Address: 7600 International Drive
/ Orlando / Florida / 32819 „
My family and I were booking a twin centre holiday last year for April - May this year, with the second location being Orlando, and I already knew Quality Inn International was where I wanted to stay! We've been to Orlando a few times now and each time we've stayed here and never been disappointed!
*Booking* - As there were 12 of us going to the USA, we booked with a private travel company in our home-town, however we have booked via websites in the past including lowcostholidays.com. The booking was pretty easy, we chose the dates and the company did it all for us on this occasion. We were booking for 10 days following a 4 day trip in Las Vegas, landing at about 6am, however on this occasion there were just 4 of us staying at this hotel. The hotel cost approx £300 for 2 people for 10 days - bargain!
*Arrival & check in* - We landed in Orlando Airport, and picked up a hire car, with the drive taking us approximately 35 mins. We arrived at reception and with my parents being the forward thinkers they are had booked themselves in for an extra night so that when we arrived they would have a room, we did not (my partner is very tight haha). The parents checked in and went to drop off their things, and we asked reception if there was any possibility of an early check in, as close to my parents room as we could get (we didn't want to be at the other end of the hotel). The lady at reception told us to come back in an hour, so we went to Wal-Mart and came back about 9am and the lady informed us that she had a room available, and there would be no extra charge for early check in!!! We were over the moon, and it was so needed after a 4 hour plane journey through the night with about half an hours sleep! At check in you receive a pass for your car which allows you to bypass the security guards with no problems.
*Reception & lobby* - The reception is nice and bright, the hotel had a refurbishment approx 2-3 years ago and the rooms are much better than the first time we came. The lobby contains a small gift shop, which as with most hotels isn't the cheapest! It also has a small convenience shop, a bar a games area and a restaurant. The convenience shop again isn't cheap, especially when you are so close to the shops, however does stock some English foods if you just can't live without them for your stay, or if you don't mind paying about £4 for a Cadburys chocolate bar! It also has sandwiches and snack items for throughout the day.
The bar is called Topsy Turvey Lounge, and again went through a refirb a few years ago and is much better than it was, we still only set foot in the place for about half an hour due to the cost of the alcohol and the fact that it is very small, however when the bar is full, and the entertainment is on, it is quite a nice atmosphere.
The restaurant is about the only place in the hotel which we never experienced whilst we were there, only because we were central to so many restaurants that there is just so much to try. However they do have a buffet breakfast and buffet evening meal.
The games area is a small section just behind the main reception which is great to keep the kids busy for half an hour, with typical seaside attractions and slot machines.
*Hotel rooms* - As I said earlier, the rooms have undergone a refirb, and have dramatically improved, we had a double room with 2 double beds however you can also get rooms with one king bed, each room comes with a new 32" flat screen TV which shows all of the major channels over there (great for when it's raining and you just fancy having a few hours in the room) and a smallish safe to lock away and valuables - this easily fit a 16" Macbook pro, so it isn't a tiny safe!
You then walk through some sliding doors into the bathroom and amenity area, in which you have a fridge, microwave and then onto the bathroom which contains a bath/shower overhead. You also get a desk with a chair, iron and ironing board, some drawers, a wardrobe with a few hangers approx 5 (we tended to buy some really cheap ones from Wal-Mart which were much better) a hairdryer (good quality as it dried my thick long hair ok) and a coffee maker. The towels were changed every day (and we didn't even get charged for the towels I kept trying to hide as I'd dyed them pink with my red hair dye).
*Pool & grounds* - The hotel is set on pretty big grounds, and the hotel has 2 pools both of which are of a good size, however not manned by any lifeguards. The pool is open between 09:00 - 20:00 most days, however is shut when the weather gets bad. There are free towels to be used (with a seemingly endless supply), and although we've been in April, May, July, August, September and December the pool has never been too busy that you are unable to get a towel or bed. They play music into the pool which is nice, but it's down low as not to be too annoying. The gardens are well kept, and you always see the gardeners out pruning the plants and tidying up, there is very little mess throughout the whole hotel.
*Location* - Location hands down is the main reason we stay at this hotel year after year, it is located smack bang in the middle of international drive, close enough to all the restaurants and the parks. It is also close to stop 15 of the I-Ride, a shuttle service which will take you up and down international drive every 20 minutes or so (it costs approx £18 per person for the 2 weeks or £1.50 for a one off trip (although you do need the exact change) and was an absolute god send, especially if all members of the party are wanting a drink and you want to leave the car behind), the shuttle takes you to the 2 outlet malls at either end of I-drive, and also stops right outside Wet & Wild, Aquatica and Sea World. We did one end to the other in about 50 minutes.
The hotel is literally in the car park of the World's biggest McDonalds, and is approx a 5 minute walk to the nearest pharmacy Walgreen's, which also stocks food, towels, shampoo, shower gel etc.
The hotel is approx 20 - 30 mins away from the parks, with the majority of that time being actually driving through the parks!
*Other info* - The whole hotel has free wi-fi which is excellent; our family were staying in condos, and really struggled with a good internet connection which could mean that getting in contact with them to plan nights out etc wasn't easy!
Check in & out is usually 11am and 3pm, however as above, we checked in early and checked out late with the permission of reception with it costing us nothing extra!
The hotel also has laundry facilties, however these aren't cheap, approx 2 dollars per wash, 2 dollars per dry and 2 dollars for soap powder, we found it much cheaper to buy some cheap soap powder from the local walmart/walgreens and use that instead!
I really can't recommend this hotel enough, if you are expecting the Plaza or the Ritz then this probably isn't for you, but if you are expecting a base for the holiday of a lifetime, somewhere cheap and cheerful, clean and safe then this is the place for you. We will continue to come back to this hotel year after year, and fingers crossed have had no problems yet.
I stayed at this hotel for 14 nights during my stay in Orlando, Florida.
Current prices are only around £150 for a week for two people, so it's very cheap! I know this as I've just booked another week there this September!
The location of the hotel was perfect for our needs, our primary reason for our holiday was to visit the theme parks, as with most people who visit Orlando!
The hotel is located in the middle of International Drive, the main road that goes between some of the main parks such as Sea World, Wet n Wild, Universal etc. The hotel offers free shuttle bus services to each of the parks, except Disney, where you have to pay a fee each time, and when we went that was $14 dollars each.
There are plenty of places to eat surrounding the hotel, including a Pizza Hut right outside, and "Point Orlando" is across the road, offering a few restaurants and shops. There is also a supermarket just up the road, a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Unfortunately, breakfast is not included, but there is a little shop on site selling things like croissants etc which are inexpensive.
The hotel itself was basic, but nice enough. We literally just went there to sleep, as we were out all day at the parks, and the two king size beds were very welcome after a long day at the parks! The beds were comfy and the rooms were clean and a fair size. The only thing we found odd was there was no sink in the bathroom, it was in the main part of the room!
One downside to the hotel is that it is sandwiched inbetween International Drive and the highway, so you could hear traffic noise from our room, as the doors/windows were not very sound proof, but it didn't stop us sleeping.
There is a trolley stop right outside the hotel too, where you can catch the trolley bus for $1, and it goes up and down international drive all day, so that's handy for getting around. There were always taxis waiting outside the hotel too.
All in all, a cheap and cheerful hotel with everything you need, but it isn't the Ritz!
My family and I stayed at this hotel as part of a package holiday booked with Thomas Cook. We got the holiday at a great price and having been to Floriday many time before, didn't really mind the negative reviews as we knew we wouldn't be spending much time at the hotel anyway.
On arriving at the hotel we were warmly greeted by the front desk staff and booked into our room very quickly and efficiently. A porter helped us to our room with our luggage (he carried it up a flight of stairs). The hotel could do with being modernised, but at the price we paid we weren't bothered by appearances.
The rooms are quite spacious and have everything you need to have a pleasant and comfortable stay. The room has 2 double beds, a dresser which has the TV (Disney channel and latest movies too), next to this is a decent sized fridge and a microwave. The fridge was a god send as my daughter fell ill (nothing to do with the hotel, it was strep throat) while we were there and we needed somewhere to store ther antibiotics.
The hotel has a restaurant, deli, bar and a convenience store, so handy for snacks and drinks. We used the restaurant once for breakfast but were not impressed as we could get better deals and choices just on the door step.
The hotel is in a great location, situated just off I-Drive on the corner of Sand Lake road, right next door to the Worlds largest McDonalds, handy for coffee's and snacks.
There is an I-ride trolley stop just outside the hotel, which takes you up and down the strip to the attractions and restaurants. There's plenty here to keep you busy, Point Orlando with bars, restauants, cinema and shopping. The shopping outlets just a short ride away, and numerous restaurants dotted along I-Drive, so there's always somewhere different to dine.
A good tip is to get a coupon book at reception which has loads of offers for local restaurants, it can save quite a few dollars, all the more to treat yourself to something nice!
This is a great hotel we stayed here as part of our package holiday with virgin. Booking in was quick and easy we were staying on the ground floor close to one of the swimming pool. It was only a few steps from one of the car parks and the hotel hand plenty of parkling. The room was gream two large double beds with large drawers for all your stuff. There were plenty of channels on the tv and a fridge that was large enough to store big bottles of pop drink and snacks. There was a safe secured to the wall for your items that was a large size and plenty of room in the corner for your suitcases The sink was outside the bathroom and had a microwave next to it and a free coffee filter machines which kept getting filled up with free coffee lots of free toiletries plenty of soft towels Bath with shower though it took a couple of minutes to heat up air con in the room was good
The hotel had a nice resteraunt with a great range of food for breakfast about 45 things and dinner had roast, pies, salads, loads of different deserts and free coffee coke juice the only thing you paid for were drinks as you get two free brekkies and a free dinner for staying but they wouldnt mark our card so we could have more free dinners really nice and waitress got bigger tips There is also a 24 hour deli called lite bite which had loads of nice snack foods as well as salads and pizza salads the range was great and the guy didnt mind changing a 50 dollar traveller cheque for change there is also a lounge with arcade games a sports bar and a nice shop
Good phone cards for cheap in the lobby and we got great discounted tickets for buying universal tickets at the sales desk went on a presentation really early but didnt mind as it was to early to do much and saved over 100 dollars even without this the tickets were cheaper than from virgin
Great hotel really nice stay and very cheap it was also opposite wonderworks so really easy to spot when going up and down internationl drive
Mack was on the lookout for a holiday in September, and just by pure luck she saw an ad in one of the Sunday papers for half price holidays with Virgin. With frantic text and phone calls, within the hour a 10 day trip to Orlando was booked.
Quality Inn International sits almost plum in the middle of International Drive, just past the crossroads at Sand Lake Road. If youve seen the worlds largest McDonalds (and how could you miss it?) then youve seen the Quality Inn, which is right next to it.
* Checking in *
After an eight hour flight, the last thing I needed was a lengthy check in but I only had to give my name at Registration and the lady had everything ready for us, including two key cards. She also gave my friend and I some little extras including a voucher for a free drink at the bar, two free buffet breakfasts *and* a free buffet dinner. Already Quality Inn was racking up some points with me!
* The room *
As we entered, there were two large double beds in a large, air conditioned room. The bathroom was tiddly - just a bath/shower and a toilet and all very, ahem, compact. The sink was outside, along with a hairdryer on the wall, a safe, coffee maker and a microwave (so near the sink - a good idea?!). There was also a fridge which was most handy for cold drinks which were much needed as the weather topped 90 degrees most days.
Theres a phone and alarm clock by the bed and also internet access which buzzed for no apparent reason.
There was no wardrobe, only a pole which hung near the sink. When sharing the hangers, my friend and I only had three each. Pretty measley *and* they were attached so that you couldnt nick em. Snigger - whod want to? Anyway most definitely one star off for that - I had about 5 things hanging on each hanger before I gave up and folded the rest in my (broken) drawer. Ahh .. didnt I mention that? The runner was bust and the drawer didnt push in properly. However there were 4 drawers so more than ample space for lil ole me.
Another niggle was the outlook. The rooms are set out in three separate blocks. They dont look too fetching, very plain from the outside but nice enough inside. We were on the second, and top, floor. All the rooms have net curtains which is just as well as we kept ours drawn most of the time. This did keep the room in darkness for most of the time though. As we had the end room and were near the stairs, people just lurve to have a gawp in if they see someone in their room, as it looks out onto the walkway. We were even lucky enough to have some jokers knock on our door in the middle of the night but it was our first night and fortunately we were too tired to go and tell them to go away. It didnt happen again.
* Bathroom *
As mentioned, it was pretty small and the shower head was also rather low for me. Im tall, but not exactly a giant, and I couldnt stand under it as it came halfway down the wall. The towels were changed regularly and the lotions/soaps etc topped up daily.
* Restaurants *
As mentioned, our free meals were just that and not too bad at all. Located in the Apothecary Restaurant, the buffet wasnt as extensive as some of the other all you can eat jobs but there was still a choice of bacon, eggs, pancakes, fruit and bagels for breakfast (coffee and fruit juice were included making it even better value!) and things like chicken and beef, cheese ravioli and salad for dinner. Kids also had a good choice of chicken nuggets, cakes and ice cream. How rather healthy! I did also note that when not having a free buffet, kids eat free (11 years and under) with 2 paying adults.
Hours were 6.30-10.30am for breakfast.
5.30-9pm for dinner.
Unfortunately we didnt have time to claim our free drink in the Topsy Turvey lounge but its worth a look as we had our welcome meeting in there the first day and its rather unusual in that the tables and chairs are on the ceiling! Luckily there were some on the floor for us to use too ! Happy hour is from 5-7pm and theres a juke box, pool tables and a big TV screen. It was quite popular at night, you can sit outside and it was always packed when we walked by.
Snacks like sandwiches, coffee and pizza are available in the Garden Café which is open from 6am til midnight. I can vouch for the hot choccie in there as we had a very early morning start to get to Kennedy Space Centre and we grabbed one on the way out as we didnt have time to have breakfast.
* The lobby *
There are guest services on the left - this is where guests can book the free shuttle to Universal, Wet n Wild or Seaworld. We used this on our last day and it wasnt a problem. Dont expect a limo to turn up, its a rickety old bus and we had to stand all the way! Guest services give you free coupons for discount attractions and is very helpful if you want maps/directions or just some ideas about where to go and what to see.
On our last day we left our luggage as we had an evening flight and had to be out of the room by 11am. We checked out and left the cases with the lady at the Business Center who gave us tickets which we needed to claim the bags back.
All the restaurants are in the lobby and everything is in a small space, including the gift shop. There are also 4 email terminals which cost $5 for 15 mins and 3 pay phones and an ATM so you wont need to search to get cash out!
* Outside *
The grounds are beautifully kept, theres a fountain and two outside swimming pools surrounded by gates.
There is 24 hour security and the men were always around in the car park. Free parking is available although we didnt have a car. The I-Tram stops outside the hotel and is very easy to use, costing $1 one way. As this is a Flagship Hotel for Virgin a rep comes in daily. Quality Inn is a pick up hotel - ie guests from other hotels will come here and leave their car for the day and be picked up by coach for their excursion.
* Overall *
This wasnt the nicest hotel Ive ever stayed in, but Im lucky to have been to some excellent locations and accommodation over the years and consider myself to be a bit fussy. Quality Inn International was comfortable and near all the attractions. The location is a big plus, and we were more than pleased with our free meals as you can plan them around your itinerary.
I think it would be a great hotel for friends, couples and families alike as there is something for everyone around here and a lot of the restaurants can be walked to.
This is a large hotel, with around 728 double rooms, yet the staff remain helpful and friendly at all times. Despite a couple of niggles with the wardrobe space, Im still going to give it four stars. I had no trouble sleeping and the place was fairly quiet. All in all I couldnt really ask for more - apart from some more hangers, of course!
* Other info *
7600 International Drive
Check in: 3pm
Check out: 11am
Caters for customers with disabilities (roll in showers, apparatus for hearing, vision or physically impaired guests).
Airport approx 20 mins drive away
Wet n Wild 10 mins walk away
Seaworld and Universal both 3 miles away (hotel provides free shuttles there and back but you must book in advance in the hotel lobby).
Restaurants nearby: Dennys next door, IHOP opposite for the pancake cravings and Big Mac(k) recommended for midnight hunger pangs - just sneak out the back door!
Walgreens drug store 5 minutes walk away. It sells Krispy Kreme donuts - say no more.
Our holiday cost £349 for 7 days which was half the brochure price. We added on an extra 3 nights at approximately £20 extra per night. Obviously the price of the hotel is dependent on which month you travel but I did notice that when we were there in September the local rates were $50 for the first night followed by $40 for every night after.
Hope thats covered everything! Thanks for reading.