Claremont Kissimmee Hotel
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The 'other' Sunshine State, apparently. Yes the weather has been warmer and it's nice to unpeel the layers of winter woollies. Our accommodation has been super (co-located with a large designer label outlet centre if you don't mind!!). It's also nice to just relax and prepare our own ...
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During the middle part of the day we took in two excellent musical productions. The first was Finding Nemo - the musical. This show that combined singers, giant puppets and special effects recreated the story from the film. It was a thoroughly entertaining ...
Animal Kingdom & Epcot were great! I really thought Epcot's World Showcase would be my favorite because of all the different countries and the food of course...but hands down, nothing can compare (so far) to Magic Kingdom!!!
We went late because we knew we would be leaving late. We expected not to go until afternoon, but of course we got really excited and were at the gates @ 10:00 A.M.! (That only gives us 15 hours to do what we want to ...
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... also educational. There is one place to eat there really and a few other stands where you can get coffee etc. I thought the prices were very reasonable and the quality of the chicken sandwich we had was very good although don’t expect anything elaborate. Its just chicken on a bun but very moist and tasty.
We spent about 4 hours there but I suspect you could spend less or more depending on how much you want to do and how slowly you move. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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TravelPod Member ReviewsClaremont Kissimmee Hotel
The Hotel is now called the Claremont Hotel - Kissimmee.
When we arrived the check in staff did not even smile at us or say hello, the put us in the wrong room, two doubles when we had booked a king. We went back and asked if we were in the right room and they swapped us to a king which was good because the first room had a really bad smell of mould in it. We were not given the wireless password and again had to ask, nor did they even mention what hours breakfast were or that we would have to come and get a ticket in order to eat.
The hotel has recently been 'renovated' but all they have really done is change the linens and put a fresh coat of paint in the rooms, the fixtures are old and need replacing and our bathroom tap did not work properly not did the hot water even work in the sink. The hotel is listed as a two star but the rooms are really only a one star. Some of the staff are nice but this is outweighed by the number of rude staff who find it hard to even answer question politely.
the main reason we booked this hotel is because they advertised complimentary shuttles to theme parks in the area and to the local shopping, the Disney shuttles are free but you have to pay for the Universal/Seaworld shuttles and there are no shuttles running to any of the shopping places on international drive or into Orlando which was by far the biggest disappointment of all.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Claremont Kissimmee Hotel
Surprised By Negative Reviews
I just wanted to leave a note that I am very surprised by the amount of netaive comments. I can only speak to our stay there almost ten (10) years ago, but we were very pleased with the facilities. Unless they have severely deteriorated in their quality, I see no reason why we wouldn't look to staying there again.
We stayed here the week before Christmas '03 -- my husband and son stayed for over a week and my daughter and I joined them for a couple of days. You get way more than you pay for (we paid about 30 bucks a night), but you don't get a five star hotel. The pool and hot tub looked brand new and were very warm. Our room was convenient to get in and out of, and it was pretty comfortable. If you demand a sparkling clean, bright, huge room with top-of the line bedding and everything working perfectly, you are not going to get it for $30 a night and you should stay elsewhere. If, however, you are not picky about a beautiful room and just want a convenient, inexpensive, fun place for your family to stay, I can't imagine you'd do better for the price. We had a fantastic vacation and didn't break the bank.
Never AGAIN!!! Miserable Experience!
I dont know where to begin with this so called hotel! This hotel is the worst ever hotel I stayed at. My husband and my two kids stayed here.
Our trip in Orlando was for a week, after the first 2 days we checked out. This hotel was dirty, nasty and plain gross. Everything about it was gross. At first we picked this hotel because of the website, the website made the hotel sound ok. Once we checked in, it was nothing like what they had advertised on the website. We got to our non-smoking room with the odor of mold and mildew. For a non-smoking room there were alot of cigarette burns on the carpet, blankets dressers and even the sink! The room gave you a "dirty" feel. We never took our shoes off in fear of catching something from nasty carpet! The carpet was so dirty, if you felt it, it felt somewhat damp dirty feel. The sink didn't drain properly, when trying to wash your hands or brush your teeth, you have to wait til the water drains before you turn the faucet on for more water. The bathroom was so nasty. The floors were cracked up with soiled dirt in between each tile. The toilet didn't flush properly so it had to be monitored, basically flush it three times or stand there and hold the flusher down for 2 minutes. The shower was nasty as well. The drain didn't work so after taking a shower, you are standing in a tub full of water that you jsut tried to clean your body with. The drawers were uneven and you couldn't close it. When opening the drawers, there was graffiti all inside and on the sides of it...nice! It did'n't seem like the beds were clean at all, it had the mold, mildew smell as well. After two days of staying there we had to check out. We didn't get our money back from the rest of the week and ended up paying for another hotel and it was 10 times better! And the price on this other hotel was probably 10 bucks more each night but well worth it! We bascially ended up paying for two different hotels for a week. Thats how much we hated HO JO (MO FO). We should have known when we first checked in and the gift shop has a sign "NEVER OPENS! GO next door to the other gift shop" Now what kind of service is that? I would not reccomend this hotel to anyone. It made our trip so miserable, and after we checked out we had the best time! PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS, DO NOT STAY HERE IF YOU LIKE TO BE CLEAN!
We staye at Howard Johnson Joke Hotel 9/2/03 to 9/16/03HOJO is a HA HA...pay attention to the negative reviews too
My three sons and I headed back to Florida for a two week vacation. My wife had passed away and the trip we took to get away in 2001 was interrupted with 9-11 (my B-day and youngest sons). Disney was so kind, they gave us tickets to come back. I search like everyone else for "better deals." We were originally slated for the Holiday Inn, but after seeing the accomodations (via internet) and calling the hotel, what they had was not worth the money. Single parents have a hard time finding the deals--anyway--the virtual tour of HOJO looked great, description was great and calling to verify seemed to be the place--Don't be duped by "kids eat free." It cost us more than going out and I SHOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION TO THE NEG. COMMENTS! After arriving, we changed rooms 3 times because of: dressers being broken, kitchen stove looking for a fire, carpets smeeling like "old gym" socks and still wet to the critters on the floor. Forget cable and the gift shop--it's true--it never opens! Poolside concession thinks they are part of Disney with their prices--and, you aren't allowed to bring your own in the pool area. We were told to go next door at the Roadway Inn pool (something about both places were run by the same people and we can use that pool also. The lady who ran the poolside "tacky shack" gripped and groaned about everyone and was open half the time even if you wanted to buy something--seems it's an outside vendor who runs the HOJO pool area. Continental Breakfast--ha! That again was "go next door for your doughnut." The hotel double charged my credit card and it took 2 1/2 hours to argue, persist and convince them of it--finally they called my bank to get the right numbers to put my money back! The Staff was very rude from the very first day and the deal we got wasn't any deal. I could have booked any other place for the same or less! I thank God we were out of the room everyday. Speaking of the room. We had to settle for less than what I paid for because it was the best I was going to get. Clean???? Not a chance. All four of us came home with bed bug bites all over our feet. The sheets were never changed and it seemed that no one cared--Yes I am in the process of letter writting about this little adventure. The people who try to get you to take the resort tours were more helpful and courteous and never "high pressured" us for anything. In fact, they offered us some great deals without any commitments! The phone cords constantly fell out and the wake up call--what a joke--they sent the security guard door to door (but we were already up and hour past our wake up time--bring your own alarm). People who tried to contact us never could. The hotel message system wasn't working and they would'nt take messages...just don't go there...why didn't we check out? Good question. I'm working on some sort of refund now. We booked through Hotel Kingdom, paid in advance and was locked in to stay. The hotel would not refund any money. Well the HOJO is a big HA HA. I have used many interenet services for travel and have never, ever had any trouble like this....my advice...heed the negatives you see. Don't stay at HOJO for any amount and this travel guide is great.
Trust me-the hotel is ok. I would'nt of took my daughter there if it wasn't. The rooms are your basic rooms-but clean.Beds were a LITTLE uncomfortable. Pools were great,especially the kiddie pool. Gift shop was not open at all.Close to theme parks. Stay here and have more money to spend elsewhere.
We were rather optimistic having read other peoples reviews of the howard johnson hotels, but to our delight these proved not accurate from our point of view. O.K the rooms are basic but you get what you pay for and at the end of the day you only sleep there.The air conditioning worked very well after a hot day at the parks & there was always something to watch on television at night if you couldnt sleep. It was clean & tidy and located in the ideal position to visit all the attractions (no more than 10 mins from disney) the kids absolubtly loved the swimming pool and we spent quite a few nights beside the poolside bar while they splashed around in the toddlers pool. There are no eating facilities at this particular hotel but plenty of quality restaurants nearby, even the petrol station (2 min walk) sold everything you could want especially decent coffee & hot choclate to take back to your room at night. Old Town is about a ten minute walk with three small children and has plenty of shops to browse and a funfair. For the price you pay we thought it was great but you do need a car to get the most out of your stay.
Be careful, very careful
I was not happy at this hotel. The rooms where dusty and I swear they had bed bugs, I came home with many little bits on my arms and legs. The gift shop never opened. This hotel is right next to a very nice water park called Watermania yet the only discount HJ offers to this park is $2.00 off yet in a local magazine there is a $6.00 off coupon. The only way to get a good discount to any of the theme parks is if you go on this "tour" of a hotel called Westgate. At this hotel they keep you for about 2 hours trying to sell you a timeshare and they try very hard to SELL you this timeshare. The property itself is poorly kept. There is no one to help you get your luggage to your room, getting to your room requires you to cross a large parking lot.The elevator is scary and looks like a service elevator, the staff is not helpful at all. When I asked them questions it was as if I was annoying them. Too bad, this could be a nice hotel but I will never look at another Howard Johnsons again.
Suited us great
I just got back from a week stay at HoJo and everything was just great. The room was clean and a nice size. The staff was great. The pool was a little small for the size of the hotel but it was clean and well kept. I would stay there again. We recived a good price and we stayed two extra nights on the weekend for the same price. we were not even required to switch rooms. We had some problems with our bathroom light, but when we called front desk it was fixed right away. overall we had a very pleasant stay.
Howard Johnson Maingate East
My family and I recently spent 8 nights at the Howard Johnson Maingate East. It was an excellent price so I was afraid it would be a dump but took my chances. It turned out to be good. Nothing fancy but a clean bed, hot shower, good TV, warm pool and just a few minutes from Walt Disney World. If you're on a budget this is a good place.
Ok for $29 a night
For $29 a night I get what I expect. A bed, a shower, and close to WDW. I don't ask for more and I like the price. For a family once in a lifetime trip to Disney, I would not recommend it. Pay the bucks and stay in Disney. I use them 3-4 times a year and just for short trips (1-2 days)