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Floridian Express
Ranked #295 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

Hotel is situated on international drive, walking distance to wet and wild, universal studios and island of adventure, its right next door to dairy queen and directly opposite the ponderosa resturant. Buy your theme park tickets from hotel reception you will get good deal. Beds are very comfy and rooms are spacious. Had a lovely stay at this hotel.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Met_Management_Team, General Manager at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thank you for your review of our Metropolitan Express! We do appreciate all reviews; especially our valued return clientele! We have recently taken over as new management of the hotel and look forward to hearing more comments such as yours, where our entire staff can feel confident they are accomplishing the goal of making the Metropolitan Express as special as we feel it is to our guests. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!!

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We stayed in this hotel for 10 nights in January 2014.

The hotel staff were extremely polite and nothing we asked was ever to much trouble for them. The hotel rooms and corridors were clean. Breakfast was a continental buffet (cereals & bread/bagels/cakes) served undercover by the pool every morning. The room contained a microwave & fridge so we were able to store drinks and prepare food in our room for nights when we didn't fancy going out.

The hotel itself is located directly opposite Wet & Wild & has a free shuttle bus running to Universal, Disney & Sea World. There is a small supermarket in the car park, but a Walgreen's & seven eleven are only a minute or two away if walking.

There are plenty of options for dining in close proximity to the hotel, everything from KFC, McDonalds, Cici's Pizza & IHOP,to all you can eat buffets, steak houses & sea food.
This hotel may not be as modern as other hotels but for the price this hotel is very good.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank trebbih66
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Met_Management_Team, General Manager at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review, We do hope to see you when you return to Orlando.

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

Basically we just used this to sleep in so for the price it was perfect. Pretty basic but we could walk to Universal Studios which is all we wanted and there are shops and restaurants very close by aswell. Decent pool outside which was a bonus - my son played in pool while I sat sipping a cocktail on the poolside!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Met_Management_Team, General Manager at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Being part of the new management here at the Metropolitan Express it is great to see that there are many positive reviews before we came aboard. Thank you for taking the time and we look forward to your next visit across the pond.

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

I visited Florida with friends and we stayed here we all loved this hotel it offered a shuttle service to the parks free of charge. Universal studios is close by. It's across the street from wet and wild water park and it's right in the middle of lots of restaurants. Hotel it's self is very clean staff are friendly. Pool is small but never really busy we went in sept so it was nice and sunny so we lay out a few says. I would recommend this hotel as perfect for Florida adventure.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Louise M
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Met_Management_Team, General Manager at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thank you for a great review. Not everyone who enjoys themselves take the time out from their busy lives to do so. Next time you come across the pond we look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

If you wanna know how checking in was like in the 1970s? Then this is the place to be! You'll have to wait in a line for 40 minutes and can't get in until 4 pm. (Other hotels 3 pm)

The beds will give you a unique experience, you sleep in the top.. Wake up in the bottom!! Their beds are older than your grandma!!

If you hate yourself?
That's the place to be.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank AhmedAlradadi
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Met_Management_Team, General Manager at Floridian Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thank you for your review of the Metropolitan Express. As the new management that has recently taken over the hotel, we appreciate the time you took to let us know your feedback and it does appear in some areas we failed to meet your expectations. For these items, we sincerely apologize. With comments and feedback from our valued guests, we will work hard to improve and show we can meet and exceed all of your expectations. Hope you give us another opportunity soon!

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Firstly I've gotta say that just the fact that you are 20 to 30 minutes walk from Universal Studios is selling point enough for this hotel.
My partner and I used the hotel as a base and did not really intend to use the facilities provided there. What we did use, however, was fantastic for the price. We had the free breakfast a few times, just cerial and toast, but as much as you want and it didn't dissapoint (as long as you get there before the rush at 09:00). The Laundry macines were really good and really cheap and wifi was availiable in the Hotels Lobby.
Rooms were cleaned every two days and the only issue I would have with the cleanliness was a damp smell from the bathroom that we masked with an air freshener.
A safe was provided free and gave peace of mind and all the staff were brilliant. The on site engineer (a giant of a man) was brilliant and swapped our TV for a flat screen as the place was being done up.
I even had some parcels delivered to reception that they held for me and it should have been $20 a parcel (cos they were pretty big) and should have cost $60 in total, they only charged me $20, awesome!!
The only bad bit wasn't even the hotel it was the scamming "all you can eat" seafood place over the road. No imidiate indication of the cost, then when you get the bill it's $50 per person...stay clear of 'em, there are far better restaurants not that much further away.
ADVICE: Defo get a car to see the further flung attractions such as the Kennedy Space Centre...fanominal!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

Having stayed at this hotel many times over recent years, we have always found the service of front desk and room maid service to be excellent.Your room is cleaned and fresh towels and toiletries left every day.The ground floor rooms and corridors have been recently refurbished but you will always get someone who will find fault with things, that others accept as being part of using a budget hotel,Most people that holiday in Orlando,just want a base from which you can return at the end of the day to rest, before starting out again the next day.There is a tiki bar onsite and many shops and restaurants close by,as well as being in walking distance to Universal Studios and Wet and Wild just across the road.
My only concern is the timing of the shuttle buses to Disneyworld , which have altered on our last two visits,As we are always bringing with us friends and family, who have not visited Disneyworld before, we like to show them the full Disney experience, which includes the park opening parades and being able to experience popular rides before the queues start building up.Unfortunately the new shuttle times do not enable you to do this and in one case we arrived at Disneys Hollywood Studios at almost 10am and all the fast passes for the day had already been claimed and there was already a 95 minute wait for the Toy Story ride.We are bringing more friends and family next year and hope the shuttle buses have reverted to the earlier 7.30am pick up.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Dkrss
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Address: 6323 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-8213 (Formerly The Metropolitan Express)
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando > Florida Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #295 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Price Range: £46 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Floridian Express 2.5*
Number of rooms: 218
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orlando Floridian Express Hotel is located on world renowned International Drive, offers 218 spacious guest rooms and is conveniently located at the entrance to Universal Orlando. We provide a high-quality alternative for a wide range of travelers because we offer added amenities not found in many other hotels. We offer free daily Continental breakfast, free Internet and complimentary scheduled shuttle to Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort daily. We are within walking distance to an abundant number of shops, restaurants, and nighttime entertainment. Visit our heated pool and Tiki Bar! All guestrooms at the Floridian Express Orlando Hotel boast large windows, blond-wood furnishings and tropical-style décor in shades of teal and pink. Amenities include 25-inch televisions with premium cable channels and personal safes. Microwaves and mini fridges in all of the rooms. Your stay includes free deluxe continental breakfast, transportation to the parks, free safe box in rooms, free local phone calls, and wireless internet access in every room including the lobby and pool area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Metropolitan Express Orlando
Metropolitan Express Hotel Orlando
Drive Inn
Holiday Inn Orlando
Floridian Express Orlando, Florida

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