On 28 acres near the Convention Center, this hotel with Bali-inspired decor combines low bungalow-style buildings and a 17-story tower, and offers families and conventioneers a warm welcome and a comforting escape from hectic I-Drive. Delights include just-baked cookies at check-in, lush linens and cool blues and greens in the guest rooms, three pools, tropical landscaping, and a full-service spa. The hotel is about midway between the airport and Disney, less than a mile
from SeaWorld, and five minutes from Universal. It can be tricky to get to, though, because while the address is International Drive, the entrance is around the corner on Westwood Boulevard.
Feb 10, 2005
Stayed b/c of a conference. 1st, we were bumped from a "new" tower room to an old suite (which was nothing more than two adjoining rooms). All 3 HVAC units were in disrepair. Dried residue stains ran down the mirrors. Toilet ran on and on. The walls were thin enough to hear the neighbor's strains at his toilet. And as the "suite" had outside entrances, we (including our toddler) got hear the bar all night (to 1:30am). Oh, local calls are more than
a $1.00 each. What a sad, outdated, overpriced facility. Beware.
Aug 5, 2004
I hope I can save someone from the horrible experience we had at this hotel. The rooms are atrocious, the service was nonexistent, and the facilities were outdated and unkempt. The only thing this hotel has going for it is that it is within walking distance to Sea World, where we spent as much time as possible so we wouldn't have to spend any unnecessary time in our room. Don't be misled by their website.
Sep 30, 2003
The service at this hotel, particularly the restaurant, was utterly HORRIBLE!! Because I was attending a convention and no restaurants restaurants in walking distance were around, I had no choice to dine there several times. Even in a restaurant with very few customers (it was about 2:30 p.m.) and what seemed like more waitstaff than customers, I had to wait 10 minutes before someone approached me. I saw this happen to at least 2 other people as well.
On another day, I had the same problem--both waiting to be serviced and waiting for the check. Even worse, when I asked the waiter what the soup of the day was, he responded with "I don't know," NOT with "I don't know. LET ME CHECK ON THAT." As far the other aspects of the hotel, I did not stay in the tower. Rather, I stayed in one of the other buildings, and they all looked like an outdated MOTEL (not HOTEL). When I walked out of my room, my view was a parking lot. Further, there was no elevator to the second floor of this building. And....the walk to the main lobby was not completely covered. The atmosphere of the rest of the hotel was mediocre, at best. Although clean, it has an early 80s feel to it.