My family and I stayed here for one night. We were spending our vacation in Clearwater but since we wanted to go to universal studios we decided to get a hotel close by so we could hit the park early in the morning and only have to travel one way each day. We found the hotel very nice. The room was clean. The staff was helpful and polite. The pool was heated and was clean. Best of all it was directly across the street from Universal Studios.
If I had to identify why I give 4 stars instead of 5 I suppose it's due to the pestering woman near the front desk who tries to lure you into timeshare nonsense. She is obviously renting space from the hotel to do her marketing or something of that nature but she was very hard to get away from. She tried to lure us in with cheap theme park tickets but you have to sacrifice pretty much a whole day's vacation to a time share meeting in order to get them. I feel sorry for the people with children who get sucked into this stuff. For most people vacation time is extremely valuable and this woman must find it hard to sleep at night after robbing families and children of their quite possibly once in a lifetime vacation to be sitting listening to a time share meeting.
Sorry for the rant on that but it did upset me. Other than that this is a great place to stay when visiting universal studios.
- 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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