 4-8). We stayed in a kidsuite, which was nice for our boys, ages 3 and 5, but the room was a bit small and their room lacked a door. We all enjoyed the pool with the waterslide, and the playground was a big hit with the boys. The two negative things I would caution about are the crowded pool and the breakfast buffet. The pool was always full, and we visited during the week when school was in session...I can't imagine what it is like during the summer. The breakfast room was crowded everyday and the buffet was stocked with mainly bagels, frozen waffles and cold french toast that you had to warm up yourself. But all in all we enjoyed our stay and found it to be a nice hotel and would stay there again.
Above average hotel
Nice clean hotel. Fairly new. It has a nice pool and play area for kids. On the down side, it seems to be a place they put people up to sell condos. There were several condo sales people in there trying to work deals, but no one bothered us. It just made it kind of busy. Staff could be a little nicer. All in all a good value for the $$ and a 5 min drive to Disney via the toll road ($.50).
While the location was wonderful, the hotel was pretty and the pool was super, we also had some serious issues that you deserve to be warned of. I called the hotel directly to ask some specific questions and was lied to (ie: laundry facilities are NOT available in this hotel - you have to go to another hotel to use its facilities. Also, I was told that there was a door (a real door) between the parents' and kids' room in the kidsuites - also NOT true. Then there was our maid...I left notes asking that the sheets be changed and carpets be vaccuumed (our stay was 9 days) and she never did more than empty garbage and replace towels (even after I left tips!). I brought my issues to the attention of the management there and they didn't bother to respond until after I had returned home offering a free 2 night stay....gee that's great, but I don't get to Florida on a regular basis. The front desk staff was very helpful, breakfast was good and all our family needed, location was wonderful - but some areas of their customer service need some serious work. Next time, I would stay at the adjacent AmeriSuites and truly get what they promise....
Loved The Country Inn & suites/Kissimmee
This was the second time staying here. It is great near everything , restuarunts, attractions, outlets, many things. Rooms realy clean, help friendly, pool beautiful. The only thing was the breakfast, no eggs or things like that, just simple things, bagels, pastry, coffee, etc. It was justt ok, nothing great. Although 5 minutes away cracker barrel, ihop, and so many others. Disney is only 15 minutes away, like i said the location great. Will continue to stay there over, and over, i do recomend it, thanks