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Our day started out by getting up at the ********** of dawn. Actually, we got up at 7:30 (6:30 Arkansas time). We had a backstage tour to get to... Epcot's Undiscovered Future World tour. We started out by meeting up with the rest of the tour group at guest relations and getting name badges. Our group was made up of 13 or 14 people. We have very few pictures from the tour, since we aren't allowed to take any while backstage. Stop reading now if you don't want to hear what we ...
... done once in a while as it was all so rich, but yummy of course! We watched a film in the afternoon and relaxed at the pool for a couple of hours this evening. After our homemade tea of mac & cheese, we went for a walk down international ...
... br> One of my fondest memories from when I visited Orlando as a child was the wonderful Castaway Creek (lazy river) at Typhoon Lagoon. What makes it so special is that it runs the whole way around the park through caves, waterfalls and even past an abandoned boat. It takes a good 25 minutes just to do one lap and you could literally spend the whole day being taken around and around! On our first visit we decided to go for the individual rubber rings as opposed to the 2 man ...
... Two of them blew shrieking penny whistles which made your ears bleed on the high notes, two banged side drums, one walloped a bass drum and the final bloke had a pole with a flag on it which he waved around unsteadily.
This last chap was the one who did all the talking, well, shouting. They all marched up to the front of building tootling and banging away, I think the tune was Yankee Doodle Dandy, something like that anyway. Then they stopped and Mr Shouty went ...
... made on the solar panels on one of the markers and couldnt be taken down because they are protected birds. It has nested there for 3 years now! We went past 3 times as we searched different areas for dolphins at a distance of only about 4 metres. The final time past we saw the chick too!! The osprey is obviously used to boats of tourists to close and was completely unfazed.)
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews StaySky Suites - I-Drive Orlando
Excellent value for the price
Stayed at the Hawthorn Suites on Canada Avenue for four nights in December 2003. Excellent value for the price. The kitchen had a full size refrig, dishwasher and all the appliances that we would need. The bedroom was separate as well as the vanity area. The staff was most accomodating. There was even a full hot breakfast every morning from 6:30 -10:00 and a reception with an open bar every night from 5:30-7:30.
We spent three nights at this hotel in November, 2003. We couldn't believe the large size of the rooms and how nice it was for such a modest price. You get a spacious, nice, clean suite for the price of a regular hotel room. The location was excellent: one block off International Drive and close to Wet n Wild and Universal Studios. It also had a free, full breakfast. The selection may not have been as good as at a restaurant breakfast bar, but it was good food and allowed us to fill up early in the day and get out to see the sights. The bathroom had a hair dryer and a fold out makeup mirror that my wife really liked. It had two large TVs in the bedroom and in the living room. The pool area was nice and was open late. The only thing the hotel lacked was a kiddie pool.
Our First Stop
I could not believe the Hotel of Horrers Review. We have stayed at the Hawthorn Suites for the last 3 Orlando visits, almost since it first opened and this year were pleased to note that the quality of the rooms and staff had not deteriorated at all. In fact, some faces we recognised - something you do not see often! We found the rooms clean and tidy, any comments were immediately responded to and the breakfast is one of my favourites in Florida. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
We stayed here Aug.23-30 and were completely satisfied with the hotel. There were five of us and we were very comfortable in the room. The hotel seems relatively new and everything was in good shape. The free hot breakfast was a lifesaver for us as this was a real budget trip. It made it easier to get out to the parks on time having the buffet breakfast. Happy Hour was very enjoyable too! The kids loved going up to the bartender and getting their own Shirley Temples! The hospitality was super, the only problem we had was with the number of towels. We had to keep asking for more because we usually showered twice a day! I would stay here again in a minute! (Got it for $70/night)
We stayed at this hotel during the last week in July for 6 days. Hotel rooms were spacious and clean. With three kids ages 8 thru 15, the suite was ideal. Free breakfast and happy hour were OK and convieniant.
Great place to stay for the price. 5 minute drive to Universal and Sea World.
Nice Clean Hotel
Hawthorne Suites is a nice clean place to stay. The suites are very nice and clean. They look like the pictures on the internet. They have an exercise room, game room, barbeque area, and small pool. The breakfast was okay. The hotel provides free shuttle to the themeparks.
The shuttle was a charter bus with air conditioning. Always ran on time. I suggest not to purchase park tickets in the hotel. The lady there was selling tickets for $2 over what they cost at the parks.
Everything was good, but the elevators are slow and hot water isn't very hot after someone takes a shower. Overall its a good deal for the price paid. I would stay here or at another Hawthorne again.
Just back from Hawthorn Suites, we stayed there the first 3 nights of our vacation and really enjoyed our stay. We arrived our first night and the Free 2 hour evening cocktail reception & hors doeuvres was just starting. We checked in and went straight into the lounge. This Free reception is for everyone. Then we moved into our room, this was a nice suite with a full size fridge, microwave, stove and dishwasher. The hotel also has a basketball court area, not a full court, game room, fitness room, whirlpool spa, BBQ grills and guest laundry. They do have a basic swimming pool and no kiddy pool, but it was ok with us. The next day we went down for Free hot breakfast. I loved this every morning, we really saved some money. Im not saying it was the best breakfast, but it was a good deal. This hotel is 1 block off International Drive on Canada Avenue next door to the Pirate Dinner Show. You can also catch the I-Trolley on International Drive, 5 min walk. The Free Bus Transportation to all Disney parks, U. Studios, IOA, Sea World and Wet & Wild. I will say this is not the best service I ever used, but it was not the worst either. The bus service ran on a set schedule, but seem to be on time most of the time. One thing I did like about the service, if the bus was full when it arrived at your hotel, the driver would call another bus that would arrive in minutes, also the bus service ran till 2am for City Walk. U. Studios is less than a mile away if you want to drive. In conclusion I will say this is a nice clean place to stay, I got a rate of $ 69.00 a night and was well satisfied. I would stay here again.
Loved this place.
Just had to respond to hotel of horrors, because we were in that very hotel on the week he seems to have found everything wrong. The breakfast is very good and satisfying and the social hour was above our expectations. By our second night the bartender would start to get our drink ready when we entered the lounge. If you are looking for above the norm value, this is certainly the place. This May will be our fourth trip to Hawthorne suites.P.S. If you think the elevator is slow ask for a room on the first floor.
Don't let the above comment regarding stealing
put you off. This is a fantastic hotel for the price. The rooms are large and spacious, the kitchen area was very clean, there is a great hot breakfast buffet included in the room rate. Even better is the 2 hour free cocktails and snacks - generally the snacks were nachos + cheese, however we also had HOT DOGS and SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS !!!
All in all a superb hotel with very nice staff
BEWARE staying at Hawthorn Suites you could be accused of stealing without any proof! We were! Hotel security accused us of stealing a TV remote controller because it wasn't in the room when we arrived. To our shock and dismay we later learned Hawthorn Suites knew TV controllers were missing in rooms, they were having problems with an order forcontrollers. Being accused of stealing was just the beginning of our nightmare. Bring your own replacement toilet paper and tissue or call days ahead. We waited 15 hours finally got it at 2 o'clock in the morning. You'll also need bug spray and dishes unless you don't mind using dishes and silverware with encrusted food on them.