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Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando
Ranked #168 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
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140 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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“Perfect base for the attractions”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We have visites Orlando several times staying in more expensive hotels. This place is perfect location especially for Universal which ia about a 10-15 min walk. The hotel is clean with large rooms and you dont get charged for parking or a fridge/microwave which you do if you stay on site at Universal. There is more than enough parking space as well.
There are restaurants within a 2 min walk including TGI Fridays which is on site. There is also starbucks a Japenese grill and American bar called Millers which has great food and really friendly. Good place to watch any sport.
24 hour pharmacy also nearby which sellz everything including food and clothes.
I would stay here again for a reasonable good quality hotel with a perfect location.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
We are happy that you enjoyed your accommodations at the Fresh, Fun, and Affordable Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando®. We are very pleased you have discovered that we do offer the perfect place to stay for visiting Universal, or any of the other fun Orlando attractions. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon.
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I've checked in to this hotel by end of March/14. Good hotel, good big and clean room with good bathroom and good speed wi-fi. Good deal. Be careful although if you buy something and have the packet sent to the hotel. As many people do this, the hotel cannot handle each and every package, so, the carrier are authorised by the hotel to deliver the whole bundle with many many packages and without any conference receive the signature meaning that all the packages of the bundle are received. This is what the responsible of the packages handling sector told me. So, if perhaps one package declared at the bundle is not in fact there, it would be too late and you will have trouble with the store for sure because it would be considered delivered and received.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent stay with us. We appreciate your comments, as your feedback is most valuable to us. It remains very important that we take every opportunity to improve our services. Thank you once more for choosing to stay with us, and I invite you to visit us again the next time this time you visit the Orlando area.
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York, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This hotel is located across the street from the entrance to Universal Studios. We stayed here using reward points. We were here for two nights (Friday and Saturday) in June 2014. The hotel appeared to be completely booked but the staff handled it well.

The room was very basic and did not have a refrigerator. The internet was not working when we arrived around 4:00pm but was up and running when we returned from dinner.

I understand that there is a shuttle to Universal but we walked over to Citiwalk for dinner (walk is approx. 3/4 of a mile). There is no admission fee to Citiwalk and the options for dinner were nice (Margaritaville, Pat O'Briens, etc). Don't fall for the "Dinner and Movie" and "Dinner and Citiwalk" passes unless you are planning to go over for the "nightlife" at Citiwalk. The tickets were $24 each. When we presented them at Margaritaville for dinner we were given a special menu with very few selections. At the time we purchased the tickets (from the Concierge at the Holiday Inn) we were told that it included an entrée. As for the nightlife - unless you are planning on being there for the party scene after 9pm you do not need the ticket. The ticket could be exchanged for a wristband that allowed you to go into all of the bars for no cover charge.

Pool and Fitness Areas
The pool was filled with children and teens in the evenings - If you have children in your party they are sure to have lots of fun in the pool. The fitness area was what you would expect with treadmill, stationary bike, and TV. It also had medicine balls and floor/yoga mats.

Breakfast
Included in your stay and very generous. This area was very crowded with families and groups having breakfast before heading out to Universal or Disney. The staff handled the crowd well and kept everything stocked and clean.

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There is a Wal-greens within two blocks of the hotel and several restaurants within the two to three blocks. We walked around the area at night and were very comfortable with the surroundings.

Room Tip: Because this hotel is so busy I would try and stay away from the elevators.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thanks for writing the great feedback from your recent stay at the Fresh, Fun, and Affordable Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando®.. We invite you back the next time you are in the Orlando area.
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

My boyfriend and I separately called the front desk just to ask some questions. When you call, sometimes you'll have to try a few times before someone answers. Every time we actually spoke to someone, they answered as if we were interrupting them from a nap or something or answered as if we were suppose to already know the answers. We are only calling because we are considering switching from another hotel with much better customer service, to this one which is much closer to universal with not so great customer service so far. Not sure what we will do....

*again, I have not traveled yet*

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Please accept our apology for the disappointment. We value our guest’s feedback and strive to ensure that our guest service exceeds our guest expectations. We will be reviewing your comments with our team to ensure our phone service is consistent.
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Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

You get what you paid for. I booked it for the convenience to Universal Studios. But when you are w/ a child that 10-15 min walk seems like a lifetime. The shuttle bus takes even longer since it picks up fr about 5 hotels after. My issues our room never seemed clean enough. And they skimp on everything including wash cloths. I would not stay here again.

Stayed June 2014
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback regarding your recent stay with us. We regret that we did not meet your expectations. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as this will help us review areas of opportunity for continuous improvement. I would like to discuss this matter with you further, please contact me at the hotel at your convenience.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is exactly what you would expect from an holiday inn in the UK I.e a tidy and clean hotel with pleasant staff members which you go back to during the evening to have a good sleep before dealing with the next days activities, if you want to live in the hotel during your trip then this place likely isn't for you.

We stayed in the hotel with another couple, us on the 2nd floor (non smoking), them on the 6th floor (smoking) neither of us could fault the room, both rooms contained 2x queen sized beds, fridge, microwave, coffee maker (you can use it for hot water only) with an en-suite. All of the rooms were spotless with visits from the maids daily, bath towels are also included. Car parking is also included. We also had a courtesy from the desk on our first night asking if everything was ok with the room which is good customer service.

The hotels location is fairly conveniently for people with/without a car:

Universal/City walk is 0.8 miles away (yes you can walk it and the walk is fairly pleasant once you got across the main road outside of the hotel).

The I trolley bus for the green line south is directly opposite the hotel, you go to stop 7 (from memory double check this) and get onto the red line which takes you all the way down international drive, make sure to buy a full ticket so you can hop on / off whenever for both the green / red line, it's around $7 or so for 3 days of travel.

For drivers, the I4 is pretty much outside the hotel so you can get anywhere easily. We drove and never had trouble parking at the hotel, the car park is pretty huge, you just need to ask for a pass at reception.

Shops can be found across the rd, 0.3 miles or so) there is a Walgreens , Dominoes and a few other things.

Improvements that would be a bonus for a stay in the future:
1. Bigger swimming pool area
2. Safes in the room

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thank you for the review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to having you stay with us again next time you are in the Orlando area.
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

we stayed here on 24th may for 2 weeks and was very happy with the hotel, the staff were very friendly and helpful the rooms were clean and tidy, some people on hare are saying they were dated but our room was great. the hotel was in great location only 15 mins walk to universal studios, i would recommend if possible upgrading to a suite which had two bedrooms and lounge kitchen area, all had modern flat screen tv in every room and because we were on the top floor it was very quiet, the beds were very comfortable and bathrooms of which we had two were clean and tidy. the hotel had an outdoor swimming pool which was ok however there wasn't really enough loungers around the pool area for the amount of people using it but other than that the four of us had a very enjoyable stay here and would definatly stay here again.

Room Tip: would recommend if you are a family of 4 getting an upgrade to a suite
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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D_Hall_Operations, Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
We are happy that you enjoyed your accommodations and our staff at the Fresh, Fun, and Affordable Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando®. We hope to welcome you back again very soon.
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Property: Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando
Address: 5905 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819-7925
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#147 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando 3*
Number of rooms: 256
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn & Suites across from Universal Orlando is located in the heart of Central Florida's exciting attractions, convention and shopping area. Visit our recently renovated hotel just across the street from the Universal Orlando Resort. Our property features a variety of room types to fit any traveler's needs from Deluxe Guest Rooms with two double beds or a king size bed, and spacious One or Two-Bedroom Suites with nicely equipped kitchenette including microwave and refrigerator. Must be at least 21 to stay. Fabulous amenities to enhance your visit to Orlando such as Game Room, Gift Shop, Guest Laundry Facilities and Valet Service, Fitness Center, Business Center, Outdoor Heated Pool and Kids Splash Zone and the Destination Universal Guest Services Desk with discount attraction tickets to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and SeaWorld. Complimentary Limited Scheduled transportation to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. Transportation to Walt Disney World also available. Shuttle transportation schedule subject to change seasonally, service provided through the Destination Universal Guest Services Desk, advance reservations required. TGI Friday's Restaurant on-property serving Breakfast Buffet, Lunch and Dinner, Bar offers Happy Hour daily. TGI Friday's also serving room service. Banquet/Meeting facilities feature 13,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space including 6,500 square foot ballroom and 8 break out rooms. Our experienced team will make your stay or event with us special. ... more   less 
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