Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Universal Studios Orlando
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Okay, so that's the Bahamas. Next I suppose we'll do Orlando. Settle in, folks. Midnight of the night of our return from the Bahamas, we encountered a mite of frustration. Our hotel booking, so meticulously done with the assistance of Travelocity, had been mistakenly (on the part of our hotel, wethinks) shifted to the next evening. And they had no …
... and get to enjoy some special effects in catastrophe canyon. A walk through show about Cptn Jack Sparrow was a bit lame, but it was 15 minutes with Cptn Jack and Pirates of the Caribbean music so wasn't a complete waste of time. The Great Movie ride is a bit tired, I still enjoyed it, but could tell that all my kids (who watch more than their fair share of movies), didn't have much of a clue who the actors or movies where that were being portrayed, ...
... pretty good fun.
We grabbed some coffee on the street and a travelling show stopped nearby. Gary was chosen to participate in a matchmaking game with three women, all playing different characters. He ended up picking the Marilyn Monroe lookalike – go figure. For his efforts, he won a dream fast pass and gave it to the kids and I for another ride on the Tower of Terror.
We continued to wander around the park ...
Thursday morning, we went to Islands of Adventure really early, in fact it hadn't even opened by the time we got to the gates. We went straight to the Hulk roller coaster but, unfortunately I was too short and they wouldn't let me on. Luckily i bought shoes with heels with me, so we decided to try again later when the people had changed over. We went on Spiderman which is a 3D ride in ...
... dance with the characters to the tunes of their favorite shows. Caitlyn didn't want to see anyone until she saw June, and didn't understand that once Oso and Manny passed our table, that was it. But she opened up more when June got there and was fine with Jake! I'm glad we went here, it was really cute!
We went to see Disney Jr. Live On Stage. It's a puppet show that starts with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Toodles had a ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Universal Studios Orlando
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.
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.
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.
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.