After reading the terrible reviews this Motel had, I was expecting the worst. It gave us what we paid for.
Rooms : Although the rooms are old and would need a facelift, it was clean, safe and decent. We had two double-beds with a full bathroom, a little table, two chairs, a safe, a telephone, a TV with full cable as well as a little fridge and microwave. We really can’t ask for much more at $30/night. The towels are old and scratchy a little, so I’d suggest bringing your own towels/face clothes. You will also need to bring your own shampoo/soap as they provide very little. Then again, it’s to be expected at the cheap price we pay. Although loud at times, the AC was working well and kept us cool. My only concern would be the water. I’m not sure if there is something bad with the water in the Orlando/Kissimmee area, but it has a really strong smell… So much that I had to use bottled water to brush my teeth. Again, it’s bearable if you spend minimal time in your room.
Internet : They say you have free wireless Internet access… and you do, but the router is not very good. We were given a room a few doors down the Lobby and we still could not get enough reception to get online. Although, when my boyfriend sat in the lobby, he had full reception. So if you want to keep your internet access to a bare minimum, it is POSSIBLE to have access but only from the lobby. If you’re planning on working online for hours, forget about it. They don’t have any work station open to the public either. You need to bring your own laptop/Iphone.
Amendeties : There is a small pool and although I haven’t been in it, there was almost always someone in it, so I figure it was alright. The “free continental breakfast” they advertise is lame. Two timbits (one-bite donuts) per person is the limit and they’re cheap, stale ones from the grocery store. The juice is watered down and I haven’t tried their coffee. This did not bother us as the location was great and was surrounded by many restaurants, at different prices. We asked where them where their Ice Machines were and they told us to go get our ice at the Ramada Inn beside our Hotel… Don’t expect to get any free Ice at Knights Inn!
Location : It is greatly located with lots of restaurants around. Local bus service is available right in front of the hotel, there’s a grocery store across the street, a bunch of souvenir shops, etc. For the restaurants, at less than 5 minutes walk, there is a Sizzler’s, Ponderosa and a Perkins. Sizzlers and Ponderosa’s offer $3,99 breakfast buffet which were both ok, but a little more greasy than what I am used to in Canada. If you want to walk a little further, you get to all the different fast food restaurants, (McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s), pizza chains (cici’s, etc) and Golden Coral. There is also a few activities available at a walking distance, such as mini-putt.
Shuttles : We mainly picked this hotel because of its cheap price but also because of the free shuttles to Universal Studios and Disney World. We did not have a car, so this point was extremely important to us. At this time of the year, they had two different scheduled time for shuttles to Disney world and four different return times; Which gives you to options to sleep-in in the morning or not; come back before, or after dinner, at night. For Universal, they only had one shuttle to go and come back every day but since this park is smaller, it was all we needed. Based on 7 days of using the shuttles, I can confirm that the shuttles usually ran on time, with the exception of one night when the shuttle was about 40 minutes late to bring us back to our hotel. Be ready to stand on the bus though as we rarely got seats to sit on. They pack the shuttles as packed as they can.
Overall, considering the price and what we got, I think it was totally worth it and we would definitely recommend it to young couples/families on a budget who simply want a place to stay over night without spending much time in the room. If you’re planning on spending a lot of free time in the room or work at night, I suggest going somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Knights Inn Kissimmee, Fla. is located one mile from Disney World. Complimentary shuttles to all theme parks are available. The hotel has all ground-floor rooms, a heated outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfasts. Guestrooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet access. Refrigerators and microwave ovens are included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knights Inn Maingate Hotel Kissimmee
- Maingate Knights Inn
- Knights Inn Kissimmee
- Kissimmee Knights Inn
- Knights Inn Maingate Kissimmee/Orlando Florida