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Was up early and checked out of the motel and then had a fantastic Sunday morning breakfast at Mcdonald's, with all the trimmings. Then we were back on the road to a little shopping centre in the middle of this very dodgy area, let just say that me and Graeme were the only white people there. Had a little look around before headed out to see …
... telling them our story & they couldn't believe it. They all seem such a friendly bunch of people.
We walked off the plane last thinking Dad & Mum would be there - but NO !! We had to catch a tram across to another part of the airport to get our luggage & thats where they must be. SO off again....9 kids in tow onto the tram & off the other side.
Shane had the camera rolling & up in ...
... Fearfall and Atabey says he won't go on it. I tell him that's fine he can wait. Christy drags him into the line and they wrestle. I'm all for being silly but when they're knocking people over in their stupidity I'm not happy. Then Christy pops Atabey’s ball and they throw it into the line-up of people below. I’m reaching breaking point with them.
The Fearfall drops my lunch into my feet but I get my hit of adrenaline, Atabey is waiting for us as we exit. We ...
... and Kevin getting trapped outside with the sprinker system running when he went out in the garden to get to the pool since we couldn't open the french windows from the lounge. I did laugh - but not sure K found it quite so funny :-)
Saturday started with an all you can eat buffet breakfast at the Golden Coral, then onto Flea World, Florida's biggest flea market. Have to say - and we all agreed - that any self respecting flea would not be ...
... Universal, and explore Old Town Orlando all on a Thursday.
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Radisson not Hilton but clean.
My family and I stayed at the Radisson Barcelo for 5 days and four nights. The lobby is very impressive. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
This hotel isn't for the Hilton lover. Its clean, comfortable, and quiet but its not the Hilton.
The carpets could use a good cleaning or replacing altogether. My kids and I just wore socks while we were in the room.
The beds and pillows were very comfortable! Those get an A+.
The cleaning staff was also good about bringing us extra pillows and towels. There was only one time that we had an issue with the staff, we came back one night to an unclean room. Management immediatley handled the problem and we were happy.
The pool is VERY clean! And warm. There's a bar at the pool and plenty of towels.
Our kids really enjoyed themselves at the hotel. There's volleyball, tennis, horseshoe and so forth. We were on the fifth floor with a view of the strip. And man let me tell you it was so beautiful at night!.
This is the perfect hotel if you want everything to be "in your lap".
Compared to other hotels (Days Inn and Quality Inn) that I have stayed at in Orlando, this one is superb for the price. Pool has ultra warm water, rooms (we were in the Resort side of the hotel) were great: Clean and renovated. Excellent location on International Drive. Suggest you buy the day pass for $2 and then you can run up and down the strip all day. You can easily spend a couple days on I-Drive alone. Hotel staff friendly, good maid service.
Microwave alone is worth it!
We stayed at this place for 5 nights in April 2004. We had a deluxe room on the first floor. The room was so spacious and the bathroom was extremely large (so unexpected). Both were extremely clean. Comfortable bed, too. The staff is friendly and the lobby itself is beautiful and inviting. We had a fridge and a microwave oven. I don't think I'll ever be able to stay somewhere w/o a microwave! It was so convenient to have b/c we'd always have tons of leftovers from dinner the night before.
Just a good way to save money the next day.
The only complaint was that the carpet looks a little old and had stains.
Clean, comfortable room
I stayed at the resort tower. When you look at the building it looks like a dump but inside the rooms are very clean and spacious. The location is great and the price is good. I would highly recommend this hotel.
It was ok
It was ok but there was still some problems. Even with this it was a great location. I would recommend it if you go to places like the amusement parks. It had a great pool and a bar where you could play pool. The complimentary breakfast was good and had much variety. The store located by the lobby was convenient if you need toothpaste or other things. For being where it is, it is not pricy. I would definitly go again.
Went to Orlando Dec 5 thru the 13th, 2003 . Stayed at the Barcelo on international drive across from the Mercado. I chose the location due to orlandoinfo.com's description of the "Festival of Light" display all along international drive thinking it would give us some holiday spirit. The lights are few and far between and even then are only a few lighted items and a tree at some hotels, this was a disappointment. The radisson barcelo was fair. The rooms were large and attractive but the beds and pillows were well used. My biggest complaint with the hotel was with the temperature of the pool water. Upon arrival the temp. was approx. 86 degrees but the next day was down to 78 with no one in the water for the rest of the time.
Tale of Two Hotels
My first advice to anyone looking into staying at the Radisson Barcelo Hotel is to find out which tower they are staying in. This hotel has a "Deluxe" tower, and a "Resort" tower. We stayed in the Resort tower and were sorely disappointed.
Although the hotel was rated as a 3-star hotel, the resort tower, in my opinion, was a 1.5 at best. Our room was clean, but obviously needed renovating (as did the exterior of the entire resort tower) The carpet in our room was damp on our arrival, and the elevator to our room had pools of water on the floor as well.
The pluses to this hotel is that its in a good location on International Drive, and the front desk seemed kind and helpful. The Deluxe tower seemed to be newer, and I imagine might have nicer rooms (although we didn't go up there).
If you don't get a great deal on the "Resort" tower, I'd recommend against staying there. We paid close to $60/night, and I probably wouldn't stay there again unless I found something closer to $40/night.
Better than some, but not the best.
Our vacation was booked through Ramada Plaza Resorts, and our accomodations were not exactly what we expected. My family and I stayed in the standard room with our three children. The pool and hot tub were both nice and relaxing. The lobby was beautiful, and the food at the hotel was great. It was great that all of the kids under 10 get to eat free, but there were still problems. 3 of the 7 days we were there, the elevator closest to our room was broken, and 14 hours a day at Disney, then walking up flights of stairs was not "luxury" by any means. There was a puddle on the sidewalk the first night we arrived and we had to drag our luggage through it to get to the elevator. Maintenace did, however, come and dry it, after we complained.
The Radisson Barcelo Hotel and Resort in Orlando is in the perfect location for this very fun town. The resort is right in the midlee of International Drive where all the action is. Only minutes from Disney and the resort has free transportation to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld and Wet n' Wild. We have steyed twice. Once in the resort sectioon which is perfect if for kids, next to the huge pool, canaa bars tennis courts and playground. These rooms have free safe, fridge, coffe make and coffee and are reasonably priced. Hey and kids 10 and under eat free! The last time we went we sprang for th eextra 20 bucks a night and stayed in the deluxe rooms in the new tower. WOW, all the resort room stuff plus a microawave and the largest room I've seen in a while. Luxury is how my wife described it. We loved it and they took great care of us.
This hotel and resort is great. We have stayed all over Orlando in our many visits but this was the best. Not overly fancy but the service, value and location can't be beat. Walk to hundreds of things and take the free shuttles to theme parks and outlet shoppping til you drop. I reserved through ... and got the best deal. Deklluxe rooms are worth the extra 20 bucks a night and the restaurant and pool bars have great food and our hid atew for free all threee meals with my wife and I.