Howard Johnson Inn Orlando International Drive
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Our escape from the hostel was carefully planned and executed. We didn't want to face the owner again, after telling him when we arrived that we were going to stay for two nights, and the thought of his highly punchable face popping out of some doorway and asking if we'd slept OK was too much to bear. We therefore crept down the steep wooden stairs …
We had a lie-in until 10.30, by which time we thought we'd better get up in case Police Academy came on again and trapped us in the room. We had finished all the parks that we had bought tickets for, so planned on spending our last day in Orlando relaxing, with as little strenuous activity as possible. We went for a stroll down International Drive …
We got up early and caught the minibus from the hotel to Universal Studios. There was a different driver on to the one that we'd had all week, and he tried to convince us that it would cost us $7 to get there. He looked dumbfounded when he dropped us off and we just walked off, but after getting the bus for free all week, there was no way we were …
The plan for today was to finish off the Disney parks, which meant us visiting Epcot in the morning to have a look around the World Showcase, then making our way to MGM where we would have a proper look around after yesterday's debacle with the wallet incident. We got up fairly early and caught the minibus from the hotel to Epcot. The World …
Today we planned to visit Animal Kingdom in the morning, followed by MGM Studios in the afternoon. Normally it would have taken us a full day to see each of the parks properly, but due to the fact that none were all that busy, we had been able to wander around freely, hardly having to queue for anything, and so could see everything we wanted to in …
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Inn Orlando International Drive
Well, where to start... I booked this hotel for me and my wife back in November 2004. First what we noticed was the terrible atmosphere in the lobby, as if someone died in there.
A nightmare come true
Dont go here
The room smelt of mould and the bedding was filthy. Bathroom was minging and air conditioning was broke and water leaked all over the carpet, no one fixed it. The tv was also broken. Never go here again and would not recommend it.
We stayed here and found no problems. It was pleasant enough. Didn't see roaches or anything.
Good location, close to sights and Universal Studios.
having been placed here wrongly by our travel agent we decided to make the most of it,firstly we requested a family room when we booked our trip and payed the agent for it then,when we checked out we were given a bill for nearly $150.00 for upgrading. the room itself was disgusting smelling puetride (we were given a can of airfreshener by house keeping)after just 2 nights we checked out for good. i refused to pay for the upgrade and got my self arrested in the process only when i showed the police my bill & the photos i had taken did they let me go with there appologys (& sympathy i think). i have been informed not to return to this hotel again, like id want to. just one thing to advise ..... stay the hell away from this place if you want to enjoy your self in orlando, there are plenty better hotels in the area for less$$$$, the rodeway is only two hotels away but a world apart from this.
One week late deal boxing day 04
this is a normal run of the mill motel in the heart of int drve. some where quick & easy to lay your head. will do for one week. how ever the free breakfast was excelent and worthy of a 4* hotel. rooms were cleaned every day
On arrival at this hotel [September 04] it was immediately obvious that the room we were given was not up to a reasonable standard.
We stayed at this hotel from 8/19/04 - 8/23/04. We arrived at 11:30am as we had booked early flights. We were told that none of the rooms were cleaned and we would have to wait. So we wandered around the area for 2.5 hours, came back, and there were still no rooms ready. At this point there were a number of cranky guests waiting in the small lobby for their rooms. We finally got into our room at 3pm, however when we opened the door, the room hadn't been cleaned!
I nver had a problem
I have stayed here twice (6/98 & 6/01) and i never encountered any problems. We only needed the room to sleep in as we went to Orlando to go To Disney. The pool is small but decent, and I loved that they didnt have an early closing of the pool, it was nice to come back from all the daily lines and sun burning at the parks and relax by the pool and have a beer or soda at night by the pool.
I was very disappointed with our stay at this location recently. To begin with our reservations were not right. I had booked 2 rooms for 2 nights on ground level. When we went to check in there was only a reservation for 1 room and it was not at ground level. Even with my confirmation from hotellocators.com it took over 45 minutes to get everything straightened out. The paper from the hotel and different websites stated that there was a breakfast buffet that included eggs, bacon, etc. There was no such thing. They did have 2 self-serve waffle makers, one which was broken and a broken toaster. Although they offered a free shuttle to Sea World, the times that it arrived and departed were awful. The rooms had a "smell" to them, even though they were non-smoking. After our rooms were cleaned the first night and our dirty towels were taken, no new towels were brought back. When my step-mother went to go to bed the first night, there were lots of black hairs in her sheets. That was nasty. There was only one ice machine in the entire hotel that worked and it was on the second floor. The internet site said "newly renovated deluxe double suites". I don't know what was newly renovated. The bedspreads looked and smelled like they had been there forever. The room looked and felt "dirty". The carpets were dirty. We had to ask for a refrigerator, that was supposed to be in the room. Unfortunately, we were stuck with this motel because it was Spring Break week, but I can assure you we will never stay there again and I will let others know of our experience.