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Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel
Ranked #293 of 337 Hotels in Orlando
Syracuse, New York
1 review
“We're not staying here next year. Low point in our AWESOME vacation.”
Reviewed 31 May 2010

Location, location, location. This is the main reason this hotel stays in business. We had the best vacation in our 8 days in Orlando, and the hotel room was the only thing that did not work out for us. The price was low, and we got what we paid for.

We were recommended this hotel by a travel agent based in Orlando, who told us that the Days Inn we were looking at was disgusting. We did not expect the Ritz, but the photos on the hotel website are at least 15 years old and taken from the best possible angles. It is in a great location, it took us 21 minutes to walk to Universal, and it is a beautiful walk with wide sidewalks the whole way.

At check in we were assigned room 207. When we entered, the carpets had wet spots, and smelled like urine. The front desk immediately gave us a key for a room on the third floor. This room did not smell, and we did stay in it. It was not clean enough for our standards, so we purchased cleaner and paper towels and spent an hour cleaning the bathroom and vanity ourselves. Toilet ran- had to giggle the handle every time to stop water flow. Shower was moldy, pipes were loud, and pressure/temperature would vary greatly during your shower.

The bed sheets are too small for the bed, and completely threadbare. At least they seemed clean. The bath towels were rough and the size of large hand towels. We had 5 people in the room, but most days got only 3 towels and had to ask for more at the front desk. Rugs were nasty- we kept on our shoes in the room. Only one door key was assigned, and the plastic key would get stuck in the lock every time.

On the positive side, the kids loved the pool, and it was cleaned daily. The pool area is a bit old, and the chairs are cheap, but the pool bar is adequate and serves decent food. You can use your laptop near the pool. Pool towels are available at the front desk if you ask for them- but they do not let anyone know this, and most of the other families were using their bath towels.

Breakfast was spartan, none of the fruit or muffins they show on the website. Bread for toast, milk, OJ, and frosted flakes were the only options for the kids. Coffee was TERRIBLE. There is an IHOP within a block and about 20 breakfast buffets within 1 mile- use them if you want a good breakfast.

From this location you can walk to so many restaurants, and can catch a bus to anywhere in Orlando. Try eating @ O'Charleys on Turkey Lake Road (1 mile away). They had great food and prices. Lots of great spots for ice cream nearby.

Our family is planning to return to Orlando in 2011 and have found much, much nicer properties for only a slightly higher cost. Look at the trip advisor ratings and try to find a higher rated hotel. It's worth the extra cost, especially with the low rates that hotels charge in Orlando.

Good luck, and enjoy your time in this spectacular city!

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Reviewed 29 May 2010

This is by far the worst excuse for a hotel it has ever been my misfortune to encounter! I was told it was basic but clean but what I got was a dirty, filthy room that smelt of stale smoke, foist and damp. Ignore all the pictures because they are obviously so out of date it looks nothing like them and the pictures certainly do not show the stench! We had a dirty room with stained carpets that you could barely see the pattern on it, there were cigarette burns all over the bath, the sheets were actually filthy with stains...but above all this was THAT SMELL!!!! The entire hotel is generally dirty and smells even the reception area which you would expect they would make some effort with? We were given sheets to change ourself when I complained ours were stained and a man came up to spray air freshner for the smell. When I asked if I could keep the air freshner so I could keep spraying it I was told 'no' that he needed it....that says it all don't you think! After trying 3 rooms which were all of the same disgusting standard we had to eat into our holiday spends and move to another hotel. Do not stay at this hotel at ANY cost! My husband and I have done cheap and cheerful but this was disgusting and I would not recommend it to my very worst enemy! STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Telford
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

For a budget hotel it was what we expected however the website is very misleading. Bedsheets were not changed in two weeks - bottom sheet and matress protector didn't fit the bed properly so came off during the night, air conditioning was very loud, bed was broken so slumped on the one side. Bathroom was adequate. Not a full satellite TV range - only normal channels. Pool was clean and tidy. Breakfast was a joke! the photos really make it look 1000000% better than it actually was - grubby is what I would call it. The food on offer on the pics was non-existance - if you wanted bread and jam you were sorted - or soggy cornflakes - my 2 year old daughter was very put out that not only did they charge an extra $1.50 for strawberry yoghurt, they didn't actually have any when we asked. It really did remind me of a greasy spoon cafe. All in all though the staff were very friendly and helpful and it was in a great location on I-Drive for local restaurants and all-you-can-eat places.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

My husband and I stayed for two nights at the Continental Plaza. Rooms were clean, convenient location (5 minute drive to Disney) and relatively quiet. If you just need a bed to crash in, I would definitely recommend. Don't expect much from the breakfast; they put out 3 giant loaves of bread and you wait in line to use one of three toaster ovens. But you can grab a quick cup of coffee and OJ. They do offer a free shuttle to the theme parks - we didn't use them but they seemed efficient. Definitely a "no frills" hotel, but at $30/night we were satisfied.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

Just got back from Orlando Florida with my girlfriend, 22nd May - specialy her she was really worried about the hotel after reading terrible reviews, basicly to start the pictures are all up to date, what you see it what you will get, everyone is helpfull and its clean, pool area is very nice and the bar is always open during pool hours, breakfast may be toast- juice and cerial but it does the job, you can buy breakfast if you want more.... anyone who has worries, you can stop now because its fine, go and enjoy your vacation... really wish i was still there now. looking to go back in 2011 - shall most porbably stay at this hotel again. If your looking for a great location, this is it, wet n wild right across the road, next to kfc and wallgreens... turn left past i hop on main road walk over bridge and theres universal studios and islands of adventure... i ride trolley stop 8 is right outside kfc so 30 second walk, and if you dont want to wait for iride, call fun spot shuttle - its free and there pick you up from your hotel and drop you anywhere basicly on i drive- stop 1 to 25, all you gotta do is tip the drivers , that is if you want to. they are able to make it a free shuttle because fun spot theme park pay for it.. we found it a brilliant service and give them 100% credit. So i hope all of you who read this... take it and enjoy your hols. have a nice time because im sure you wont want to come back...... Internet access in lobby and there is a free shuttle service to all parks,,, funny drop off and pick up times though.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

We got back from orlando yesterday, after reading the bad reviews before we got there we didnt know what to expect but we were pleasently surprised. The room was clean and quite spacious, no wardrobe but a rail with coat hangers and a huge set of drawers that had more than enough room for all our clothes (inc my 10 year olds who had took enough clothes for 6 weeks!) The room was cleaned every day with fresh towels, there was a tv, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, fridge, safe and air conditioning which where all free of charge.
The free breakfast consists of brown or white bread/toast with butter & jams, choice of cereals, hot milk, cold milk, coffee, pure orange, they also do a selection of cooked items at a price but if you want something more go to the ponderosa 10 mins walk down the road for all-you-can-eat for $3.99. The breakfast at the hotel was a bonus for us and unlimited from 6.30 - 10am which is great even if you just want a juice, you can also take away.
The pool was clean and quite a good size, there was always someone in it. Its also heated and open until around midnight.
You can get free wireless internet in the lobby, we were on the bottom floor and we could get it on the balcony too, unfortunatley my partner went on it late at night and left the room door open and let a load of mozzys in, we went to reception the mornin after to ask if there was anything we could do to get rid, they told us they would refund us for anything we bought and moved us to a new, mozzy free room straight away. We always found the staff friendly, polite and helpful even though they dont speak perfect english.
The only thing we were unhappy with were the free shuttles to disney, there were 2 going (7.15 & 11.25) and 3 coming back (6, 8.45 & 10) although while we were there the 8.45 one was cancelled the whole time. The 1st morning the bus had broke down and was 45 mins late which meant we missed the disney character breakfast we had prebooked. The bus also only drops off at epcot then you have to get another bus or a monorail to the other parks. To get to the water parks you have to get a bus to a disney hotel then another to the waterpark. We wernt prepared for so much travelling. Also the brochure said Disney is 35min drive away but they dont say that they pick up from other hotels before this a it actually takes well over a hour to get there. one day it took us 2.5 hours to get to magic kingdom. Also the lastest bus back is at 10pm which makes it almost impossible to see a night-time show without getting alternative transport back, It cost us $46 for a cab.
You can walk to Universal or a cab costs about $5, which is well worth getting the free bus there then getting a cab back.
Sea World & Aquatica have I-ride stops right outside them and is only $1.25 each (kids ride free) The I-ride trolleys are every 20 mins or so.

All in all we had an amazing but very tiring time I would recommend the hotel to anyone but it is hard work getting to Disney. Next time we are planning to stay here for a week then move to a Disney hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

Booked for five people with connecting rooms but was given a room with two double beds and a put up bed. As my wife is in a wheelchair there was not enough room for us all and when we tried to sort it out with the rep the next morning we were told that they do not hve any connecting rooms. She very kindly got us a $220 discount on another room for my son and his partner and will be visiting the place we bought the holiday to get the rest back.

You get what you pay for. Basic hotel run by Spanish people. Pool is clean and warm, rooms are okay but you don't come to Florida to spend time in the hotel.

Continental breakfast is a choice of cornflakes, frosties or toast with bad coffee or hot tea. Went to walgreens over the road to get coffee every morning and there are plenty of cheap breakfasts to be had on I Drive. After a day at the attractions and dinner we were just wanting to sleep so the room was ok.

This should not be sold as a hotel as it is more like a motel with basic rooms and facilities but if you are on a tight budget and just want a no frills cheap bed for the night then this could do

  • Stayed May 2010
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Property: Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel
Address: 6825 Visitors Cir, Orlando, FL 32819-8227 (Formerly Riande Continental Plaza)
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #293 of 337 Hotels in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 190
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Wifi located only in lobby and pool areas. Free shuttle to theme parks Close to several attractions and restaurants ... more   less 
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