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“7200 International Dr. - DO NOT IGNORE THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS”
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Heart of I-Drive
Ranked #293 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Worst hotel experience ever - beware, they will try to keep your deposit or charge you for the state of the room when you check out! Staff is beyond rude, rooms are dingy and in desperate need of upgrades (ignore all claims that these rooms are "new"!), wireless internet is only strong enough to access in the lobby, and the desktop internet access requires a prepaid card (I bought a $5.00 card and by the time half my balance was gone, I still hadn't opened a single internet page).

Checking in. Checking in was a nightmare. I lost my credit card at the airport and asked what could be done to check in. You may have read other reviews about the terrible, terrible service at the front desk - it's true - every, single employee was rude, disinterested, and just plain snotty. The front desk rep asked if the credit card was on file. I said yes. Without even looking at me, she said there was nothing that could be done, and we'd have to find somewhere else to stay - then went back to what she was doing. I had just arrived with five children - two of which are babies - and no other adults. I ended up paying $300 in cash to get the room, which included a $50.00 deposit. She told me there was no way to charge the credit card on file without seeing the actual card, then about an hour after checking in, there was a $40.00 charge applied to the card! When I asked her about charging the card, she couldn't explain it, but assured me that "whatever it was" would be returned to the card after checking out.

The room. This was a case of "you get what you pay for." We didn't spend much time there so it wasn't a huge concern, but it drives me crazy that they brag about their "new rooms" at every turn. NOTHING about these rooms are new, unless they bought new pictures for the walls.

Internet. They advertise free wireless internet and I had read prior reviews of how poor the signal was - also true. Sometimes I could get ONE signal bar at the end of one bed, but nowhere else on the room. I could only access the full range of wireless in the lobby - again, sometimes. Because of losing my credit card, a relative sent me a money transfer, and there was no way to receive it - so I decided to use one of the desktop computers available in the lobby. I had to purchase a pre-paid card, the computer was so slow that my time was ticking before a page even loaded, and after $3.00 went by, I still couldn't access anything. The front desk rep called a technician - because the computers aren't the responsibility of the hotel! - and I was told it could be half a day before it was fixed. I had to go in search of internet in the area and we lost an ENTIRE day trying to accept the money transfer.

Housekeeping and deposit. We stayed for six days. For the first three days, we put up the "do not disturb" sign so housekeeping would not come. With five kids and myself, there were toys and clothes everywhere, and I knew they wouldn't be able to work around it. I moved it all on the third night. On the fourth day, housekeeping never showed up. On the fifth day, housekeeping never showed up. On the day of check-out, I cleaned the room - above and beyond. I bagged all garbage, wiped the dressers and counters, piled all the dirty linens together on one bed, put all the dirty towels in the bathtub. Other than vacuuming, the room was in check-in condition. Upon checking out, the front desk rep said there was a problem with the state of the room and they would be keeping the deposit. I demanded to meet with housekeeping in the room, where a young girl explained that the room was not up to their standards. "It is not the responsibility of housekeeping to clean the room," she said. WTF? I asked her to point out the problems and she was quiet for a long time. "The room is fine, I will let front desk know to release the deposit." She and the front desk rep went back-and-forth on their radio for a few minutes, until the deposit was finally released. The housekeeping attendant told me they had visited the room on the fourth and fifth days but never replenished the towels or made the beds because they didn't want to work around the toys. I told her everything had been picked up and put back in the suitcases and she just shrugged. My two sons and I slept in a bed where syrup had been spilled (and hardened) for the entire week.

Calls from family and friends. My mother and my son's father called us several times during the stay. EVERY time they called, they told me about the terrible service at the front desk. At one point, my mother phoned and our line was busy. She tried back again a few minutes later and the front desk rep snapped at her that she already told her the line was busy. My mother had to argue with her to ring the line again.

Cribs. I was advised that a crib would be available, so I called two weeks before checking in. I was told a crib can't be requested until check-in. Upon checking in, I was told they were out of cribs. Later that day, a hotel rep showed up with a playpen (I had two infants with me).

Free shuttle to parks. I'd tell you to check the times, but you'd probably get snapped at, like I did when I called ahead to ask about the times so we could plan our days. "There are too many times to list them all, you'll have to wait until you check in!" The buses to Disney leave late and all of them come back too early to stay for fireworks, etc. If you're traveling with kids, be forewarned that the shuttles are super crowded because they pick-up/drop-off from other hotels, too. We only used the shuttle once and stuck with the Lynx buses and trolley for the rest of the vacation.

I ignored many of the poor reviews because we were on an incredibly tight budget and couldn't afford to change hotels - PLEASE don't do the same. I can honestly say this hotel stay ruined much of our vacation and cost us four park tickets (we never did have a chance to use our Aquatica tickets because it took us so long to sort out hotel issues that we couldn't do anything the first day). I would never, ever stay at this Travelodge again, based solely on the customer service - even if everything else had been okay. Sometimes your plans don't go as expected and you need helpful staff and reliable internet access.

Pros: It's located on a Trolley stop (but almost all hotels on International Drive are) and the guys working in the convenience store downstairs were great. That's it.

Room Tip: If you're looking for peace and quiet, ask for a room towards the back of the building. There is...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

Whilst location is excellent the conditions of the room ( we had the rooms towards the back of the hotel ) were terrible. The wiring was very old as was the carpets and bathroom. It was dirty and I hate to appear impolite but we found lots of pubic hair in the bathroom. Our friends in neighbouring room found a old used ear bud ( cue tip ).
The bed was comfy and we were only on the hotel 12 hours to rest and sleep.
The front desk were very instant we paid by credit card and not cash.
Down the corridor from our room we noticed that other young hotel guests were playing with a gun which we found unnerving!
All in all I would never stay again and highly suggest to anyone that they look elsewhere.

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4  Thank Branston888
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week in January of 2012. The location was the best thing about this hotel, it is on I-Drive and is walking distance to plenty of restaurants and attractions. It also has a stop for the I-ride trolley right outside the door.
The room was a basic hotel room, good for the price. It was a little noisy, we had a room in at the front so had some street noise but nothing to bad. The wi-fi was excellent in this location, we did notice people in the back sitting outside using laptops, we had no issues using it in our room at the front. We felt the area was safe and had no problems walking at night to places. It has a onsite laundry, $2 for washer, $2 for the dryer but they were very large so turned out to be very good value. Overall, this place was a good find and we would be happy to return.

Room Tip: Rooms closest to the front for better Wi-FI.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JLK2222
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Room is very nice, looks recently remodeled and clean. Bathroom had some minor cleaning issues but nothing mayor to bother me. Convinient location to numerous restaurants and places of interest and the price is unbeatable.
Only MAYOR issue was front desk employees. We where a group of 3 couples and we reserved for 3 nights knowing we where going to arrive at 6am at the hotel. Once we get there the front desk guy was so "busy" (no one else around except us) we had to wait for him to finally check us in. Since we arrived "late and missed our first night" as he said, he was only charging us for two nights wich is what he charged us and we signed with our credit cards.
When we got to our rooms we find double beds instead of the queen size beds we had reserved, we talked to the front desk but since they are only charging 2 nights instead of 3, we didn't make a big deal out of it.
Of course at check out we are being charged for three nights (already billed to credit card) and didn't get our reserved beds/room cause we got there late therefore we lost our reservation and they sold our rooms. Of course the "forced" apology from the front desk girl didn't make me happy about the fact they had misrepresented themselves and their charges for our group reservation.
Based on the hotel I would stay there again but make sure whatever the front desk tells you is correct. If possible make them sign and seal their offers in blood since they obviously dont keep their end of things.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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1  Thank pravione
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Picked this hotel because of great price ($40 per night with tax) and walking distance to Universal Orlando. The walk to Universal is 30 to 40 minutes, including long waits at traffic lights. You simply walk north on International Drive and turn left at Universal Drive. There are sidewalks and pedestrian walk lights all the way.

The motel covers the basics--lots of hot water, comfortable, new beds, working toilet, quiet rooms (as long as you don't stay near the front of the hotel, since there are noisy rides across the street). We were on the third floor. There is wi-fi, although signal was weak and was often easier to access the signal from the Nile restaurant nearby. I liked that you could take a chair from your room outside on the balcony, which also improved wi-fi connection.

Front desk staff is not exactly friendly, but is efficient and intelligent. There is an outdoor pool which appeared clean. Appreciated the free daily paper. If you like Indian food you're in luck--about 8 Indian restaurants on the block. Overall, I think it's a great deal for the price if you want to be near Universal, and you don't expect to spend much time in your room. Not sure if any of the other nearby motels (Howard Johnson, Days Inn, La Quinta, among others) offer as low a rate.

Management is advertising this hotel as "brand new", which is not true. It's an old hotel but has been recently upgraded in many ways, including new beds and furniture. However, it's immediately obvious from older bathtub, air unit, etc. that the place is not new. My biggest complaint when I saw the room was that the carpet was not the cleanest. Not filthy, but as if it needs a better vacuuming. International Drive itself is devoid of charm--one long strip of gaudy souvenir shops (all the same) and fast-food outlets.

Room Tip: Make sure to ask for a quiet room away from the front of the hotel.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank deepfreezeresident
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

I stayed there for a week. The price was great, personnel at front desk not so friendly but very quick response whenever we needed something in our room (That made them deserve my 4 points). The room was not so fancy, but we weren't looking for any fancy place, we needed a place to sleep and we did great. Couldn't have access to wireless network anywhere, but it has a small refrigerator, coffee everyday, hot water, beds were good and tv was good as well.
Not bad for the price! good place to stay if going to parks and need a place to sleep. We also went to a more expensive hotel near there for one night and the difference was not so noticeable. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kil H
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

The floor in the bathroom was dirty and the entire room had an odd odor. The beds also need to be replaced because my wife and I sunk to the middle of the bed when we were sleeping.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Address: 7200 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-8255 (Formerly Travelodge Orlando International Drive)
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #293 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Price Range: £38 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Heart of I-Drive 2.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heart of I-Drive. Welcome to the all new rooms Heart of I-Drive - Orlando. We are centrally located on International Drive in front of Econolodge and just minutes from Universal Studios, Disney World, SeaWorld and all the other wonderful attractions that Central Florida has to offer. The Heart of I-Drive is just a few miles away from some of the finest shopping in the world, including the Mall at Millenia and Prime Outlets. A complimentary shuttle service to and from all the major theme parks is included in your total room price. We look forward to having you visit the new Heart of I-Drive. ... more   less 
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