Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel
I have just come back from this wonderful hotel and must stress not to listen to the negative reviews. The hotel was lovely, the rooms were gorgeous, the staff helpful and friendly. Everything about this hotel was wonderful and we didn't need anything else. Come stay here. It is cheap and great for the money you pay
"Burn Me Please"
I want to start by saying Expedia is great and my horrible experience with the crapy hotel had nothing to do with Expedia. My fiance and I had reservations to stay at this crutty hotel for 8 nights. My first night was awful. The room had a nasty odor, the bathroom walls were mildewed and molded, the corner of the bathroom door was rusted, the sheets on the bed were mildewed, as well as the pillow cases, the carpet was dirty and it was to the point that I would not step out of the bed without wearing my slippers, the furniture was old, the bed was not comfortable to sleep in and the walls were dirty and mildewed around the top of the seiling. The lamp shade was mildewed and dirty and the wall had a big hole in it next to the other bed that we did not sleep in. The bathroom door did not fully open all the way. I was so creeped out by this nasty room, I asked my fiance to hold the bathroom door open for me as I ran through so that my body would not touch the door. "I am itching typing this review, just thinking about the misery and filth". I could not take it a second night, therefore, I chose to sleep in the car. The thought of sleeping in that nasty bed, with the possibility of something crawling on me was disgusting. Luckily my fiance had a close friend that lived in Daytona. We stayed in Daytona for the remaining of the trip however, the hotel was not aware of our new arrangement, since we did pay for the full 8 days. My fiance and I thought that we left something in the room, so we went to check the room for the item, and our key was not activated. I was outraged, not because we had no room to sleep in, that part was okay with me, because I was not missing out on sleeping in filth, but, they had no right to check us out until the day that they were scheduled to check us out. The manager told me that they deactivated our key and checked us out because the maid had been there several times that week, and she thought that we left. I told them that if they did not hear from us, that was not a good enough reason to deactivate our keys and check us out. They tried to make it up with a so called "executive suite". I told them I was not interested in sleeping in that room or any other room for that matter. I was not pleased at all. Run far, far, away from this hotel. It is not healthy or sanitary, especially for babies and children. Luckily my asthma did not bother me while I was in that crap of a hotel. The manager was rude and conveniently acted as if he could not understand English. I did not eat the complimentary breakfast because I did not trust it, and I did not get in that nasty pool. The pool chairs are rusted. I do not see how they pass inspections, maybe the health department should be notified. Please, I beg you, do not go through it! Much better is out there. Do not ruin your vacation!!!
Great value for the money!
Like others we expected the worst after reading some of the reviews for this hotel. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the standards of the hotel and its staff. Having paid only £375 for a fortnight (including flights) we would certainly recommend this holiday to others.
Our room was cleaned on a daily basis and we received fresh towels every day. While some of the fixtures were outdated the shower, safe, fridge, TV, air con etc worked fine. We had a room on the back by the car park and were not troubled by any noise. Our room was also on the ground floor and we felt perfectly safe at night.
Certainly the best feature of the hotel was the lovely, clean pool area which we had to ourselves most of the time. There were plenty of sun lounges and the sun stayed on the pool all day.
The Riande is in an excellent location with Wet and Wild just across the road and the I-Ride stops about a minute away, this gives you easy access to Seaworld and the rest of I Drive ie shops, bars etc. The hotel staff also arranged taxis to Adventure Island and Universal for $8.
If we were to return to Florida we would have no hesitation stopping at the Riande again.
Very Good For The Price, Excellent Location
Paid a very good price for this hotel and was expecting the worst after reading some reviews prior to our stay. However, none of this was substantiated by our stay. The room was very comfortable, two double beds, good shower and adequate air conditioning.
The location for Wet N Wild and Universal Studios is superb and if you are using a car (as we were) the parking is excellent with no problems finding a space.
The pool is very good as well, with lots of sun loungers always available.
If you are travelling on a budget then you could do a lot worse than this hotel.
Setting new lows in the standards of service.
I've waited a while before writing a review of this place mainly because I've only just found this site, and I've only just calmed down.
We checked in to be greeted with barely disguised contempt from the check in guy. Didn't realise this was a hotel catering for the Hispanic community, and I would think that if any mainstream hotel greeted Hispanic guests in the fashion we were here, they would be open to accusations of racism.
The rooms, well, where to start? To call it a pigsty would be insulting to the pigs. The carpet was stained, ripped and held down with industrial tape, it was also wet, I don't mean damp, I mean squelching. The furniture was battered and had seemingly been the victim of numerous botched repairs. There were excrement stains on the bed linen. The bathroom appliances had no seals, and thus were alive with fungal growths and black with filth.
The airconditioning unit sounded like a madman rattling a stick around in a metal bin and produced an airflow like a deflated balloon. Our flight in was delayed and we were so tired we had no option but to stop the night, my partner spent the whole night weeping. I feared we may have been joined by cockroaches, this wasn't the case. They'd either drowned in the biblical flood that had obviously swept the room prior to our arrival, or had themselves found more prestigious accommodation.
In the morning I informed the manager how unpleased we were with our provided accommodation, and gave him the opportunity to provide us with more suitable quarters. He declined and pretty much said 'If you don't like it, go somewhere else.' We did. We went to the low-level and Hi-rise Holiday Inn a couple of minutes down the street, it was very nice indeed.
We thankfully managed to extract the money from the tour operator on our return, plus the difference in price for the Holiday Inn and some compensation, as we had been reccomended the hotel by one of their sales reps.
If it is your aim to be miserable, insulted and more than a little damp I would reccomend this 'hotel' without hesistation. If you want to stay somewhere that doesn't feel like a guest house in Kabul, look far, far beyond this disgraceful hovel. Words do not exist to describe my contempt for this place.
Rude Manager, backwards check-in, check -out system
We got this hotel through "----" but through the phone. It was about $49/night. When we and in the process of checking in, the manager, very rudely I might add, asked us for our "vouchers". We had no idea about any voucher and he told us that we were supposed to print out a voucher when we purchased the room. He said "How would I know if you paid if you dont have a voucher?". We asked him, How are you going to print something through the phone? Well he didnt understand that concept and he wanted us to call lastminute hotels and have them somehow send us a voucher..To make a long story short, he was EXTREMELY rude and disrespectful, but in the end, after bickering and hearing us threaten to call headquarters (if a headquarters even exists for this hotel) he told us that he would call the company himself and that he would give us the rooms, we just had to leave a $15 key deposit..He did apologize for his behavior. Our room was okay, the tub leaked. Our friends room was ugly and stinky, it had different furniture than ours and tile floors, very raunchy looking. I WILL NEVER stay at this hotel again..They run a very backwards system. They have to understand that they are in the United States, not Panama.
Great for the price
We were not expecting much for the $43 per night in Orlando, however we did get suprised. Our room was clean, plenty of hot water, and close to everything. The breakfast was great as was the pool. We went to Orlando to enjoy Universal Studios, not the hotel. We really only used the hotel to sleep. We never felt unsafe or endangered. It is a hispanic hotel, and everyone went out of their way to give us everything we requested. My opinion is, if you are going to stay at the hotel to enjoy what the hotel has to offer, this may not be for you. On the other hand, if you are like me and want to spend your money on enjoying the parks not a place to sleep it is a good choice.
Great pictures on the internet - but . .
I was making a reservation for 10 days over the internet - the pictures of the hotel looks great on the internet - but this hotel realy needs a remodeling.
Safe did'nt work - bath was floating over - aircon made a terribel noise.
No Habla Espanol!
First of all if you don't speak Spanish, find another hotel. Every single person who worked there, that we came into contact with, barely spoke a lick of English. The rooms aren't too bad, and the bed is rather comfortable. The toilet leaked all over the bedroom floor. The first night there we went out. Prior to going out we informed the staff that the toilet was leaking all over the floor. They said they'd send someone up to look at it. Well that's probably all they did was look at it, if they even went into the room at all. By our last day there it was still leaking. The drain in the shower was pretty much non-existent. We should have taken a bath, it would've been the same thing! The breakfast was okay, but they keep a sharp eye on you to make sure you tip. We were really excited when we heard English being spoken in the cafeteria on about the 3rd day! There are lots of hotels all along International Drive, I recommend almost any other one than this one!
Mixed Feelings About It
This hotel was an okay hotel, it is just that the rooms had a bad odor. The room me and my family stayed in smelled like pee. The price was okay if you weren't stayin in the room all day and you were just goin to be there to sleep for the time you are there and the bathtub's drain was not working. The water stayed plugged up in the tub with the drain open. I wouldn't want to stay in this hotel again because it is a Spanish hotel and I do not know any Spanish so I kind of felt left out. Otherwise, this hotel was okay. I did have a peaceful sleep.
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... forget where you really are. Jay and I took turns riding the Expedition Everest roller coaster while M enjoyed a frozen banana, watching and repeating…."mommy, when I'm big, can I please go on that roller coaster?"….lol…I love her bravery!
The park was closing soon so we didn't have much time to spend in Dinoland, just enough time for M to go on a flying dinosaur ride! What a fantastic day…What a wonderful place!
Some stupid woman has just run over my foot. And it bloody hurts. And why? Why did she run over my foot? I'll tell you why, because the stupid stupid woman was pushing her push chair, with her horrible writhing child on board, with one hand and texting on her mobile phone with the other. I have trouble with my feet and legs at the best of times, but now I can add throbbing pain to all the other symptoms.
And just because this stupid woman felt that the most important ...
... entrance, where we stored a change of shoes, umbrellas, etc. Very handy. Worth the money.
It was drizzling slightly as we arrived so our first photos show us in ponchos and raincoats (suggest you buy these at a Dollar Store and bring with you, rather than paying $10 for the Disney version). But we quickly were able to ditch them (quick trip back to the locker) when the rain disappeared.
We headed straight to ...
Hi all, we have had a huge day getting up early to fly from Washington to Florida. I can't fault the flight service at all. The have been amazing helping us move around the air port. We arrived ion Orlando about 2.30, but took some time to sort out our rental. In the end, the gave us a huge line of cars to pick from and said help yourself. We now have a Fire Engine red Dodge to get us around.
We got to the Sheraton late in the day and just ...
... Willow, dementors and a Quidditch match," and it kind of whips you around. The real attraction there though is going through the castle: talking portraits, videos, fake snow, classroom replicas, you name it.
Then, we headed out of the park-- but first stopped at the Dr. Seuss section of it-- talk about surreal with rainclouds! All empty and colors with a gray sky. After some photos, we returned to the hotel to prep for another day of hot Orlando weather and ride ...