Claremont Kissimmee Hotel
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Still enjoying the sunshine, it was now time to move on to Kissimmee. We arrived at our hotel, which goes down as skanky hotel number 2. Now it feels like we're travelling. Location very good, but the room itself was disgusting!!! We went for a wee wander about and found ourselves a pretty decent deal, so it appeared. We were promised bogof …
... don't allow you to take any of your own pics but I bought the 5x7 for like $13.
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... to buy. Not everyone can say that they have been on Space Mountain wearing fairy wings! Oh yes, I went as a dark fairy. This made for some very interesting photos taken by the Disney photographers. Unfortunately I haven't paid for them yet, I need to wait until I've finished my trip, so I can't include them here.
I went on all sorts of rides and had a magnificent time, even though the Haunted Mansion Ride broke temporarily when I was on it and I ...
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So it was a really great week...and what made it even better is that Sasha and I got to spend all this time together...we live in different states, and between that and work, travel and various other obligations we don't get to see each other ...
Hello dear family and friends! There are four minutes left in this glorious day known as March 15. I actually accomplished quite a bit today, so I am pretty proud of myself. I slept in until 10 am, and it was as magical as it sounds. Then, I finished three quizzes for my Human Sexuality class and dominated them all! Hooray! After this, I took my 2nd quiz for Human Resource Management, so I got some things ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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)