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... the slides we had wanted to by about 6pm when the usual afternoon Florida thunderstorm had made it's way over the park resulting in the closure of all slides and pools. We pulled up a seat and waited to see if the storm was going to pass. Unfortunately it wasn't going anywhere soon so we set off back to the hotel.
Little did we know that about 5 minutes into our walk it had turned into terrential rain. It didn't ease up either. By the time we had made it back to ...
... back in time to whatever he was playing, seriously!!!!! Meantime, Nana and Pop who he was with were just ignoring it. Lucky for them I can sleep through anything and was knackered and fell asleep very quickly, not as quickly as Orls though who didn't even see take off. 8 hours later I discovered I had slept through dinner and was starving, but in the good news list, legs behind me was still sleeping. The rest of the flight was uneventful (until he woke ...
... had a quick dip in the pool (no way you'd get me in there, way too cold) and then we headed out for dinner.
For the last 11 years I have dreamed of Giordanos Pizza, it is the biggest stuffed pizza you have ever seen and is absolutely glorious, the wait was well worth it, it was every bit as good as I remembered, maybe even a wee bit better. Now it's time for an early night ready for Epcot tomorrow, time to show our Disney side!!
So I’m here at 4 in the morning writing for my blog.. and I have a Quantitative Tools II exam tomorrow. Great idea right? Anywho, it has come to the point where leaving is getting real, and I just can’t get it out of my head that I might not see people I care about for a while. Some people I’ll miss more than most of course. But yeah instead of studying ...
... ride was discontinued in 2007 and I'd need to travel back in time in order to go on the ride. Oh the irony. I did actually meet a Doc Brown there, but he was unable to fulfill my request of time travel. I have suspicions that he's an imposter.
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Colorful Rooms, Pleasant Staff, and Cookies at Check In!
A pleasant surprise for 3 days! Request Hilton Honors Club floor, very well kept up, on top floor. Convenient location, a 20 minute walk to Downtown Disney Hotels which have a more frequent shuttle! A small bar and bakery on the first floor and free disney shuttle.
A good place
Stayed in hotel week of Feb 22,2004 & was very happy with the price and locaion... The wife and I were on the 3nite for price of 2 and stayed there directly from the airport..The outside was like an artist who went crazy but we liked it and they had the best cookies in town .... Very CLEAN...RECOMMEND TO ANYONE ...
Orlando--the happiest place on earth
didn't get to see much, there on business.doubletree club lake buena vista was very accommodating, very clean.united oversold my flight, had to reroute me through chicago. this upset my meeting schedule. I didn't plan on arriving after midnight. exhausting.
Not worth a penny...
I stayed at this hotel in Jan 2004. You couldn't pay me to stay there again. My room was falling apart. They say it is renovated -- if that is renovated, I would hate to see what it looked like before. The beds were uncomfortable, the room was dark and dingy, the paint on the table was peeling... Everything in my room seemed to be broken. And, to top it off, the exercise room was the size of my couch! Need I say more?
I spent a week at the Doubletree for vacation. Positives--it's very clean, the staff is very friendly, internet rental is low and it really is quite adorable. Also, the whirlpool is a fun gathering place at night. Depending on where your room faces, you may be able to see Pleasure Island fireworks. I did. Negatives--no conceirge, just marketing people trying to make timeshare appointments. They don't work for the Doubletree and some just didn't seem to care about anything other than signing me up for a timeshare presentation. One did arrange a car rental at a higher price than I could have done myself. Also, there is construction outside the hotel. Traffic wasn't horrible but if you want to lay at the pool, it's quite noisy. The pool is basic, but heated and clean. Basically, I recommend it if you are going to the parks or touring the area. If you are looking to just lay out at the pool and relax, you may be disappointed.
we checked into a comfort inn that was infested with roaches with a horrible view of I-4. it was loud, musty, dirty, etc. i called my travel agent, who gave me a few options for another hotel. the doubletree club was one. i had remembered seeing it and thought that it seemed cool because of the wild decor on the outside. it was easy to spot and in a great location, within walking distance to restaurants and downtown disney. the room was immaculate and very comfortable. the bathroom was clean and had everything we needed. the staff was helpful and friendly. the lobby was freshly painted and was very clean and welcoming. a shuttle to disney was provided daily, which was very convenient and always on time. the pool was heated, and even though it was only 55 degrees when i was there, i could still get in the pool.
I put my Dad up at the Doubletree, thinking it would be a pretty nice place. I actually read all the reviews here before I made the reservation. Let's just say it wasn't what I expected from a Doubletree. Our rate was $70 a night. Yes, the outside is hidious. The inside isn't much better. The hallways look run down. My first impression was getting on the elevator and looking towards the ceiling and noticing that all the floor indicator lights were bashed in. The inside of my father's room had a border near the ceiling held up by scotch tape, the air conditioner made this banging noise (though they didn't report this to management) so you couldn't leave it on, and the front desk staff wasn't friendly. If you are expecting a Doubletree, you'll be disappointed. I begged him to let me put him up somewhere else, but he had already unpacked and didn't want to go through the trouble. I would have. The one positive is the free shuttle that goes to Disney.
Hotel is okay once you get used to the loud colors.Problem we had when we stayed in July was the traffic! Getting in and out of the parking lot is a hassle! To make matters worse there is road construction almost right in front of the hotel. The other problem was with the parking lot when it rained. It flooded right by the door to the hotel next to the major parking area. We were ankle deep trying to get to and from our car.Other than that the hotel is okay if you don't spend alot of time there. The pool is nothing special, no ambience what so ever, just cement and a big wall.We only had breakfast a Au Bon Pain and it was just mediocre (like the rest of the hotel)
We were visiting family in Miami, and jetted up to Disney for a couple of days based on the previous review. There's no easy way to describe just how this hotel looks. Needless to say, you WON'T miss it by a mile. It's not the muted DoubleTree located inside the Downtown Disney area, so don't make the mistake of going there. Keep driving until you see the building dressed up like a tropical salad made of artificial fruits and vegetables. There's a huge pineapple out front, and metal leaves on the roof. The paint job is out of this world. NOT A PRETTY HOTEL. Not ugly, or run down, but very strange/nutty looking.Inside, however, is a great place to stay. It's clean, the rooms are nice and well-appointed, and you get all of the basics. Florida has a reputation for dark, moldy rooms, or worse, dark, modly rooms with insects. This was cleaner than a hospital. Would I decorate my house like this? No, of course not. Would I stay here again at $59 per night, and take advantage of the free scheduled transportation and real hospitality? In a second. Unless Disney offers a better rate (or you want luxuries,) stay here. Great value.
My sister and I "discovered" this hotel through a blind booking at ... This is...by far, the best hotel near Disney for people who spend most of there time theme parking (as opposed to in the hotels.)Here's why: (1) You get a clean, comfortable, non-moldy room for a decent rate. The room is not a four-star suite (and we would have appreciated a balcony,) but it's decorated in a fun, modern style, it was spacious for two (probably a bit crowded for four,) and it was quiet at night. No bugs, no weird odors, great TV reception. Just a comfy, clean room.(2) FREE. SCHEDULED. TRANSPORTATION. To all Disney parks throughout the day. Quicker than the shuttles on property. (3) You get a great, responsive staff. Aside from my stays in Disney's lap of luxury, this hotel has the best staff around. Attentive, organized, etc. Loved 'em. Whatever you need, they'll get it for you-stat!(4) Free parking and no "resort fees." This is Orlando's hidden magic money maker. Paying more fees on top of your expensive vacation. Aside from taxes, the parking is free, there is no resort fee to speak of (and is that NOT why one pays more to go to a resort? For the extras. Why the extra fee?)(5) Au Bon Pain Cafe. Why this isn't a fast food chain is beyond me. Great, yet not extravagant food, at decent prices, served right then and there.(6) Casual atmosphere. This is the hotel to sit around the lobby in your PJ bottoms. To hop in the pool after a long day at the parks.(7) The wacky decor. OK, I'll admit that I wouldn't dress up the hotel like they did, but ****, you're on vacation! It's a trip (...) Seriously. Like the cast of Tommy found a pineapple and ran with it. Like "Vegas" for kids with attention deficit disorder. Really funky. Get a room facing away from the pool (towards the big green birm,) and you remove the minor eyesore of a shopping center withing sight. Good value at $110 per night. Great value at $75 per night.BOOK IT BELOW $70! You won't be disappointed! You'll spend a decent amount on the hotel, and then pocket the rest for the REAL reason you're here: Disney! $200 saved is $200 in cheap, tacky crap!