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Clean with current furnishings. Heated outdoor pool and spa. Buffet style meals available. Enjoyable and friendly staff in their upscale Jack's restaurant.
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NORMANDIE AND NANCY AND A WEEKEND AT THE ROSEN....
A few months ago we purchased a travel package from Special T Travel. They are a travel company that usually reaches people (by phone) who travel a lot. I assume they get your name and phone number because they buy a list with that information on it. We have dealt with them several times over the past few years, buying various packages at various prices. We use them when we want to get away for just a few days, and we like to get away a lot. The prices, depending on the package offered, range from $118 to $198. A package usually contains 3 nights/4 days in Orlando, 2 nights/3 days in Daytona, 3-day/2-night mini vacation (somewhere you want to go from their list), 5-day/4-night cruise to the Bahamas, and a 5-day/4-night stay in Cancun, Mexico. There are often additional charges, like the room tax at the hotel, and depending on the package, the port charges for the cruise, and of course, you pay your own airfare.
Usually, a timeshare or travel-package talk is required. The talks aren't really that bad any more; the days of the HARD sell are gone and if you say 'no' two or three times, they just give you your gift and send you on your way. They claim to take 90 minutes of your time and these days it's often not more than that. They also serve you anything from donuts and coffee to a full sit-down breakfast. The gifts are usually quite nice: 2 tickets to any amusement park (like Disney, Universal or Sea World), and a Orlando Magic Card. And since we're both retired and our time is our own - we can usually spare an hour and a half or so at the "talk". Besides, we like the gifts and the free stay at the hotel.
This time the hotel was the Rosen on International Drive, Orlando. The Rosen is definitely one of the higher-class hotels on International Drive. We usually get a very nice hotel, but not usually the quality of the Rosen. This time we really lucked out. The hotel itself is a beautiful sight. You drive up an oval drive to a beautiful lobby. Check-in is easy. The room tax was paid before the day we arrived, $15 a night. They didn't even require a credit card to hold against possible charges to the room. We had a room on the fifth floor. It was a room suitable for four: two double beds (queens would have been a little nicer, but these were fine). The room was quite large and had a small refrigerator hidden in the lowboy dresser. The beds were comfortable. We did have some difficulty when we first arrived; the air conditioner didn't seem to be working properly and the toilet kept running. After a quick call to the front desk, we were moved to another room and had no further problems. Of course, this was done after we had unpacked, so we re-packed, moved, and what else - unpacked again!
The hotel has many amenities, including a very large heated pool, a big workout room, a few computers set up in the lobby, conference rooms, free internet in the rooms and a nice restaurant. All in all, the Rosen is a beautiful hotel, and it was a pleasure staying there.
There was only one real difficulty we had with our stay. When you drive up to the entrance, you are hit in the face with a large sign stating the parking was $20 a day for valet and $13 a day for self-parking. There was free parking for the handicapped with a proper sticker or license plate. We have stayed at several hotels on International Drive recently, and never had to pay for parking, especially not $20 a day. Granted, in our particular case, we had not paid anything for this weekend except for the room tax, but can you imagine paying for a room that must have cost $200 a night and then being hit with an additional $60 for a 3-day-stay, just to park? Since we had not been informed of this before we arrived, we were a little annoyed. I know, I know, we were being picky since we had not paid for the room, but we were still annoyed.
We arrived on Thursday and actually just spent most of the time looking around the hotel and later going to the pool. At our age it usually takes us a few hours to get acclimated, and usually we require a little rest time, too. On Friday, since we have yearly Universal tickets, we spent the day there. We liked the fact that after such a long day, we had such a short drive back to the hotel. We spent Saturday around International Drive. Nan had her grandchildren, Nicole and Samantha, and, we went to Wonder World. The kids had a great time, with the rope climbing and many other things there to keep them busy. Afterward, when we got back to the hotel. The kids were picked up and we went out to dinner.
Since we were already on International Drive, we opted for my very favorite Indian Restaurant. We don't get there often because we live in Titusville and it's quite a drive for dinner. The AASHIRWAD, is at 5748 International Drive, Orlando, Fl 32819. phone: 407-370-9830 or cell: 321-946-8056. The ambiance is lovely and the food is absolutely the best Indian I have had since I lived in New York City. And for me that's saying something because I'm very particular when it comes to Indian cuisine. Even Nancy, who is not usually fond of Indian food enjoys eating there.
After a lovely dinner at a reasonable price, we went back to the hotel and to the pool. The weather was not pool weather for us Floridians but we went and had a good time anyway - cold but good.
Check out was 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. As usual, we wished we had another day or two, but we were happy with the time we had there and packed the car to leave.
The Rosen staff is friendly and helpful, and the place is beautiful, a really nice stay.
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