My boyfriend & I have just returned from a 2 week stay from the 27th of April to the 11th of May and we had a fantastic time.
First of all, we were in one of the "motel-style, dingy, dark" rooms that others have said aren't that good. I am surprised to read this because we thought the room was great - we stayed in Block 10 on the top floor and faced south. We never had any noise from the pool but we were on the other side of the building. It was only dark when you closed the curtains.
We arrived quite late and were seen quickly at the front desk. The staff were very helpful and efficient, providing us with a map of the hotel and the location of our block, also with shuttle bus times to the theme parks. And the cookies were delicious!
Locating our room, we found that we had been allocated one with a fridge, microwave & coffee-maker kitchenette area which was a lovely surprise because I had only paid for a Standard room (listed on their website as no kitchenette). We had a two double bed room which was good if we wanted to spread out but the other bed also served as a good storage space for t-shirts & other souvenirs from our trips. It would have been nice to have one larger bed but I didn't inform the hotel of this and I am sure my request could have been dealt with if I had asked! Two double beds was fine, we are a couple so are happy just to get a double to share. Doesn't have to be big.:)
The room itself was very large and we had no shortage of space, despite being there for two weeks. The sink outside of the bathroom is convenient as you can do your teeth etc. when someone else is in the bathroom. There is no door on the sink but a room divider you can pull across right across the sink and kitchenette for privacy and to block out the light if it's dark in the main room. So they did think about the privacy aspect and didn't just plonk a sink in the room. The air-conditioning was very effective too.
The cleaning times were a little irregular and we slept in some mornings. It was a shame that there was no "do-not-disturb" signs to hang on the door as we did have to send the cleaners away sometimes. However, the cleaners always did a great job and the beds were nicely made. The bathroom did smell a little but this is usually because of the tap water in the USA and its high fluoride content.
The hotel is in a fantastic location and we found a gate at the back that meant we could walk to SeaWorld! We could be from our room to the Manta queue at SeaWorld within 15 minutes which, as we are rollercoaster enthusiasts, is a dream! It's also only a 10 minute drive to Universal Orlando and 15 minutes from Walt Disney World so very central if you are travelling for the parks.
We spent some time at the poolside. There was rarely a lack of sun-loungers and the pool area was kept very clean. They did play music but not too loud. This really livened the atmosphere. The pool hours were 6am until midnight so it was nice to go out for a late night chill after a day in the parks.
The hotel was undergoing refurbishments while we were there - I guess they have to do it sometime! I was informed of this beforehand so it wasn't a problem at all. Best of all, we got complimentary wi-fi as the refurbishments were going on, which was perfect.
We mainly chose this hotel because it was on-site at SeaWorld and close to all the theme parks, but would recommend to anyone now and would definitely like to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Conveniently located adjacent to SeaWorld and its water park Aquatica and just minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World and the Orange County Convention Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At Seaworld Hotel Orlando
- International Plaza Orlando
- Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At SeaWorld Florida