Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Universal Studios Orlando
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Stayed here May/Jun 2005. Ideal location for us. Room more than adequate as we took our 9 year old grandson. The breakfasts were plentiful and set us up well until lunchtime. He particularly enjoyed the pool at the end of the day. Pity the weather was not too good. Would certainly stay there again and recommend to others.
Nice Hotel for Deep Sleepers!
I booked a 2-night stay at this hotel in 5/02 through Expedia ($58 p/night). I read all the reviews prior to booking for fear of renting a room that would ruin my little weekend getaway. Upon arriving, I was very impressed with the hotel. The location is great... about a 3 min drive to Universal. The lobby and breakfast area is nicely decorated and very clean. The pool was small considering the number of hotel rooms. We had a non-smoking, two double beds room. The room was small, but clean and well decorated. The beds were small and a bit firm. The bathroom was compact, but nice and clean. My only complaint about this hotel is that it has PAPER THIN WALLS! Despite the ear plugs, I was awaken several times by banging doors and hallway conversation from late night partiers and early morning risers. It was a true disappointment. After a restless night, I called it quits on my weekeng getaway and checked out early. The manager did not ask any questions and approved my credit card refund. This is the perfect hotel for deep sleepers. If you're a light sleeper or a person who does not sleep in a commatose state, beware.
My wife and I were looking for an inexpensive, CLEAN place to stay. We stumbled upon the Sleep Inn & Suites for a great price and gave it a try. The hotel is relatively new and very clean. It is located on Major Blvd, literally seconds from Universal. The staff was very polite and professional. Our room was small but very clean and neat. For the purpose of a clean room in an above average hotel, this hotel is terrific. We would absolutely stay here again when visiting Universal or Sea World.
Did a lot of research on the hotels here.
Chose Sleep Inn for convenience to Universal which it was. After a tiring day at the park I would not recommend walking back to hotel with kids, could be exhausting.Hotel was clean, smaller rooms (not sure about the suites), pool was not heated and not too clean. We were allowed to use the heated pool next door at Comfort Suites, however, my daughter broke out in a weird rash and the hot tub was so hot it left a red mark around my son's waist when he got out after 5 minutes! I could not stand it. Had brown sludge in the sink when we woke up one morning. They instantly moved us to another room. Didn't really bother me that much. The continental breakfast came in handy, nice waffles, good selection. Coffee and tea also avail. 24 hours. Very nice bonus.
Shuttle was free and reliable but on scheduled times to Universal, Wet and Wild and Sea World. We took the Lynx bus back later at night after Mardi Gras. Staff was somewhat friendly, no problems. Overall, it is average but don't book it for the pool - my kids were a bit disappointed. It worked well for our stay as we didn't spend that much time there. Didn't like the damp smell in the rooms. We experienced two rooms, both were kinda musty and this is a 4 year old hotel. Not sure if it is a dampness/humidity problem in Orlando in general - read other reviews of same problem, different hotels.
Not too bad, but...
Stayed at the sleep inn for Jan 31st - Feb 9th 2005, found the hotel to be clean and comfortable. We booked through expedia and on that website it said free transportation to universal studios and sea world with trans. to disney parks for a nominal charge. Once we got there however, they told us that there was no shuttle service to Disney parks at all and that we could take a cab ($30 u.s.) or take the i ride trolley to sea world which connects to a lynx city bus. We were not impressed. The pool was nice but not heated so swimming was not an option. Overall I would say that if you intend to just go to Universal Studios and International Drive, this hotel would be great. However, if you are planning on going to Disney I would stay in LBV or pay the extra money and stay at a Disney resort.
Great deal for the $50.99!
This hotel is a great deal for the price. The rooms are neat and the breakfast is pretty good. There is juices and breads and waffles. This hotel also has free parking. It is next to a Wendys (great for a late night snack). The pool is pretty cute. We enjoyed our stay!
Booked room not available
Initially check-in was very frustrating, was told that suite was not available and would be placed in a 1 bed suite with a rollaway for no charge. This was corrected and 2 bed suite was given within ten minutes. Booking was made through expedia for a very good rate. Housekeeping was minimal at best, with toilet never being cleaned during stay. For the money and amenitites, Homewood suites is a much better value with more consistant service.
Very good for the price
My husband and I, along with 3 children stayed at this hotel during the month of May, 2004. The check in and check out were very quick, and most of the staff was very pleasant. I was on the 8th floor, and the houskeeping here was excellent! Even though the bedding needed some changing, everything was clean at all times. This hotel offers free shuttles to Sea World and Universal, but sometimes the shuttle was too full and uncomfortable. The breakfast buffet was pretty good, although it could of had some variety from day to day (it gets monotonous after 5 days). The pool was small, but ok. I would stay here again if good quality at a low cost were my objective.
I got a great rate with the Orlando Magicard ($39.99). This is an average hotel with basic accomodations. The sheets and pillows are very worn and old and should be replaced. The breakfast buffet is not bad and you can make you own waffles. My biggest pet peeve.... the pool was not heated!! I was told when I made the reservation that it was heated. When I questioned the staff upon my arrival, no one seemed to have a straight answer regarding why the pool was not heated. After a few days, I was finally told by the grounds keeper that a part for the pool heating system was broken and would not be replaced until after I checked out. This was very disappointing since the weather was not that great and the pool water was cold. All in all... not a bad hotel for the money and I would stay there again if I got a similar cheap rate.
Nice stay, in a good hotel.
My son and I stayed at the Sleep Inn & Suites for 3 days: 2/23 - 2/26/04 and had a nice time. A quick check in and friendly staff. Three elevators working good and fast. We had the room 1014 which has a good size for 2 people, the main good thing: it was clean wherever you looked, comfortable, well lighted,a/c working OK, the housekeeping makes a good job here. Vending and ice machine on this floor, too.
Washer & dryer machines in other floor, heated pool, have a good complimentary continental breakfast(buffet) in a nice dining room on the 1st. floor where Rubiela and another lady were always keeping an eye to have the buffet plenty of food for their guests.- Plus 24 hours: coffee,tea,orange juice. Also attractions tickets are sold in the lobby and a free shuttle to Universal. the Sleep Inn & Suites in Universal is well located near kirkman rd, 5 minutes to Universal, the I-trolley main line north stops just here, Burger King, Wendys, Walgreens,McDonalds,Bargain World,etc. Overall I recommend this hotel, good price, cleanliness, not noisy at all and a polite/friendly staff made us feel like at home. Thanks to Siham, Angela, Rubiela, Michelle,Andres and all the staff that works there(sorry I don't remember your names) including the security guard who was a polite and helpful person too....
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