Rodeway Inn Universal Studios Area
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Yesterday we had a relaxing day at our hotel and spent the afternoon in the pool and walked to Denny's for tea.
Today we drove to SeaWorld and saw some really good shows. One of the shows we went to starred Shamu and four other killer whales. They liked to splash us. There was a lady and lots of others that ran up the stairs screaming because they got ...
... tickets never told us that either. So wait 20 mins for another bus to go to Animal Kingdom. When arriving at Animal Kingdom, checked with bus driver the time and bus lane to get home from Epcot Park. Saw on his schedule Epcot 10pm & 11pm bus lane 26. Now we knew the light show at Epcot was on at 9pm, so too easy, well get the 10pm home. Piece of cake hey. So after the light show, we head straight for the buses. We go to lane 26. No signs to say ...
... I loe the way the characters interact with the kids even tough thy don't talk, and they drag the adults in too, lots of fun. A few more rides, including Dumbo, and it was time to grab a spot for the Electrical Parade. Last time we visited Orlando the parade was called Spectromagic, it was my favourite of all the parades, I still remember the music and had hoped it would still be the same, so the electrical parade had a lot to live ...
... talented, and a pleasure to listen to. Great night. Arrived back at our home after midnight, and managed to fall into bed at 2 am. Was just such a big buzz to catch up with friends from the Redlands in Australia. Pat and Fiona's daughter Gracie will be dancing on the stage at Disneytown tomorrow. Unfortunately we won't get to see that as we are heading off again, heading south, keeping up with the warm weather.
Have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Orlando, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rodeway Inn Universal Studios Area Orlando
Reading most of the previous reviews you would think the hotel was only fit for a wrecking ball. I did not read any reviews before my holiday (early to mid September 05) and I am quite shocked at the severity of some of them which has prompted me to write my opinion of the hotel.
OK Hotel -- If you're 19 and broke
The hotel was very dated, decor was not pretty. The shower did have mildew around the caulking with a constant drip and my T.V. remote didn't work. They did clean the room every day and restock any of the used toiletries. Not having an elevator was also another downside. Honestly, it had little to offer, but my room didn't smell as I've read on the site. For anyone who could afford better I'd recommend you do so. I would say this is a perfect place for college kids looking for fun with no money, but not for anyone else.
One Star is too generous. This place is a dump. The green carpeting in the common hallways is filthy and literally taped together with duct tape (silver duct tape). There is mold and mildew throughout. The shower curtain was missing rings. The box spring was exposed and the sheets were thin and uncomfortable. The room smelled strange. The counter service was okay, but not too friendly. Even at the price it is NOT a bargain. I was there with my daughter and the only reason I stayed was so that she would have something truly awful against which she could compare other accommodations in the future.
My family (wife and children aged 9,6,3) and I stayed at this hotel between 26-31 December 2005.
Is there lower than a 1 rating?
I wish that I could give a lower rating than 1. We walked in the door of our room, and immediately booked a room at another local hotel down the street. It was a dump, carpets taped together in the hall, mold and musty smell everywhere. If you want a cheap hotel and don't care about your health, go for it, otherwise, steer clear.
Like previous reviewers, we arrived and were given a damp smelly room on the ground floor, with visible signs of a recent flood. Carpets were wrinkled and smelly and the furniture had disintegrated back to chipboard because of the water. Naturally asked to change rooms and were given 1st floor room in Block 2. This was at least dry and had a normal smell and the bathroom and TV functioned! The AC unit gave off a nasty smell but it was Nov so we could live with that as weather pleasant but not mad hot. Oh yeah, no lift though!!! Very funny (Not) lugging bags up stairs with grumpy husband muttering about hell hole.....
You get what you pay for
We've just come back from 2 weeks here - we were a bit worried after previous reviews, but we couldn't find too much to fault the hotel for the price. We had an upstairs room in Block 6, overlooking the pool, and it was clean and well looked after. Bed linen and bathroom clean, although the carpets in the corridors were crumpled. There's renovation going on but it didn't affect us. Maybe it depends on which rooms you have - I'd previously read of damp, smelly rooms but that wasn't what we got. I think by next summer it will be a different, and better hotel, but at the moment we were happy that it gave value for money.
Give it a miss!!!
We saved up 15 months to go to America and was advised to go to this hotel. What a mistake!! The rooms were dirty with cobwebs on the walls, rust on the lampshades, hair dirt and crumbs of some kind all over the floor, carpets were all rippled as though it had been in a flood of some sort and the smell was disgusting!!! We walked into the rooms and straight back out booking into another hotel for the night until our rep could get us moved.
on arrival got given a damp smelly room,no fridge or safe key, changed rooms immediatly as the damp was visible up the sideboard. Second room had loose light switches and a wacking great generator outside, couldnt sleep. Saw rep in the morning first choice got us moved to a much better room upstairs ,no lift. once in there everything was fine except a slight pong in the stairwells. but on the whole yea the carpets were taty n held down with tape in the hallways, the maid service was brilliant clean towels bed linen n vacumed daily. on the whole you get what you pay for.Dont expect the ritz. A word of warning try to get the upstair rooms stay away from 117, and you may have been told there undertaking paintwork and light touchups,as we were leaving luckily for us the place looked like a bomb had hit it. First choice have got some front sending people there and dont believe it when your travel agent says that your rep in orlando will swap hotels if your not happy, he will for a $400 price. please dont worry tho if like us you booked late you got it cheap ,orlando is wicked and truly unforgettable i seriously thought that prior to going reading the reviews that my holiday was doomed. just keep changing rooms till you get a gooden and ull be fine. would i stay there again, according to our rep its being turned into a five starr hotel, i think well pay a bit more next year
This Howard Johnson which is now called the Imperial Swan is definately not as bad as other reviews make out. Myself and my husband stayed at this hotel along with another 2 couples and I was dreading it after reading reviews but in all honesty could find very little wrong with it, yes the carpets definately need to be changed but apart from that I found everything in all rooms just fine. I read not to eat in the restaurant so I did'nt but the other 2 couples did and said it was very nice and the staff could'nt give them enough.