by Whitney Rife
This is the closest Holiday Inn Express to Universal Orlando Resort. Rooms at this hotel feature flat-screen televisions, Kohler showerheads and 100-percent cotton sheets. Suites also include extra space, sleeper sofas, microwaves and dining tables. Cribs are available for free. The entire hotel provides free high-speed wireless Internet access. A seasonal heated outdoor pool is available in the summer. Families can start the vacation day off right with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. The hotel’s main draw for children is the lobby lounge, which present a video screen of animated characters.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool
- Complimentary breakfast buffet
- Free wireless Internet in rooms
- Theme Park
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
I wanted to take some time and review this hotel due to the excellence and professionalism felt by the front desk staff. Manager Doris and training front desk attendant Martin were both very helpful, patient and knowledgeable of the surrounding area. You can tell when there is a good training system in place and it shows with this staff.
The hotel has recently gone through renovations and the rooms are very nice and modern. I definitely recommend giving this hotel a try when you come to Orlando. Between the excellent staff and the beautiful rooms, you can’t go wrong
This was my second stay and this time I was with my best friend and our four children, ages 10-15. We stayed for 3 nights and had 2 rooms. The staff was very accommodating when we discovered that our rooms were not very close together. They switched one of our rooms so we could be across the hall from each other. They also provided us with bags of ice to use as a cooler while we swam and waited for our rooms. The pool isn't huge but it is more than adequate and well maintained. The rooms were great and if on one side of the building you get a nice view of Universal. The breakfast is always plentiful and there is a lot of seating. My only suggestion for improvement would be that the shower/toilet area of the bathrooms are getting dated. They are still acceptable but could use an update. The location of this hotel is awesome! The parks are only about 6 minutes away by car which is about $7 if you Uber or Lyft. There is a Wendy's right next door and a Walgreen's about 2 minutes away. I have already been back to the hotel and will definitely continue to consider it in the future.